Tapping tech talent in Boston
Pharmacy giant CVS Health will open digital innovation lab in Boston
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Rhode Island-based CVS Health, operator of Minute Clinics and the country's second-biggest drugstore chain, is planning to open a technology development center in Boston this winter. Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer tells me that the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab will fit about 100 people — some of whom will move from CVS HQ in Woonsocket, and some of whom will be new hires. "We may not hire all 100 next year, but we're going to hire a lot," Tilzer says. The lab's focus will be on "building customer-centric experiences in health care." Read More
Intelligent Biz Investment
InsightSquared gets $13.5 million to continue growing its business intelligence platform
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There is an arms race going on in the business world similar to that in the sports world. Everyone wants to be bigger, faster, and stronger in terms of operations, technology, sales and marketing, and revenue. The key to it all is speed. And in business, that doesn't mean being able to run a 40-yard-dash in 4.15 seconds. It means having access to information fast, and, maybe most important, accurately. Read More
Doctors orders
High blood pressure? There’s an app for that
Twine Health co-founders, John Moore (right) and Frank Moss, at the MIT Media Lab. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe)
Among the ills of the American health care system is the disconnect between patients and their doctors. John Moore has an app for that. Moore is cofounder of Twine Health, which is making a mobile app to improve communication between doctors and patients and nudge the sick to more closely follow their treatment plans. Read More
Wu-Tang Forever
The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA talks ODB, the music biz, and the launch of the group's new Bluetooth speaker
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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Russell Tyrone Jones, better known as Ol' Dirty Bastard of the famous rap collective Wu-Tang Clan. The RZA, Wu-Tang's unofficial leader, has said that ODB will be included in some way in the group's upcoming album, "A Better Tomorrow," which is slated to be released in early December. However, part of "A Better Tomorrow" is being made available now through a special partnership between the band and Boombotix, a maker of Bluetooth speakers. Boombotix has created a special Wu-Tang version of their Boombot REX speaker, which will be preloaded with several songs from the new album. The speaker was available starting Nov. 15, which also just happens to be Ol' Dirty Bastard's birthday. Read More
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Boston, Hub of the (Tech) Universe?
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Poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes is widely credited with bestowing on Boston its moniker as "Hub of the Universe," and while outsiders like to mock the nickname, it's becoming harder to ignore one reality: Boston is officially becoming a launching pad for international startups. Maybe even, ahem, the Hub of the Tech Universe? At Wednesday's Techstars Demo Day, five of the 12 companies that appeared on stage, born out of the program, were international. MassChallenge had about 30 companies from throughout the globe in its class this year. Read More
not too hot not too cold
This self-powered boiler can help you survive New England winters
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When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity. The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient.  Read More
Now you see it
Magic materials fold themselves at MIT exhibition this month
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Time is the fourth dimension. That's the first thing you need to know before you enter the 3-D/4-D exhibition that opened this week at an MIT gallery this week. Sheets of wood, metal and cloth that are 3-D printed into fantastic structures are on display at the Keller Gallery on campus, but the real twist is this: They are programmed to shape-shift over time. Read More
Next Gen Civic Leader
Boston's first ever chief digital officer is a millennial, of course
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Lauren Lockwood, Boston's first ever chief digital officer, is a Vassar and Harvard Business School graduate who spent startup time at Hourly Nerd and did a consulting stint at Morgan Stanley. Those are great qualifications, but perhaps most to her credit, Lockwood is 28 — a bona fide millennial who understands that a smartphone can feel like a surgically attached extension of your arm and probably joined Facebook back when the invites were circulating among college sophomores with .edu e-mail addresses. Read More
New Angels
Angel Boot Camp: The Peace Corps for millionaires
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If you missed the Angel Boot Camp at MIT’s Tang Center the other day, you missed a lot. Organizers Jon Pierce, Rob Go, and Jay Acunzo put together an amazing lineup of angel investors and brilliant startup savants. Read More
Michievious Journey
Sarah Frisken's 'Made with Mischief' painting app acquired by The Foundry
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Last year, I met with Sarah Frisken, a quiet and unassuming local design professor, who introduced me to a design/painting app called Mischief, and I was blown away by what I saw in the tiny startup's demo video. Today, it is being announced that Frisken's startup, now rebranded as Made with Mischief, has been acquired by The Foundry, a London-based creative software company. Read More