Scott Kirsner

Globe correspondent Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books “Fans, Friends & Followers” and “Inventing the Movies,” was the editor of “The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England,” and was a contributor to “The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston.” Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Scott writes in Innovation Economy column on Sundays, and blogs daily at

Latest stories


AirPooler not quite ready for takeoff

By Scott Kirsner,

Cambridge-based AirPooler is a way for private pilots to offer extra seats on their trips to people who’d like to tag along.

Innovation Economy

In the sharing economy, a rift over worker classification

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Correspondent

A class-action lawsuit is challenging how companies like Uber or TaskRabbit classify workers as independent contractors.

Providence accelerator Betaspring takes a break

By Scott Kirsner, Globe staff

“We did ninety companies in a big rush, and we wanted a breather cycle,” the accelerator’s managing partner says.

Innovation Economy

New generation of social startups seeks mass appeal

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Correspondent

Our region hasn’t yet produced a large-scale social or mobile company that builds stuff for consumers.