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Cambridge data challenge invites residents to design a safer city
A cyclist travels down Beacon Street in Somerville. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)
The City of Cambridge is calling on citizens to help identify accident-prone intersections, chart safe paths for kids to bike to school, and flag policy issues that need attention as part of the first ever Street Safety Challenge. The contest opens Friday and Cantabrigians are invited to examine a comprehensive data set of 6,500 road accidents in the city over the last three years, and then share their views or experiences with the city through charts, interactive apps, essays, or performance art pieces.  Read More
The long Orange Silence is over
After quiet period, Dharmesh Shah spills insight into HubSpot's IPO
Dharmesh Shah (image via HubSpot)
In a post today on his blog "On Startups" (a great resource that has a huge following), Cambridge-based HubSpot's co-founder and chief technology officer breaks his long silence, the quiet period that is part of the IPO process and dropped his first post in awhile, one that breaks down his experiences while taking HubSpot public. Read More
Intelligent Biz Investment
InsightSquared gets $13.5 million to continue growing its business intelligence platform
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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 More
Michievious Journey
Sarah Frisken's 'Made with Mischief' painting app acquired by The Foundry
Image via The Foundry
Last year, I met with Sarah Frisken, a quiet and unassuming local design professor, who introduced me to a design/painting app called Mischief, and I was blown away by what I saw in the tiny startup's demo video. Today, it is being announced that Frisken's startup, now rebranded as Made with Mischief, has been acquired by The Foundry, a London-based creative software company. Read More
LEDs, Irish 3D Love
Daily Brief: Prelert gets $7.5 million, BeON Kickstarts, and Web Summit kicks off in Dublin
BeOn Burglar Deterrent bulbs would have made Home Alone less interesting. Courtesy BeON Home
It's been a very active two-week period for fundraising among Boston's tech companies, and there are no signs of that slowing down at all. -Framingham-based Prelert, a company that develops advanced analytics software that helps enterprises with the early detection of possible data loss, announced $7.5 million in new funding today led by Intel Capital. Read More
What you need to know with your Cup o' Joe
Morning brief: Aileron gets $33 million in new funding, HeyWire announces 911 text advancements
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This morning, two local companies made announcements that could have health and safety implications for years to come. One deals with funding to help fight cancer using an approach that merges science, biology, and new technological drug development technologies; the other is an advancement in using a ubiquitous communication technology when an emergency strikes. Read More
Innovation Economy
5 things the next Massachusetts governor should do for innovation economy
Kamil Peters of Kamil Peters Metal Sculpture at work in the Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

HOLYOKE -- Like Dorothy stepping through the front door after crash-landing in Oz, I knew I wasn’t in Boston anymore.

Boston’s Innovation District is pricey. Construction cranes are everywhere, parking is scarce, and lunch options plentiful. Here in Holyoke’s newly-christened Innovation District, there are beautiful brick mill buildings, cheap hydroelectric power, and a new walkway alongside the canals — but almost no people.

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