Boston Startup Community News & Content

Cram Fighter and Shearwater Just Won This Edtech Startup Competition

Over the past three years, Cengage Learning has successfully pulled itself out of bankruptcy and into the tech world. Since the textbook corporation has pivoted itself to be focused on educational software development, it’s made an effort to ingrain itself in Boston’s edtech community. This afternoon, Cengage hosted the Live Higher Education Pitch Competition in

Oct 09, BostInno

RightHand Is Latest Robotics Startup to Grab Venture Capital

Another Boston-area robotics company has raised venture capital. But this one isn’t saying much about what it’s building yet. RightHand Robotics, a Harvard University spinout based at the Harvard Innovation Lab, has raised $3.3 million, according to a regulatory filing. Co-founder Yaro Tenzer confirmed the amount but declined to say who the company’s investors are, except

Oct 08, Xconomy

Here’s what you need to know about Mayor Walsh’s Women Entrepreneurs Week

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has unveiled a citywide initiative that puts female entrepreneurs in the spotlight. Walsh’s Women Entrepreneurs Boston ( WE BOS) is a new program that will help advance Boston’s female entrepreneurs by providing them with skills, technical assistance and the network they need to launch and grow their businesses, according to

Oct 09, Boston Business Journal

Boston Children’s joins smartphone study wave with Apple’s ResearchKit

Smartphone users can already document most details in their daily lives, from cute kid photos and bad traffic to annoying co-workers. Doctors in Boston hope those tech lovers are also getting cozier with the idea of contributing to medical research. Boston Children’s Hospital is the latest local entity to build an app with Apple’s ResearchKit

Oct 09, BetaBoston

A courtyard view of Boston’s tech economy

Most cities would kill for a meeting place as magical as the open brick courtyard behind the Charles Hotel. It’s a simple enough spot: benches and planters, a portal leading to Harvard Square, and two restaurants with patios, Legal Seafoods and Henrietta’s Table. But it’s the place where fast-growing startups like Recorded Future, which helps

Oct 09, BetaBoston

The future of computing: Social robots that help with personal goals

Entrepreneur and MIT scientist Cynthia Breazeal says the future of computing will include robots that can elicit emotional responses from humans — responses that could help improve their lives and help achieve personal goals. Consider two examples, Breazeal said at marketing and technology conference FutureM this past week. In one recent study, a robot named

Oct 09, Boston Business Journal

On The Roof & In The Living Room, Startups Tackle Urban Farming

It took Courtney Hennessy and John Stoddard two years to find the right Boston rooftop for a farm — one that was big enough, could take enough weight, wasn’t being used for something else like solar panels, and had an agreeable landlord. “We literally biked around looking at big buildings,” Hennessy said, crouching on the

Oct 08, WGBH News

No secret knock – just an invite – required to get into Spotify’s underground club in Somerville

I first heard about the Spotify speakeasy in July, when a friend tweeted a picture of it. But when I e-mailed an exec at the music streaming company’s Somerville office to inquire, I got back a quick non-answer: “I can neither confirm nor deny.” I joked that I was going to put the Globe’s Spotlight

Oct 08, BetaBoston

Students, employers praise the startup life

More than 750 stu­dents and alumni con­vened in the Curry Stu­dent Center on Tuesday evening for the fourth bian­nual On Fire To Hire Startup Expo. The event, which fea­tured nearly five dozen star­tups, was spon­sored byNortheastern’s Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion  in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Career Devel­op­ment, the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence,

Oct 08, Northeastern University

Getaway Wants to Build Micro-Villages to Change Housing in the Heart of US Cities

The chaotic commotion of city living can get to some people. But when you’re on the brink of insanity and need to stage a Thoreau-grade escape to the woods, Getaway is there for you. The startup, which is based out of the Harvard iLab, rents out tiny houses in rural Southern New Hampshire and gives

Oct 08, BostInno