Gone Till November?
BetaBoston Bytes & Brews hitting the Lansdowne Pub with SPOT Thurs. 11/20
Photo via The Boston Globe
Next week, the BetaBoston team will once again be convening by Fenway, this time at the Lansdowne Pub for our monthly BetaBoston Bytes & Brews night out. Personally, I can't think of a more appropriate place to hang out, network, and grab some hot food and cold beer on frigid November night. Read More
Got feedback? BetaBoston wants to hear from you
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Dear Reader, The truth is, we're here because you are. Yes, we probably haven't met. But at BetaBoston we spend an incredible amount of time wondering what you want to read, what you already know, what you'd like to hear more of. Once in a while, we get the chance to patch in a direct line. Learn what you think, first hand and everything. Here's what's up: We're plotting a few changes to our site that'll roll out over the next few months. While we're building the blueprints, we'd really like your feedback. So take this quick survey, tell us what you think. It'll help us a lot. And it won't take you a minute.  
Pitching in the shadow of Fenway
Here's the line-up for today's Techstars Boston startup showcase
Jakob Garrow of EdTrips high fives a group of fifth graders from Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton, at today's demo day.
It's graduation day for the latest class of entrepreneurs participating in the Techstars Boston accelerator program. They'll pitch an audience of investors and fellow founders at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street, hoping to get the capital and connections necessary to make it big. Among the twelve startups are teams designing new bikes for city-dwellers, devices for wireless music streaming, and sites that aim to become the OpenTable of school field trips. This is the first Techstars session run by Semyon Dukach, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and one-time leader of the MIT Blackjack Team. Read More
One less errand
Washio's laundry ninjas infiltrate Boston
Washio founder Jordan Metzner.
To the list of services that can be summoned with a few taps on your smartphone, you can now add laundry and dry cleaning. A California startup, Washio, launches in Boston this week. The company pays contractors with their own cars — they refer to them as "ninjas" — to zip around town picking up and dropping off sacks of clothing, and promises 24-hour turnaround. Washio will compete with local cleaners who already offer delivery services on price and convenience; founder Jordan Metzner says that customers can specify a half-hour window in which they'd like a pickup or dropoff to occur. Read More