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.

#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!

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.

I’m In Cambridge, Not Boston

Feld Thoughts

Over the last three weeks I’ve had numerous people ask me how my trip to Boston has been going. Tonight, after hanging out at the TechStars Boston Mentor evening and program kickoff, I got into a long discussion with a Bill Warner and Ken Zolot about Cambridge, Boston, and startup communities. At some point in the conversation I blurted out “I have no idea why we call this program TechStars Boston instead of TechStars Cambridge.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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).

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 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.

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).

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.


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 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

Startup Ecosystem Report : Boston vs rest of the world

Fred Destin

The new report ranks Boston ranks 6th overall, behind SV, Tel Aviv, LA (oddly), Seattle (oddly) & New York but also highlights its breadth and depth and concludes it is a "real alternative to Silicon Valley". Boston startups are 24% more likely to monetize directly than SV startups.

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.

Austin-based Consero Global Buys Starting11 of Boston


500’s list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. […] The post Austin-based Consero Global Buys Starting11 of Boston appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Consero Global started out in 2006 with the goal of taking the pain out of finance and administrative duties for small to medium sized businesses. The Austin-based company has since grown tremendously earning it a spot on Inc.

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

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.

Raising the bar at Techstars Boston 2012

Fred Destin

Today was TechStars Boston Demo Day (#tsdemoday). Overall, what is abundantly clear is that Boston is "leaning in" (QOTD, unattributed). Boston is back, and Techstars is one of the reasons why. Entrepreneurship Boston

Boston Startup Culture : The entrepreneur’s view

Fred Destin

Webb at NEVCA pushed through a survey that looks at the relative attractiveness of Boston as a startup market. Nearly two-thirds of respondents consider Boston’s community to be “thriving”. Belief that Boston-based VCs are often too conservative and too close-minded.

What Makes The Boston Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

Like Boston, the NYC, SF, Silicon Valley, Boulder and Austin start-up scenes are all on stronger footing and more vibrant and diverse than ever as compared to a few years ago. Enjoy: Boston startup scene picture presentation 2-12.

Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Rob Go

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. As more early-stage investors emerge in Boston, some folks have asked me whether I feel any discomfort around the many new “competitors” on the scene.

How Facebook Boston Does Team-Building

Inc Startups

The rationale: Coworkers who know each other well are better at solving problems and understanding opportunities

Why Boston Is Becoming the Hub for America's Student Startups

Inc Startups

Student-focused startup programs and student-run venture capital firms are just a few reasons

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.

Nobody Gets Consumer in Boston

Rob Go

Everyone knows that nobody gets consumer in Boston. Boston has amazing consumer companies, but the region gets no love for some reason. So, why doesn’t Boston get more love on the consumer internet side? I could say that Boston is just far away from the major media centers, and thus doesnt’ get enough attention, which is true. But deeper than that, I think there tends to be a practicality to Boston companies that is a little less media friendly.

Why Hasn’t NYC Produced More IPOs (While Boston Has)?

Seeing Both Sides

Over a year and a half ago, I did a two-part blog post on the East Coast IPO malaise – one focused on Boston (Massachusetts more broadly), another focused on New York. 9-0 in IPOs and 3-1 in big M&A in favor of Boston?

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.

Here are the 10 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies in Boston

Inc Startups

Boston women entrepreneurs are serious business. For seven of these companies, this isn't their first time to appear on the Inc. 5000--and if past numbers are any indication for future growth, it won't be the last

How CSN Stores Is Educating And Transforming Boston

Thinking About Thinking

With increasing frequency, I hear about people in the Boston community going to work at CSN Stores. It used to be once every 6 months, I’d come across someone joining the Boston-based company. They are young, bright, well-educated – and perhaps most conspicuously, they have no e-commerce experience (how could they being in Boston?). And, that’s exactly what Boston needs. Organizations Technology Boston Technology CSN Stores

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community – August 2012

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. However, Boston is a transient town, especially for the student population that refreshes a large population each year. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community.

3 Talent Development Lessons From the Boston Red Sox

Inc Startups

But when the Boston Red Sox take to the field to begin their championship defense this afternoon, they''ll do so while employing talent-development principles that would seem at home in any corporate playbook. Design a system, set it up for success, and then let it rip.

Build Your Life Where You Want To Live

Feld Thoughts

I’m happy to do an interview with WGBH anytime they call given the number of hours of my life I spent listening to them during my twelve years living in Boston. Places boston Boulder boulder thesis interview life silicon valleyAmy and I just got back from a great week off the grid in Paris. We were both exhausted and badly needed a break. When we want to get away from humans, we go to our place in Homer. When we want to lose ourselves in a big city, we go to Paris.

I’ve Been Afraid To Run

Feld Thoughts

It was my third to last week of training before the Boston Marathon and I was planning on capping off a heavy week with a 15+ miles. Marathons boston marathon breathing prednisone running I had my first good run in over two months. It was only 3.2

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(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. The goal was to assemble data in order to share it back to our portfolio companies (especially the newer ones) so that they didn’t have to recreate the wheel in determining a short-list of firms to talk to when evaluating new options.

Boston VC community breaks with killjoy roots, will actually party

Fred Destin

It is unclear whether a PR agency was hired to help the Boston VC community with this carefully crafted repositioning. don't forget to nominate the best VC of the year amongst the good and the great of our distinguished community: Leading Boston area venture capitalists.