More than 2,000 pairs of socks were donated to Boston-area homeless shelters thanks to the startup FEAT Socks, founded by University of Massachusetts Amherst graduates. ILLUSTRATION BY MADI GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston startup rocking socks of customers, students, homeless

When University of Massachusetts Amherst graduates Parker Burr, Taylor Offer and Elijah Grundel began creating and selling multi-patterned socks from their dorm rooms, they got on their feet and embarked on an idea that would skyrocket their success. Their success as sock entrepreneurs, that is. Burr got the idea to sell socks after starting his first business, a startup that […]

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Paisley Piasecki, a junior in the College of Communication, is the founder of SheWerksIt, a blog on which she celebrates the achievements of female Boston-area students. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

INTERVIEW: COM junior “werks” toward empowering fellow female students

When Paisley Piasecki, a junior in Boston University’s College of Communication, attended an event hosted by her favorite blogger and author last summer, she recognized a need for women. It was a need that inspired her to follow her entrepreneurial dreams. The event, hosted by “The Champagne Diet” author Cara Alwill Leyba, forged a conversation among the approximately 50 female […]

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ROBOCOPP, a new gadget that creates a “sound grenade” when users feel in danger, is working to revolutionize campus safety. PHOTO COURTESY ROBOCOPP

ROBOCOPP redefines campus safety in explosive manner

The best things often come in small packages — a cliché proven true by ROBOCOPP, a startup geared toward promoting campus safety through a small, compacted device. The company has engineered a “sound grenade” that releases a 120-decibel siren once unclipped to detract attackers and threats. “It’s a really, really loud siren in a tiny, tiny key chain,” said ROBOCOPP […]

A panel of experts speaks Tuesday at a “Funding 101: Pathways for Food and Beverage Startups” talk hosted by Branchfood and The Capital Network at the Cambridge Innovation Center. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“Funding 101” paves way for successful food, beverage startups

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” may be the name of a popular musical, but it’s not the reality for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the current food and beverage industry. That’s where The Capital Network and Branchfood stepped in to help startups launch and maintain a successful business no matter the obstacles that pop up along the way. The […]

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Emmy-nominated producer and 1998 alumnus of the College of Communication Nancy Armstrong speaks at the Inaugural BU Women's Leadership Symposium held Tuesday in the Francis D. Burke Club Room at Agganis Arena. PHOTO BY SAVANAH MACDONALD/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU Women’s Leadership Symposium showcases female professionals

The Inaugural BU Women’s Leadership Symposium on Tuesday night touched on an array of issues, from the role of women in professional settings to the way feminism has changed since the movement began more than 50 years ago. The symposium, hosted by Boston University’s College of Communication, moderated by COM Senior Lecturer Jodi Luber, featured keynote speaker and BU alumnus Nancy […]

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Beloved founders of the Vermont-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, demonstrate their support for Bernie Sanders at an event at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub on Monday. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Ben & Jerry’s co-founders promote fellow Vermont figurehead

Ben & Jerry’s is a household name within the realm of frozen desserts. Yet people that actively follow Ben & Jerry’s may also realize that the company isn’t afraid to get political every once in a while. From openly supporting issues such as same-sex marriage and Occupy Wall Street, the company can safely be called liberal-leaning. For the first time, […]

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Maia Heymann, senior managing director and general partner at Converge Venture Partners, is one of the three women honored by the Boston Business Journal at the “2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology” event on Thursday.

Female STEM professionals honored in male-dominated field

Though the women set to be honored by the Boston Business Journal this Thursday at the “2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology” event range in diversity of knowledge and specialties, there is a common secret to their success in such a male-dominated field, and it’s one that has nothing to do with gender. “Be smart and hardworking, and […]

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Planet Records store clerk Michael Boudreau, of Watertown, organizes vintage vinyl records Wednesday afternoon. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Planet Records gravitates toward universal music experience

One may wander into Planet Records just to browse its extensive selection of vinyls and CDs, but owner John Damroth promises that whether you’re an “old man from Russia or a young kid from Newark,” there is always a new discovery to be excited about. “Almost every day, we have somebody come in here that finds a record and [is] […]

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The new political app VoterGuru gauges users’ political ideology through a series of questions about issues and then matches them with a presidential candidate who supports similar views. ILLUSTRATION BY AMANDA LUCIDI/DAILY FREE PRESS

VoterGuru brings political match-making to younger generation

The upcoming presidential election has riled up voters all across the nation. Some loyal party members have announced their allegiances, but others aren’t sure where they stand. A new app, VoterGuru, has come to solve this problem for the undecided voters and curious citizens alike. VoterGuru is an online app that matches a user’s ideology with that of a presidential […]

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Pinch, a new app that allows users to buy and sell a variety of personal services, was co-founded by BU alumnus Christian Na. ILLUSTRATION BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Pinch app gives independent workers platform to market talents

Pinch, a New Jersey-based app that allows buyers to set a flat rate for unique services, will now offer Boston millennials a market in which they can sell their myriad talents by becoming “Pinch Pros” in topics including, to name a few, twerking and deejaying. The app was originally buyer-focused. Now, though, it has expanded to encompass a seller-based business […]

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