It’s been a year since I moved back to the East Coast and Jason over at GreenhornConnect asked me to put my thoughts together on some of the differences I’ve noticed between the startup worlds in Boston and Silicon Valley.
For some it’s a touchy subject - hundreds of thousands of words have been penned on “what makes Silicon Valley special?” and “is it possible to replicate?” and, most aggressively, “can [insert locale here] ever compare?” Not only is this not of interest to me, it’s unproductive. Every community is impacted by so many different variables, most of them entirely outside their or anyone’s control, that it leads to over-simplified analysis and hypotheticals. That said, there are some very real differences between Boston and Silicon Valley that deserve to be surfaced.
These don’t make one place better than the other, just different. And to succeed anywhere, I think it’s pretty important to understand the ecosystem you’re in. Continued…
I’ve already gotten a lot of great feedback on the post and would love to hear yours as well. You can find the whole thing here: http://greenhornconnect.com/blog/observations-boston-entrepreneur-ecosystem-year-boston-startup-scene-jeff-seibert