Jeff Hilimire

I haven’t wanted to blog since Boston happened. Felt trivial to post something about my move from iOS to Android or how the new Chromebook experience is going. I’ll get to those, but they hardly seem relevant right now. People react differently to tragedies like this. Where someone lives, how old they are, where they come from, their relationship to the tragedy…all of these factors slant how we react.

The 2013 Boston Marathon

Feld Thoughts

I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter. My partners were all shaken also – Seth lived in Boston for many years, Ryan has done several marathons, and Jason just did his first marathon last year in Detroit. During our Hangout I sent some emails out to friends in Boston. The post The 2013 Boston Marathon appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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What Boston’s Top Consumer Tech Leaders Think About Boston’s Consumer Tech Struggles [#BostonB2C Recap]

View from Seed

On Tuesday, July 21, we hosted the first-ever Boston Consumer Tech Summit. But a large majority of our investments are in our backyard of Boston — and, aside from our work as investors, this city is near and dear to our hearts. Over the past few years, the tech community has absolutely exploded locally (and if you’re new here or just want to take it all in, here’s our Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech microsite). Yep, Boston has consumer tech.

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#boston2014 – Running This Year’s Boston Marathon

Feld Thoughts

On April 16, 2013 I wrote a post about the horrific tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter. My partners were all shaken also – Seth lived in Boston for many years, Ryan has done several marathons, and Jason just did his first marathon last year in Detroit. And keep Boston running strong!

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Boston Unicorns

Seeing Both Sides

This week, I want to take a local lens and analyze these special companies that have been created in Boston. We looked at the companies in New England (call them "Boston and surrounding") that had exited in the last 10 years (2003-2013) with greater than $500 million in market valuation.

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Entrepreneurs and #RubyRiot In Boston

Feld Thoughts

Boston has always been a great entrepreneurial community. When TechStars opened a Boston program in 2009 there was definitely new energy around the software / Internet startup scene in Boston and TechStars was excited to be part of. When I say “Boston&# , I actually mean “Boston/Cambridge&# where the center of mass is really near MIT in Cambridge. I spent the day at TechStars Boston yesterday meeting with all of the TechStars Boston 2011 companies.

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Calling All Angels In Boston

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been spending some time with the current TechStars Boston class. This feels to me like the strongest class we’ve had in Boston so far and might be the one of the strongest TechStars classes overall. This class of companies in Boston is thinking big and is very diverse. It’s been incredibly energizing watching each of the four TechStars cities (Boulder, NYC, Seattle, and Boston) up their game every single year. TechStars angel investors boston

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech: 2016 Update

View from Seed

Today, we are excited to re-release an updated Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech ! I wanted to point out a couple things in the updated guide, but the general theme is that we are simply seeing more, bigger, and better things happening here in Boston.

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The Calloway Way Book Tour – 10/28 and 10/29, Boston

Feld Thoughts

Next week, I’m spending some time in Boston with my uncle Charlie Feld talking about his newest book, The Calloway Way: Results & Integrity. On Tuesday night (10/28) we’ll be at Techstars Boston and on Wednesday night (10/29) we’ll be at Yesware. 10/28 - RSVP for the Techstars Boston event. A big thanks to Techstars Boston (with Foley Hoag ) and Yesware for picking up copies of the book for all who attend each event.

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TechStars For A Day In Boston

Feld Thoughts

If you want to go to TechStars for a Day in Boston, today is the last day to apply for the Boston program early application deadline. If you are contemplating applying to Techstars Boston, stop procrastinating and apply now. If you are curious about how some of the TechStars Boston class of 2011 have done, take a look at the post titled 2011 Funding: Boston. TechStars boston techstars for a day

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Design Museum Boston

Up and Running

” That was the question one of my students asked me three years ago when I quietly told him my plan to start a design museum in Boston with my friend and business partner, Derek Cascio. And we quickly asked, “why isn’t there already a design museum in Boston?”

A Venture Capital Career Is Like Walking from Boston to San Francisco

Feld Thoughts

He said: “Being a VC is like taking a walk from Boston to San Francisco” I’d never heard that before so I said: “tell me more.” You start out on a sunny day in Boston. The post A Venture Capital Career Is Like Walking from Boston to San Francisco appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I’m a recent conversation with Eric Paley , he gave me an amazingly wonderful analogy for how the career of a VC unfolds.

