Kayak crew's next trick
First look: Blade Network, a supercollider for Boston's startup scene
Blade co-founders Paul Schwenk, Bill O'Donnell, and Paul English, all of whom previously worked together at Kayak, Intuit, and Interleaf.
The big opening party for Paul English's Blade Network startup space is tomorrow night, and when I dropped by on Monday morning, construction crews were scrambling to get everything finished. English, the co-founder and former chief technology officer at Kayak, wants it to become a supercollider for consumer tech, art, and music in Boston. And in terms of designing a dazzling environment, he's definitely aiming high. Read More
Coming to America
3 keys for international companies expanding to US market via Boston
Graphic courtesy MassEcon
Article contributed by Michael Novaria of Rubin & Rudman LLP. It seems like every other day, we hear about another internationally based company establishing a footprint in Boston, like Slovakia's RESCO and Ireland's Wisetek to Germany's RapidMiner and Norway's Cryogenetics. The world has become a much smaller place due to the growth of the global economy. Read More
Gender gap
Cultural dysfunction: The lack of women in VC

The trade association for the venture capital industry, the NVCA, gathered yesterday in San Francisco to talk about the state of the industry and some of the key policy issues we are facing.  The short list is an obvious one for anyone who has been reading the news lately:  Net Neutrality, Immigration Reform and Patent Reform are all hot topics in our industry.  More inward-looking topics like the rise of corporate VC and new emerging managers also were batted about.

But one panel stood out for me yesterday, and not just because I was on it:  "Women in VC." Read More

Scandal or coincidence?
Charlie Baker brouhaha ignores the reality about General Catalyst

I’ve been covering General Catalyst Partners for three years now, and Charlie Baker’s name very rarely comes up. Baker, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful in Massachusetts, has seemed mostly focused on political ambitions and has been far from a prolific investor for the Cambridge-based venture capital firm (three investments in three years).

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Duck Hunt Redux: Video game nostalgia becoming big business
Vintage Games
Gaming industry publishers such as Electronic Arts and Activision-Blizzard have both reported recent increases in digital sales. By contrast, the share value of brick and mortar retailer Gamespot has slipped in the most recent quarter. Last year alone, Gamestop closed 250 stores. Needless to say, the future for major video game retailers is unclear. Read More