October 1, 2014
Earlier this month, I wrote about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech, a comprehensive guide to all things happening in the Boston tech scene and a central resource for startups, investors, and anyone just looking to get involved in the Boston tech community. At the time, the Boston tech guide wasn’t yet available, but an email sent earlier today announced that the site is now live.
“Rob [Go] has created his Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech since 2009 every six months as a running list of links,” says Jay Acunzo, the Director of Platform & Community at NextView Ventures. “It’s been useful and often referenced by others navigating the [tech] community, but quite frankly the Boston ecosystem vastly outgrew that approach. So a couple months ago, I came to Rob with the idea of really blowing this out into something much bigger, more beautiful, and – most importantly – more collaborative with the community; he was instantly on board.”
Along with NextView Ventures cofounder and partner Rob Go, CreativeMornings Boston host Keith Frankel, and SapientNitro designer Ariel Simon, Acunzo co-created the website to serve as a central resource for overall tech community in the Boston region (encompassing Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville). The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech includes information on practically everything you need to navigate Boston’s ecosystem: a listing of both local and industry tech events, guides to incubators and accelerators, recommendations for other online resources relevant to Boston tech, and even suggestions on who to follow on Twitter and on who to connect with in the Boston community. Notably, Acunzo suggests that site visitors look through the content page of the guide, which aggregates blogs, videos, podcasts, tweets, and all other content published in and about the Boston tech scene.
“We really want this to be Boston tech’s ‘front door’,” says Acunzo. “In other words: if you’re new, you can use it as a jumping-off point to find what you need, and if you’re a veteran, you can pick through everything that exists to make sense of the volume.”
Outside of Silicon Valley and New York City, the Boston tech scene remains one of the most prominent tech ecosystems in the country. With access to capital, talent, and other resources (such as local/direct access to institutions in specialized industries like health), the region’s potential for future growth is undeniable. However, before the creation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech, there really wasn’t anything available to people in the community itself to actually allow them to learn about all the opportunities readily available for the taking. And, while this guide will finally provide a primary medium for sharing this information about the Boston tech ecosytem, Acunzo points out that this is really just the beginning:
“There’s so much more out there in Boston than we could curate alone, and the community has been eager to contribute more to this which was the goal…There’s so much more to be done in Boston tech still. There’s a lot of information on there, but we expect a lot more to be added the next few years. That’s the most exciting part – if this gets bigger, that only means the local community is doing bigger and better things.”
Check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech.
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