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Some danger some awesome
Danger!Awesome’s new space is predictably awesome
Danger!Awesome opened its new maker space on Friday.
After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Danger!Awesome opened its expanded new maker space in Central Square on Friday. The 2,200-square-foot facility will serve as a co-working and classroom space in addition to providing members with expanded access to an impressive assortment of design and manufacturing tools. Read More
Blink and it's gone
Home monitoring system Blink, surpasses goal, has raised close to $300,000 in a week on Kickstarter
Blink mobile app
Andover-based Immedia Semiconductor launched a Kickstarter campaign for Blink, an HD video monitoring and motion detector system, just last week. As of today, the company has raised close to $300,000 (far exceeding the original $200,000 goal) with more than 2,300 backers. Read More
Fashion statement
Can a Harwich startup turn wooden shades into a summer classic?
Cape Codder glasses are assembled in Harwich, from components made in the U.S. and China.
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 More
Global Biz Hub
Checking in on the overlooked Worcester startup scene
Picture courtesy Destination Worcester
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
Lighting up less
Can Quitbit's smart lighter help you drop the habit?
quitbit
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 More
Bugging out
We eat bugs. You should too.
Co-founders of Six Foods Rose Wang and Laura D'Asaro. (Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva)
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 More
Put a ring on it
FashionPlaytes founder Sarah McIlroy launches jewelry site Ella Sole
(image via 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