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July 4 2011
by Todd Hixon

A Tale of Three Cities

In the past month I’ve been to venture conferences in three cities:  New York, San Francisco, and Boston.  (I rarely go to so many; events conspired this year.) This invites a comparison. The New York conference (TechCrunch/Disrupt) stropped its edge and trumpeted media, personalities, and disrupting everything, not least venture capital (more here).  There were […]

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October 12 2010
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in Fashion Playtes (Again)

Fashion Playtes recently announced an oversubscribed up round led by our friends at Fairhaven Capital.   The company has a platform enabling custom clothing design by tween girls (ages 6-12). It is a simple concept really.  Girls can go on the web and choose different embellishments to be sewn onto dresses, shirts, pants, bags, etc. […]

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March 26 2010
by Scott Johnson

NEVCA Office Hours at the Venture Cafe in Cambridge

I hung out at the Venture Café (Alfa) at the Cambridge Innovation Center yesterday, and met some great people, saw old friends, and got pitched by a few very dedicated entrepreneurs in an “office hours” format.  It was time well spent, and many thanks to the NEVCA for organizing the event.  Skip Besthoff of Castille […]

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November 19 2009
by Todd Hixon

The Death of B2B Venture Capital?

At the October 21 Xconomy “Global Vision for Venture Capital …” forum, Terry McGuire remarked that Polaris has stopped taking risk on commercial/industrial technology start-ups, as the recent experience has not been good. That’s a consequential thing. “Commercial/industrial technology” encompasses enterprise software, most of telecom and datacom, and large parts of clean tech. Note that […]

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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 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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May 28 2009
by Todd Hixon

The Venture View from DC

I spent the last two days at the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) annual meeting.  The contrast in the feeling at this meeting to similar gatherings in New England is noteworthy.The MAVA meeting was well attended:  about 800 people, the same number as in May 2008.  Many of the top VCs in the region were visible: […]

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