I was speaking earlier this week to a group of people who largely run established institutions in Boston, whether trade associations, think tanks, or non-profits.
My message, as it often is, is that we're in the midst of a cultural revolution: remaking the region's innovation economy, supporting first-time entrepreneurs in new ways, and breaking down barriers between college campuses and the business world.
Here's a list I shared of initiatives that I think are at the heart of this shift, making Boston a more permeable town — a place where connections happen much more spontaneously than they used to.
How many of these have you participated in or contributed to?
- Stay in MA
- Greenhorn Connect
- OpenCoffee Cambridge
- Venture Cafe
- Startup Weekend
- TechStars Boston
- Mass Innovation Nights
- Innovation Open Houses (a series of events for students I was involved with starting)
- Web Innovators Group
(This isn't intended to be a comprehensive list.... but feel free to add others in the comments.)
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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More from Scott
December 9: Web Innovators Group
Demos of new mobile apps and web ventures at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Free admission; cash bar.
December 10: Fintech Demo Day
Short demos from startups in the financial technology realm.
December 11: Unpitch
Entrepreneurs and investors sit down for lunch, advice, and feedback. Entrepreneurs must apply to participate.