Daily Dozen – Boston-area Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Here in Boston we have an event called WebInno. It’s been going on for years and attracts a great crowd. The idea is to have local innovators and entrepreneurs talk about the companies they’re starting and demo the technology to the community. I went to my first one five or six years ago and was impressed to see 75 people at the event. Now, there are more than one thousand people attending the events. The next one is on Monday, March 5th and if you’re in the Boston-area you should definitely stop by. You can register on Eventbrite.

This is actually the first of two posts I’ll be doing on WebInno this week. This one is a set of faces of people who have been at the event over the years with their ideas and companies. I’ve added some details on each of the companies in case you’d like to learn more. The second post will be a preview of the companies that will be participating at Monday’s event. I’ve been writing these previews for a few years now. Sometimes I hit the nail on the head and sometimes I miss by a mile. Such is life. Here are links to some past previews: WebInno32, WebInno31, WebInno29, WebInno28 and WebInno23.

In the spirit of transparency, I want to say that I’ve recently started working more formally with WebInno, mostly helping generate content for their blog and social channels. It hasn’t really changed anything since I was already generating the same kind of content on my own (and will continue to). Anyway, here are 12 faces of people with bright ideas.

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This is Matt Cutler, co-founder of Kibits. Kibits is a nice social connection and collaboration app/platform.

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This is Andreas Randow of TourSphere. TourSphere really impressed me when I saw it, basically it’s a platform that allows the creation of museum or city tours. As someone who once was a ranger at Alcatraz, I appreciate a good tour.

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This is Liz Zalman of MediaArmor. MediaArmor is in the mobile advertising space and basically helps advertisers port all of the things they currently do with traditional display to mobile.

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This is Seth Lieberman, the CEO of snapapp. It’s a really simple self-service site for creating branded polls, survey, questionnaires, etc. They have some awesome customers and it looks great.

Face - @j_peden, CEO of Crave Labs
This is Jeffrey Penden of Crave Labs. They do a platform to help local businesses – mostly restaurants – market more easily using social and mobile channels. It’s pretty cool.

Face - @royrod - cofounder of SocMetrics
This is Roy Rodenstein, the cofounder and CEO of SocMetrics. SocMetrics is a service to help you ID influencers in a ton of different categories – you name it and it’s likely they’ll be able to tell you who blogs, tweets or posts about it the most (and which of those people actually matters the most). As a PR guy it seemed like a cool tool.

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This is Jennifer Fremont-Smith of Smarterer. They’ve created a platform to understand and evaluate people’s skills in all kinds of technical, social and digital skill. There’s an update on how they’re doing on the WebInno blog.

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This is Jon Radoff. He presented his company GamerDNA at the second WebInno I attended and he’s incredibly active in the world of gaming. His current startup is Disruptor Beam. They’re still in beta.

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This is Amram Shapiro, founder of Book of Odds. This is a site to help you understand the odds of things in everyday life. It’s neat.

Susan Hunt Stevens of Practically Green
Susan Hunt Stevens, founder of Practically Green, presenting at WebInno29. It’s a very cool company that helps you find ways to live a cleaner, more sustainable life. Check it out, take the quiz, register and explore.

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This is Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. They’re an Internet marketing company over in Kendall Square that’s doing very well.

Daily Dozen – Joi Ito

In 2006 I had the opportunity to become involved with MIT. It started with my attending a Communications Forum event on citizens’ media. I enjoyed the event and wrote a post on it. I attended a second on news, information and the wealth of networks and wrote about that one too. Links to both showed up on the Forum site so after the third I introduced myself to David Thorburn, the director of the Forum. To my surprise, he said they’d been looking for me because they thought my write-ups were good and asked if I’d be interested in acting as the Forum rapporteur. Of course I said yes.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to write about a number of Forum events. At some point I started photographing them as well. Apparently I was one of the few people able to take decent shots in the Bartos Theater. When I saw that the Emerging Technology Conference – emTech – was coming up I asked if I could attend. I was able to as the event photography and had a great time.

One of the most engaging speakers was Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab. He discussed fostering innovation in a “fireside chat” with Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief of the Technology Review. Ito has an intellect and a curiosity and an enthusiasm that is infectious. These all came across in his words during the event and I hope they come through in these 12 photographs as well.

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Daily Dozen – Women in New York at Night

I had big plans for today’s Daily Dozen. It was going to be Hollywood focused and I was sure it would be a big hit. It’s not like I’m a paparazzi or something with shots of stars and celebrities but going through my photos I have directors, composers and reporters who cover Hollywood. I know that doesn’t really get people’s blood flowing though now does it. I also realized that many of those photographs were never tagged – or even uploaded to Flickr – and that they go back some five years. Too hard a task for a busy person like me!

So instead I’ve taken the easy route. Thursday’s set of men on the street of New York at night + Friday’s set of women in Kendall Square = today’s collection of women on the streets of New York at night. I *do* have some other sets in mind for this week, one or two that I’m really looking forward to. As always though, if you have an idea for a set let me know, I’m all ears . . .

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Daily Dozen – Women in Kendall Square

I liked putting together yesterday’s quick set of men on the street of New York. Being a little pressed for time today I’ve decided to take a similar approach to one of my favorite stomping grounds – Kendall Square in Cambridge. Between once working there, being involved with various activities at MIT and all the events that take place in and around Kendall it’s long been one of my favorite places. Hope you’ll enjoy today’s set.

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Daily Dozen – Pigments of My Imagination

Most of the time I’m photographing real people’s real faces; but that’s not the only type of face that’s out there. Ignoring animal faces, there are paintings and sculptures that also depict the human face. Since I just got back from a trip to New York and spent a few great hours at MOMA, I decided to focus on faces from works of art. I’d planned on limiting them to paintings but have added a few sculptures in for variety’s sake.

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Daily Dozen – Unusualeyes

I’m running late. I was in New York having a good time and drove back to Boston today. Deciding on a set is always tricky and with limited time it wasn’t easy. There are a few photos that I have that I haven’t been able to categorize. Today I decided to go with unusual eyes. Not fantastically beautiful ones (I’ll get to that set at some point) but kind of odd ones. Here are a dozen that stood out for one reason or another. Enjoy.

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