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Straight talk about venture capital and the tech ecosystem in Boston [Audio]

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 4, 2013 08:15 AM

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About 70 entrepreneurs packed the hack/reduce space in Kendall Square last week for a half-day event called "Built in Boston," which turned out to be something of an orientation to the Boston startup ecosystem. Many of the entrepreneurs in attendance were just beginning the TechStars Boston accelerator program, and others were participants in Seedcamp, visiting from Europe. Speakers included Zipcar founder Robin Chase and HubSpot chief technology officer Dharmesh Shah.

I recorded two of the kick-off talks: one from Fred Destin of Atlas Venture, who offered a real inside glimpse at how venture capitalists typically work, and how entrepreneurs can best work the system; and one from Rob Go of NextView Ventures, who talked about resources and events in Boston that entrepreneurs should know about, based on his excellent blog post "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Boston Tech Community." (Go is pictured at right.) They run back-to-back in the player below.

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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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