“There’s Something Going On” in Boston

Last night I attended the Geek Dinner organized by Pito Salas, Bela Labovitch, and Adam Green. It was an opportunity for “geeky-but-not-exclusively-geeks” people to “hang out, casually munch on cheap food and compare notes on stuff that people are working on.” There were probably about forty people there, and the energy-level was high. Various people made announcements about local startups which are hiring (always a positive note) and the large-group had a spontaneous informal-yet-spirited discussion (which ranged in topics from viability of web-based MS office-like apps to advertising-based business models).

There were a number of friends from and familiar faces which I’ve seen at the Web Innovators Group (WebInno), the group which I organize, a collection of people engaged in internet and mobile innovation in the Boston area. Last night’s crowd, true to its moniker, was definitely “geekier.”

Web Innovators Group WebInno Boston.jpgWe held the most recent WebInno event last week, and Brian Del Vechhio’s photo shows our successful 100+ person turnout. You can read two good summaries of the event on Adam Green’s and Ray Deck’s blogs.

There’s an inaugural session of Mobile Monday Boston this upcoming Monday night, which should be a great event as well. Shimon Rura’s Startup Meetup Group, though I haven’t been, sounds like it’s gathering some momentum, too.

All of this activity was summed up nicely in a conversation I had with Mark Withington today, who organizes the popular Boston PHP group. He said, contrasting to just a couple years – and even months – ago, “There’s something going on in Boston.” I couldn’t agree more. A year ago, I lamented about some of the cultural dynamics in town, but I am now seeing a resurgence of excitement and a trend towards change. All of the groups mentioned above each aim at partially distinct constituencies with differently formatted events addressing different needs, but they all promote the larger tech community in Boston. And I am happy to be a part of it.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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