There is an arms race going on in the business world similar to that in the sports world.
Everyone wants to be bigger, faster, and stronger in terms of operations, technology, sales and marketing, and revenue. The key to it all is speed. And in business, that doesn't mean being able to run a 40-yard-dash in 4.15 seconds. It means having access to information fast, and, maybe most important, accurately. Read MoreCounting zzz'sJawbone maps America's sleep habits, here's how Boston scores
There are opinions and opinions about the link between sleep and creativity — there's evidence that insomnia and 8 solid hours can both do wonders.
For a city that prides itself on creative output, Boston is a city of midnight-oil burners, but it still catches a few more winks than other big cities in it class. Read MoreA Where's-Waldo-ish Guide to What-Not-to-DoAll the wee little design things that matter
On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip.
“Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba's as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.”
Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials. Read More
When Cort Johnson made the move from Terrible Labs to Atlas Venture, some wondered what his specific role at the venture capital firm might be.
With the launch of hack/reduce's "College Ambassador Program," that becomes a little more clear. Read More
Personal data about customers is increasingly valuable to businesses, and casinos are among the most voracious data gatherers of them all. But unlike others, the gambling industry goes the extra mile to reward patrons for sharing their personal information. That’s one surprising lesson from “What Stays in Vegas,” a new book about how businesses everywhere—and the gambling and entertainment industry in particular—collect and use data about their customers. Read MoreDomo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo...domoDataRobot gets $21 million in new funding led by NEA
The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it's too late. That's why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process.
Read MoreLunch Time TestingHow Clover crunches big data to take aim at reshaping fast food
For a few years now, there's been one startup in Boston that's been my unqualified favorite to watch, even though I haven't reported on them: Clover Food. In a deep profile for this weekend's Globe Magazine, Eric Moskowitz rightly describes it as what would result if a cafeteria mated with an Apple store. But there's one big cultural difference between Apple and Clover: Clover is obsessively open with how it operates.
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