The stories behind Unshrinkit and LovePop in the Shark Tank
Two former Harvard Innovation Labs’ startups have made the most of their recent trips into ABC’s Shark Tank. A couple of weeks ago, former i-lab company Unshrinkit, the wool unshrinking solution, appeared on the show and ended up with a $150,000 investment from Mark Cuban. Last Friday, another company out of the i-lab, LovePop, also […]
Harvard i-lab renovates ‘maker space’ and prototyping lab
The Harvard i-lab has renovated its da Vinci Room & prototyping lab. The expansion supports the “maker-space” and hardware design needs of student startups.
‘It depends’ may not be the answer you are looking for, but for many startups, it’s the best one
What everyone is searching for is a clear and relevant answer, specific to their problem, derived from some mythical how-to-build-a-startup manual. And that just doesn’t exist.
Different Perspectives Come Together to Form Better Ideas
Homogeneity is the enemy of creativity and innovation.
This is nowhere more true than with the early days of a business.
The Viral Desk Seen ‘Round the World
Last summer, Harvard i-lab resident Momchil Filev and his cofounder Denis Grosz were brainstorming ways to help promote their new startup BestReviews, a platform designed to help consumers find expert recommendations on products as varied as water heaters and credit cards. They had an idea for a video that would introduce users to their service […]
Harvard Launches 5th Annual President’s Challenge with Deans’ Challenges
The University’s Premier Social Impact Competition Embodies the Cross-Disciplinary ‘One Harvard’ Ethos The official kickoff of the fifth annual Harvard President’s Challenge will take place at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) on the evening of Thursday, October 22, and will feature a keynote from Stig Leschly (MBA ‘97 and JD ’98), the founder of Exchange.com […]
Two nights in September: How the Harvard Innovation Lab is bringing innovators together
Over the past few weeks, the Innovation Lab has welcomed hundreds of members of the Harvard community through its doors. Most found something of real value in this gateway to Allston and centerpiece of Harvard’s burgeoning innovation community.
Trust in Humans: Weeks 1 + 2 of the Bits + Blocks Lab
Last week, while exploring identity and trust, one Bits + Blocks team headed for the Boston Registry of Motor Vehicles. The weather was cold and rainy, and the team went at noon, when they figured the RMV would be slammed. As team member Shuya Gong put it: “What better way to understand issues around identity […]
I promise we’re going to tip you more, we’re just out of Bitcoin.
Dinner as a social construct has become pretty normalized in our society. The system is pretty standard; come in, sit, order, eat, pay, tip, leave. Questions that don’t normally surface are “what if the price of my currency fluctuates so much that I don’t have enough by the end of it”, “what if they don’t […]
Bytes for bites
The Bits + Blocks Lab is an pop-up incubator hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab, and created by IDEO Futures to explore the future of trust, and transaction and participation. Below is my personal story of our first interactions with Bitcoin. Bitcoin. Global buzzword, media bully. Personally, this was all I knew before starting the […]
i-lab VIP Team Profile: Spruce & Co.
Take a moment and think about all of the places your phone has been with you today. When you woke up this morning, you may have had your device beside you in bed, brought it into the bathroom, kept it by your side at the gym and had it out with you as you were […]
AdmitHub Unlocks College Admissions
AdmitHub is the first provider of massively open online college counseling (that’s MOOCC with 2 Cs). Kirk Daulerio, a co-founder, is a former ivy league admissions officer and first gen college student. Drew Magliozzi, the other co-founder, is a career ed tech entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive innovation. Purpose College admissions is broken. The […]