Valley investor barnstorms in Boston
Audio: Peter Thiel visits BU to talk entrepreneurship (and backing Zuck)
BetaBoston's Scott Kirsner onstage with investor, entrepreneur, and author Peter Thiel, at Boston University's School of Management. (Photo courtesy of Rob Kornblum.)
Just sharing some audio I recorded yesterday at a talk Peter Thiel gave at Boston University's School of Management; I moderated the audience Q&A afterward, which was a lot of fun. Thiel is on the road with co-author Blake Masters promoting his new book, Zero to One. I teased him a bit that his only tweet so far is a plug for the book... and his quick answer was that he went from zero to one tweets. Read More
To track a killer
Vecna tests Ebola technology in Monrovia
In Monrovia, Liberia, and neighboring Sierra Leone, Deborah Theobald is training health workers to use two tech tools. (Photo: Paul Amendola/IRC)
A Cambridge builder of health information systems is testing two pioneering medical technologies in West Africa that could help limit the transmission of Ebola from patients to doctors. An electronic health record system and a robot with a two-way communication system — basically an iPad on wheels — are among the tools Deborah Theobald, co-founder of Vecna Technologies, brought to Monrovia, Libera, in late November. Read More
Survey Says
Partners HealthCare announces new platform to help companies survey patients
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The Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare has created a secure survey tool to help medical product makers and investors get feedback from patients and customers. The new mobile app and Web-based survey tool called cHealth Compass will charge companies for the service and pay survey takers for their time. Read More
Finding a spot, made simpler
New wave of parking apps heading for Boston, with Veer first to launch
Aaron Kolenda and Jonathan Corbin, co-founders of the parking app Veer.
Has your mobile phone not quite eliminated the headache of parking in Harvard Square or the North End? A trio of new startups hope they can help — and none of them is  attempting to "monetize" city-controlled street spots, as the Baltimore startup Haystack tried to do this past summer. The first to launch is Veer, which shows up in Apple's iTunes Store today. Read More