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Online Style meets Downtown Class
Blank Label offers an offline twist to its online shopping experience in Boston (Gallery)
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Blank Label, the Boston-based online custom shirt-maker, opened its second brick and mortar location recently with its Blank Label Pattern Shop in Downtown Crossing (which you can see in the gallery above). The shop has a bit of a minimalist/back room vibe, replete with jazz music twinkling in the background and a whisky bar. Read More
Entrepreneurial Man of Mystery
With 101 Tremont's Smartest Entrepreneur, Boston gets a better version of Banana Republic's Startup Guy
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Last week, Banana Republic created some  (likely unwanted) buzz with the launch of its 'The Startup Guy' line of clothing. While the look is pretty much khakis rolled up a bit too high, t-shirts under fitted blazers, half tucked in shirts, and business dress shorts, for some reason, the disjunction between Startup Guy (and the ponderous models sporting the gear) and the reality of what people at startups actually wear on a daily basis led to ridicule and mockery for the marketing misfire. Read More
Teach the Children Well
Panorama Education - recent moves and new hires don't follow the traditional ed tech playbook
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Since moving from California to Boston last fall, Panorama Education, which uses and analyzes surveys to make schools, teachers, and education as a whole better, has strived to break the common ed tech startup mold by being a bit more like a traditional software startup or consumer tech company. That trend continues with some recent developments. Read More
Tech fauna -- a field guide
The seven species of innovators on the Boston tech scene
Field guide
These are boom times for the innovation economy in Boston and Cambridge. Venture capital firms and big companies are moving from the suburbs to scout deals and reel in young talent. Wannabe entrepreneurs are ditching stable jobs to go the startup route. Read More
Cutting through the noise
Video messaging startup Vsnap adds $1 million in funding
Vsnap CEO Dave McLaughlin with Christopher Swenor,
Vice President of Product and Technology.
At a moment when we're all burdened by unanswered e-mails, unlistened-to voicemails, and all kinds of alerts pinging our mobile phones, Vsnap founder Dave McLaughlin has a strong belief about the power of video: a personalized video message can cut through all the noise, he says. Read More