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How to confront your landlord about your cold apartment

A stiff wind squeezes a draft through the bedroom window. The radiator is ice-cold. The building super says there’s nothing he can do to help.There have been more than 146,000 complaints from New Yorkers about lack of heat and hot water in their buildings during the fall and winter months,...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00am

Boston-based startup creates reusable notebook that's analog and digital

In this digital age, there are still those analog diehards who prefer the feel of pen and paper.Those who count themselves part of that community have probably gone through countless pens and notebooks in their lifetime. The pens are long gone and the notebooks are probably gathering dust or tossed...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:00am

Already counting the days till Trump is out of office? This calendar can help

He's only been in office for 11 days, but if you're curious how many days are left until President Donald Trump's four years in the White House are up, it's 1,451 to be exact.But instead of going online every time you want to know, a start-up project on Indiegogo offers an old-fashioned solution....

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:58pm

Boston software designer and GamerGate critic to run for Congress

Brianna Wu, a Boston-based software engineer known for standing up for women in the gaming industry has set her sights on Congress.The 39-year-old game designer and entrepreneur announced her 2018 bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives via Facebook earlier this week.While the paperwork...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 1:17pm

MIT to raise $150M to help finance science, tech breakthroughs

Thanks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we now have wind tunnels, radar detection and the World Wide Web, and now the Cambridge college is raising $150 million to help finance new businesses with a startup accelerator called The Engine.Startups seeking money from The Engine don’t have...

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 8:52pm

Ashton Kutcher invests in Somerville startup

A Somerville startup is getting some help from the stars.Pillar Technologies, a Davis Square firm that develops sensor technology to monitor environmental risks on construction sites, was awarded $425,000 in Forbes’ Change the World Competition at the Under 30 Summit in Boston this week.Forbes,...

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:21am

Pop-up exhibit aims to showcase new kind of art education for teens

Matt Ross wants to change visual art education in the U.S.He’s already influenced how kids learn another art form. From 2005 to 2010, Ross was the founding CEO of School of Rock and helped expand the music education program from just five schools to 55 nationwide, according to the New York Times....

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 2:30pm

Coffee apps corner New York market

Move over Hooch, the newest drinking club apps help New Yorkers get a buzz with coffee, not booze.A few entrepreneurs found ways to cash in on the explosive coffee-market growth without having to clean any filters.Similar to drinks apps such as FirstCall and Hooch which provide things like a free...

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 12:11am

How to grow a successful startup

When David Mahfouda founded Bandwagon, a ride-sharing company that connects taxi passengers leaving from the same location, he knew his idea was golden. It made sense for New Yorkers — the intuitive app saves riders time and money — and New York City —it shrinks taxi lines and helps support city...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 10:00pm

Philly startup connects political soulmates during DNC

Love and politics have one thing in common — they’re complicated — which is why a startup company wants to help integrate the two as seamlessly as possible.Twine, founded by Wharton MBAs Joseph Quan and Nikhil Srivastava, wants to connect users to their "political soulmate" during theDemocratic...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:13pm

Milk Street Kitchen's Christopher Kimball explains the indulgence of starting over

When former America’s Test Kitchen former test kitchen director and educator, Christopher Kimball told the New York Times he wasn’t afraid to fail in May, he really meant it.“They were will ‘Will he succeed?’ and I’m like, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ And I stand by that,” the 65-year-old...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 4:49pm

A carnival for techies

The fourth annual Boston TechJam occupies City Hall Plaza this Thursday afternoon. The event is part expo and part festival, with dozens of tech companies setting up booths alongside food trucks, street games and a live concert. Consider it a networking block party for startups, established...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 8:38pm

This smart suitcase wants to solve all your travel dilemmas

As the carousel at the airport luggage terminal begins to spin, you wait with a hundred other tired passengers for your suitcase. Your phone is dead, you’ve just gotten off a red-eye, and you want to leave as soon as possible. There it is! Just as you’ve grabbed the handle, another hand reaches out...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:10pm

Former Boston Uber driver to launch all-female ride-hailing app

A former Boston-area Uber driver will be launching a new ride-hailing app that will exclusively cater to female customers.Michael Pelletz got the idea for Chariot for Women when he was still working as an Uber driver in Boston and encountered a drunk passenger who made him feel uncomfortable, the...

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 10:50pm

NYC-based cybercrime startup inks $1.6M deal

Chainalysis Inc., a New York City-based startup specializing in countering money laundering and fraud in the digital currency industry, is collaborating with Europol's European Cybercrime Center, the company said on Thursday.The agreement, in the form of a memorandum of understanding, comes as...

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:42am

'Winston Club' lets you share fancy hotel rooms with strangers

Would you dare to share a room with a complete stranger while traveling? The Winston Club is a new startup that offers the chance to book a hotel with a 50 percent discount… but there’s a catch — you won’t be sleeping alone.It’s the brainchild of 29-year-old Bryon Shannon, who came up with the idea...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 11:32am

Get all your gifts wrapped for free this Saturday

Do you hate wrapping Christmas gifts? Or are you just plain bad at it?Either way (but we know it's the latter), bring your haul to Breather (36 Gloucester St.) for at-your-service wrapping — on the house.The on-demand work and private space start-up is offering free giftwrapping services to anyone...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 9:31pm

New York City turns toward civic tech during ongoing industry boom

Georges Clement didn't think he would end up working in technology. The 25-year-old Bronx native opted for sociology and African studies over computer science when he went to college.As a product manager, however, he makes up one half of a team that won $25,000 from to further develop an app...

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 3:30pm

Startup wants to resurrect people within 30 years

The path to immortality could be digital as a Los Angeles startup plans to make resurrection available in the next 30 years through artificial intelligence. Humai claims it is working with nanotechnology experts to store our thought processes and brain activity, to "upload this consciousness" into...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 2:34am

Local company aims to turn strangers to friends, one Shattr at a time

Shattr made a splash in Boston with a Donald Trump diss (“F---“ him, a tongue-in-cheek promo flier read), but the meet-up app’s founders say they’re leaving that behind. Now, they told Metro, they’re working on making Shattr part of the social lives of Boston’s college kids.The app basically...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 8:00pm