The three founders of Cape Codder Sunglasses had a pretty good summer in 2013. A single retailer ordered 400 pairs — basically, the startup's entire stock at the time — and by the time the trio went back to college in the fall, they'd sold about 1200 pairs of the wood-framed shades, which sell for $90 and up. This year, having just graduated from Boston College and Yale, they're testing the waters of crowdfunding.
Read MoreGlobal Biz HubChecking in on the overlooked Worcester startup scene
For many of us who think about the "local economy," what happens outside of I-495 might as well be happening on the moon. While it may not have the cool factor of accelerators in the Innovation District or in Kendall Square, the startup/tech scene in Worcester is growing thanks to the passionate work of DataGravity co-founder and president John Joseph.
I asked the WPI and Clark alumnus a few questions about what he's been up to out in "The City of Seven Hills." Read More
In just one day Boston entrepreneur Mike Langone and his childhood friend Matt Gorman reached their $45,000 crowdfunding goal to increase production of their luscious home brewing kits. They've now passed $100,000.
A startup called Quitbit is launching a crowdfunding campaign today for a $150 cigarette lighter — early purchasers can get one for $70 — that can count how many times you've used it today, and relay the data to your smartphone. Quitbit's app lets you set goals for how many cigarettes you'd like to allow yourself, and share how you're doing with a group of friends on Facebook or Twitter. Quitbit hopes to start shipping its product by the end of this year.
Read MoreBugging outWe eat bugs. You should too.
By Rose Wang
My college roommate, Laura D’Asaro, has been off and on vegetarian her whole life, because she has had environmental and moral qualms about eating meat. So when she went to Tanzania one summer and ate a fried caterpillar, it was love at first taste. Not only was the caterpillar delicious, but she also discovered a new way to eat meat that was much more sustainable and moral. Read MorePut a ring on itFashionPlaytes founder Sarah McIlroy launches jewelry site Ella Sole
Sarah McIlroy created FashionPlaytes, the design-your-own clothing website for tweens, after her daughter showed her some mockups for outfits she wanted her mother to help her make. Realizing that she couldn't help her daughter, but that there should be a way for young girls' creative clothing designs to become a reality, she started FashionPlaytes. Read More
Gamers galore will flock to PAX East 2014 today through Sunday; tens of thousands according to the PAX website. The event requires 100,000 square feet and three days to pull off. Who could ask for a better venue to promote a Kickstarter campaign? At least, that’s how Scott Hyman, chief executive of Protobird Games, figures it.
Read MoreOff to a flying startBoston's biggest tech Kickstarters