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How Do We Turbo-Charge the Culture of Entrepreneurship in Mass.?

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 29, 2009 07:15 AM

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Anyone can propose a topic for a session at Thursday's Innovation Unconference organized by the Mass. Technology Leadership Council. And the sessions aren't anchored by plodding PowerPoint presentations, but for the most part are very interactive conversations between the presenter(s) and the audience.

Last year I was part of a session on how entrepreneurs can effectively work with the media (whether with public relations firms or on their own.) A similar session may take place this year, I'm told.

But this year I'm eager to propose a different session -- one on how we can improve, accelerate, enhance, and spread the new culture of entrepreneurship in our neck of the woods. Joining the session will be folks like Shawn Broderick from TechStars, Tim Rowe from the Cambridge Innovation Center, Gus Weber and Don Dodge from Microsoft, Wendy Caswell from ZINK Imaging, and David Beisel from Venrock and WebInno.

Join the conversation if you plan to be at the Innovation Unconference on Thursday. And if not, what are your thoughts on what could be done to improve the entrepreneurial environment in Massachusetts, and help more innovative companies get big fast?

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2 comments so far...
  1. Scott;

    The Ingenesist Project has been developing a structure for an innovation economy built on a platform of social media. First, we emulate the components of the financial system with their most logical equivalent in social media. Next, we are introducing several for-profit business methods that would provide the necessary foundation for such an innovation economy. In this way, entrepreneurs are rewarded for organizing knowledge assets is a specific way so that they can ultimately be securitized as Innovation Bonds, Innovation Insurance, and other financial products.

    I'll send you some more information if you are interested.

    Posted by Dan September 30, 09 05:39 PM
  1. Scott, I'd suggest that the responses to your August 13 post about the cultural revolution indicate that there's a pretty turbocharged entrepreneurial environment here already. And few cities compare. But it would make a great article if you could talk to people who chose to go to Silicon Valley to do their companies (and returned to Boston because they prefer living here) and ask them what they thought was better out there. Some of the things I've heard from such people are 1) more angels per capita, 2) more angels working solo or in small groups who make very quick decisions, 3) a culture that favors widely distributing stock options among employees and 4) California's ban on noncompete agreements.

    Posted by Rick Lucash October 1, 09 08:46 AM
 

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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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