Higher Ed's Open Platform
Boundless wants to do to textbooks what Wikipedia did to encyclopedias
(GRACIA LAM via BostonGlobe.com)

This morning, Boundless, the Boston-based ed tech company that has shaken up the college textbook industry by offering electronic textbook alternatives at a lower cost, announced that it is launching a cloud-based platform to make educational content more widely accessible.

More access to information — sound familiar? Isn't that what Wikipedia is built on?  Read More

Party planning
Second Boston TechJam block party set for June 12th
Boston's tech community block party is getting bigger in its second year. TechJam organizer Mark Lorion tells me that the event, slated for June 12th, could more than double in size from 2013. It's also moving to a more central location: City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Last year's inaugural event was held on a former parking lot on Northern Avenue and District Hall next door. Read More
Lean technique
7 Ways to Achieve Lean Success
Swipely's New Office
By Stephen MacIntyre Years ago, Harold A. "Red" Poling was the CEO of Ford Motor Company and, according to an account in the book Toyota Culture, asked Fujio Cho, the then-head of Toyota's U.S. manufacturing operations, for a tour of a Toyota plant. The Ford executive showed up with a team and spent hours inspecting the plant but was disappointed that he hadn't witnessed some super-automated factory, nor learned why Toyota was so successful at producing automobiles. Read More
Glam growth
Fashion Project, reseller of high-end apparel for charities, adding workers and Boston warehouse
Fashion Project CEO Anna Palmer, surrounded by donations and boxes of hangers in the startup's Boston office.
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. Read More