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.
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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.
As we celebrate and commemorate our military service members this Veteran's Day, one group of angel investors is looking to help make an even larger commitment to those who have served: They're going to fund their startups.
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Last week, we wrote about an Apple malware attack called WireLurker, which was quickly blocked by the company. This week, FireEye is reporting that there is another, potentially more damaging iOS attack called Masque Attack that could steal tons of people's data and poses "much bigger threats than WireLurker." Here's what we know. Read More
Later this week, 12 local business executives will be heading out to Palm Springs for Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum, at which one could end up being named EY's National Entrepreneur of the Year. Read More