Put a ring on it
FashionPlaytes founder Sarah McIlroy launches jewelry site Ella Sole
(image via Ella Sole)
Sarah McIlroy created FashionPlaytes, the design-your-own clothing website for tweens, after her daughter showed her some mockups for outfits she wanted her mother to help her make. Realizing that she couldn't help her daughter, but that there should be a way for young girls' creative clothing designs to become a reality, she started FashionPlaytes. Read More
Angels helping angels
Jeff Stoler of SideCar Angels on Boston's angel scene
Jeffrey Stoler of SideCar Angels.
Back in 2012, I covered the launch of a new angel investing group, SideCar Angels. Their strategy was to "ride along" when other angel funding groups, individual investors, and "micro VC" firms put money into a business, adding $100,000 or more of additional capital. SideCar doesn't lead funding rounds on its own; it only joins in when other entities have given the green light. Read More
Creative Industries
ArtWeek advantage in Creative Age of Cities
Sinha Capoeira (photo courtesy baSri photography)
[The We are the Creative Industries series: The Creative Industries - video game companies, design, marketing and architecture firms, and talented people who write books, design houses, shoot movies, make art and record music, just to name a few examples - are an important part of Massachusetts' economy, with $1 billion statewide impact and over 100,000 workers. Click here to learn more.] By Sue Dahling Sullivan Art Bingo …. an album-inspired gourmet dinner … community auditions on an iconic stage … a creative economy how-to panel … tropical floating harbor art … sand casting and welding workshops …fashion sketching on Newbury Street … art and yoga … free comedy improv lessons … an art crawl … an open recording session at a vintage venue … a boxing demo with stage presence … this is just a sampling of the 60+ one-of-a-kind creative experiences happening in and around Greater Boston over the next ten days. Read More
Bytes & Brews
Join BetaBoston in Kendall Square for our first Bytes & Brews event
We only launched a little over a month ago, but so far we've been excited to bring the news about what is happening in the Boston tech and innovation community to a wider (and often more national) audience. Now the team here at BetaBoston wants to build a deeper bond with our local readers and other members of Boston's innovation economy, and nothing beats that then getting together over a drink. Read More
Social Media Mayor
Mayor Walsh doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow
Walsh Reddit
Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will join a prestigious list that includes President Barack Obama, Bill Murray, Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion if you were born after the year 1999), Woody Harrelson, and the great Scott Stapp. Walsh will be doing a Reddit "Ask Me Anything," an online question and answer forum on Reddit that allows anyone to ask, well, anything they want of the person on the other side of the AMA.  Read More
Water Cooler Gossip
Are you that person in your office? 9 tips to keep your reputation intact
Scene from Office Space (Credit: Van Redin / 20th Century Fox)
By Christina Luconi Being in my field, I get to be part of celebrating the very best of people in the workplace… excitement about new jobs, promotions, raises, new leadership opportunities. I also get to witness some of the poorest judgment in decision making I've ever seen made by adults. Below are some of the ones I've seen multiple times in multiple companies – and my thoughts about how to avoid making similar mistakes yourself. Read More
Higher Ed's Open Platform
Boundless wants to do to textbooks what Wikipedia did to encyclopedias
(GRACIA LAM via BostonGlobe.com)

This morning, Boundless, the Boston-based ed tech company that has shaken up the college textbook industry by offering electronic textbook alternatives at a lower cost, announced that it is launching a cloud-based platform to make educational content more widely accessible.

More access to information — sound familiar? Isn't that what Wikipedia is built on?  Read More