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An Insider View of Y Combinator’s Boot Camp for Startups

An Insider View of Y Combinator’s Boot Camp for Startups

Aug 22, 2012

Y Combinator (YC) is a boot camp for startups. Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Paul Graham founded the program in 2005 to provide seed money, advice and connections to “hackers” like himself. With alumni including the founders of DropBox, Reddit, Scribd, and Posterous, it’s become unquestionably one of the most prestigious and competitive...

The Future of Chronic Disease Management (Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing Healthcare Series)

The Future of Chronic Disease Management (Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing Healthcare Series)

Jan 2, 2012

The US healthcare system is in crisis. Its cost is approaching 20% of GDP, crippling both public and private sectors. Increasing Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ entitlement costs are swamping the government’s funding ability, while ever rising insurance rates are compromising employers’ competitive viability. Yet our political system seems incapable of...

In A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away: Virgin Galactic’s new CTO Discusses Commercial Space Travel and the Future of the Aerospace Industry

In A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away: Virgin Galactic’s new CTO Discusses Commercial Space Travel and the Future of the Aerospace Industry

Nov 27, 2011

Of Sir Richard Branson’s many inspiring entrepreneurial ventures, Virgin Galactic may sound like the craziest. The company, part of the eclectic Virgin Group, which includes transportation, telecommunications, entertainment and many other companies, offers tourist trips into space starting at $200,000. You can already book a flight...

Are Workforce Robots the Next Big Thing? Rodney Brooks Gives a Definite Yes

Are Workforce Robots the Next Big Thing? Rodney Brooks Gives a Definite Yes

Apr 12, 2011

Is your favorite colleague at work human? Perhaps not for long, according to Rodney Brooks. For three decades, Brooks has been designing, building, testing, and selling robots. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directed the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He has...

Robots as Artists: Boston-based Startup Makes Art with Robots

Robots as Artists: Boston-based Startup Makes Art with Robots

Mar 19, 2011

By Grace Young and Angelique Nehmzow Would you buy a piece of art made by a robot? Ted Acworth, founder and CEO of Boston-based Artaic, bets you would. His company sells custom-made mosaics assembled by a robot. Mosaic is a centuries-old art form involving many tiles organized in complex patterns that decorate floors, walls, and ceilings. It is traditionally...