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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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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Bill McDermott and Boston

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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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#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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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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Boston

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 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. And although they’re not a startup, GE’s decision to move its global headquarters to Boston is a positive sign. Thought leadership originating in Boston.

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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. The Boston Athletic Association, through the popularity of the Boston Marathon, has created the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. marathon running news boston

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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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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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. Before we get too deep, a little bit about me: my name is Sam Aquillano and I’m the Director of Design Museum Boston. Derek and I co-founded Design Museum Boston in 2009 to educate the public about the role of design in our lives. “How the hell do you start a design museum?”

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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. The post The 2nd Annual List of Go-To Boston Startup Service Providers appeared first on The View From Seed A lot has changed since 2013. More Snaps were Chatted. More Things became Internetted of. And, apparently, more Lyfts were Ubered. Yup — tech moves insanely fast.

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[Singapore] Boston Consulting Group Opens Center For Business Excellence

YoungUpstarts

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

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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. That is, 43 companies in the Boston and surrounding area that had achieved > $500 million in value during the last ten years.

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. Some lament the relocation of Plastiq and other companies who start in Boston but end up moving to Silicon Valley or other startup hubs. Yes some will depart Boston immediately or in time, but an incredible number stay both short term and longer term.

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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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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. The point is, I firmly believe there’s nothing that Boston can’t do, but there are some things Boston hasn’t decided to do … yet.

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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.

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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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. As a remarkable IP powerhouse Boston always has and will continue to produce hard tech innovation that produce meaningful outcomes. Greater Boston is, generally speaking, an incredibly educated and high quality ecosystem full of remarkably smart people.

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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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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From Berlin To Boston: Which City Is Best For Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

Boston, Massachusetts. Boston has recently been announced as the best American city in which to launch a new company. But why is Boston so good for business? One of the best things about setting up a startup these days is that nothing is out of bounds thanks to the Internet. You can now trade with clients in other continents. And there is a wealth of resources online that you can help yourself to whenever you need them.

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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

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.

Austin-based SmartDog Services Acquired by Apps Associates of Boston

SiliconHills

Apps Associates, based in Boston, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Austin-based SmartDog Services. The post Austin-based SmartDog Services Acquired by Apps Associates of Boston appeared first on SiliconHills. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SmartDog Services, founded in 1990, is a service provider to customers that use Oracle products. And Apps Associates is one of the largest Oracle-focused cloud migration and managed services companies in the […].

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

One historical challenge with the Boston entrepreneurial scene is that while we have a continually refreshing supply of the nation’s brightest coming out of our local prestigious educational institutions, for the better half of a decade in the 2000’s we were both losing people coming out of school, plus we had fewer of the second set of thirty-something internet entrepreneurs referenced above.

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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.

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. Hardi moved the company from his home in Estonia to Boston to be embedded in the deep CAD software ecosystem here (Solidworks – Dassault, PTC, etc) and was part of TechStars Boston’s second class. GrabCAD today announced their acquisition by Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS).

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Harvard iLab Entrepreneurship Discussion, Wednesday, Jan. 23, Boston

David Teten

Boston Harvard Business School HBS Alumni Angels StartupsI’ll be at the Harvard iLab for a complimentary discussion and networking event on being an entrepreneur, Wednesday, January 23, from 6-8pm. It’s hosted by: Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Harvard Venture Partners, Social Innovation Collaborative, and Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (AMBLE). This is for Harvard grads). Harvard Innovation Lab (125 Western Ave, Allston, MA).

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!

My CU Bathroom on Boston’s Fox 25 News

Feld Thoughts

In the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, my CU Boulder bathroom donation (well – the gift I gave to CU Boulder that resulted in me getting to name a bathroom) made the TV news tonight in Boston on Fox 25. There’s apparently a new bathroom news cycle because of William Falik’s gift to Harvard Law School for the Falik Men’s Room at Harvard Law School.

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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. Boston Startup Scene - Fall 2015 from Jeffrey Bussgang Here is this year's version (which I'm delivering this afternoon), complete with a lot of updated content and data on our local tech hub: . .

(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.

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).

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. One of the (somewhat depressing) conclusions I made at the time was "there have been no multi-billion dollar valued tech companies founded in Boston in the last 13 years.". To get a sense of the future anchor companies in the Boston region, let's first look at the public companies.

In Boston, a School to Learn How to Work at a Startup

ReadWriteStart

The Boston Startup School , founded at TechStars Boston (see For TechStars Boston, Life Beyond the Pitch ), is creating a program that will give aspiring entrepreneurs and others all the tools they will need to work at a startup. A startup “is a pretty unique place that takes a special person to break in [if] they don't know how to do this,” said Aaron O’Hearn, part of the operating team at TechStars Boston. Boston Startup School - Dave from Andrew Nalband on Vimeo.

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Austin-based Consero Global Buys Starting11 of Boston

SiliconHills

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.

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. Boston Startup Scene Presentation fall 2014 final from Jeffrey Bussgang

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.

Today's the day I become a Boston entrepreneur

Hippoland

But, I can say this: as the rare entrepreneur who moves from the Silicon Valley to Boston, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the reverse-move and wonder what other web entrepreneurs are thinking when they move to the Valley? We moved to Boston for my husband’s career. So, I thought that moving to Boston would be a step-down for my career and my startup, LaunchBit. I’m not sure what the Boston consumer web community was like before I got here.