BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

August 30 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture 4 — Equity Culture

A few posts back I reported on work I’ve done comparing innovation in Boston and California.  I argued that Silicon Valley beats Boston by a mile in it’s “recombination” capability:   quick focus of energy and resources on new opportunities like the PC and the internet.  Recombination is enabled by three things:  an entrepreneurial community, “open” […]

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August 26 2009
by Scott Johnson

Postcard from Seattle

I just returned from Seattle, and things there are really great, particularly in August. The sun shines, the fog lifts in the San Juans, the Mountains are out an visible and provide a great backdrop. And the economy appears to me to be in great shape.  Seattle has Microsoft, of course, which actually layed a few […]

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August 19 2009
by John Backus

Are you looking for a job? How to get a VC to help you!

Are you looking for a job?  How to get a VC to help you! (tag: john Backus, vc, job, career(by John Backus) Not a day goes by that I don’t receive several emails from people looking for a job.  Although I would like to help, most of the emails are written is such a way […]

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August 11 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 3: “Open” Systems

In Part 1 of this series, a few posts back, I reported on work I’ve done comparing innovation in Boston and California.  I argued that Silicon Valley beats Boston by a mile in it’s “recombination” capability:   quick focus of energy and resources on new opportunities like the PC and the internet.  Recombination is enabled by […]

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August 2 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 2: Dean Kamen Speaks Out

In my last post I argued that Boston needs a stronger innovation and equity culture.  Heroes and icons are a great source of that culture.  Silicon Valley has a no shortage of icons (even if a few are a bit larger than life), eg: Noyce, Moore, Grove, Kleiner from the Silicon era Jobs, Joy, Clark, […]

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July 27 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 1

Last month (June) was Boston innovation month, a series of events, conferences, and seminars focused on innovation in the New England tech community.This is important.  I had occasion last winter to take a serious look at the performance of Massachusetts versus Silicon Valley as innovation centers.  This culminated in a presentation to the Oasis Group, […]

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July 16 2009
by John Backus

Where is the REFORM in all of the “Health Care Reform” bills being Debated in Congress?

I have a problem with the health care reform bills being bantied about these days on Capital Hill. Actually I have a few problems. My problem with all of the “health care reform” proposals is that they don’t reform anything! What do I mean by that? Let me count the ways: 1. There is no […]

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July 15 2009
by Tim Rowe

Non-compete agreements and trash cans

I wrote an article this morning for Xconomy about non-competes.  A likened the way companies tie up employees to the way we Bostonians sometimes get it in our heads to tie up parking spaces with an old trash can.  If you’ve spent hours digging out a parking space, by golly nobody else is going to park […]

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July 15 2009
by John Backus

Why This? Why Now?

My partner Tim Rowe always asks in our investment committee meetings, “Why This? Why Now?”. It is a great pair of questions. And ones every entrepreneur should ponder when starting their business. It is really two separate questions, each of which I would argue needs a convincing answer to place the company in the category of […]

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July 14 2009
by Todd Hixon

What The Financial Crisis Means For Entrepreneurs, Part 2: Course of Action

Part 1 painted a grim picture of the current state of entrepreneurial finance:  reduced revenue for most companies, longer exit horizons, lower exit values, less venture money available from fewer funds, tough to raise follow-on rounds, and general uncertainty as the venture industry restructures.  While revenues and exits should improve over the next several years […]

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