I had a tough time sitting through these two new videos produced by Innovate MassTech, a group of tech leaders deputized by Gov. Deval Patrick to figure out how to improve the global competitiveness of our IT/digital sector.
The videos were shot at a really provocative and constructive meeting held last month in Cambridge. They include many of our local tech celebs, like Akamai CEO Paul Sagan and iRobot co-founder Rodney Brooks.
But who are they for? Are we trying to convince ourselves that we still matter, that we're still cool? Are we trying to convince people outside the state that they should relocate here? People in Europe that they should set up their U.S. outposts here?
About the only points that were interesting to me, in the first video, were made by Brian Shin of Visible Measures, former Lightbridge CEO Pamela Reeve, and Joyce Plotkin, the long-time head of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. They argue that we could be doing a better job encouraging experienced execs to mentor younger ones; endeavoring to build really big businesses; and connecting enthusiastic students with our tech companies.
But let me know what you think. Here are the two videos.