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One Boston

The amount of pride this city holds is unlike any other.

My roommate shared this video with me, it will make you cry. It depicts the passion we feel for our beautiful home.

The One Fund, established by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, will streamline donations for those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy, into one account, which will then be divided up to victims and their families. Continue reading

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Techies Rock Boston: Startups Band Together For Marathon Victims

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If there is one thing we learned this week, it is that when Boston faces adversity it comes together as a community like nowhere else in the world. Really, what other city, when faced with gun battles in the streets and bombings at sporting events, will shut down the entire metropolis and find the guys that did it?

Boston, strong.

This mindset is peculiar to Boston. When a problem is presented in front of its citizens, they will band together and solve it. This is not New York where people always seem to be going in their own directions or San Francisco with its individualistic dreamers and doers. This is Boston, a place where challenges are presented, solutions are proffered and it is done together with a determination that few places on earth can match.

These attributes extend to the startups of Boston. Like no other startup enclave in the United States, Boston startups share a profound sense of community and togetherness. We talk a lot about startup “communities” and a shared sense of comradeship when comparing the likes of San Francisco, New York, Boulder, Austin or Seattle but many times it feels like a hollow word. Community is something that startup enclaves are supposed to have, so they scream to the ether that they have it.

Boston startups actually live it.

Boston startup employees mingle at Durty Nellies.

Boston startup employees mingle at Durty Nellies.

Now, that is not to denigrate the charitable activities of places like New York and San Francisco. New York startups came together in a big way after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in December in Connecticut and after Hurricane Sandy. San Francisco Rocks and other charitable events bring together many startups in the Bay Area.

It is different in Boston. These are people that like each other, live with each other, pull for one another. The ultra-competitiveness of San Francisco where startups throw parties to see what high profile journalists and VCs will attend is not present. Almost all the VCs in Boston attend almost all the parties and meetings. You know the biggest holiday party in the Boston startup ecosystem? It is the one that the startups throw together. This last year there was several thousand dollars left over from the party and the Boston startups involved decided to donate it to the United Way of Western Connecticut to help the families affected by the tragic shootings in Newtown.

Boston. Strong.

That sense of charity is alive and well after the drama that unfolded this week surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings. A group of Boston startups is holding an event this Sunday with all proceeds going to the One Fund, the charity to benefit victims and families of the bombing. Dubbed “Techies Rock For Boston” the event will feature musical performances by several talented performers that work in Boston startups including Andrew Nalband of Ubersense, Kelly Rice of Kinvey, Dave Bisceglia of The Tap Lab, Chris Howard of Libboo, Julian Weisser of Bundio and Ben Mirin of VentureFizz and Ryan Light of CoachUp.

A host of Boston startups will be attending and helping to raise money. The list includes: CoachUp, Ubersense, Localytics, The Tap Lab, BostInno, TechStars, Kinvey, WeLoveBeantown, MarketMeSuite, ViralGains, Directr, Fitgiver, Evertrue, Intellegent.ly, Yesware, Helpscout, StarStreet, Mass Challenge, Libboo, Crave Labs, Promoboxx, Crowdly, Bundio and Boundless Learning.
Here are the details of the event:

• Location: Hennessy’s – 25 Union Street, Boston, Masssachusetts 02108
• Time: Sunday, April 21 – 7:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
• Suggested Donation: $10 at the door.

The event will also feature raffles, music, t-shirts for sale and a portion of the proceeds from the bar and tips going to the One Fund.

This has been a very trying week for the City of Boston. Join the Boston startup community at Hennessy’s on Sunday night to help the families of the victims, let loose a little and get to know what it really means to be …

BOSTON. STRONG.

Top photo: Cambridge Fire Department hazardous materials team descend on suspect’s house near Inman Square on Friday afternoon (Dan Rowinski)

A version of this article was originally appeared on ReadWrite.com and was republished  by permission.

Jamaica Plain, Things to Do

Weekend Alert: FANCY PANTS Dance Party in JP

Saturday: looking to get funky and fancy – simultaneously? Yes.

FANCY PANTS is a queer dance party at Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain (and birthday celebration for the host, no gift required). There are buttons and tuxedo t-shirts. There’s a raffle with prizes donated by Good Vibrations and Fenway Health. And best of all, proceeds from all of this will benefit the Transgender Law Center.

Boston house DJ duo Elder Brothers? will spin dance, hip hop and Motown mashups. Maybe all at once, we’re not sure.

The party kicks off at 8:00. Tickets are $7 before 10:00, $9 after. Get your thang on.

Donations for the Transgender Law Center are also accepted through causes.org.

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TUGG Boston: Fundraising Made Tech-y

If you want to do a little good while hobnobbing with Boston’s tech elite, plan to attend TUGG Boston’s charity wine party at the Cyclorama in the South End. The event, held Thursday, January 31st from 5:30pm to 11pm, aims to celebrate and spread social entrepreneurship in the New England Area.

TUGG – or Technology Underwriting for Greater Good – has been around since 2006. This year’s event is on track to double the amount raised for the 2012 party, bringing in $200,000. The party, sporting an impressive list of sponsors and hosts will support six non-profits: Revolution of Hope (@revofhope), Future Chefs (@FutureChefs), Technology for Autism Now (@tech4autismnow), Build Boston (@BUILDinBoston), Innercity Weightlifting (@feinmanjon), and Science from Scientists (@DoctorErika).

If that doesn’t make your socks roll up and down, the flowing wine and Avion tequila should. The event was a hell of a good time last year, and this year should be no different. Buy a last minute ticket here. And see you there!

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Ginger Explosion

I thought this was some weird event for a mass assembly of redheads. That creeped me out…too much pale skin, freckles, and the smell of SFP 70 for me to handle all at once.

Fortunately for 99% of the world (no I’m not getting political) redheads will not host “Occupy Somerville” on January 28th.

Instead, head to PA’s Lounge for Ginger [Root] Explosion #4 to sample some of Boston’s food trucks and Ginger Cocktails!

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Staff Meal, Dosa N Curry, and Mei Mei will all be in attendance.

What: ArtsUnion Ginger Explosion 4 at PA’s Lounge
When: Monday 1/28, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA
Cost: $13

This event will raise money for ArtsUnion, a cultural council designed to engage the public with Somerville’s artistic culture.  ArtsUnion “produces events, markets, and cultural tours that show the cultural and artistic diversity of Union Square”.

Side note/ Thank God: No redheads will be exploded at this event.