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Innovation Economy

A start-up story: Easy to launch, tough to build

For Brian Krejcarek, Feb. 23, 2011, was the day every entrepreneur dreams about. He was offered a last-minute opportunity to present his product in front of a panel of investors and an audience of peers at a San Francisco conference called Launch.

At the time, Krejcarek was illicitly sleeping either under his desk at the Cambridge Innovation Center or on a mattress stashed in an air shaft of the building. Rather than paying for an apartment, he wanted to put the money into his start-up, GreenGoose. Its big idea: inexpensive wireless sensors that you could affix to any object, like a bicycle or a child’s toothbrush, to track how often it was being used. Krejcarek suggested that adults and kids might be motivated by earning points for those activities, and the company tagline was “Play Real Life Even Better.”

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