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.
Read MoreTo Protect and ServeAngel investors look to fund veteran-led startups
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.
John Hancock is trying to take the pain out of the IT help desk experience for its 3,450 local employees. In a page pulled from the "we're a savvy startup" handbook, the financial services company launched a new TechLounge in its Boston headquarters Monday that hopes to emulate the experience of the Apple Store.