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State of Innovation: R.I.’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs shows resilience

For the developers of Pointz, a navigation app geared toward safer routes for cyclists, Rhode Island offered a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities,...
THE R.I. OFFICE OF INNOVATION closed permanently last June without a public announcement except for a notice on its website. The office was created under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in 2016. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Change in state leadership led to permanent closure of R.I. Office...

PROVIDENCE — A shift in state leadership hastened the closure of the R.I. Office of Innovation, according to state and former office employees who...
MOVING AHEAD: Saul Kaplan, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory, says the loss of the Tech Collective and the R.I. Office of Innovation won’t have a lasting effect on innovative efforts in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will closures hurt R.I.’s innovation efforts?

For more than two decades, Providence nonprofit the Tech Collective provided training, recognition and other guidance for innovators ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned...

State must reinvest in innovation

Innovations can come from anyone with a good idea, drive and some luck, but it sure is nice to have some help. Rhode Island last...

Most-read stories on, Dec. 2021

1. Pawtucket acquiring Apex building, surrounding sites in $17.7M deal POSTED ONLINE: DEC. 15. The iconic Apex pyramid building in Pawtucket is being acquired...
JOE DEVINE is stepping down as Tech Collective's executive director. He will remain with the organization as vice chairperson of its board of directors. / COURTESY TECH COLLECTIVE

Tech Collective shutting down; cites COVID-related revenue decline

PROVIDENCE – Citing declining revenue since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tech Collective on Friday said it is shutting down at the...

Malin wins Tech Collective Lifetime Achievement Award

PROVIDENCE – Kathleen Malin, chief technology officer and vice president of operations at the Rhode Island Foundation, was recently named the recipient of the...
ALL THE ANGLES: Dan O’Day, director of Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks, speaks remotely at the Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 7 about the ways hackers are extorting businesses globally. The summit, hosted by PBN and the Tech Collective, was a virtual event.

Whose responsibility is it to combat cyberthreats at your company?

Cyber intrusions and attacks on businesses of all sizes continue to grow, according to panelists who participated in an Oct. 7 Cybersecurity Summit co-hosted...

Cyberattacks too costly to ignore

During any economic crisis a company’s first priority is survival. So, it may be understandable that some businesses started worrying a little less about...
HIGH PROTECTION: Panelists discuss the importance of employee training in cybersecurity. Clockwise from top left: Jon Fredrickson, certified information security manager, chief risk officer/corporate affairs at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Cindy Lepore, vice president and client adviser, Marsh McLennan Agency LLC; Jason Albuquerque, chief operating officer at Envision Technology Advisors LLC; and Tony Faria, chief information security officer and security strategist for Consortium Networks. PBN Editor Michael Mello, bottom left, moderates.

PBN summit: In trying to repel cyber threats, companies can’t go...

Cybercriminals are getting ever more creative, flexible and greedy. To defend themselves, organizations of every kind and size must persuade employees and vendors of...
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