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Audio: Panel on how innovative companies can drive job growth in Massachusetts

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 13, 2010 08:31 AM

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Last Friday, I moderated a panel at the annual CEO Summit organized by the Progressive Business Leaders Network. The focus was on how innovative companies can drive job growth in our region, and the panelists included Greg Bialecki, the Commonwealth's secretary of housing and economic development, venture capitalist Jeffrey Bussgang, BiddingForGood CEO Jon Carson, and Mike Dornbrook, until recently COO at Harmonix Music Systems.

It felt like a constructive hour, focusing on what we should worry about...what we can do to retain young people (we talked about federal visa issues)...how we can support the growth of more big companies...and whether that is even a worthy objective. We ended up talking about whether a two-hour Acela trip between Boston and New York could ever be a reality, knitting the two cities closer together.

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