Boston is home to a thriving web and mobile startup ecosystem.
The intellectual power here is staggering, with Harvard, MIT, and dozens of other schools making this the academic capital of the world.
For years, Boston has topped the list for most venture capital invested per capita across the US. And large groups of tech startups, formerly found during web 1.0 days out on Route 128, are now flocking to centralized areas like Kendall Square and the Innovation District, infusing the city with the highest level of entrepreneurial energy in recent memory.
But Boston can feel like an insular town, and with something happening every day in the tech community, it’s only getting tougher to navigate the startup scene.
So whether you’re taking classes, building a business, raising capital, or just trying to get plugged in, let this be your jumping-off point.
Your front door to the community.
Your hitchhiker’s guide to Boston tech. Welcome!
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Concentrated groups of tech startups call these neighborhoods home, making them ideal places to launch new ventures, attend events, or post up at bars and coffee shops.
These independent companies have established themselves locally, nationally, and even globally through a combination of revenue growth, valuation, and brand awareness. More are joining this list every year.
The Boston area's globally recognized collection of young talent, combined with its resurgent entrepreneurial drive, has attracted top-tier tech companies such as the following:
As a city, Boston is influenced by its rich history and its modern innovation. This extends to the local media, where both established publications and new, digital-first outlets cover the tech startup world.
Anyone hoping to break into Boston tech or simply keep up with all the happenings around the ecosystem can rely on these resources.
In the past few years, multiple podcasts have emerged discussing Boston tech, as well as the broader startup, digital media, and business landscapes.
Education is a huge part of Boston's DNA, so it’s no surprise that several organizations have launched here to teach entrepreneurs, developers, and other business leaders. Some have stayed local, others have expanded nationally or even globally, and several outside organizations have also moved to the area.
Aside from student clubs (not shown), several more formal organizations, resources, events, and competitions exist to support student entrepreneurship both on campus and around Boston.
Boston is home to 70+ colleges and universities, so this section alone could be its very own Hitchhiker's Guide. With that in mind, we'd ask you and others around the community to submit new resources and/or schools via the link below this section.
Following people from Boston’s tech startup scene is an easy way to learn about the ecosystem from afar … or dive headfirst into the conversation. It can also be a friendly, human way to network and get offline meetings. The following group of founders, VCs, and community builders are both active and widely followed around Boston (though many more exist that you should get to know).
In case you were tempted to read into the list as a ranking -- it's not! It's just based on Twitter followers, and we have a much longer, more complete Twitter list available to follow here. Everybody on the larger list is equally worthy of following and meeting, as they're all crucial parts of our great ecosystem.
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Includes everyone listed above and below, plus many others: entrepreneurs, executives, local media, notable business authors and academics, and community builders, all innovating here in Boston.
Boston tech is full of incredibly passionate, exceedingly smart, and fiercely supportive people. This ecosystem prides itself on its pay-it-forward mentality for those seeking advice and support. The events, community groups, and coffee shops below are great ways to join or navigate the local startup scene.
A sampling of Boston's ever-growing list of events, starting with some of the larger, pillar conferences.
Even more great ways to network.
Whether you join as a member or just drop by an event or meetup, these groups are the glue holding this community together and advancing their various specialty areas here in Boston.
The following are listed based roughly on event frequency and perceived relevancy to the Boston startup community. (In many cases, these venues just "feel" top of mind to local entrepreneurs.)
All those local startups launching regularly around town add up to one great thing for job seekers: opportunity. The following resources can help you find your next career stop:
These organizations have contributed to the growth of Boston's tech startup ecosystem by providing office space, advice, introductions, support, and even budget to fledgling companies.
Coworking spaces have also emerged in seemingly every corner of Boston. Below is a sampling of some of the better-known options, but BostonStartupsGuide.com also created a comprehensive list in 2014.
Have an idea but not sure where to start or how to build it? Just need additional resources while launching? These firms specialize in designing and building apps and products, often working with early-stage startups. Many also go beyond simply building by helping you scope a product and test the market before you launch.
In 2013, the last full year before this site was created, Boston saw more venture capital invested than any region other than California, with over $3 billion. Some of the most active web and mobile tech VCs are listed below.