Is Boston Doing Enough To Hold On To Its Entrepreneurs?
Facebook and Dropbox are all multi-million dollar companies with Boston roots that eventually headed out west to the “promise land” of startups and innovation: Silicon Valley.
Boston’s record for attracting and keeping big-time innovators and entrepreneurs is not the greatest. Few people have lamented this fact with more sincerity than Scott Kirsner, the innovation columnist for The Boston Globe.
In a recent column, Kirsner wrote:
Like a left-behind lover, I sometimes get a little obsessed with the entrepreneurs who start their companies in Boston and then pack their bags for California.
But, in fact, he says there are plenty of entrepreneurs and hi-tech innovators who’ve set up shop in Boston and made the decision to stay. Kirsner believes there are seven factors that lead companies to make the decision to stay that range from education and networking to access to capital.
Do you think Boston does enough to attract and keep innovative startups? Do you work for a company that has planted their flag in Greater Boston? Or are you about to take your ideas and head out west?
- Scott Kirsner, columnist, The Boston Globe
- Nick Francis, co-founder and CEO of Help Scout, a Boston-based startup
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