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Where are Boston's most creative places? #TellBeta
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My desk is a creative dead-zone. There, I've said it. I find my best ideas on the move, when I'm strolling to the T from a meeting, or just going for a walk along the Charles—of course, when my keyboard is safely out of reach. We want hear about the places around town you head to for inspiration: Those hotspots you seek out to shake out of a funk or wrestle down a knotty problem. Read More
Happy Coffee Day!
Home to revolutionaries and innovators, Beantown has a long history with coffee
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Coffee has powered all kinds of change-makers in Boston. In 1676 a man named John Sparry got authorization to open the first coffee shop in the New World. In the 1700s, activists nursed plans for revolution in the Green Dragon, a coffee shop in Boston's North End. Today, cafes lining the streets of the Seaport and Kendall Square host innovators plotting a different kind of change. Read More
Hip to be square
InsightSquared is so quiet, you wouldn't know they might be Boston's next big tech company
InsightSquared chief executive Fred Shilmover
Cambridge's InsightSquared is one of those companies that is often discussed as the next potential HubSpot or DataXu. I.e., a Boston startup that develops from a small, early-stage startup, to a "where-did-they-come-from" growth company, to a business that generates buzz, is pointed to as a model for others to follow, and whose name starts getting bandied about as a possible IPO candidate. Read More
Upward momentum
Superpedestrian gets $4 million for Copenhagen Wheel, which turns bikes into hybrids
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MIT spinout Superpedestrian has added $4 million, including investments from actor Jared Leto and General Catalyst Partners, to produce its wheel that converts bicycles into electric-hybrids for easier hill-climbing and long-distance rides.

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Make it in Mass.?
Can manufacturing in Massachusetts go viral?
Eric Hold works on the electrical boards of a mass spectrometer at 908 Devices in South Boston. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

“What we need are manufacturing jobs, not stupid social apps.”

That was a comment appended to a column I wrote in August about two app start-ups in Boston, and I thought it raised a good question: Who is creating those new manufacturing jobs? If you want to weld, rivet, or stamp for a living, rather than code and upload, where will you work?

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Out of the Box
Aaron Levie, Box see drones and Internet of Things as data sources of the future
Aaron Levie talking with Jason Pontin at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review
Aaron Levie, the founder and chief executive of cloud content storage company Box, is in Cambridge today to talk about "Mobile Collaboration" at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review. Before his talk, I caught up with him about what's next for Box, as well as the company's presence in Boston. Read More
Mining for Future Talent
Big week for Big Data in Boston
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Earlier this week, hack/reduce announced a Big Data-focused college ambassador program, a joint effort with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. It was part of a bigger initiative this week that puts organizations working in the Big Data space, like hack/reduce, Microsoft, and Thomson Reuters, among others, in the spotlight. Read More