In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of March 13, 2016

  • 3.18.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech: 2016 Update
We love this annual guide to the scene in Boston, authored by a seed VC and featuring everything from funds and accelerators to event spaces, coffee shops and the best Twitter follows. 

Unlocking blockchain for the underbanked
in the FinTech space are constantly working on alternative uses of the blockchain technology behind bitcoin With an eye toward underserved markets, check out three new ways the blockchain could soon change the developing world.

How the ‘wonks’ of public policy and the ‘geeks’ of tech can get together
The time has arrived for new, fast-paced, tech-savvy voices in government to help our laws catch up to our smartphones. Great thoughts from TechCrunch on how to get it done.

Things Are Finally Getting Real for On-Demand Startups
We mentioned last week the popularity of on-demand service , which span a wide variety of businesses hoping to latch onto the success of Uber. But, as Fortune points out, too many founders take the plunge without fully considering challenging per-transaction profit margins.

US Senate bill would give FAA 2 years to create rules for delivery drones
Speaking of government and delivery service, we’re getting closer and closer to delivery drones dotting our skylines! The Senate took an important step toward that future yesterday, passing out of a call for new drone delivery rules by the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill is still far from becoming law, but we’ll be watching.

Top Startup Investors Are Betting on Growth, Not Waiting for It
Early-stage investors are the lifeblood of the ecosystem, and they’re changing and growing with the market despite the major risks involved. Click through to the Top 20 list and get to know the best of the best!

I Think, Therefore I Am: Startup Experts Talk A.I. at SXSW
As always, there were excellent panels all over SXSW this year, and this one about artificial intelligence caught our eye. Another panel featured our very own Barry Hurewitz on regulatory hurdles for foreign establishing American operations. Bonus link: the President even stopped by for the opening of SXSW with prescient comments on data privacy.

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.