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Former Zipcar exec Doug Williams joins RunKeeper's team, as new VP of engineering

Sep 21, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

RunKeeper's Jason Jacobs has an edge over many startup founders: he used to work as a recruiter. So when talented people are looking for their next gig, his grapevine tends to tell him about it. That's how Jacobs connected with Doug Williams, right, who'd served as VP of engineering...

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Category: Doug Williams, Innovation Economy, RunKeeper, Zipcar

Miami healthcare IT startup searching for space — and employees — in Boston

Sep 13, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

It's not often that I meet a fellow Miami native in Kendall Square, but Albert Santalo, right, dropped by Voltage Coffee this morning to fill me in on his company's expansion to Boston. Santalo is CEO and founder of CareCloud, which is in the same business as Athenahealth, the public company..

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Category: CareCloud, Innovation Economy

Secrets of the hiring process

Sep 9, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

In many ways, buyers of lottery tickets have more information about the game they’re playing than job candidates do. They know the odds, and how the numbers will be chosen, and when. That’s not always true when you fire off a resume, or even when you’re invited to interview...

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Category: Compete, Constant Contact, Gemvara, Innovation Economy, TripAdvisor

Innovation Amplifiers: 25 people who are turning up the volume on innovation in Boston

Aug 31, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

I have been asking a pretty straightforward question over the past few weeks, on Twitter and by e-mailing my best-connected contacts: who has been most active in 2012 at working to make Boston's innovation economy better?  I've curated that list, and woven in some names...

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Category: Aaron O'Hearn, Abby Fichtner, Chris Lynch, Cort Johnson, Dave Balter, Dmitri Gunn, Frederic Lalonde, Innovation Economy, Jean Hammond, Jeremy Weiskotten, Jon Pierce, Katie Rae, Mark Chang, Paul Hlatky, Reed Sturtevant, Sarah Hodges, Sean Lindsay, Shaun Johnson

The 'burbs strike back: Videogame exec Peter Blacklow argues that surburban workers won't be wooed by Kendall or the Innovation District

Aug 22, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

Much has been written here and elsewhere chronicling the surge of interest in the urban core, as venture capital firms, biotech companies, and big software-as-a-service businesses have abandoned the suburbs, mainly heading for Boston's Innovation District and Cambridge's Kendall Square...

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Category: GSN Digital, Innovation Economy, Peter Blacklow

How a Massachusetts angel investor wound up putting money into Pinterest, the latest social media success in Silicon Valley

Aug 17, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

Pinterest is the latest social media company to start accumulating scads of users (23 million so far) and a sky-high valuation ($1.5 billion, according to Forbes.) The site, which allows users to "pin" products and images they like onto a digital bulletin board, is growing at a faster rate than Facebook did...

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Category: Innovation Economy, Jit Saxena

Richard Dale splits from Sigma to raise money for new VC firm, Big Data Boston

Aug 9, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

The "big data" sector continues to gain steam locally, with a new VC firm called Big Data Boston that is out trying to raise $25 million. The firm doesn't yet have a web site or an office, but its founder is Richard Dale, a former principal at Boston-based Sigma Partners and a co-founder of the life...

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Category: Innovation Economy, Richard Dale, Sigma Partners

Dropbox’s tale speaks to a Bay State weakness

Aug 5, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

Several summers ago, an MIT student named Drew Houston showed up for an internship at Bit9, a Waltham network security company. After graduation, he landed a job there as a software engineer, but left in May 2007 to do his own start-up. Since then, Bit9 has had a pretty good run. But the business...

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Category: Drew Houston, Dropbox, Innovation Economy

14 new startup ideas from the Babson Summer Venture Program demo day

Jul 26, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

Babson College held its Summer Venture Program "demo day" this afternoon, showcasing 14 startup ideas that students have been working on for the last two-and-a-half months. The teams come not just from Babson, but also Olin College and Wellesley.  Here's a quick run-down, along with...

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Category: Babson College, Innovation Economy

The MIT roots of Google Glass, the wearable information display

Jul 16, 2012
Publisher: Innovation Economy

This week's Boston Globe column focuses on a group of MIT students who developed some of the first wearable computers — and are now working on Project Glass at Google. Glass is an effort to develop a light-weight, wirelessly-linked, wearable information display. Google took the wraps off late last month...

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Category: Google Glass, Innovation Economy, MIT