VIDEO: Boston Tech Fights Childhood Cancer Raising $400k for St. Baldrick’s

Boston's technology community raised over $400,000 to fight pediatric cancer with St. Baldrick's. Watch the video below to learn more about the people who supported this great cause and why they stepped up to fight this terrible disease.

Please join us in the fight for 2016 and help us raise more than last year's $400,000!

A big thank you to Gauntlet Studios for the incredible film and storytelling work they do. If you're looking for help with your company's video content, make sure you reach out to Rob and Reanna!

Rayfit's Burn for Baldrick's and Wayne Chang push fundraising over $400k!

Thanks to Wayne Chang (Twitter) and RayFit’s Burn for Baldrick’s fundraiser, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve reached over $400,000 in donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. That’s enough to fund four research grants in the fight against childhood cancer!

Check out RayFit's Burn for Baldrick's Event below!:

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation does this with the guiding principles of integrity, efficiency, transparency, a pioneering spirit and a sense of fun. 

We are extremely grateful to the Boston Tech Community for their continued support. It’s never too late to donate so we’ll keep the link live.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season,


Announcing hack/reduce Yoga on Thursdays!

HACK/REDUCE & RAYFIT are hosting Lunchtime Yoga.

Come join us on Thursday April the 2nd at 12:00pm for an hour of yoga and a healthy brown bag lunch provided by Tryst Restaurant!

Remember to bring your mat and a friend!  

Alejandra Hernandez is a certified 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), Zumba Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Coach. Passionate and energetic, Alejandra wants to offer students and entrepreneurs a happy and healthy foundation for their body and mind. In her experience, Yoga has a radiant energy to offer everyone on and off the mat. 

Hatha yoga has a gentle and slow pace and is appropriate for beginners. Alejandra will provide detailed instruction on all postures, breathing techniques and the principles of yoga.  

I have attended Alejandra’s class along with Cort, the boy wonder, and we both agree we came out calmer, smarter, stronger and more flexible!


DartDinner Revival: HackDinner

I was introduced to the Boston startup scene in 2006 through my role in the operations team at Atlas Venture.  I wasn't truly exposed to it until winter 2009 when I attended my first DartDinner, hosted by Victoria Song, at a tapas place in Allston.  Five years later, I have become ingrained in an amazing community that is actively improving, innovating, and evolving the world around us.  

The DartDinners have introduced cofounders (just ask Jeff and Wayne from Crashlytics/Twitter), connected entrepreneurs and investors, and created customer conversations for early stage companies.  All attendees are highly curated and represent all spectrums of the community. It’s just the right number and mix of people to have genuine conversations and a great time.

We're bringing the DartDinners back as HackDinners. We hope you will apply for the latest version of the HackDinner, hosted by our good friends and longtime supporters Silicon Valley Bank.

Please apply through hack/reduce by March 4. We’ll review applications and send out invitations in the coming weeks.

- Ben

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Hack It Till You Make It with Tech Boston Academy

A couple of weeks ago hack/reduce and TechBoston Academy held an event called "hack it till you make it", sponsored by Oracle Academy.  The event was attended by TechBoston's 9th–12th grade students who are interested in computer science and consisted of talks, lectures and a tour of the startups ThreatStack and Hopper.

The event started out with Gina Nebesar leading a talk and Q&A. Gina is currently the VP of Product Development and Marketing at Ovuline and is a Harvard Business School graduate.  Gina talked about her background, the importance of learning a hard skill (like engineering), her experiences at Harvard Business School, being a women in tech, being a founder of a company, and why startups need employees like the students from Tech Boston Academy.  In addition, she talked about how learning a skill like engineering helped improve her ability to get jobs, which improved her quality of life (e.g, financially, she had money to travel the world, ability to save money helped her go to B school), and how she used the analytical abilities she acquired via her engineering background to do jobs that she never had experience in before -- like switching from working as an engineer to founding her own apparel company.  

Gina also demoed her company, Ovuline's, iOS app.  The kids asked her a lot of great questions and she ended the hour by inviting them to stay in touch, visit her startup, and possibly intern at her company if they were interested.  

Following Gina, Alex Jarvis, a developer at Terrible Labs, lead the students in a front-end development workshop using Oracle's Code Academy and walked them through the Oracle Academy website.  The students blazed through 28 exercises in JavaScript, loved it, learned a lot, and wanted to learn more.

