Last days of Aereo
Aereo's end: A major setback for innovators, or correct outcome for a flawed idea?
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While Aereo's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today confirms something we saw coming since the company announced the close of its Boston office and operations a few weeks ago, the final chapter to the Aereo story offers an opportunity to look into what went wrong for the company. Read More
through new eyes
Cambridge data challenge invites residents to design a safer city
A cyclist travels down Beacon Street in Somerville. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)
The City of Cambridge is calling on citizens to help identify accident-prone intersections, chart safe paths for kids to bike to school, and flag policy issues that need attention as part of the first ever Street Safety Challenge. The contest opens Friday and Cantabrigians are invited to examine a comprehensive data set of 6,500 road accidents in the city over the last three years, and then share their views or experiences with the city through charts, interactive apps, essays, or performance art pieces.  Read More
Promoting Innovation
Mayor Walsh speaks with startups about how to brand Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh met with members of Boston's startup community on Thursday. Photo: Janelle Nanos
Mayor Martin Walsh welcomed members of Boston's startup community to City Hall Thursday afternoon for a meet-and-greet in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The group included CEOs, venture capitalists, and people running some of the city's largest startup accelerators and co-working spaces, and they were all eager to weigh in on a topic that Walsh himself acknowledged he'd yet to dig into: What were his plans for branding Boston as a site for global innovation? Read More
The long Orange Silence is over
After quiet period, Dharmesh Shah spills insight into HubSpot's IPO
Dharmesh Shah (image via HubSpot)
In a post today on his blog "On Startups" (a great resource that has a huge following), Cambridge-based HubSpot's co-founder and chief technology officer breaks his long silence, the quiet period that is part of the IPO process and dropped his first post in awhile, one that breaks down his experiences while taking HubSpot public. Read More
Startup Institute kick off new era
Startup Institute kicks off new era of honest conversations with power quartet of female tech leaders
The scene at the Startup Institute.
The Startup Institute hosted an event on Tuesday called Amazing Women, Honest Conversations, with Diane Hessan, the career accelerator's dynamic new chief executive serving as moderator for the evening.  Meredith Davies, a Startup Institute student in the "Web Development" track came up with the idea — a way to let women leaders in high-growth companies talk about the challenges and opportunities they face. Read More
Free VC access, a novel idea
Unpitch offers unbelievable access to investors yet again
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A few years ago, an organization called Young Startup Ventures would show up in the Boston-area and run an event called the New England Venture Summit, promising access to some of the most important and financially connected venture capitalists in the area and charging naive entrepreneurs between $495 and $795 for the access. Read More
Virtual Investing
Fidelity launches ‘StockCity’ to lure millennials
Fidelity's StockCity lets users navigate their stock portfolio.
For some investors, pie charts and graphs are all that’s needed to navigate their way through their portfolios. But in an attempt to lure millennials and reorient their views of the stock market, Fidelity Investments’ innovation team on Wednesday launched a program that uses video game technology to help investors understand their holdings. Read More