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First look: Harvard's new Launch Lab, a home for alumni startups
Harvard-affiliated startups began moving into the university's new Launch Lab this month.
Just three years after Harvard University opened its Innovation Lab, a space for students to develop startup ideas, there's a new annex for alumni businesses located right across the street. The Launch Lab is intended to support not only recent grads who may be growing companies they started when they were students, but also alumni several years out who are working on new ventures. Both the Launch Lab and the Innovation Lab are in the former WGBH television complex on Western Avenue in Allston. I stopped by earlier this month to have a look... Read More
Upgrading the conference call
Boston-based Talko, led by Ray Ozzie, unveils new communication app
Talko founders Matt Pope, Eric Patey, and Ray Ozzie, in the startup's North End office.
Just a few blocks away from where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, entrepreneur Ray Ozzie and a small team have been reimagining telephone calls for the 21st century. And today, they're debuting a new iPhone app called Talko that seeks to nudge the phone out of the "just dial a number and hold it to your ear" era and into the 21st century. Read More
Back in Boston
Recommendation startup Nara Logics adds Jana Eggers as president
Nara CTO Nathan Wilson, President Jana Eggers, and CEO Tom Copeman.
Tech exec Jana Eggers is returning to Boston after a three-year stint in South Carolina. Eggers, a former senior executive at Lycos, Intuit, and Spreadshirt, joined Cambridge-based Nara Logics this week as president. The personalization and recommendation startup has raised $7 million from investors since its founding in 2010. Read More
Parallel entrepreneurs
One is not enough: Let's start two
Phil Beauregard (left) listens as partner Matt Grace makes a presentation to team members at Objective Logistics, one of two companies Beauregard and Grace have founded together. (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)
Sitting behind the computer monitor on Phil Beauregard’s cluttered desk at a startup called Objective Logistics is a hardcover book published in 2011: the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. Jobs managed to pull off something that is rarer in the business world than a no-hitter is in baseball. For about a decade after his return to Apple in 1997, Jobs ran two successful public companies, Apple and Pixar, simultaneously. Read More
Everything's political
Leland Cheung—‘liaison to the innovation economy’ for lieutenant governor?
Leland Cheung, a member of the Cambridge city council. (JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

He’s an MIT Sloan grad and former venture capitalist who loves to talk about the tech economy while he's out running for lieutenant governor. I'm referring, of course, to Leland Cheung, a Cambridge city councilor who thinks he’s best positioned to revive the seemingly pointless position (and the Globe editorial page agrees).

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