In Wellesley, new sports center is worth the wait:

Communities often dream of creating new indoor athletic facilities to benefit children, adults, and high school teams.

It took the closing of St. James the Great Church — and several years of planning — for such a dream to be realized in Wellesley. Next spring, a sparkling facility is scheduled to open with two ice rinks, two swimming pools, a strength and conditioning center, and a turf field with an elevated track.

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Is your boss driving you crazy? Learn to manage up. ILLUSTRATION: DOMINIC BUGATTO

The Right and Wrong Way to Manage Up at the Office:

It’s an ability that can shape your career more than almost any other—but many employees don’t know how to do it.

Managing up, or building smooth, productive relationships with higher-ups, requires understanding and adapting to your boss’s communication and decision-making style. Many people are promoted because of the quality of their work. But as newly minted managers aim to rise in the ranks, assuming their work will speak for itself becomes increasingly hazardous to their careers.

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Ken Deckinger, executive producer and host of the new documentary series, Startup Cuba


New series documents the challenges of private startup enterprises in Cuba:

Starting a business anywhere in the world is always like “swimming upstream,” says the entrepreneur behind a popular Havana restaurant.

But if you’re trying to navigate the private sector in Cuba, it’s like being “in a boat without oars in a current twice as turbulent,” said Sasha Ramos, the owner of El Cocinero, a restaurant located in an old brick cooking oil factory. With a fashionable rooftop bar and small plate specials, El Cocinero could be at home on South Beach.

But because the restaurant is in Cuba, it’s difficult to get enough of the same kinds of plates, glasses and cutlery so the place settings match, said Ramos, one of the entrepreneurs interviewed in a new nine-part documentary series on Cuba’s private sector.

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#6 on the list, Jane Hirsh is worth $200,000,000.

These are the wealthiest health care executives in Massachusetts (Boston Business Journal):

Want to pull in a big paycheck? You might want to work in the health care field.

According to data released by net worth database Affluence IQ, top earners in Massachusetts working in health care had a combined wealth of $8.37 billion.

While the total wealth was less than some other industries — such as financial services ($41 billion total net worth) and real estate ($23 billion total net worth) — those working in health care earned more than those in the software and IT industries.

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Names and Faces: The richest sports, entertainment, and media moguls in Mass. (Boston Globe):

We just got our hands on a new list that ranks the wealth of Massachusetts residents who made their fortunes in sports, entertainment, and media.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft tops the list, with a net worth of $4.8 billion. In second place is cable TV pioneer Amos B. Hostetter, and in third place is Red Sox principal owner (and Boston Globe owner) John W. Henry.

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Google Ventures Backs Veo Robotics to Make Factory Robots Human-Aware (BostInno):

The VEO Robotics team

While the debate continues over how much of an impact robotics and automation will have on human jobs, Veo Robotics is betting on a different kind of future: a close and fluid collaboration between humans and machines.

With a system designed to give factory robots awareness of the human workers around them, the Cambridge startup has raised a $12 million Series A funding round led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and Lux Capital. The round, which was announced on Wednesday, also included participation from Next47, a venture capital firm created by industrial manufacturing giant Siemens. Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital and Andy Wheeler of GV have joined the company’s board of directors with the new financing.

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Pillar Technologies Is Wentworth Accelerate’s First Startup to Secure Outside Seed Funding (BostInno):


A sensor from Pillar Technologies

Pillar Technologies, a startup bringing sensor technology to the construction space to enhance risk management, announced it has secured $425,000 in seed funding, making it the first venture coming out of Wentworth Accelerate to close external capital. This seed round included investments from the 1517 Fund and Insure.VC, as well as angel investors Anil Jha and Sam Altschuler.

With on-site sensors, Pillar Technologies allows contractors to keep tabs on their job sites. The sensors can detect hostile conditions on sites that commonly cause companies to lose money during construction projects, like high humidity and fires.

Pillar Technologies will equip contractors with real-time data about the environment at their sites. It sends alerts when conditions become dangerous and offers predictive analytics, so contractors can stay on top of their time and budget allocation. It also benefits insurance companies and property owners, who have a stake in a site’s safety.

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The Guide: Social Networks (Boston Magazine):

Mass Innovation Nights

Why go: To see and be seen with the city’s breakout entrepreneurs and most disruptive companies.

What to know: These monthly events give startups the chance to pitch their products to a critical crowd of tech-centric professionals and social media influencers. No membership is needed, but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP pronto.

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Trilio raises $5M in funding to grow engineering, sales team (Built in Boston):

Data protection startup Trilio Data announced today that it has raised a $5M Series A round of funding led by Boston-based .406 Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in enterprise tech companies.

Trilio, which provides data protection, backup and recovery solutions for OpenStack, said it will use the new funds to grow its engineering, sales and marketing teams, as well as increase channel enablement support for the company’s global customer base and accelerate its technology roadmap.

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Innovation Hub looks to attract new ventures to city, and keep them (Lowell Sun):

LOWELL — Recent UMass Lowell graduate Rajia Abdelaziz had a job interview scheduled with Google in California, but chose not to go. Tory Thompson was an Oracle marketing professional who decided to leave her comfortable career at the software giant.

Each woman felt the pull of entrepreneurship and rejected easier career paths. On Thursday, other risk-takers joined them at a Mass Innovation Nights event, held at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in the Hamilton Innovation District.

Just as the entrepreneurs felt the pull of starting a company, the university seeks to attract early stage ventures to its iHub at 110 Canal Street. The iHub “is here for a very particular reason,” said Steven Tello, the university’s senior associate vice chancellor for entrepreneurship and economic development.

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Segment 5: Cooking For Geeks:

Cooking food is a science, and Jeff Potter’s book “Cooking for Geeks” has simplified it for us. We chat with Jeff about some of Jason’s cooking blunders and how he could avoid them or learn and improve for the next time.

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Segment 6: Culinary Prudence

Learning how to cook has some major advantages, but it does change your perspective. Jason Masters and Jeff Potter discuss how increasing their culinary skills has given them a more critical palate.

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30 nerdy holiday gift ideas for your favorite geek (The Today Show):

Whether the geek in question is your best friend, dad, or boyfriend, we know the truth — geeks are pretty cool and deserve an awesome gift. These gifts are smart, a little offbeat, and deliciously nerdy.

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Veo Robotics gives industrial robots a sixth sense for safely working around people (TechCrunch): 

Everyone knows the robots are coming, so we should probably get to work figuring out how we can coexist. That’s the mission of Veo Robotics, which is working on a system that gives robots spatial awareness of every object and obstacle in their reach, from debris to people and everything in between. People and robots working together can accomplish far more than either one on its own.

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