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.

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. Boston boston ecosystem startup

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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.

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.”

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston. Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment. CommonAngels Fund is invested in four local mobile startups (in italics) – Apperian, Skyhook Wireless, Kibits, and Crashlytics. Spark, OTV, Launch Capital, Revolution, Boston Seed – $12M).

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 good folks at Startup Genome continue to produce data where none existed. After their first effort (the phenomenally useful Startup Genome Data) they are back with a systematic analysis of startup ecosystems around the globe. Boston Startups boston ecosystem startup

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

8 New Rules For Growing An Enduring Startup Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

I found some eye-opening elements and insights in a new book, “ Rocket: Eight Lessons to Secure Infinite Growth ,” by The Boston Consulting Group. Even in a new startup organization, it’s easy to become convinced that a percentage of unhappy customers is normal.

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.

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

View from Seed

Last year, NextView co-founder and partner David Beisel asked our portfolio startups which service providers they use to make up the nuts and bolts of their businesses, which he published as the first edition of a potentially recurring resource. A lot has changed since 2013.

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

But the other archetype is a thirty-something entrepreneur who, taking his experience seeing the playbook of success at larger growing startups or even “established” companies, utilizes that domain and functional expertise as unique insight into founding a company.

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.

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.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. The post Playing Startup appeared first on AGILEVC

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

View from Seed

For those of us that have been working in the startup and technology space for at least the past 10 years, these addresses mean two things. The city I call home, Boston, is not known for its social products. Every startup collects data.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. But I’ve witnessed more and more “playing startup” in recent months.

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.

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

ReadWriteStart

Have you thought about joining a startup, but have no idea what you could possibly offer? Perhaps you are looking forward to graduation and want to pick some skills that will help you work for a startup when you leave school. Perhaps it is time to look into Startup School.

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.

Elite tech startup schools

Early Stage Adventures

PBS Newshour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan recently did a segment on startup accelerators featuring TechStars (disclosure: im a mentor in the Boston program), Y Combinator, AngelPad, and Blackbox Ventures. Angel investing Boston NYC Startups Tech Stars

What Makes a Great Consumer Startup Marketer?

View from Seed

While the startup environment in Boston has vastly improved over the last several years , I continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston. So, What’s the Deal with Boston Consumer?

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.

The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup

Up and Running

Do you want to start a high-growth startup business? cities to start a business in for 2016 ), you will need to focus more on access to angel and venture capital funding, business incubators and accelerators, and a climate that is supportive of startups. Los Angeles Startup City Guide.

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. HBS Startup Tribe.

Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups. Somewhere in the dim past of the company, it too was a startup searching for a business model.

(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. Although these startups are very diverse businesses themselves, they face similar requirements (especially in that they’re currently all in the seed to Series B range of company stage).

The 5 Hottest New Stars of Boston's $41 Billion Startup Market

Inc Startups

The Olde Towne is a hotbed of new, innovative companies

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. Best Company You’ve Never Heard of) / Best New Startup (founded in last 12 months) / Hottest Startup (this company is going to set the world on fire).

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

But there is a trend that feels inevitable to me: “Startups everywhere.” When the phrase “Startup Communities” started to become mainstream around 2012, I made the strong assertion that you could create a startup community in any city with at least 100,000 people.

Elite tech startup schools

Early Stage Adventures

PBS Newshour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan recently did a segment on startup accelerators featuring TechStars (disclosure: im a mentor in the Boston program), Y Combinator, AngelPad, and Blackbox Ventures. Angel investing Boston NYC Startups Tech Stars

Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Business of Software Blog

The Startup Way. He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation. We’re grateful to these awesome companies for supporting The Startup Way with Eric Ries. Join us for the Startup Way.

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Volunteers wanted for Business of Software Conference USA, Boston, 15-17th September

Business of Software Blog

Hey, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us out with things at Business of Software Conference USA next week in Boston. We need a couple of good, friendly, reliable people, quite possibly students or startup entrepreneurs who would be able to help us set up on Sunday 13th and be around for the duration of the event for other light duties including helping on registration and passing microphones around the main hall. BoS Updates boston Volunteer

Techstars Boston 2012 – The Startup Forge

Fred Destin

Today is TechStars Boston Demo Day and as usual you can expect a spectacular display of pitching bravado and entrepreneurial glitz. There is no CRM system that will tell you how to match a startup and a mentor.

This Startup Wants to Make the NBA Even More Diverse

Inc Startups

Jopwell announced deals with professional teams including the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, and the L.A. StartupClippers, to connect minority candidates to jobs.

CEO of the Newest Unicorn Startup on Their Tough Start & Fast Rise [Traction Podcast #8]

View from Seed

One of the main reasons we wanted to launch this show was to dig deeper into this concept of startups doing things that “don’t scale.” After all, when it comes to the pantheon of billion-dollar-plus startups known as unicorns, we often get the mythologized version of what really happened and what early struggles or clever tactics were used just to survive. Startup Lessons You’ll Learn: A clever question to ask VCs to ensure you get a firm answer.

Why Angelist Syndicates is Great For the Boston Startup Community

Rob Go

I’ve been thinking a lot about what Angelist means for the entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially here in Boston where I live. Which is why I’m pretty psyched about Angelist syndicates, especially in relation to the Boston startup community. Boston is an incredibly rich ecosystem in almost all regards. It’s a pretty high bar for most people to be putting $500K – $1M to work in early stage startups each year.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community (Fall 2013 Edition)

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 number each year. This guide is designed to help you hit the ground running and is a starting point for your entrepreneurial journey in Boston. So without further delay: Large Tech Meetups: Web Innovators Group : Quarterly Demo-Style meetup in Cambridge draws over 1000 members of the startup community each time.

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10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup. Two heads are always better than one in a startup. Jointly define major milestones and key metrics for the startup.

How To Find The Best City For Your Type Of Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business. Of course, there are always exceptions, but how much added risk do you need for your startup?