TechStars Boston Applications Are Heating Up

Feld Thoughts

The TechStars Boston application deadline is 1/31/11. However, the early application deadline is actually 1/13/11 – anyone that applies by this date is eligible to come to TechStars for a Day in Boston on 1/19/2011. Boston has always had a wide range of early stage companies with unique characteristics, most notably robotics and network and system layer software, so it’s great to entrepreneurs from these segments show up. TechStars boston

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The Boston Surprise

Fred Destin

Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor. When Oculus VR was sold recently, I know many people were surprised to hear Boston mentioned in connection with the company. Culture matters, and here in Boston the startup culture has been building fast.

What Makes The Boston Startup Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

Every fall, I deliver a presentation at Harvard's iLab, open to the community, on what makes the Boston startup scene so special. It has become a nice opportunity to step back and appreciate all the rich resources entrepreneurs have at their fingertips in the Boston community.

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48in48 Boston 2017 in Pictures

Jeff Hilimire

Boston was so welcoming and passionate in helping us build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours, that we already can’t wait to come back next year! Love this team, and major thanks to Delta Air Lines for their support in bringing us to the Boston area! She is a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and was 3rd in the world in ballroom dancing when the second bomb blew the bottom part of her left leg off. 48 nonprofit sites were built for the Boston community!

The 2nd Annual List of Go-To Boston Startup Service Providers

View from Seed

Lastly, a necessary caveat: Boston’s booming tech ecosystem means there are dozens of great service providers available to startups. Preferred Boston Startup Service Providers 2014. A lot has changed since 2013. More Snaps were Chatted. More Things became Internetted of.

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Analyzing Boston's Reindeer (Not Unicorns)

Seeing Both Sides

A few years ago, I did an analysis on the Boston-based companies that were worth more than $500 million in value, which I called Boston Unicorns. To get a sense of the future anchor companies in the Boston region, let's first look at the public companies.

Visiting Boston Oct. 3-5: events at Harvard and with SMA Consultancy

David Teten

I hope to meet some of the local investor and founder community when I visit Boston October 3-5: On October 3 evening , SMA is hosting a discussion on “ New Models for Engaging Talent: the On-Demand Professional ” at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. The post Visiting Boston Oct. Boston HBS Alumni Angels

Boston Startup Talent: Leaky Bucket or Everlasting Spring?

Agile VC

One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq , announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco. The Boston ecosystem may have failed young entrepreneurs 7-10 years ago.

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48in48 Boston here we come!

Jeff Hilimire

I’m boarding a flight in a few hours to Boston, where we will be holding the fourth 48in48 event! And get this, our event this weekend is the first of four this year (Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York)! The post 48in48 Boston here we come! I can barely believe we’ve held three of these events already (Atlanta in 2015, and New York + Atlanta in 2016).

Thinking of you Boston

Business of Software Blog

We were very sad to hear about the terrible news yesterday of the attack on the Boston Marathon. A horrible day for Boston but we will still be back for the Business of Software Conference, (in response to the email we had asking if the conference will still be going ahead, err, yes).

Bill McDermott and Boston

deal architect

I caught a replay of Bill McDermott''s pitch at SapphireNow last week. Loved it. How could you not with acronyms like B2B2C?:) Seriously, tough to not like his sports talk and see him surrounded by sports world luminaries you see

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Hitchhiker's Guide to Boston's Start-up Scene

Seeing Both Sides

Every September, I give a presentation at Harvard''s i-Lab to provide a guide to the Boston start-up scene. Students from around the world descend on Boston every fall to attend the amazing universities, but often fail to venture outside the ivory tower and explore the local start-up scene.

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Boston Marathon — Boston Marathon Official Charity Program

Austin Startup

A successful businessman, Ryan Wuerch enjoys running marathons and has run in the Boston Marathon nine times. Started in 1897, the Boston Marathon , organized by the Boston Athletic Association, is the oldest annual marathon in the world. marathon running news boston

How One Startup Combines Boston’s B2B Sense with the Valley’s Social Media Style

View from Seed

The city I call home, Boston, is not known for its social products. Here is some data shared by TJ Parker, CEO of Boston-based Pillpack, as first reported by PitchBook: Bos raised roughly same VC as NY since ’06 & ’10 w/ nearly double the exit value, ranked below in ecosystem.

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Angel Boot Camp in Boston on June 1

Feld Thoughts

Jon Pierce of BetaHouse has decided to organize an Angel Boot Camp in Boston on June 1st. Jon Pierce also wrote about why he’s doing Angel Boot Camp as well as listing some of Boston’s Best Angel Investors. Tags: Angel Investing angel investors boston conference Entrepreneurship The idea is that anyone interested in learning more about how to get started with angel investing can attend and learn from some people who’ve been there and done that.

