The team has been expanding over at Blade, the startup factory in Fort Point Channel that doesn't officially open its doors until later this month. Blade's founding trio all came from Kayak, the travel-planning site that has its technology operations in Concord, but they've recently been adding veterans of iRobot, Millennial Media, Cisco, and Zappos.
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Updated: The startup beauty pageant that is Techstars Boston Demo Day took place Tuesday morning at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street. You never know who will show up on stage to help the entrepreneurs sell their ideas: past editions have seen cameos by Big Papi, fashion models, and poetry slam champions.
How fast is Fashion Project growing? When I stopped by last week, CEO Anna Palmer told me there were two possible venues for our interview: a makeshift conference room created by cardboard boxes and heaps of plastic bags, or the staircase between the two floors of the company's Fort Point Channel offices. (We picked the former.) The startup collects designer women's apparel and accessories from non-profits and individuals, and resells it on its own site or through a network of partners. Fifty-five percent of the proceeds go to charity, but donors can take a tax deduction for the full sale price of the item.
The Hello Project was inspired by an acceptance speech.
Last fall, Karmaloop CEO Greg Selkoe was accepting an Italics Award for his contributions to the Boston startup ecosystem. During the speech, Selkoe lauded the great creative, design, and tech communities in Boston — but said it was a shame they were all so disconnected from one another.
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and the Convergence Forum. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.