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This Boston EdTech Startup Captures, Shares, and Replicates Students’ ‘Aha’ Moments

CueThink has built a unique mobile peer-to-peer learning platform that's designed to help students improve Common Core math problem-solving skills.

This Boston EdTech Startup Captures, Shares, and Replicates Students’ ‘Aha’ Moments

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Meet One of The Innovative New Startups Behind Boston’s Health Tech Boom

Meet Cure Forward, a Boston health tech startup that uses patients’ unique genomic fingerprints to match them with clinical trials.

Meet One of The Innovative New Startups Behind Boston’s Health Tech Boom

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This California Healthcare Startup is Bringing House Calls Back

Heal dispatches a licensed physician direct to patients in their comfort zones—in the privacy of their homes or offices.

This California Healthcare Startup is Bringing House Calls Back

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The Women Behind Boston’s Tech Startup Surge

A growing number of trailblazing female founders are carving out their own tech-driven paths in Massachusetts’ capital city.

The Women Behind Boston’s Tech Startup Surge

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20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

By most accounts, Silicon Valley remains the country’s premier destination for tech startups, but it’s hardly the only region where technology entrepreneurs can thrive. From Portland’s Silicon Forest to Miami’s Silicon Beach, cities and towns across America are carving out their own niches and beckoning talented innovators. While each has its own identity, and while few would claim to be “the next Silicon Valley,” there is at least one area where they tend to pay homage to California’s tech utopia: their nicknames. Related: THE NEW FACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA [INFOGRAPHIC] Here’s a look at some of the top tech hubs sprouting up around the country and the creative monikers they have adopted in the process.

20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

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These Online Stores are Getting Physical

While it’s no secret that most traditional retail stores are looking to expand their online presence, a select group of formerly e-commerce-only companies is moving in the opposite direction by opening physical stores. While it may seem counterintuitive for online companies to seek out physical spaces, the move can actually prove incredibly beneficial for their bottom lines, according to a recent report by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The study found that physical stores play a contributing role in online purchases, giving customers a chance to touch and feel a company’s products and immerse themselves in the brand experience before making a purchase. Additionally, two-thirds of consumers who purchase goods online visit a physical store before or after the transaction, according to the report. Here’s a closer look at five online retailers responding to those trends by establishing a brick-and-mortar presence. Warby Parker Warby Parker founder Neil Blumenthal has a […]

These Online Stores are Getting Physical

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These Groundbreaking Gynecological Tech Startups Are Transforming Women’s Health

It never occurred to Katie Brenner to worry about getting pregnant, until she couldn’t. The University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry postdoctoral researcher tried to conceive for a year to no avail. Understandably, she was disappointed and anxious. Searching for answers, her doctor sent her for several blood tests over the span of a month, but the results came back inconclusive. “My doctor did not seem nearly as concerned as I felt,” Brenner told Free Enterprise in an interview. “I thought, ‘What’s wrong?’ I wanted more information about my body! By day, I was a researcher in biochemistry, but by night I became obsessed with reading scientific papers about the biochemistry of reproduction, trying to figure out what might be wrong.”   One night, she stumbled across something in a research article that gave her hope. “It revealed that women’s saliva contains the same hormones that my doctor had been testing in […]

These Groundbreaking Gynecological Tech Startups Are Transforming Women’s Health

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Working With BCBS, This Startup is Hacking Fertility and Pregnancy Challenges

Welcome to #BizUnited, a new series highlighting innovative partnerships between large corporations and small businesses across America. Check back periodically for new installments. Before smartphones, tracking fertility often involved a fair amount of guesswork and a few old-school tools, such as printed ovulation charts and calendars, and your basic pen and paper—not to mention plenty of patience. So when career computer scientist and statistician Alex Baron and his wife began thinking about starting a family, he wondered how he could use his skills to simplify this time-consuming process. “As I was developing the initial algorithm, and testing it, I actually tested it on my family initially and it worked on the first try—my wife got pregnant,” Baron recalls in a blog post. With that initial success, Ovia Health was born (followed nine months later by Baron’s son, Michael). The company, originally named Ovuline, offers a suite of personalized, algorithm-driven women’s […]

Working With BCBS, This Startup is Hacking Fertility and Pregnancy Challenges

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This Startup’s High-Tech Bottle Will Tell You Whether Your Water is Safe to Drink

When environmental engineer Eric Li launched his first invention on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, he didn’t expect money to pour in from backers so quickly. In just 12 hours, his crowdfunding campaign for Ecomo, a “smart” bottle that filters and tests water — literally with a twist — was fully funded. The campaign sailed past its modest $50,000 goal and is now nearing a $237,000 haul, with upwards of 1,200 backers and climbing. There are still 25 days to go in the funding cycle. “I thought we would reach our goal, but not even close to this fast,” he tells Free Enterprise. The first-time entrepreneur’s ambitious mission, as he describes it, is to “provide everyone in the world concerned with the safety of their drinking water a convenient, portable tool with which to test and purify their water at any time, anywhere – whether they’re hiking, running or working in the […]

This Startup’s High-Tech Bottle Will Tell You Whether Your Water is Safe to Drink

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The Password of the Future? Your Eye Holds The Key

Anyone with a newer version of the iPhone is familiar with the biometric technology that allows the owner to unlock the phone using his or her fingerprint. Yet a Kansas-based startup is one-upping that technology with its own version of biometric authentication, one that involves the human eye. Kansas-based EyeVerify was founded by Toby Rush, a serial entrepreneur, who crossed paths with Dr. Reza Derakshani at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2011. As Rush tells it, it was a classic entrepreneur meet professor moment. “One day somebody told me about a professor who was doing really cool things with images and eyes,” he says. “He was literally taking pictures of eyes to create what we call today the Eyeprint. He was essentially doing a biometric match by using regular cameras. I thought the concept was really cool. But at the time, they were really focused on airports, border crossings, […]

The Password of the Future? Your Eye Holds The Key

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