Any developer can throw together a few scraps of wood and dollhouse furniture to pitch a condominium. But prospective buyers for Joe Fallon’s waterfront luxury condos at 22 Liberty are in for the next generation of tiny model condos. The models — each about 2 feet by 4 feet, with glass ceilings so viewers can peer into the miniature upscale residences — don’t stop at 2-inch wooden chairs and 8-inch tables with elaborate runners. They feature several 3-inch, flat-screen televisions that actually work.
Don’t break out the popcorn just yet, though. The TVs only loop trailers for the ’80s rom-com “Moonstruck,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and the Bond flick “Skyfall.”
No word on who built the models — or, for that matter, who picked the movies.
But how did you really feel?
Last week, Re/Code, the online tech media outlet founded by former All Things Digital creators Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, parachuted into Boston for a look at the city’s technology scene (read: Tell you why Boston lost Facebook to California).
Called “Innovation Nation: Boston,” the series ran the gamut from predictable critiques to a thoughtful two-part section on the history of computing in Boston and Cambridge called “Tech’s Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston’s Rise and Fall.”
We decided to ask the Boston tech community for its reaction.
Matrix Partners general partner Antonio Rodriguez was more than happy to give us his candid thoughts on the series. And no, he didn’t mince words:
“It’s wonderful to see that our West Coast media establishment decided to look for real technology and innovation, and give us a pat on the head,” Rodriguez said. “When in reality, what they should be doing is genuflecting and thanking us every day for the fact that we’ve given them all the foundational technologies for their social networking, dating applications, e-commerce bubble companies, and whatever else happens to be the flavor of the month out there.”
Beacon Hill has gone to the dogs
It’s the dog days of Governor Deval Patrick’s administration — in more ways than one.
When a reporter visited Patrick’s State House office last week to talk about how Logan Airport has added 14 nonstop international flights during his tenure, Tobey, the governor’s 5-year-old Labrador retriever, scampered up for a greeting, serving as a disarmingly adorable aide.
The first pup, who spends a few days a month meeting dignitaries on Beacon Hill, according to staff, rested his head in the reporter’s lap and laid at her feet as Patrick talked about meeting with airline executives on trade missions to Mexico and Israel.
Patrick smiled and apologized as Tobey playfully pawed for attention before eventually splaying out in front of a warm fireplace. Tobey, that is, not the governor.
A zero no more
It was time for The Boston Club’s annual shaming last month: The networking group, determined to advance women’s careers, announced its latest list of “zero-zeroes,” the big public companies in Massachusetts with zero women in top executive roles and zero on their boards. It’s a group that’s often teeming with tech companies, and this year’s list of 17 was no exception.
There’s no way that the folks at The Boston Club could have known that one of those listed, EnerNOC Inc., was about to escape the roster by adding Kirk Arnold to its board. (And yes, Kirk is a woman’s name, too).
Landing Arnold is a coup for EnerNOC CEO Tim Healy, as Arnold is among the top managers in the state’s tech sector. Arnold is currently CEO of Data Intensity, a Bedford-based provider of cloud services for Oracle technology. Her resume includes jobs as chief operating officer at Avid Technology, the video editing services firm, and chief executive at Keane Inc., the giant IT company that’s now a division of Japan’s NTT Group. She’s also co-chair of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. As is customary for companies of this size, the part-time job of EnerNOC board member pays well: All of the board’s independent directors earned more than $200,000 in 2013, based on a mix of cash and stock awards.
EnerNOC, it’s worth noting, had energy expert Susan Tierney on its board until mid-2013. A spokeswoman says EnerNOC created an eighth board seat to bring Arnold into the fold.
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