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After many years of trying to make potato chips taste like jalapenos, the creators of Deano’s Jalapenos decided to ditch the potato all together. Their chips are “non-potato chips” made out of thin slices of jalapeno. The peppers are deep-friend and flavored with sea salt, cheddar or ranch.
We use the freshest jalapenos available, shipped dailey from Texas and New Mexico. Our cheddar coating has just the right flavor to enhance the flavor of the jalapeno, which gives it a nice finish to the chip. Once again there are no potatoes used in Deanos Jalapeno Cheddar Chips. The jalapeno chips are at what “we” call a medium heat level, although each batch is a little different depending on mother nature.
When it comes to those last globs of ketchup inevitably stuck to every bottle of Heinz, most people either violently shake the container in hopes of eking out another drop or two, or perform the “secret” trick: smacking the “57” logo on the bottle’s neck. But not MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith. He and a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group have been held up in an MIT lab for the last two months addressing this common dining problem.
The result? LiquiGlide, a “super slippery” coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging—though ketchup and mayonnaise bottles might just be the substance’s first targets. Condiments may sound like a narrow focus for a group of MIT engineers, but not when you consider the impact it could have on food waste and the packaging industry. “It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles—just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market,” Smith says. “And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year.”
Have you ever tried to sell something on Craigslist but didn’t really have an idea on how much to ask for it? Or have you tried to buy something online but weren’t sure if you were getting the best deal? This is where Priceonomics comes in.
Priceonomics is the price guide for everything. It takes the guesswork out of the process and tells you exactly how much you should be paying for any used item. When you search for an item, you can see how the site’s team came up with the price and view the data they used. If you’re searching for an out-of-the-ordinary item, always double-check the data to make sure they are comparing prices from the actual product you’re looking for.
Bob Caspe knows a thing or two about startup businesses. Caspe, a serial entrepreneur and professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College, has co-founded Wellesley-based IEC Partners LLC and launched the International Entrepreneurship Center.
The company, co-founded by six partners, supports the center, which provides resources to businesses that have “clearly defined business customers and partners” at it 9,000-square-foot center in Newton.
Located in a historic hemp mill on Nevada Street, the center includes more than 35 furnished workstations to be used by startup and emerging growth companies. Currently, the center managed by Caspe, who founded several high-tech businesses including Leaf Systems Inc. and Sound Vision Inc., hosts five startups and has room for another 20, according to IEC.
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