Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has heard the concerns about the innovation economy having unintended consequences — such as gentrification — that only make economic inequality worse in Boston. But he’s not convinced.
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 MoreNew venture factory Blade adds veterans of Zappos, iRobot, Cisco
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 MoreDoggoneSo long, Dogpatch Cambridge: Polaris' startup hatchery is no more
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.