Here are the 14 startups that just nabbed free space at PayPal's Start TankPayPal's Boston office is filling its Start Tank with a new set of early-stage ventures. Created in 2012, the Tank offers entrepreneurs free office space in downtown Boston, along with mentorship from PayPal employees and seminars. Companies are welcome to stay for six months to a year; this is the third crop of businesses that the Start Tank has housed.
Can Pavlok's wristband zap you into better shape?Plenty of people have started sporting wristbands from Fitbit, Mistfit, or Nike to track how much they walk or exercise each day. But if just looking at a chart of your activity level or sharing it on Facebook isn't motivation enough, a Boston startup called Pavlok may have the answer.
Test drive: Loop's digital payment deviceThe main kind of cosmetic surgery I have been considering is a reduction in the size of my rear end. The right side of it, specifically. That's where my overstuffed wallet typically occupies a pocket, bulging with credit cards, membership cards, loyalty cards, a coupon or two, and occasionally even some cash.
Dunwello, focused on delivering better employee feedback, banks $1.4 millionDo you get too much feedback at work? If you're a manager, do you give too much?
A group of investors are betting for many of us, the answers are no. They're putting $1.4 million into a Boston startup, Dunwello, that wants to end the tradition of the dreaded once-a-year performance review by creating a new online tool for delivering more consistent feedback and recognition to employees.
So the world's biggest company now has a tech center in Cambridge...Without making much of a splash, Royal Dutch Shell set up shop in Cambridge last year. The objective, according to a company web page, is to "work with local entrepreneurs, investors, companies, scientists, partners and suppliers to help speed up the deployment of new technologies in Shells business."
What happened when Boloco founder John Pepper became an Uber driverLast October, Boloco co-founder and CEO John Pepper resigned his job after a tussle with directors about the restaurant chain's direction.
In that situation, lots of other entrepreneurs might take time off to travel, or become an "entrepreneur in residence" at a college or investment firm.
Pepper decided to become a part-time Uber driver.
OpenWater Power developing new fuel cells to give ocean-going robots more time to roamLast September, a torpedo-shaped unmanned underwater vehicle was lowered into the waters Boston Harbor. Three hundred miles and four-and-a-half days later, at the entrance to New York City's harbor, it had http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2013/navy-mine-hunter-auv-sets-mission-endurance-record">set a record: the longest-ever trip for a battery-powered undersea craft.
Hotel booking site Rocketmiles racks up $6.5 million in new fundingJay Hoffman remembers when he became a fanatical collector of frequent-flier miles. "I was living in Brookline, working for Boston Consulting Group, and traveling a lot to clients," he says. "I spent a lot of time away from my girlfriend, but as a result of earning all these miles, we got to take a pretty great two-week trip to Nepal."
Roxbury startup space could be open by summerGilad Rosenzweig is an architect and urban planner who is working on an interesting experiment: Can a tech startup space thrive in Roxbury's Dudley Square neighborhood? What kind of businesses, mentors, and investors would it attract?