Up & Away
Amazon taps former MIT professor to helm Prime Air, its planned drone delivery program
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There's been a lot of debate about how serious Amazon is with its much touted (and very not-a-real-thing-currently) Prime Air drone-delivery program, considering the Federal Aviation Administration has specifically banned drones for commercial purposes. Add one on the serious side of the score card: the company has recruited former MIT professor Paul Viola to be its vice president of science for Prime Air. Read More
Data Integrate in the Granite State
After two decades in business, New Hampshire's Scribe has found its opportunity on the cloud
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Most discussions about technology and startups north of the Massachusetts border tend to focus on Dyn, Dean Kamen, and, sometimes, Mosaic and DataGravity. However, another New Hampshire business, Manchester-based data integration company Scribe Software, may need to start being included in the discussion. Read More
An app for VIP access
Tablelist collects $1.5 million, with visions of becoming the OpenTable of after dark
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In his prior life as an real estate broker for international students in Boston, Julian Jung went to a lot of nightclubs and saw a lot of bottles of high-end liquor ordered. Jung says he has witnessed upwards of $15,000 spent in a single night in Boston, and has seen epic $50,000 evenings in New York. Read More
Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
For Boston tech companies, beer is culture builder and recruiting tool
Beer Taps
Good talent is at such a premium for Boston tech companies, especially for those startups looking for experienced design, engineering, and development folks, that many resort to various gimmicks and enticements to attract that coveted "new hire." While the good old fashioned, "Let's throw buckets full of money at this techie"  practice is still alive and well, some startups (especially early stage ones) can't afford that approach. So they get creative. A lot of companies have found that there is no easier way to win the hearts and minds of prospective employees (and to delight current hardworking startup-ers) than with rivers and rivers of sweet, ice cold beer.  Read More