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The Big One

A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.

Lucy: ‘Office Envy’ stories rarely make it to The Big One, but this time we have an exclusive one – a sneak peek into Microsoft’s The Garage, a new collaboration space at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

When Satya Nadella became Microsoft’s third CEO in 2014, he made it clear he was on a mission to refresh the company’s culture. That mission is now being translated into a tangible space where local Microsoft employees can collaborate and learn new skills.

Located on the second floor of the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (or N.E.R.D.) in Kendall Square, The Garage is equipped with 3-D printers, design tools and even a virtual reality room. Events, hackathons and presentations in line with the desire to foster innovation among employees are also part of the plan.

Two weeks in advance of the grand opening scheduled for April 26, I was given a special preview of the new space. As Head of The Garage Linda Thackeray defined it, the area is a “white space” where people can create new things as makers, meet people from other departments, perhaps fail, learn skills and then take it all back to their daily job. The space is open 24/7, she said.

Here’s a gallery of all the photos I took during my tour, with detailed captions on each of the four areas of The Garage. Read more: Office Envy: Inside Microsoft’s The Garage, Where Employees Have Access to a VR Room [Exclusive]

In The Know

The Inno stories you need to read today.

Elsewhere in Inno

Stories from around the Inno network we think you’ll dig.

– Stempower Gives Girls the Power and Confidence to Pursue STEM [Atlanta Inno]
– As Uber Leans More on City Partnerships, Its Relationship with D.C. Gets More Elaborate [DC Inno]
– Shark Tank Failure to Kickstarter Success: Meet BedJet [Rhode Island Inno]

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Boston.

KG: Have you been voting for the WEBBYs? Somerville-based DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. is up for an honor is best visual and design. You can vote for them here.

Lucy: The Dinner Daily, one of BostInno’s 10 food tech startups to watch, is working with Tufts Health Plan “to help its commercial members make dinners easy, more affordable and less stressful,” the company wrote in a press release. Tufts Health Plan commercial members have access to a two week free trial of the service. After the trial period, they will be able to access members’ only pricing. Based in Westford, The Dinner Daily creates a personalized dinner menu and shopping list for users based on dietary needs and promotion specials at local shops.

New Money

Your daily funding roundup.

KG: Boston cybersecurity company Onapsis has raised $31M led by LLR Partners, which is a PE firm in Philly. This brings the total funding to $62M as they plan for an IPO in the next three to four years. We have the whole story here.

Player Personnel

Who’s moving where.

KG: Newstore, an omnichannel cloud platform for retailers, has added two retail vets to its board of directors. Carol Meyrowitz is executive chairman of the board of TJX, was Fortune’s Business Person of the Year and was among their Most Powerful Women listing in 2015. And Sharen Jester Turney was CEO of Victoria’s Secret for a decade.

In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.

Lucy: Assuming you already have plans for the entire long Marathon Weekend, let’s fast forward to this Night of Speed Networking with STEM Professionals on Tuesday, April 17. Tickets available here for $15 or $30. Read more: BostInno Approved: April’s Top Tech & Startup Events in Boston

Mea Culpa

Because sometimes we make mistakes.

Lucy: In yesterday’s Beat, I wrote that Boston-based marketing technology startup Zaius was founded in 2013. It was founded in 2012. I apologize for my mistake.


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