R. Sean Lindsay@rseanlindsay
1. Startups as a career2. Resources in Boston3. Getting started
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
• 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Se...
 13 high tech companies raised $$$
 13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired
 13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened
 13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened 2 high tech company compl...
 13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened 2 high tech company compl...
 19 high tech companies raised $$$ 11 high tech companies acquired 2 high tech companies filed for IPOs 1 high tech co...
Is your region a great place to start a company?      Boston    New YorkSan Francisco                0%   10%   20%   30% ...
Is finding early stage capital appropriately easy in your                                   region?      Boston    New Yor...
Is your region an affordable place to start a company?      Boston    New YorkSan Francisco                0%   10%   20% ...
Average positive replies over 7 key questions      Boston    New YorkSan Francisco                0%      10%   20%   30% ...
I’m about to start doing some shameless name dropping
News & Information                               Organizations• Boston Innovation                      • MIT Entrepreneurs...
Events                                    Co-working Spaces• WebInno                                  • DogPatch Labs     ...
Bloggers, Twitter                         Accelerators, Mentors•   Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot                  • TechStars•   ...
Super Connectors                                             Investors• VC Associates/Principals                          ...
Take a long view
Don’t worry about failing …
Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …
Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …
Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …People you work with are cr...
Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …People you work with are cr...
Don’t worry about failing …            Focus on LEARNINGDon’t pre-optimize for success …       Optimize for LEARNINGIt’s o...
1. Sign Up         2. Read Up       3. Get Out  (5 minutes)        (2 hours)          (6 hours)                     OnStar...
1. Startups as a career2. Resources in Boston3. Getting started
Sean Lindsay          @rseanlindsay     http://seanlindsay.comBitly Bundle of Links: http://bitly.com/rrEJaR       h/t Jay...
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Starting up in boston

  1. 1. R. Sean Lindsay@rseanlindsay
  2. 2. 1. Startups as a career2. Resources in Boston3. Getting started
  3. 3. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng
  4. 4. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)
  5. 5. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)
  6. 6. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect
  7. 7. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)
  8. 8. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2002 – BEA – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)
  9. 9. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2002 – BEA – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2004 – PanGo – Chief Architect (acquired)
  10. 10. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2002 – BEA – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2004 – PanGo – Chief Architect (acquired)• 2007 – Flybridge – Technical Advisor
  11. 11. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2002 – BEA – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2004 – PanGo – Chief Architect (acquired)• 2007 – Flybridge – Technical Advisor• 2007 – Viximo – Co-Founder & CTO
  12. 12. • 1997 – Boston University – BS/MS in Computer Eng• 1997 – C|bridge – Senior Consultant (eventual IPO)• 1998 – Novera – Senior Engineer (acquired)• 2000 – Epesi – Chief Architect• 2001 – Upromise – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2002 – BEA – Tech Lead (eventually acquired)• 2004 – PanGo – Chief Architect (acquired)• 2007 – Flybridge – Technical Advisor• 2007 – Viximo – Co-Founder & CTO• Founder Mentors, TechStars, MassChallenge Advisor to StarStreet, Boundless, HelpScout, Nimbit, etc.
