Large Tech Meetups:
- Web Innovators Group: Quarterly Demo-Style meetup in Cambridge draws over 1000 members of the startup community each time. The Grand-daddy. Alumni have been funded by Sequoia, First Round Capital, Accel, Trinity Ventures, and others. For example: Dropbox, Reddit, and Birch Box, to name a few.
- Mobile Mondays: Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community.
- Founder Dialogues: Eric Paley plays talk show host on this recurring fireside chat style event with Boston area founders.
- RubyRiot: Not recurring events, but seems like there is a few big parties every year organized by a small group of folks who are very active in the tech community.
- MITX: Non-profit trade association hosting many events focused on digital marketing and internet business
- Mass TLC Unconference: Large annual conference put on by the MA Technology Leadership Council
Online Resources and Newsletters:
- Bostinno: Great coverage of local startup happenings with a growing network of local writers. Quickly becoming one of the best sources of information on the local tech scene.
- Greenhorn Connect: Excellent hub of BOS tech events and resources. Currently, this seems to be the most popular and most comprehensive event calendar.
- DartBoston: A vibrant community of young entrepreneurs. Join their online community and attend their excellent events. They’ve been a bit quiet of late, but still a good resource.
- OnStartups: One of the largest online startup communities founded by HubSpot founder Dharmesh Shah.
- VentureFizz: Good newsletter with funding announcements, best local blog posts, and other local tech happenings.
- MIT 100K
- MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship
- HBS Startup Tribe
- Harvard iLab
- Babson Entrepreneur Resource Center
- Northeastern IDEA Venture Accelerator
- Olin College Foundry Program
- Boston College Venture Competition
Smaller and High Quality Meetups
- Open Coffee – Weekly meetup started by Bijan Sabet and Nabeel Hyatt. No agenda, just come by and talk tech at Voltage
- http://foundermentors.com– Not a meetup, but a great mentorship program started by serial CTO Sean Lindsay
- WebInno Supper Club – Regular, small dinner series around very specific topics. Topics have included “Leveraging Pinterest”, “Mobile Commerce”, and “Facebook Advertising”
- Future Forward and Nantucket Conference – Two high quality, invite only conferences for tech leaders and executives, both increasingly open to bringing in young blood.
- EdTechup – Well run meetup focused on the emerging edtech scene.
- Intelligent.ly – Classes on startups and tech run by practitioners
- General Assembly – Boston branch of tech classes and workshops started in NYC
- Lean Startup Circle Boston
Coworking Spaces and Accelerators
- TechStars Boston – Boston chapter of TechStars. Now doing 2 classes each year!
- Dog Patch Labs – Free workspace run by Polaris Ventures. No cost, not formal strings attached.
- Summer@Highland – Student focused accelerator. Birthplace of Gemvara
- Startup Leadership Program – International mentorship program with over 100 startups participating
- CIC – High quality, flexible office space. Higher cost, but great facility.
- WorkBar Boston – Flexible co-working space near South Station.
- MassChallenge – Startup competition and accelerator. Beautiful space in the South Boston Innovation District.
- Startup School – Professional accelerator program for recent graduates
- Encandle – Co-Working space on Newbury Street
- AngelHack – Hackathon with cash prizes
- Hack/Reduce – Big Data Hackspace
- Space With A Soul – Coworking space for mission-driven companies
Entrepreneurial Development Firms
- Thoughtbot – Web application development and design. Ruby specialists.
- Extension Engine – Software engineering and design
- FreshTilledSoil – User Interface Design
- Terrible Labs – Ruby on Rails, Web and Mobile
- Filament Group – User Interface and Design
- Raizlabs – Mobile Development
- Intrepid – Mobile development
Places to Hang
- Crema Cafe – Great coffee in Harvard Square. Favorite spot for Eric Paley, Antonio Rodriguez, and Rich Miner
- Andala Cafe – Central Square hangout. Free wifi.
- Henrietta’s Table – In the Charles Hotel. General Catalyst is right upstairs.
- Paramount – Favorite breakfast spot for the Beacon Hill VC crowd.
- VentureCafe – Networking venue within the CIC
- Voltage – Coffee shop in Kendall. Home of OpenCoffee Cambridge
- Tatte Bakery – New Entrant accross the street from Voltage
- Area 4 – New Coffee Shop and Eatery in Kendall
- Thinking Cup – Popular coffee Shop for the Park Street / Downtown BOS crowd. My personal favorite, but no wifi
- Barrington Coffee – Fort Point Channel
Journalists and News
- Scott Kirsner – Tech journalist of the Boston Globe. See his innovation economy blog and follow him on Twitter.
- Dan Primack – Formerly of PE Hub, recently poached by Fortune. Not Boston focused, but definitely follow his reports of PE and VC financings and the state of the venture market. @danprimack.
- Jonathan Marino – PE Hub
- Gregory Huang – Xconomy
- Walter Frick – BostonInno
Thanks to Rob Go.