Take the Leap
Ministry of Supply's Kit Hickey rebooted her career from investment banker to a successful entrepreneur...You can too!
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Kit Hickey, one of the co-founders of Boston-based fashion tech company Ministry of Supply, is featured prominently in a recent article in Outside Magazine. In the piece by Abe Streep that focuses on finding your dream job and "rebooting your career," Hickey is held up as an example of how using skills developed in one career can lead to a successful transition to a "dream job." Read More
Starting over
Former Communispace CEO Diane Hessan will run Startup Institute
Diane Hessan at the Boston offices of Communispace in 2013. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe.
Long-time Communispace CEO Diane Hessan has a new gig: she's taking over Startup Institute, a for-profit education business that spun out from the Techstars Boston entrepreneurship program. Startup Institute recently raised $3 million from Silicon Valley Bank, and now operates its eight-week "boot camp" for people who hope to get jobs with startups in five cities; there's also an online program called RampUp. Read More
The Crying of eBay Lot 49
Invaluable is Boston-based driving force behind eBay's new live auction service
Screenshot of an eBay/Invaluable auction page
On Monday, eBay launched a new live auction website that allows brick and mortar auction houses to conduct some of their art and collectibles sales online. The new offering is made possible through a partnership, announced earlier this year, with Invaluable, the Boston-based online live auction marketplace website. Read More
To track a killer
HealthMap tracks Ebola’s footprints online, preparing for the next big outbreak
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Since March, a group of data-savvy epidemiologists at Boston Children’s Hospital have watched Ebola slowly spread through West Africa, ominously lighting up their dials first as a trickle, then a torrent of mentions on social media and online news reports. The group, HealthMap, has been steadily ahead of the curve tracking this year’s outbreak. One day, they hope to be a step ahead of the next big disease. Read More
Delicious deal
Phoodeez catering raises $600k, led by Project 11
Phoodeez caters large-scale corporate functions and small-scale luncheons by supplying food from multiple local restaurants. Workers at Litmus, an e-mail analytics firm in Boston, enjoyed a Phoodeez lunch in July.
Katie Rae was at an MIT conference when a familiar thought crept into her head: “How quickly can I duck out of this boxed lunch and go get real food?” “But I peeked into the box and said, ‘Wow, this actually looks good,’ ” she recalled. “That was my introduction to Phoodeez.” Now Rae’s venture capital firm, Project 11, is leading a $600,000 investment round in Phoodeez, a Boston startup that caters corporate functions by supplying food from multiple local restaurants that specialize in different types of cuisine. Read More
Talking travel
TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer explains why he doesn't obsess over the stock price
TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer. Photo by Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff.
TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer is a rare bird in several ways. Not only is he chief executive of an industry-leading website based in Massachusetts — TripAdvisor is the world's biggest travel site — but he took the company public in 2011 after first selling it to InterActiveCorp. (More on that here.) I sat down with him last month to talk about the company's four acquisitions so far in 2014; his take on travel startups like Airbnb, Uber, BlaBlaCar, and TripIt; and whether he's happier or less happy being the CEO of a public company. Read More
Dashing Across the River
Another player in the dinner delivery market, DoorDash now in both Boston and Cambridge
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In what seems like a never ending quest, more and more companies are looking to win what appears to be a wide open race to become the go-to online delivery service for Boston. In addition to Caviar, Instacart, GrubHub, Drizly, Postmates, Favor, now DoorDash, a West Coast delivery startup, has arrived in Boston to add just another possible option to get your food dropped on your doorstep. Read More