Entrepreneurship in Boston

The entrepreneurship scene in Boston is thriving, and it’s a great week to be here.

I attended a few events this week that have helped me learn, as an outsider, what a vibrant start-up scene Boston really has.  It’s exciting to be here to watch it all go down and I’m looking forward to seeing a number of the companies who have been showcasing this week grow into full-fledged companies in the coming months and years ahead.

Yesterday I attended the Web Innovators Group, which featured “main dish” presentations from Smarterer (online knowledge testing), Pintly (Pandora for beer), and Lockify (simplifies encrypted communications).  “Side dish” companies were also avaialable to check out; there were a few very exciting services and products in that group, as well (you can find them here).  A panel was also available, moderated by Dave Balter (CEO of BzzAgent), that featured Boston ad agency executives discussing about how startups should pitch to agencies.

Today was Angel Bootcamp, which featured some pretty incredible panels from leaders in the angel investing (and VC) space.  There were a lot of attendees tweeting some great quotes from the event that will give you a good idea of the content from throughout the day.  I thought some of the most colorful conversations came from a discussion on the interplay between VCs and angel investors: when they play nice and when sometimes competing interests can get in the way of a collaborative relationship.

Tomorrow I’ll be at Techstars Boston demo day.  This is a sort of a culmination event for the week and I’m very excited to see the products that are graduating from this program.  The New York Techstars demo day this year showcased some fantastic companies.  Based on what I’ve seen of Boston thus far, I’m confident that tomorrow will be just as exciting.


  1. Veronica,My wife is in the IT field as am I. We’re both not in the identical field which makes it baaberle. It’s probably the last thing we want to discuss at the end of the day, although its great to be able to find out what the other company does to solve various challenges.I believe that the barrier to women in the tech industry, whether it be technology (analyst, it managers) or business leaders (CIO’s, IT Director) is the rampant geek-cho (geek macho) that some males tend to exude when they’re around somewhat tech-savvy women. I’ve interviewed a couple female technical candidates in the past (>5 years ago) and whilst they look good on paper, they may not in person (technically). I noted that once my fellow interviewer delved into the bits and bytes of the job, then responses were quite plain. I’ve noticed this in my company and friends too. I don’t know if its really true, but I sense geek-levels increase when such a TSW are around. In my wife, I see her shying away from such conversations, and then start having a wonderfully deep and well thought out conversation with me when they leave. I’m quite lucky to share my technical-love of iPod Touches, Blackberries, GPSes and net-neutrality with life-love, my wife.

  2. Hi Matthew. I emailed back and forth with Sarah Hunt at Audiosocket tyirng to ID one of your songs. *Anything* is on the featured list at Animoto. But it shows as being on your Goodbye EP. And I sorta could tell it wasn’t you singing. So anyway, she said she’s reached out to you about how I might acquire the song. Just wanted to say hi and thanks.

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