Calling all cyber defenders
Bruce Schneier: There are three big threats to cybersecurity — and one defense
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BetaBoston partnered with Silicon Valley Bank, Hack/Reduce, and Terrible Labs on Thursday to host the Cyber Security Symposium. Security experts from Credit Suisse, Threat Stack, Bit9 and others convened for a day-long event, the second niche-focused conference put together by SVB, Atlas Venture's Cort Johnson and Terrible Labs' Smith Anderson after the Quantified Self Conference in March. Read More
Innovation Economy
Trolling campuses for the next Facebook
(From left) Barron Roth, John Moore, middle and Luke Sorensen discuss Downtyme during a development meeting at Boston University. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Two April days, separated by a decade. Two college sophomores walk into the Charles Square complex in Cambridge to meet with prospective investors. They’ve both built apps to help students communicate with friends on campus, and attracted a small community of users. Read More
An Uber Opportunity?
The answer to Uber's recent PR nightmares may be sitting in its Boston office
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Dan Primack reported in Fortune yesterday that Uber was raising a $1.8 billion round of funding (confirmed by Re/Code as $1.2 billion), and it seems like the innovative transportation company has been in the news almost every day for the past month, though mostly for the antics of what is being portrayed in the press as a highly dysfunctional leadership team. Read More
InnerCity Weightlifting to open outpost in Kendall Square
Personal trainers from InnerCity Weightlifting work with employees at Microsoft's New England office. Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff
In this weekend's Boston Globe Magazine, business columnist Shirley Leung writes about InnerCity Weightlifting, the Dorchester gym that has provided a source of support and job opportunities to formerly incarcerated men by helping them become personal trainers. For the past two years, founder Jon Feinman has been pairing members of the gym with employees at Microsoft's New England headquarters for training sessions. Now he plans to take the idea one step further and open a gym in the heart of the Cambridge tech community. As Leung writes:
Come February or so, his theory will face the ultimate test when he opens a gym in Kendall Square, the playground of computer geniuses, scientists, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. It’s an expensive proposition for a nonprofit — a $1.5 million lease over five years, for which InnerCity Weightlifting is still fund-raising. But Feinman, InnerCity’s founder and executive director, feels certain this is exactly where his program needs to be if the goal is to get men on a path out of their dangerous world and into one with possibilities. “We felt it was a greater risk not to make this investment,” says 31-year-old Feinman, who himself worked as a personal trainer and earned an MBA from Babson College before launching InnerCity. ... The concept is so starkly simple you can’t help but wonder if it could succeed. Can we lift people up from the bottom by exposing them to the people at the top?
Read the full story here.  
A whole new world
Would you sequence the genome of your newborn? A majority of Mass. parents say yes
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Would you be willing to sequence the genome of your newborn baby, Gattaca-style, mere hours after bringing it into the world? A little over 500 new parents were asked this question in the maternity ward at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last year, and a majority said yes. Read More
Everything's coming up rosés
Drync wine app partners with retailers to offer pickup as option
Drync's mobile app lets users scan the label on bottles of wine to keep track of vintages they like — and re-order more.
Things are looking up for Bay State oenophiles. On Jan. 1, it becomes legal for wineries to ship their products directly to your doorstep. And starting this week, the Somerville startup Drync is making it possible to order a bottle or a case through its mobile app and pick it up at a local retailer. Read More
Fresh directors + fresh cash
Staff revamp at Techstars Boston; campus-focused Xfund raises $100 million
New Techstars Boston director Eveline Buchatskiy with managing director Semyon Dukach. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston)
Semyon Dukach is bringing in some new talent to help run the Techstars Boston entrepreneurial training program. Dukach took over as managing director of the program earlier this year, and in November he announced that two of the directors who had been assisting with day-to-day management would be departing. Joining the program in advance of its 2015 cycle are angel investor and entrepreneur Ty Danco and Eveline Buchatskiy, who had previously run a startup program in Kiev, Ukraine, and who moved to Boston in September. Danco and Buchatskiy will be directors; Rosa Hsu has been promoted to program manager. Read More