Finally we toured the students through startups, Hopper and ThreatStack.  Both companies did a demo of their products and the kids were ecstatic to experience what a startup is like, see the technology, learn about what problems the companies are solving, and hear more about the experiences of the presenters.  Both the founder and VP of Engineering at ThreatStack even offered internships!  

Overall, this event was something very special for the students.  They showed tons of talent, were smart, funny, extremely interested, offered great opportunities like mentorships and internships, and exposed them to lots of new opportunities.

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$200k Raised for St. Baldrick's Foundation and Richi's House

The Boston Tech area has once again amazed and humbled me with its generosity in support of finding a cure for childhood cancer. Through your support of St. Baldricks, we raised close to $200k on Monday night.

I would love to be able to hand write a personal note of thanks to each and every individual who helped make our 3rd annual St. Baldrick’s event at Blazing Paddles, such great success and a f*cking good time! But there is a problem, and it’s a good problem to have — our event had close to 300 people; shavees,  volunteers, raffle items galore, and with those numbers it would be close to impossible to really try to personally say thank you to everyone (plus, I know I’d forget or miss someone). Please know, I am honored you took time and/or money, not to mention the loss of your hair, to support an event to honor these kids and their families. Whether it was your hair, time or money, I appreciate your efforts.

Nationally, St. Baldrick’s is the single largest investor in pediatric cancer research next to the U.S. Government. Unfortunately, every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with this terrible disease. My goal is for this event to be a Boston legacy we leave the next generation of entrepreneurs, serving to give us, perspective, inspiration, strength and unity.

An event of this magnitude takes a lot of work behind the scenes, so I would like to give a special thanks to the committee responsible for organizing our St. Baldrick’s event. My first thanks is to Ben Israelite, Volunteer Event Organizer, who has stuck by to make this happen, even though he thought I was and still am crazy. 

Thanks also to Cort Johnson, Kate Hansen, Miss Massachusetts,  TUGG, The Boston Bruins, Boston Cannons, MetLife, and local media , for support of the event. I also want to thank the Lyon’s Group and Blazing Paddles for hosting the event. I would also like to personally thank all of the shavees, stylists, volunteers, personal and business and raffle items donors. Without all of you and your assistance, this event would not have been able to happen.

The generosity of Boston and the surrounding areas is incredible. The sacrifice of the shavees alone is unbelievable. I thank them for their commitment to such a deserving cause.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation does this with the guiding principles of integrity, efficiency, transparency, a pioneering spirit and a sense of fun. It’s never too late to donate, I’ll keep the link live

Until 2015…..thank you and happy holidays


Please visit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by visiting online at or by calling 1-888-899-BALD.

Welcome to our blog!

November 21st, 2014

Hello all,

We're excited to kick off our blog! We have tons of exciting projects going on and want to keep you in the loop. 2014 is almost over but hack/reduce has a few events to end the year with a bang! 

December is our month of giving back: we are hosting our annual fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation and adding a new community outreach event with TechBoston Academy.  

1. Hack It Until You Make It With TechBoston Academy [Dec 5th 10AM @ hack/reduce] 

2. 2014 hack/reduce St. Baldrick's Charity Cup [Dec 8th 6PM @ Blazing Paddles]: hack/reduce & Boston Big Data go BIG and go BALD for Child Cancer Research.  There's still time to sign up as a company or an individual to donate Winner will be crowned at the hack/reduce St. Baldrick's Party. 

Look out for the next blog post by one of our campus ambassadors! 

Bentley hack/reduce Meetup - Introduction to the Boston Big Data Ecosystem

Hack/Reduce made its debut at Bentley University this week. Cort Johnson and Shanan Kumar were invited to campus to talk about the mission of Hack/Reduce, Big Data community in Boston area  and the campus ambassador program details.

GITMA, which is the student organization responsible for holding this event, brought out about thirty people from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley. They come from graduate programs such as Information Technology, Marketing Analytics, Business Analytics and MBA.

The purpose of the event was to share with the students the opportunities available to them in the broader Boston, Big Data, ecosystem. We were able to explore different resources available to the students to learn more about getting involved, finding jobs, and getting off campus and building our networks.

We're looking forward to the next event coming after winter break!