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First look: Harvard's new Launch Lab, a home for alumni startups
Harvard-affiliated startups began moving into the university's new Launch Lab this month.
Just three years after Harvard University opened its Innovation Lab, a space for students to develop startup ideas, there's a new annex for alumni businesses located right across the street. The Launch Lab is intended to support not only recent grads who may be growing companies they started when they were students, but also alumni several years out who are working on new ventures. Both the Launch Lab and the Innovation Lab are in the former WGBH television complex on Western Avenue in Allston. I stopped by earlier this month to have a look... Read More
'Uberification'
Handybook changes name to Handy, reaches 150 employees
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Since launching its on-demand cleaning and handyman service in Boston in mid-2012, Handybook has expanded to 28 cities and 150 employees. Today, the New York-based company, which still maintains a Boston office, has changed its name to Handy in an effort to become an even bigger player in the “Uberification” of the economy.

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Masters of deception
Their machine will tell if you're friend or foe, they say
Veritas Scientific Corporation is — well, it must be — the rare company with technology that surpasses the limitations of what scientists understand. Veritas is all about deception. In the promotional video here, Veritas Scientific's founder and CEO Eric Fenn Elbot says that he "started reading incredible research about how to detect brain waves to detect deception, and how to use brain waves to go beyond that, to even, perhaps, be able to identify friend from foe." Therefore, he went into business. Read More
What do the kids think?
Panorama Education connects with Harvard for open source surveys: Why it's important
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On Tuesday, Panorama Education, the Y-Combinator graduate ed tech startup that has been backed by Mark Zuckerberg, announced that it is taking its survey product for K-12 schools and making it free through an open source initiative. What's more, Panorama has teamed up with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to do so. Read More
More the merrier
A 1,000-strong bot swarm assembles at Harvard
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A team of computer scientists have turned an exciting corner towards creating a functional robotic swarm. For the first time, they've shown how more than 1,000 small, simple robots can organize in formation, creating two distinct shapes.

The new demo comes from Radhika Nagpal's lab at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Nagpal has been studying co-ordinated behavior in natural and robotic systems for more than a decade. Read More