Business

Blazing Bandwidth: netBlazr Wants to Bring Better Broadband to Cambridge

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who actually likes their Internet provider? Even if the service itself is relatively fine—the speeds are okay, the outages are infrequent—it’s rare to find a person who doesn’t feel frustrated by the pressure to bundle services and the paucity of providers. And that’s to say nothing of horror stories like the […]


Just Crust Stays Committed after Two Years of Fair Practices

Shannon Liss-Riordan, co-owner of the Just Crust pizzeria in Harvard Square (49B Brattle St.), is not accustomed to being a restaurateur. In fact, she’s had much more experience suing restaurants than running them. Liss-Riordan is a lawyer who’s earned distinction defending waitstaff and workers from unfair pay practices, lately gaining notice for leading a class […]



A Tale of Four Food Shops

By Emily Hopkins and Emily Cassel If you don’t pass them every day, you’ve probably learned their names by osmosis. Some are brand new, and others have been around for decades. Either way, they’re undeniably Cambridge: small shops with big passions, dedication to quality products and the community they serve. We took a closer look […]



SCOUT OUT: Wheels of Fortune

It’s a frigid Thursday in January when EVELO’s Scott Boulbol pulls into the parking lot of the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, parks his black SUV and unloads his cargo. At first glance it looks like your average bike, until you catch a peek of the sleek, white electric front wheel. Boulbol points […]


Solar Soofa Benches are on Their Way

No, we didn’t just misspell “sofa.” Soofas are smart benches created by Changing Environments, a spinoff of the MIT Media Lab. Each Soofa has two USB ports where you can charge your phone or other handheld mobile device, and they share data about the hours of sunlight collected online. Even cooler, Soofas can sense the environment around them and collect […]


Food Trucks Pave the Way for Brick-and-Mortar Stores

In December 2008, after three months of testing, the folks behind Clover–now a staple in the food truck community–were packing up their truck for good. They’d collected the data that they’d set out to get, tweaked the recipes based on customer feedback and explored their brand. They were ready to make moves on a brick-and-mortar […]


Bridj Given Yellow Light to Operate in Cambridge

When Bridj launched this past June, they put the Mercedes Sprinter (their vehicle of choice) before the wheel, so to speak. One of the company’s first routes traversed three cities—Cambridge, Boston and Brookline—before it had been awarded licenses to technically operate in any of them.


Bridj on Your Phone: Startup Introduces New App

Bridj, the Kendall Square startup aimed at providing transportation solutions for the Greater Boston Area, announced today their new app that will bring the booking process from the web to your smartphone. The business is still in its beta phase, but since launching in June, Bridj has expanded its coverage to locales in Boston, Cambridge […]



Uber Debate Comes to Cambridge

It’s around 12:30 a.m. when my Uber driver James pulls up. I’m the last fare of the night, and since it’s a two-door car, I slide into the front seat. He says he only drives for Uber once a week to supplement his income and is overwhelmingly positive about his experience. “Uber is safer,” he […]