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Innovation Economy

After attack, tech firms balance help, promotion

Entrepreneurs are hard-wired to spot opportunities and build solutions. So with everyone feeling a bit schizophrenic after the past week — from the blasts to the aftermath to the president’s visit to the shootings to the manhunt — we saw a bit of a schizophrenic reaction in the local tech scene.

Almost instantly, days before the city announced its One Fund charitable initiative, a group of entrepreneurs began raising money for victims using the site By Friday, they’d blown past an initial goal of $50,000 and were closing in on $200,000. Others scrambled to build a new website,, that simplified the task of uploading photographic evidence from a mobile phone and having it forwarded along to the FBI.

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