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Who's Next on Beacon Hill?
Soooo...neither candidate for governor seems to know much about technology
Photo of Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker spoke at a forum in Microsoft’s Cambridge office. DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF
From Cal Borchers piece in The Boston Globe:
Charlie Baker talked about his “favorite” collaboration between Harvard and MIT — but couldn’t name it. Martha Coakley thought describing a high-tech innovation as “disruptive” was a bad thing, even though startups wear the label like a badge of honor. Both major-party candidates for Massachusetts governor were clearly out of their element Monday before an audience of about 150 tech workers during a forum at Microsoft’s Cambridge office.
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The French Connection
Backed by Gov. Patrick, Mass. tech organizations announce a flurry of strategic links in France
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In a series of partnerships that echoes the days when the Siemens brothers helped stretch transatlantic cables from Cape Cod to the French coast, organizations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are connecting with counterparts in the French Republic to push technology and innovation forward in both Boston and Paris. Last week ended with a flurry of announcements and news involving the strategic tech partnerships being formed between the Boston tech community and the burgeoning Paris innovation ecosystem. Read More
Survey says...
State of Massachusetts testing surveys from Cambridge's Panorama Education
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Can surveys of students, teachers, parents, and principals produce better schools? That's the premise at Cambridge-based Panorama Education, which launched last year and already helps about 5,000 schools field surveys and analyze the results. The startup pulled in $4 million in funding last fall — some of it from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and actor Ashton Kutcher — and is now up to eight full-time employees. Panorama also just started its first pilot project with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will survey 17,000 students and teachers between now and the end of this school year. The department's eventual goal is a statewide roll-out of the new survey in 2014-2015, which would be a much bigger win for Panorama. Read More