Every Friday, I serve up a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's the most popular hang-outs for techies and entrepreneurs.
One of the more interesting local projects underway right now is the effort to create a Venture Cafe in Kendall Square. Tim Rowe, founder of the Cambridge Innovation Center, is leading a group of people who want to create a place where entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors can eat, drink, get online, and perhaps fire up an LCD projector for an impromptu PowerPoint presentation.
But until that's open, what are the places where people starting, building, and investing in new companies get together?
1. The Newton Marriott. The go-to spot for breakfast meetings, lo these many decades. The lobby is also a decent spot for quick conversations and laptop demos over a Starbucks coffee.
2. Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel. You'll likely spot a partner from the venture capital firm General Catalyst (their offices are in the same complex), a Harvard faculty member like Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, or PR guru Larry Weber ensconced in his corner booth.
3. The Muddy Charles. The famed MIT campus hangout dates back to 1968. Paraphrasing "Star Wars," you will never find a more wretched hive of student entrepreneurs and inventors.
4. Andala Coffee House in Central Square. Specifically on Wednesday mornings, when entrepreneurs and investors gather for OpenCoffee, a casual conclave started by Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital and Nabeel Hyatt of Conduit Labs. UPDATE: This event still happens, but has moved from Andala to Voltage Coffee & Art in Kendall Square, which has subsequently surpassed Andala as a tech gathering place.
5. Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square. Emma's Pizza, Au Bon Pain, Black Sheep, the Starbucks inside the Marriott hotel, and Cosi all attract their fair share of geniuses from companies and labs nearby (and, of course, from MIT), but for a sit-down lunch or after-work beverage, the fish joint is the reigning champ.
What other spots do you frequent? Add a comment...
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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