Incubators

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Rethinking online shopping, in the old Sears building
First look: Launch, new Boston incubator for e-commerce ventures
Ben Fischman, founder of the Launch incubator for e-commerce startups.
What better place to cook up new e-commerce companies than the tower of an old Sears & Roebuck distribution center? That's where Ben Fischman, the founder of Lids and Rue La La, has found space for his new e-commerce incubator, dubbed Launch. There's no website yet, and the team is still small, but I dropped in last week for a visit. Read More
Kayak crew's next trick
First look: Blade Network, a supercollider for Boston's startup scene
Blade co-founders Paul Schwenk, Bill O'Donnell, and Paul English, all of whom previously worked together at Kayak, Intuit, and Interleaf.
The big opening party for Paul English's Blade Network startup space is tomorrow night, and when I dropped by on Monday morning, construction crews were scrambling to get everything finished. English, the co-founder and former chief technology officer at Kayak, wants it to become a supercollider for consumer tech, art, and music in Boston. And in terms of designing a dazzling environment, he's definitely aiming high. Read More
New venture factory Blade adds veterans of Zappos, iRobot, Cisco
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The team has been expanding over at Blade, the startup factory in Fort Point Channel that doesn't officially open its doors until later this month. Blade's founding trio all came from Kayak, the travel-planning site that has its technology operations in Concord, but they've recently been adding veterans of iRobot, Millennial Media, Cisco, and Zappos. Read More
Doggone
So long, Dogpatch Cambridge: Polaris' startup hatchery is no more
Employees of Localytics working at Dogpatch Labs Cambridge in 2012.
R.I.P. Dogpatch Labs Cambridge. The startup hatchery, which once provided free office space in Kendall Square to selected startups, quietly closed in December, according to David Barrett, the venture capitalist at Polaris Partners who had been responsible for the space. It had operated for about five years. Read More