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Boston’s WebInno Is Now BIG

Genuine VC

Back in June, the local Boston tech community together celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Web Innovators Group, affectionately known as “WebInno.” Now Boston’s largest regular tech conference, every few months it draws hundreds of attendees from the entrepreneurial ecosystem – including founders, software engineers, startup executives, and investors. Accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces have proliferated in Cambridge and Boston.

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Are You A Boston Based Entrepreneur Looking for a Mentor?

Feld Thoughts

My long time friend Warren Katz pointed me out to an event on March 3, 2010 called EO Boston Accelerator Shark Bowl 2010. You present to a group of judges including Warren (MAK Technologies), Rich Farrell (Full Armor), Clark Waterfall (Boston Search Group), and Michael Hackel (DiningIN) who are all EO Boston members. In 1993 I was the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization Boston Chapter and member #1. Tags: Conferences boston Entrepreneurship eo

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Rock of Boston

Mark Birch

This week’s music selections on Strong Opinions are going to be bands that hail from Boston. It was during my college years that much of the Boston alternative music scene took off, bands like the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. So that is it, every artist highlighted this week will be from Boston. music Boston rockThough I mock their sports teams and the city in general, it was a place I spent four good years and was a formative part of my own music exploration.

Boston Strong

Rob Go

It was a wonderful showcase of all the great companies, people, and investors that have helped the Boston technology market come roaring back in recent months and years. I was reminded last night why I moved to Boston from Silicon Valley many years ago and why I think the ecosystem is so great. In particular, I love this place because: Boston is a town of substance. Wayfair in particular was honored as the “best startup” in Boston, and what a startup it is.

14 Boston CEOs You Need to Follow on Twitter

Inc Startups

Cheers to these smart CEOs in the Boston area tweeting about entrepreneurship, technology, leadership, and more!

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

Two years ago Jeff Bussgang lamented about “Lost Generation” of entrepreneurs which I think is especially acute here in Boston. I was in my early 20’s just barely out of school when four of us (peers) started Sombasa Media (aka BargainDog ) here in Boston beginning in 1998.

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GrabCAD’s Acquisition: From Talinn to London to Boston

Agile VC

He was wrapping up GrabCAD’s participation in the Seedcamp accelerator program, and the Seedcamp startups were in the US to visit potential advisors and investors in Boston, New York, and SF. GrabCAD today announced their acquisition by Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS).

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The 3 Simple Words That Helped Push Des Linden to Win the Boston Marathon

Inc Startups

A "keep showing up" mentality is a proven path to success, as used by Boston Marathon winner Des Linden. Productivity

Google’s Car vs A Boston Winter

Andrew Payne

During the legendary Boston winter of 2015, I pulled out of a downtown parking garage one evening and nearly rear-ended a dumpster. It was sitting in the middle of a usually busy three-lane road, a place where no dumpster should ever be. It was dark and there were no cones, no markers, no construction signs…nothing. This scenario is why (I feel) 100% autonomous, “no-steering-wheel”, driverless cars are much further off than experts predict.

What Makes the Boston Start Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

Every year, I give an open talk to the returning students at Harvard Business School on what makes the Boston start-up scene special. Boston Startup Scene Guide - Fall 2013 from Jeffrey Bussgang.

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The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

Genuine VC

The benefits have been touted previously : an anchor for attracting and retaining talent in Boston, as well as a breeding ground for the next set of great Boston entrepreneurs and founders. This entrepreneurial HubSpot spirit has — and will continue to have — a ripple effect throughout the Boston early stage startup ecosystem. The post The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups appeared first on GenuineVC

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The Surprising History of St. Patrick's Day Was Just Revealed (Sorry Boston, It Started Somewhere Else)

Inc Startups

Boston has been celebrating St. Paddy's for centuries, but another city started the tradition even earlier, and in a different language. Creativity

6 Months Ago He Looked Like This. Monday He Will Run the Boston Marathon

Inc Startups

On Monday he's running the Boston Marathon -- and will likely finish in a faster time than 90 percent of all entrants. Tim Don broke his neck last October.

8 Outstanding Marketing Lessons from SearchLove Boston

Inc Startups

Didn't attend SearchLove Boston? Here's what you missed

Successful Leadership Propels This Boston Startup's Rapid Growth

Inc Startups

The CEO can't keep a company growing -- that's the job of the people she hires and the environment she creates to encourage them to take accountability for meeting the company's goals.

[Singapore] Boston Consulting Group Opens Center For Business Excellence


Leading global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has announced the opening of its first-ever Center for Business Excellence, right here in Singapore. In the News BCG Boston Consulting Group Center for Business Excellence Singapore