News You May Have Missed this Week - Blade, Swipely, Springpad, and More

Friday Jan 24, 2014 by Dennis Keohane - Senior Writer, VentureFizz

Another busy week in the Boston Tech community is winding down. However, this week is certainly going out with a bang with's IPO this morning and the Boston Techstars announcement yesterday. Check out some of the reactions here.

There was other news that may have gone under-the-radar this week, here is some of it:


-The website for Blade, the co-working space/accelerator/discotheque run by former Kayak-ers Paul English, Bill O'Donnell, and Paul Schwenk, is up and running. You can also apply to get involved


- Earlier this week, Swipely announced the latest release of its innovative cloud-based, business management platform. The new Winter 2014 release is aimed at independent restaurants, connecting "menu, staff, and customer insights" with Swipely’s platform. The new release also, "extends Swipely’s service to help its restaurant and hospitality customers make smarter decisions about their key drivers: food, staff and marketing."

Along with the announcement, Swipely created a video with customer Tremont 647 to help explain how beneficial the new services can be for restaurants.

For more info, check the entire press release here.


- OnSource, the Braintree-based mobile information gathering company, launched some new mobile tools recently to try to disrupt the remote estimating/documentation space. The company is leveraging "a national curated network of more than 10,000 mobile inspectors who respond, capture, and share visual information via the web, typically within 24 hours of assignment."

OnSource's new mobile apps allows clients/customers to do what it calls "express inspection" allowing for images to be quickly reviewed and examined for insurance, underwriting, etc.

Springpad Master Slam

- On Tuesday night, Springpad will once again be hosting its "Master Slam" featuring local startups debate the "eternal question" of iOS vs. Android. 

As the event page states, "Sit back and enjoy free Harpoon beer and munch on delicious snacks while you're entertained by an epic debate between your startup and tech peers."

Companies involved include RunKeeper, TripAdvisor, Ubersense, Mobee, and Tabelist.

For more info, check here.

Dennis Keohane is the Senior Writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.

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