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Helping Hands
Governor Patrick, Mayor Walsh officially make Wednesday 'Tech Gives Back Day'
Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and MassChallenge's Ryan Walsh , at MassChallenge
City of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has issued a proclamation making Wednesday "Tech Gives Back Day" in the city. Last week, Governor Deval Patrick, also proclaimed that September 10, will be Tech Gives Back Day for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read More
Sharing economy debate
Airbnb to get a closer look from the Boston City Council
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After settling its dispute with parking app Haystack, the Boston City Council will now start to look into "for-profit lodging in personal residences." In particular, the council will hold a hearing to decide if more regulation needs to be put into place for companies like Airbnb, Boston-based FlipKey, HomeAway, and others. Read More
Stack Ban
City of Boston passes ordinance to ban parking apps like Haystack; Haystack suspends service
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the selling, leasing, or reserving of public ways  in the city, a move made squarely to counter Haystack, a Baltimore-based startup that allows parkers in the city's metered spots to sell access as they were leaving to others looking for openings. Read More
Parking Wars
Boston City Council submits ordinance to put an end to parking apps, like Haystack
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Earlier today, in a Boston City Council meeting that also tackled possible regulations for Uber, an ordinance was submitted by Boston City Councilor Frank Baker prohibiting, without permission from the City of Boston, the ability to "sell, lease, reserve, or facilitate the reserving of any street, way, highway, road or parkway, or portion thereof under the City of Boston's control." Read More
The Incumbent vs. the Upstart
Is this week's parking app pilot decision a test of Mayor Walsh's bullish stance on innovation?
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Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out and expressed his opposition to parking app Haystack's launch in Boston.  In his statement, the mayor said, "The Boston Transportation Department (“BTD”) welcomes innovation in all aspects of urban transportation, including the use of apps by smartphone users." Very soon, we will have a test case of just how serious the mayor is about innovation in Boston. Read More
Global Biz Hub
5 reasons to celebrate the Boston tech scene at TechJam
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Contributed article from Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston TechJam and chief marketing officer of Apperian, and Tom Hopcroft, president and chief executive at Mass Technology Leadership Council When it comes to tech hubs, the spotlight usually shines on Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley in New York City. Despite our own rich history in technology and innovation, Boston, to be quite blunt, has lost top billing. In the last few years, there’s been a perception, both internally and nationally, that the city had flat lined, or as PandoDaily put it, was “in a rut” and had “lost its mojo.” Read More