Category Archives: The Boston Startup Scene

Building a Business in 54 Hours – Boston Startup Weekend Recap

Boston Startup Weekend bannerThis past weekend I went to Boston Startup Weekend, a 54 hour event designed to bring a mix of developers, designers, and business people together to pitch ideas, form teams, and build the core of a startup. From around 100 attendees, 70  ideas were pitched, around 20 teams were formed, and the weekend ended with around 17 teams presenting their work.

I debated pitching a few ideas. A map tool using the StartupsInBoston.com and event data, an infographics creation tool, and various tools using twitter data. Ultimately, I pitched a twitter browser extension that would display a second stream … [Read the rest »]

There’s No Off-Season for Boston Startup Events

Boston Startup Weekend - February 24th - 26thBack in Boston after a two-week visit home in January, I’m finding February filled with events for all elements of Boston’s startup scene. The Business of Apps at the Venture Cafe tomorrow, EdTechup on the 15th has a U.S. Department of Education guest this month, Vixmo’s hosting a Mobile Hackathon on the 18th, and Startup Weekend‘s happening again the 24th – 26th.

I’m particularly looking forward to Boston Startup Weekend; I’ve reserved my “non-technical” ticket and have my fingers crossed to find some cool people to work with. It’s likely I’ll pitch an idea that services the Boston startup … [Read the rest »]

Boston’s Best Conference, BarCamp Boston, This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, April 9th & 10th, BarCamp Boston 6 is happening at Microsoft NERD in Kendall Square. It’s Boston’s geek unconference, an event where 350 – 400 of Boston’s most passionate and interesting people, from students to CEOs, get together for two days of intriguing sessions, excellent conversations, and free food. Unlike many conferences with expensive tickets, prearranged speakers, and an invite-only mentality, BarCamp is free to attend, open to everyone, and available for anyone to present at.

We schedule sessions live each day at the event, with anyone who would like to host a discussion or make … [Read the rest »]

Real Estate BarCamp Boston

Real Estate BarCamp Boston 2009 LogoToday I’m at Real Estate BarCamp Boston, connecting with industry techies, vendors, and agents. One presentation, one interview, and many introductions later, I’m done with the scheduled sessions and off to enjoy some pizza and networking. If video of the presentation or interview become available, I’ll link to it here. Thanks to everyone I met for great conversations; please check out my real estate marketing website service, EasyImpress.… [Read the rest »]

BarCamp Boston 4 Presentation Preparation

BarCampBoston4 - Boston Geek Unconference logoThis Saturday and Sunday, BarCampBoston4 is happening at MIT! It’s a fantastic geek unconference, with close to 400 attendees networking, eating, and participating in sessions on everything from Rapid Application Development to Entrepreneurs Anonymous to Battlestar Galactica: The Aftermath. The main thing I’m thinking about is… what am I going to present on?

Some ideas I’ve been thinking about…

  • Boston public startup space – getting one started.
  • The Entrepreneur’s Lifecycle – learning, doing, outreach, and mentoring.
  • Kicking ass at competitive research for web services.

Starting a Boston Startup Space

Right now, the Boston startup community is an invisible network … [Read the rest »]

What Now, Without Y Combinator?

Y Combinator logoWith Paul Graham’s announcement that Y Combinator will no longer be incubating startups in Boston for one of its cycles (due to his wife’s pregnancy and their decision to live in San Francisco full time), the question on the mind of many a young entrepreneur is what now for them?

NYC Seed logoBoston has a great casual startup community, but few official programs for supporting entrepreneurs. The worry that Boston talent is leaving for areas where there’s more support is reflected in the few efforts out there, like Flybridge Capital’s Stay in MA scholarship program, for students wanting to attend pricy Boston … [Read the rest »]

Social Strategist News & Boston Events

I’d love for you to be in an exotic location. Some place like Tahiti, Morocco, Zanzibar. Just in case you’re here in Boston (where the weather hasn’t been too shabby lately) with me, I wanted to let you know about a couple of events coming up, and a little about what’s going on with myself.

Boston Tech Events

First, POPSignal is a party “aimed at bringing together the local tech community in a fun and informal environment. There is no format, presentations, or speeches. However, there is always a *free open bar, free food, music, fun activities from sponsors, and … [Read the rest »]

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