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Act II: Golazo

For the last couple years, when people have asked me what is needed to improve the startup eco-system in New England, my response has been “more shots on goal”. I have firmly believed in this.  It was (and continues to be) important to break the impression that starting a company is only for the extremely […]


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Sad Observations from a Boston Angel Dinner

I was at a dinner last night with folks from local angel groups and other seed stage investors in Boston. There were a few jokes about how “this isn’t Angelgate”.  But honestly, no one would ever mistake it for that – the conversation was far too lame.  To be clear, there were some people at […]


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Organic vs. Manufactured Community

In publishing my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community, I had a heavy emphasis on grassroots efforts vs. big top-down events and organizations.  This is clearly a value judgement on my part.  I’m a big believer in organic communities that are created by and for the end users.  I’m skeptical of top-down initiatives that […]


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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community 2011

Boston is a great place to start and build a company.  There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. It occurred to me however that Boston is a transient town.  Especially for the student population […]


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A Tale of More Than Two Cities

The latest funding data from CB Insight came out recently.  Om Malik commented on it here.  Fred Wilson did the same and commented on the vibrancy of the NY internet eco-system.  The data is really great – innovation is alive and well in New York, and that’s why I spend a bunch of time there […]


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An Entrepreneurial Renaissance in Boston

Yes!  I’m saying it – we are in the early days of an entrepreneurial renaissance in Boston.  Even in the wake of TechCrunch Disrupt.  Even though every VC that talks about the greatness of New England is doing so from the Acela to NYC.  Those of us who have been engaged in the Boston startup […]


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If You Are a 20-Something Entrepreneur in Boston, Check This Out

I previously wrote a To-Do list for new entrepreneurs arriving in Boston.  It included a bunch of folks to follow on twitter and on their blogs, events to go to, and companies to get familiar with. I’d like to add a new to-do on the list, especially if you are a younger entrepreneur.  Check out Dart […]


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Where to find angel funding in Boston

I’ve often heard that there is a shortage of seed-stage investment capital in the Boston area, especially in the consumer realm.  Nabeel Hyatt, founder of Conduit Labs put it pretty succinctly: “This is in IMHO *the* biggest impediment to a stronger startup culture. There is no ecosystem of consumer angels in Boston, at all.” There […]


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A “To-Do” List for New Entrepreneurs Arriving in Boston

Fall is upon us (although it feels like winter) and for Boston, that means a new wave of folks who are arriving here for studies or new career opportunities. When I moved to Boston from Silicon Valley in 2005, I had a pretty sparse network of friends in the tech and entrepreneurship scene.   I also […]