Before Wii revolutionized gaming by tracking movement, and before Xbox started integrating social media and music into the gaming experience, Ralph Baer created the first home gaming console. Fans of video games everywhere owe hours of enjoyment to Baer, who died Saturday at the age of 92 in his Manchester, N.H., home. Read MoreGet Wicked Smaht!President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week
This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org's "Hour of Code" initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, "Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives." Read MoreA Golden (Colorado) OpportunityDrizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Drizly, the Boston-based online alcohol delivery company, had inked a major deal with MillerCoors to cross-promote the delivery service. As part of the partnership, Drizly delivered cases of Miller Lite for free over the past weekend in four of its nine service cities. Read MoreQ&ATalking tweets with Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki first rose to fame as Apple’s chief evangelist in the early era of the Mac, but today he’s best known for his commanding social media presence. Every day, he provides hundreds of insightful links to his 1.4 million Twitter followers. Kawasaki is the co-author of the new book, “The Art of Social Media, Power Tips for Power Users” (Portfolio/Penguin), with the New Hampshire-based social media strategist Peg Fitzpatrick, who plans and assists with much of his online presence. Here, he shares his insights on mastering communications on the Web.
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 MoreInnovation EconomyTrolling campuses for the next Facebook
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?
December is a time to reflect on the achievements of the last 12 months and prepare for the new year. And the City Awake festival, which launches today in Boston, is giving individuals and companies focused on social impact the opportunity to do just that. Read More