Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

Oracle CEO's Brookline connection, who waits in iPhone lines, and Alibaba IPO

It has been a wild 24 hours in the tech world.

First, the news broke yesterday afternoon that Larry Ellison was stepping down as CEO at Oracle (and now Brookline's Safra Catz will be one of the company's two chief executives). Second, today is "iPhone Day," as the new iPhone 6 and 6+ go on sale in stores and show up on the doorsteps of those who pre-ordered Apple's newest smart phone.

Lastly, Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, offered its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange starting at $92.70, this morning. $BABA will raise $21.8 billion with its IPO, making it the biggest tech IPO ever.

While many have speculated that the company will take its time trying to enter the US e-commerce market, Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma said on CNBC this morning that the company could use the financial windfall to make some acquisitions (even in the US), especially companies that help small businesses.

Days before its Climate Summit in NYC, the UN set up a monitoring dashboard to track conversations related to climate change.

Vox populi

As Climate Summit approaches, the UN is watching your tweets about climate change


The United Nations is monitoring public opinion on social media and hopes to channel that chatter towards policy decisions about climate change. Read More

Apple Store

The Big Wait

The Apple iPhone 6 line is full of mysterious characters and cloak-and-dagger secrecy


Masses lined up outside of the Apple store Thursday night ahead of Friday's release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ and created quite the scene on Boylston Street last night, attracting the interest of passersby, posing for photos, and even accepting the generosity of strangers, including a duo who showed up to hand out cold pizza to the crowd. Read More

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Big Oracle Moves

New Oracle chief exec is Brookline’s Safra Catz, could another Bostonian rise in the ranks?


The big news in the tech world today is that Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison is moving from his role at the head of the company and will now be Oracle's chief technology officer and executive chairman. Ellison's replacements—yes, two chief executives—have already been appointed. One is Mark Hurd, who had been co-president of the company. The other co-CEO is his fellow co-president, Safra Catz. Read More

Slim fit guaranteed. Spanx not required.

Far out

MIT ‘shrink-wrap’ tech makes a spacesuit sleeker


The bubble-head space suit is an icon, an emblem of great innovation and achieving big dreams. But it's also entirely too puffy for its own good. The gas pressure that keeps the astronauts safe inside also restricts movement. For better or worse, the traditional spacesuit's days may be numbered. Read More


Healthy Growth

The top 100 digital health and healthcare services organizations in the Boston area


The Boston-area tech scene is booming. Ted Healey and Ryan Tremaine have put together a map of the ecosystem, which is a great visual representation of the density of organizations in the area. Read More


Inbound Banqueting

Top 5 food trucks at HubSpot’s Inbound ’14


So bouncing around HubSpot's Inbound conference these past couple of days, it is obvious that everyone in attendance is truly enjoying themselves. Read More



Kawasaki: Just a Regular Guy?


Even before his keynote Monday at the Inbound conference in South Boston, Guy Kawasaki loomed god-like on the big electronic marquee looking down on the growing crowd of Hubspotters, social media addicts, and other attendees swelling eventually to 10,000.

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Search and deploy

A startup to ease your PowerPoint headaches, Docurated, grows its Cambridge office


A New York startup aiming to save many hours of work for anyone who regularly makes slide presentations has bulked up its Cambridge office with two recent hires of veteran tech executives. Read More

(Globe photo / Essdras M. Suarez)

Things change

Shake-up at LogMeIn’s Xively division, focused on the ‘Internet of Things’

Innovation Economy

Several top execs focused on launching new services to support the "Internet of Things" — sometimes called machine-to-machine communication, or M2M — have left Boston-based LogMeIn in recent months. And LogMeIn is closing the London office of what had been Pachube, a startup it acquired in 2011. But a LogMeIn spokesperson tells me that the publicly-traded company is not shutting down Xively, its division that offers cloud-based software and services to help companies create and manage their own Internet of Things projects, like tracking the maintenance needs of factory equipment, or monitoring a fleet of trucks. Read More

HubSpot founders Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan (image via HubSpot)

What is Big Orange up to?

HubSpot: We’re not trying to replace Salesforce, we want to be a Boston anchor company


Yesterday, HubSpot launched a new customer relationship management system, HubSpot CRM, and a new product, Sidekick, which it calls a sales acceleration product. Immediate reaction was that the inbound marketing company is going after the large market share of the current king of the CRM space, Salesforce. Read More