Guest Post: How Ed Tech is Changing the Boston Startup Scene

 

I moved to Boston in the fall of 2008 to work at The Steppingstone Foundation, a local non-profit focused on educational access. Since I was helping to build a new organization within the non-profit, I set out to meet more people in my field and build up my network. This was very difficult since Greenhorn Connect hadn’t been founded yet. Even finding groups of reform-minded educators was not as easy as I had imagined. I eventually stumbled upon Boston Leaders for the Future of Education (BLFE), an organization geared toward young professionals who were mostly educators passionate about public policy reform.

General Assembly Boston

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Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA
General Assembly is a global network of campuses for technology, business, and design.

The Importance of Startup Education in our Ecosystem

When you start a company, you are usually in one of two camps: a veteran who has worked at multiple startups and knows the monster challenge you're up against OR a first timer who has limited startup experience but an abundance of passion for the idea you want to solve. In both cases, there's always a lot to learn, but for the strength and vitality of an ecosystem, it's particularly important how we handle educating the first timers. 

EdTechup

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Boston, MA
EdTechup brings together leaders in education and entrepreneurship who are interested in community building, idea sharing, and fostering better learning through technology.
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Free

3 Thoughts for the Boston Startup Community

In trying to decide what to write about today, I found myself torn between a number of topics. None of them jumped out for a full post, so instead, I decided to do shorter thoughts on all three topics.  

In the aftermath of the spat between Kirsner and Whadwhatever, it did leave me thinking about what the real challenges in our ecosystem still are and most importantly, what we can do to make it better.

So if you're interested in the topics of Everybody Codes, Startup Ass Kickings and Startup Knowledge sharing, read on...

25 Tweetable Startup Lessons I've Learned

I've been in the awesome Boston startup community for almost a year and a half now and have learned more than I could hope to measure.  At the same time, I've seen where quotes, and tweets both have a knack for occasionally capturing the essence of a key lesson I have learned.  For this reason, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite tweets, quotes and other brief lessons I have learned during this time...

Girls in Tech

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Boston, MA
The Boston Chapter of GiT, here to engage and empower influential women in technology. We focus on education, leadership, balanced lives & entrepreneurship

Talking to a High Schooler Interested in Entreprenuership? Encourage them to get a Technical Degree in College

Entrepreneurship is cool again. HBO has a TV show. Government is embracing it on the city, state and national stages.  Colleges are launching new programs to further embrace entrepreneurship and to help their students create new businesses. The final frontier is upon us now: High School students.  As we reach down to them to excite them about startups, let's do the right thing: Encourage them to get technical degrees in College.

Investor's Circle

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San Francisco, CA
Network of over 225 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices and others who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy.

TUGG: Technology Underwriting Greater Good

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Boston, MA
Funding social innovation that supports entrepreneurship, education and life experiences for young people in New England.
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