Once again… rolling start. I showed up at 9:15am (thanks to the friggn’ Redline and Dan Grabowkus) and Karen was sitting with Victor and some new guy so I joined them.
Eventually about 15 people show up so we moved the meeting downstairs.
Albert Park, new associate at IncTank and therefore self-confessed VC, thought that the Boston area needed better co-ordination for the entrepreneurial scene. He thought the current ladnscape was too fragmented. Jay Neely ( who did yeoman’s work running the schedule grid at BarCampBoston3 with little (ok) absolutley no guidance ) seemed to concur that there seemed to be a need for more “co-ordination.”
We collectively beat up a little bit on Albert by pointing out that there were many recurring meetings in the Boston area that tried to service the needs of budding entreprenuers. Some of the meetings/events include (besides OpenCoffee Boston) Boston Software Startup (started by Shimon Rura and now run by Simon Michael Clay and Ray Deck), WebInnovators ( big mtge almost every other month run by David Beisel ), BarCampBoston (started by Shimon Rura), DevHouseBoston (started be Shimon Rura and now pretty much run by the boys at BetaHouse) and I know that Jay Neely can probably add some more. Dave Thompson was involved in a “Tech Dinner” that met every couple of months and was tres geeky. I personally know of a somewhat secret… invitation only… we just got funded and therefore can afford this very expensive restaurant…. kinda of meeting. On and on.
And there are many more… including the MIT Entreprise Forum, Harvard Law has a regular entrepreneurs mtge, BU used to have a very active group until Michael Rodov quit BU to pay more attention to his startup ( ZepFrog ), Babson has a group, Worcester PolyTech has something… get my point. On and on.
And this doesn’t even mention the cabal that is Paul Graham’s Ycombinator summer program where he actually convinces college age geeks from across the country to come to Cambridge for the summer; code their asses off so they can get angel money by the end of August.
Yes, Albert. You’re probably right. Somebody should at least compile a clickable list of entrepreneurial meetings in the greater Boston area.
The second major theme of the meeting was…. “it’s really tough to do a consumer oriented Web 2.0 startup in Boston because Boston area VC’s are just don’t get it.” Personally, I don’t know anyway to correct this. There are some VC’s in Boston who will do consumer plays. You can count them on one hand. Find out who they are… pitch them, if you can’t convince them… move your operation to the Bay area.
It was a great and fun meeting. It was still going strong when I left around 11:00 am.