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2013 trip to Tour de France

on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 15:45

This year was the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. Assuming you know me a bit, you know I'm a cycling guy - both a rider and a fan of the pro sport. This, therefore, was an event I somehow needed to be part of. So late last year, I signed up to ride the Alps alongside the Tour, and then go to Paris to watch the finish. My very wonderful wife gamely said she would ride with me - though I could tell she had some trepidations. Here's a few reflections from the trip. (Shortcut: Skip to Flickr photo set.)

First, a free, unsolicited endorsement: If you ever want to go ride a great,

The Boston Tech Line

on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 20:11

I've recently been struck by the the office locations at which I've found Boston area startups taking root. And a pattern emerged for me: the center of gravity is along the MBTA Red Line.  And there are so many companies it now significantly outweighs the historically-named "128 Corridor."

This shift in the Boston tech scene is so significant that I think we (the Boston tech community) should name this new corridor, and start using the name to bring attention to it. The mere act of doing so can accelerate the reality of it.

Minimize use of CxO titles at early company stages

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 02:36

I'm about 10 months into helping a bunch of startups through organizations like TechStars, MassChallenge, and others.  And I've seen an emerging trend among startups that I want to discourage: The over - and inappropriate - use of "Chief (fill-in-the-blank)" titles.

"What's the problem," you ask?  "Why not give people CxO roles?" There are a bunch of reasons:

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AFK

on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 15:50

SImple blog post:  My wife & I are on holiday from 4 April to 24 April 2013.

See you when I return. :-)

Lunch Beat Boston #1 is right up my alley

on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 20:04

A couple of months ago, Dimitri Gunn told me about an event blooming around the globe called Lunch Beat, a daytime version of a nighttime club experience.  Dmitri wanted to start the trend in Boston. So he got some help from Hubspot's Rebecca Corliss, snagged the social space at Hack+Reduce, some sponsorship from some vendors, Hubspot, and Atlas Ventures, and held a party today.

Lunch Beat has a few of rules in its Manifesto. Among them:

  1. If it's your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  2. If it's your second, third, or fourth time at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  3. Everybody at Lunch
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