Boston Resources

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.

University Resources

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

Entrepreneurial Development Firms

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

Thanks to Rob Go.

http://robgo.org/2012/09/03/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-boston-tech-community-august-2012/

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