Startup Saturday: Weekly Boston-based news roundup
April 18, 2015

Boston-based companies in need of new talent attended the Startup Institute’s TalentExpo this week at the Harvard iLab. Every student had one minute to pitch his or her talents and background to the audience of about 100 future employers. The 2015 Spring class is quite an impressive group of individuals. Below is a recap of this week’s trending conversations and news from Boston’s ecosystem.
Boston Business Journal: The startup that lets you add scents to texts now offers scents with e-books
The Cambridge-based startup Vapor Communications released a technology last year that allowed users to add scents to text messages. Now, the company can add smells to e-books, clothing, songs and many more consumer products. Harvard professor David Edwards told the BBJ, “Olfactory sensations trigger emotions and memories like no other sensation we have. Until now, nobody has figured out how to deliver scent as a true messaging platform, in the way we deliver light and sound, simply because of the hard-to-control diffusive nature of scent. We are starting to build the platform with diverse partners in fashion, food, literary, entertainment and automotive fields.”
BetaBoston: Venture capitalists open-source new visa approach for foreign-born founders
Brad Feld, MIT alum and partner at Boulder-based Foundry Group, and Jeff Bussgang, partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, are teaming up to open source a strategy for creating more H1-B visas for entrepreneurs that are based in Massachusetts. Within a day, the two created the Global EIR Coalition website, encouraging the United States to help make it easier for founders to stay in the U.S. as they build their startups.
BostInno: This Year's TechJam Pitch Contest to Highlight Local Accelerator Startups
One of Boston’s largest tech events is returning on June 11 in City Hall Plaza. TechJam is introducing a new element to this year’s event: a formatted pitch tournament hosting startups from local incubators and accelerators including Bolt, LearnLaunch and MassChallenge.
TechCrunch: New Boston Program For A Startup Factory Links Seasoned Entrepreneurs With New Recruits
Hack/reduce, a big data co-working space, is teaming up with Boston-based venture firm FKA Ventures to pair the city’s experienced serial entrepreneurs with young talent who want to work in tech. According to TechCrunch, “The new venture from hack/reduce called a “co-creation” model, will involve the elder entrepreneurs coming up with ideas for new businesses, which they will then launch with help from younger operators.”
BostInno: This New Somerville Entrepreneur Event Series Shuns the PowerPoint
Creative Somerville hosts a monthly meetup at Aeronaut Brewing to highlight local entrepreneurs, but you won’t find a PowerPoint presentation in the building. The co-curators of the events, Mia Scharphie and Elyse Andrews, believe in an open Q&A to encourage collaboration. The events are free, and also allow attendees to enjoy delicious Somerville-brewed beers.
What are your favorite Boston-based stories from week? Tell us what we missed.

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