  13. 13.  13 high tech companies raised $$$
  14. 14.  13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired
  15. 15.  13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened
  16. 16.  13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened 2 high tech company completed IPOs
  17. 17.  13 high tech companies raised $$$ 10 high tech companies acquired 2 investment funds opened 2 high tech company completed IPOs … in the last 30 days * From VentureFizz VC Funding & M&A Activity, March 2012
  18. 18.  19 high tech companies raised $$$ 11 high tech companies acquired 2 high tech companies filed for IPOs 1 high tech company completed IPO … in the last 30 days * From VentureFizz VC Funding & M&A Activity, September 2011
  19. 19. Is your region a great place to start a company? Boston New YorkSan Francisco 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% * From Mark Peter Davis survey summary 2010
  20. 20. Is finding early stage capital appropriately easy in your region? Boston New YorkSan Francisco 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% * From Mark Peter Davis survey summary 2010
  21. 21. Is your region an affordable place to start a company? Boston New YorkSan Francisco 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% * From Mark Peter Davis survey summary 2010
  22. 22. Average positive replies over 7 key questions Boston New YorkSan Francisco 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% * From Mark Peter Davis survey summary 2010
  23. 23. I’m about to start doing some shameless name dropping
  24. 24. News & Information Organizations• Boston Innovation • MIT Entrepreneurship Ctr• Scott Kirsner, Globe • Dart Boston• Greenhorn Connect • StayInMA• VentureFizz • NCIAA• MassHighTech / BBJ • MITX• Xconomy • MIT Enterprise Forum• Startup Digest • Boston World Partnership • Mass Innovation … and countless others …
  25. 25. Events Co-working Spaces• WebInno • DogPatch Labs (Kendall Square) • Intrepid Labs (Kendall Square)• Dart Family Dinners • Cambridge Co-working Center• Open Coffee (Kendall Square)• Founder Dialogues • MassChallenge (South Boston) • WorkBar (Boston)• Startup Weekend • Geek Offices (Inman Square)• Lean Startup Challenge • Companies sharing space:• Mobile Monday • Viximo (Davis Square) • Backupify (Central Square)• Countless developer • Bocoup Loft (South Boston) groups, peer • BzzAgent (Boston) groups, conferences, presen • Grasshopper (Needham) tations … and countless others …
  26. 26. Bloggers, Twitter Accelerators, Mentors• Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot • TechStars• David Skok, Matrix• Fred Destin, Atlas • MassChallenge• Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge • Startup School• Bijan Sabet, Spark• Lee Hower, NextView • MIT Enterprise Forum• Rob Go, NextView • MIT Venture Mentoring• Micah Rosenbloom, Novophage Service• Tom Eismann, Harvard• Brian Balfour, Boundless • Founder Mentors• Matt Douglas, Punchbowl • TiE Boston• Ty Danco, Angel • MITX … and countless others …
  27. 27. Super Connectors Investors• VC Associates/Principals • Angels • Dayna Grayson, Northbridge • John Landry • Matt Witheiler, Flybridge • Joe Caruso • Dustin Dolginow, Atlas • Dharmesh Shah • Victoria Song, Flybridge • Seed Funds• Startup Vets • NextView • David Cancel, Hubspot • Founder Collective • Nabeel Hyatt, Zynga Boston • Common Angels • Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot • Project 11 • Dave Balter, BzzAgent • Quick Start VC Investments • Karl Büttner, MassChallenge • Spark • Katie Rae, TechStars • General Catalyst• Power Networkers • Charles River • Cort Johnson, Dart Boston • Loads of VCs • Paul Hlatky, Greenhorn Connect • Matrix, Highland, Flybridge, Spark, North • Brian Balfour, Boundless bridge, Atlas, Greylock, Polaris, General • Matt Lauzon, Gemvara Catalyst, Sigma, Prism, etc. • Josh Bob, Textaraunt … and countless others …
  28. 28. Take a long view
  29. 29. Don’t worry about failing …
  30. 30. Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …
  31. 31. Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …
  32. 32. Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …People you work with are critical …
  33. 33. Don’t worry about failing …Don’t pre-optimize for success …It’s okay to work for someone else …People you work with are critical …Gather highest quality mentors …
  34. 34. Don’t worry about failing … Focus on LEARNINGDon’t pre-optimize for success … Optimize for LEARNINGIt’s okay to work for someone else … Lots to be LEARNEDPeople you work with are critical … Share their LEARNINGGather highest quality mentors … Accelerate your LEARNING
  35. 35. 1. Sign Up 2. Read Up 3. Get Out (5 minutes) (2 hours) (6 hours) OnStartups Dart Family DinnerGreenhornConnect David Skok WebInno VentureFizz Lee Hower Founder Dialgoues Jeff Bussgang BostInno Rob Go Co-working Space
  36. 36. 1. Startups as a career2. Resources in Boston3. Getting started
  37. 37. Sean Lindsay @rseanlindsay http://seanlindsay.comBitly Bundle of Links: http://bitly.com/rrEJaR h/t Jay Neely, Don Dodge, Rob Go, Jon O’Shaughnessy

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