Innovation District

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Looking back
How Menino made the Innovation District happen
menino
The first time I ever saw Mayor Thomas Menino in person was 1997. I went over to what was then the Computer Museum — now it's part of the Boston Children's Museum — for an event that was promoting the neighborhood as Boston's Cyber District. Web design shops and Internet consultancies were starting to fill the old brick warehouses of Fort Point Channel. "I want this city to grow and show its technology leadership," the Mayor said at that event. "We need to continually educate people about what's going on here." Read More
Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
MassChallenge
MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator program, announced its list of finalists for the annual MassChallenge Awards ceremony taking place on October 29. At the event, $1.75 million in no-strings-attached funding will be distributed among the 26 startups, narrowed down from the 128 that began the program in June. Read More
Up on the roof
Is this the coolest "office" in Boston's Innovation District?
John Stoddard, "founding farmer" at Higher Ground Farm.
On a warm September morning, it's hard to imagine a better place to work that the rooftop above the Boston Design Center. There's a fantastic view of downtown through an archway, the harbor is sparkling, and a cruise ship is parked at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal next door. And at Higher Ground Farm, their casual Friday dress code likely differs a bit from casual Friday at your office... Read More
Big Orange Invades the Seaport
HubSpot INBOUND brings more than 10,000 marketing fans to Innovation District
INBOUND
Walking across the bridge on World Trade Center Ave., heading towards this year's INBOUND '14 conference, I started chatting with an attendee about the event. Or, more accurately, he excitedly started talking to me. "Wow, this is going to be an exciting event," the young marketing employee said as we headed for the opening night of the conference that featured a keynote from former Apple evangelist, author, and current Canva evangelist Guy Kawasaki. Read More
Tech for Language
Talkitt hopes to bridge the chasm of language disability
Voiceitt, a company founded in Israel currently taking part in MassChallenge, has developed a voice recognition platform that could give a voice to the millions of people living with speech disabilities. On Monday, the company is launching an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for TalkItt, the company's technology that translates unintelligible language into understandable speech. Read More
Startups by the sea
Drydock is rocking... But here's what else it needs
An aerial view of Drydock Center, a/k/a the Bronstein Center, a/k/a the Innovation and Design Building (to the left of the gray ship), by David L. Ryan of the Boston Globe.
Drydock is rocking. Period. This summer, I think the massive complex on Boston Harbor has finally transitioned from being a destination of last resort for frugal startups who didn't want to pay the rents of Kendall Square or Fort Point to being a place companies actively choose. Read More
Don't fear the Beer
Do "vice" startups face an uphill climb? Drizly's investors don't think so
<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-188082377/stock-vector-businessman-the-angel-and-the-devil.html?src=5DD2EmZh0RNaToBNYwmrWg-1-2">'Businessman, angel, and devil' via Shutterstock</a>
Alcohol delivery company Drizly has been busy in the first half of the year. Raising $4.8 million and expanding its services (from Boston to Manhattan and Brooklyn to Chicago and Los Angeles) is as an impressive 2014 resume as any local startup. Read More
Boston Knows How to Party
An epic day for Boston's tech community, from TechJam to BostInno in the Seaport
The scene at Tech Jam in City Hall Plaza.
Thursday will go down as one of the best examples of all that is right in the Boston tech and innovation community and made clear that the momentum that everyone in the "Innovation Economy" has been talking about for a couple of years now is, in fact, very real.  Read More