Thursday night in Beantown
It is always difficult to be in three places at one time so I had to make a difficult decision about what where to go last night. I had three options: MIT Entrepreneurship Center Reception, WBUR Tweetup or the Mass High Tech All Stars. In the end I chose the E-center reception and the tweet-up. Here are some of the story lines from the evening.
MIT Entrepreneurship Center Reception What can I say – Ken Morse knows how to throw a party. I didn’t count but there must have been over 400 people crammed into the MIT Faculty Club. The idea is bring together entrepreneurs, students and venture capitalist together for one evening to mix and mingle. I know, MIT people have a lousy reputation for networking skills but Ken is trying to change this. The event was sponsored by Highland Capital, Goodwin Proctor and Agilent.
If there is a slowdown in the Boston startup world, it wasn’t obvious to me. People were enthusiastically pitching ideas to friends and investors. This is one major reason why I love Boston. Even in the midst of our current capital crisis, the universities continue to churn out technology start-ups. They may need to work a little harder for capital right now but they will always drive our growth in good times and bad.
I met great people like Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot and learned more about their inbound marketing platform. It seems like the social media infrastructure guys like Hubspot will continue thrive as business figure out how to make money using these new technologies. I also bumped into fellow Sloanies Sean Brown who has returned to McKinsey after a stint running Alumni Relations at the Sloan School as well as Tim Rowe of the Cambridge Innovation Center. It was also nice to catch up with Jack McCollough of the CCR Group and my former Sloan protege John Hebert who is doing well at Genzyme.
As a favor to Ken (many of us owe him a great deal for his sage advice and candid feedback), here is a plug for the E-center at MIT. Take a look at the link for ways to get involved. It isn’t just for MIT grads.
More from the WBUR Tweetup to come this weekend. Stay tuned.