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Promoting Innovation
Mayor Walsh speaks with startups about how to brand Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh met with members of Boston's startup community on Thursday. Photo: Janelle Nanos
Mayor Martin Walsh welcomed members of Boston's startup community to City Hall Thursday afternoon for a meet-and-greet in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The group included CEOs, venture capitalists, and people running some of the city's largest startup accelerators and co-working spaces, and they were all eager to weigh in on a topic that Walsh himself acknowledged he'd yet to dig into: What were his plans for branding Boston as a site for global innovation? Read More
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Boston, Hub of the (Tech) Universe?
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Poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes is widely credited with bestowing on Boston its moniker as "Hub of the Universe," and while outsiders like to mock the nickname, it's becoming harder to ignore one reality: Boston is officially becoming a launching pad for international startups. Maybe even, ahem, the Hub of the Tech Universe? At Wednesday's Techstars Demo Day, five of the 12 companies that appeared on stage, born out of the program, were international. MassChallenge had about 30 companies from throughout the globe in its class this year. Read More
Vive la technologie
From Paris With Love: Publicis, Boston ad tech, and the great intercontinental affair
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Boston tech is in the middle of a passionate love affair with an entire country: France. Today's announcement that the Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest advertising and marketing conglomerates, has acquired Boston-based Sapient for somewhere in the ballpark of $3.7 billion, is just another example of a relationship that is starting to develop into something more than just a few suggestive glances and flirtatious overtures. Read More
UberPool
Travis Kalanick says Uber will spell the end of Boston traffic
Travis Kalanick at the MassChallenge Awards. Photo by Barry Chin/Boston Globe
It’s official: Uber’s presence in Boston is booming. Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, was in town on Wednesday to keynote the fifth annual MassChallenge awards, where he told the room of burgeoning entrepreneurs that the ridesharing service is growing faster here than in Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. Read More
Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
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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
The French Connection
Backed by Gov. Patrick, Mass. tech organizations announce a flurry of strategic links in France
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In a series of partnerships that echoes the days when the Siemens brothers helped stretch transatlantic cables from Cape Cod to the French coast, organizations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are connecting with counterparts in the French Republic to push technology and innovation forward in both Boston and Paris. Last week ended with a flurry of announcements and news involving the strategic tech partnerships being formed between the Boston tech community and the burgeoning Paris innovation ecosystem. Read More
Permission Slips? We don't need no stinking Permission Slips
Techstars' EdTrips is more than your average back-to-school startup
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EdTrips is a startup that has found a way to make signing up and paying for field trips much easier for teachers, students, and especially parents. Since paper field trip permission slips and payments have a habit of getting lost in your kid's backpack, EdTrips is a great concept to start with. Read More