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Changing the VC model
How can we make the ‘hard stuff’ cool again?
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Last week I met with Leslie Dewan, a young entrepreneur in Cambridge. She’s not working on a mobile app or on software to improve business efficiency. She has a big idea. And it’ll take years to find out whether or not it is even economically viable.

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Drone Developments
Self-charging stations, smarts, make for a more efficient delivery drone
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Depending on who you ask, package delivery by drone is either looming large in our future or is way off in the distance. While we wait, researchers at MIT are building the parts that will make delivery robots functional and efficient, including battery-swapping stations and algorithms that streamline the way the crafts will think. Read More
Your space my space
How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More
More Leaving Inbound Company
HubSpot departures a blip or sign of trouble for the IPO candidate?
HubSpot chief product officer David Cancel, in one of the Cambridge company's conference rooms. Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.
Last week, two key members of HubSpot's engineering team, chief product officer David Cancel and engineering vice president Elias Torres announced that they were going to be leaving the company in the fall to work on a new startup. A couple of other employees will be departing for new projects as well, including Joshua Porter, HubSpot's director of UX. Read More