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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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Culture matters even at the start

on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:41

A few days ago, Todd McKinnon asserted in a WSJ blog article that "long term success is not predicated on creating a world-class company culture." He also states "Forget about cultural fit and instead get people in the door that can create a beautiful product and bring passion to the problems your company is out to solve."

My friend Bob Mason blogged a response suggesting that people's beliefs on the importance of company culture would quickly shift to a quasi-religious battle between believers & non-believers.

Let me firmly place myself in the camp of those who believe culture, and

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