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Overview of the Boston tech/startup ecosystem, including resources for startups, tips on doing business in Boston and how to reach influencers, and ways to get plugged in.

Overview of the Boston tech/startup ecosystem, including resources for startups, tips on doing business in Boston and how to reach influencers, and ways to get plugged in.

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Boston Startup Ecosystem - Liaoyuan & Harvard China Forum

  1. 1. Liaoyuan & Harvard China Forum Boston Startup Ecosystem David Chang @changds Harvard Business School, Entrepreneur-in-Residence PersonalVC, Co-founder Feb 10, 2017
  2. 2. David Chang @changds
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. Startup Experiences
  5. 5. Direct Via Syndicate/Fund Angel Investments
  6. 6. How can Boston help grow your business?
  7. 7. Resources Influencers Community
  8. 8. Boston Ecosystem Independent Corporate University Investors Accelerators & Incubators Co-working Spaces David Chang @changds
  9. 9. University Resources www.bostontechguide.com
  10. 10. H-1B Visa: Global EIR
  11. 11. Independent Corporate University Accelerators / Incubators Co-working
  12. 12. Investors Tech Healthcare / Life Sciences Seed Stage Growth Stage Early Stage Angel Groups Corporate VC Corporate VC Energy www.bit.ly/Boston-area-investors
  13. 13. Influencers
  14. 14. Local Pillar Tech Companies www.bostontechguide.com
  15. 15. Media Publications Podcasts www.twitter.com/changds/lists/boston-tech-journalists/members www.twitter.com/changds/lists/national-tech-journalists/members
  16. 16. Strong Industry Vertical Clusters www.seeingbothsides.com/2016/09/13/a-guide-to-the-boston-startup-scene-fall-2016 MarketingTech e-commerce Cybersecurity Cloud Travel Mobile EdTech Robotics LifeSciences HealthIT Energy
  17. 17. Finding the Functional Experts David Chang @changds Development Design Product Marketing PR Legal
  18. 18. Amplify Your Network
  19. 19. Community
  20. 20. Events & Networking www.bostontechguide.com
  21. 21. www.greenhornconnect.com/events
  22. 22. Community Groups & Trade Organizations www.bostontechguide.com
  23. 23. www.seeingbothsides.com/2016/09/13/a-guide-to-the-boston-startup-scene-fall-2016
  24. 24. www.bostontechguide.com
  25. 25. Talent EcosystemCapital
  26. 26. Liaoyuan & Harvard China Forum Boston Startup Ecosystem David Chang @changds Harvard Business School, Entrepreneur-in-Residence PersonalVC, Co-founder Feb 10, 2017

Editor's Notes

  • About me
    Boston tech startup/entrepreneurial ecosystem – players & resources
    Doing business in Boston

    Title: Boston Startup Ecosystem - Liaoyuan & Harvard China Forum
    Description: Overview of the Boston tech/startup ecosystem, including resources for startups, tips on doing business in Boston and how to reach influencers, and ways to get plugged in.
    Tags: startups, entrepreneurship, boston, business, accelerator, university, investor
  • Born in Taiwan
    Surreal for me to be an advocate of Boston
    Full circle - so much activity between US/China
  • First 10 years of professional life in NY
    Came to New England (like you), thinking a great place to go to school
  • …but never left
    Next 15 years
    Dumb luck: 1000+ amazing people, 5 startups/5 acquisitions
    My startup perspective shaped by where I’ve been
  • Past 5 years – lucky to invest in other people
    Small checks - very early/seed level
    Focus: software, ONE THIRD in women
  • Walkable city – different vibes
    Different clusters
    Density
    Boston today (credit Jay – TechScene)
  • So much so, I’ve traded planes for bikes
    Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Seaport, Innovation District, etc.
  • Density (talent – vets & startups)
    Here’s a real example: actual day (Wanderu, CO, Robyn, CIC)
  • New talent – students: 400 years vs 40 years (SV)
    I’m just one person (hopefully I’ve had an impact) – how about 10, 100, 1000, 10000
  • …To help focus, what are your top obstacles?
    Columbia startups
    How to sell in the U.S.? Want to manufacture in Mexico and form distribution partners in the U.S. / buying
    How to form commercial alliances / brand awareness for materials distributors (e.g., architects, design firms). Already exporting
    How to find partners (including tech transfer) for medical devices/biotech? Both big (e.g., Medtronic, Genzyme) and small players
    How to find partners in VR?
    How to find mentors (retail)?
    How to find coaching in farming (e.g., Freight Farms)? How to expand in the U.S.? Investors
    Surprised to see so many software startups here (assumed valley was the place). How to choose location for software companies? Already selling in the U.S. / corp dev

    Korea startups
    How to do I get my first customers? (for artist JPG marketplace)
    There’s lots of expertise in robotics in MA. How do I meet them?
  • 3 kinds of resources/capital: 1) financial, 2) human, 3) real estate
    Get them from 3 types of places
    Lines blurring on both axes
  • …let’s start with resources closest to you
    Huge assets: look for ways to connect with universities
    If you’re a student
    Money: for students: business plan competitions, seed funds
    Programs
    Other students
    If not
    Recruiting
    Mentor on campus
  • Explosion of accelerators
    Lines blurred:
    Corp – left (independent - DCU) to right (strategic – AthenaHealth)
    Bolt more venture fund
    Staples, Launch Lab

    https://bostonstartupsguide.com/guide/boston-coworking-spaces-roundup/
  • Lines blurred:
    human – network model: pillar, underscore
    space – p11, nextview, accomplice
  • Meeting customers, partners, business people, tech veterans, experienced operators
  • Leverage veterans
    2,000 mentors
  • In all this time, resisted silicon valley (all my acquirers there)
    Carried a business card from some of these companies (except Hooli)
  • Things you can do by yourself
    Lots of industry trade publications as well
    Blog
    Podcasts
    Journalists
  • Find experts and movers/shakers in your industry
    World's foremost influencers in these verticals
    Either at big company or startup themselves
  • Horizontal functional experts (unlike verticals)
    People – advisors, board members, co-founder, freelancers, employees
    Shops / agencies (e.g. web/mobile dev shops)
    https://www.evernote.com/l/ACRarcLgBDZPgqU0fj0jZcGuEFpj_HTr63U
    www.bostontechguide.com
  • Everyone is 1 degree away
    Don’t be shy: Investors need you as much
  • …Best way is to get out there
    So many events
  • Trouble is too many events – how to pick
    Greenhorn Connect is a great resource
    http://www.starthub.org/events
    BostInno weekly events
    VentureFizz weekly events
  • Credit to NextView

    Contents:
    Tech Companies – big/small customers
    Investors
    Development shops
    Universities
    Accelerators / Incubators / Co-working Spaces
    Govt
    Media/Pubs
    Events
  • You are in a special place. 3 key ingredients:
    Talent density: students (250K), veterans / startups (350+ mobile), corp leaders
    Capital: angel/VC, $37B funding (seed exploding, A trouble)
    Ecosystem: customers/partners (e.g. Mullen down the street), accelerators, schools, orgs
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