Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

Elon Musk talks Mars, loves Star Trek, and fears artificial intelligence

This was a (strangely) busy week in the Boston tech community. Although not a whole lot of breaking news happened, there was quite a lot going on in and around the city.

The biggest event of the week had to have been Elon Musk's talk at MIT today.

Nidhi Subbaraman does a great breakdown of the event's highlights, including some talk of colonizing Mars and Musk's science fiction favorites.

One point that I found most interesting was Musk's reaction to an audience question related to artificial intelligence. Musk responded cryptically saying, "We should be very careful about artificial intelligence." He added that AI could use some regulatory reigning in.

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There’s no doubt about it: The tech startup community can be hostile to women. In next week's Women & Power issue of The Boston Globe Magazine, women leaders explain that Boston's tech community has the chance to create a more hospitable culture than Silicon Valley, one that is supportive of women, diversity, and work-life balance. We asked women and leaders in the Boston tech community one question: What would you say to a young female entrepreneur looking to succeed in Boston? Here's the advice they shared.  Read More

Brianna Wu is a developer at Giant Spacekat. (Image via Giant Spacekat)

The New Normal?

Threatened by GamerGate, Brianna Wu says she fears for her life but won’t back down

Video Games

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MIT administrator Anne Hunter (center) in 2012, with MIT students Irena Huang (left) and Elaina Chai (right.)  Photo by Patricia Sampson, MIT.


Meet the woman who connects MIT’s software smarties with their futures


Over the past decade and a half, I've heard MIT students and grads regularly mention something called the "Anne Hunter list" — sometimes referred to more generically as "the jobs list." It's how they land jobs at Google and Dropbox, or at startups that will become the next Google or Dropbox. It's also how they score free pizza and t-shirts at company recruiting events on campus. So I started to wonder: exactly who was this Anne Hunter? Read More

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Behind the Orange Curtain

What makes HubSpot…well, HubSpot? The company’s latest alum tells all


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Opening up the back door to everyone

Edward Snowden (via satellite) talks at Harvard Law: Boston Marathon bombing was a failure of mass surveillance

Harvard University

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Cazena CEO Prat Moghe, previously a senior vice president of Netezza, a data warehousing company acquired by IBM. Courtesy of Cazena.

A big data supergroup

Netezza veterans reunite for Cazena, focused on shifting data warehouses to the cloud

Jit Saxena

A Waltham startup is coming out of stealth mode today, with $8 million in funding. Cazena reunites several veterans of Netezza, a data warehousing startup that went public and then was acquired by IBM for $1.7 billion four years ago. The deal is unusual in that it's the first time California-based Andreessen Horowitz — the venture capital firm co-founded by the fellow who brought you the Netscape browser — has participated in a Series A round of funding for a startup here in Massachusetts. Andreessen Horowitz is investing alongside North Bridge Venture Partners, the Waltham VC firm. Read More


Apple's Game Changer

5 reasons Apple Pay will succeed where others have failed

Guest Post

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