Session led by Jared Chung
In general, the biggest challenge we face is that we are physically separated too often. Co-location is the most impactful thing we could do.
The following no-limit ideas were generated in the discussion:
- Send a Boston contingent to NYTechMeetup and ask the NYTM to send a contingent to MassChallenge or NERD once every quarter (“The Boston Trek”)
- Subsidized travel between Boston and NYC for entrepreneurs on short trips: (a) NECorridor Acela tickets (The “NETechCorridor”), (b) the StartupBus, (c) Dedicated entrepreneur hotels or housing / Techbnb
- Can we get Mayors Menino and Bloomberg to shake hands on the co-development of the Tech communities?
- Let’s set up “twin entrepreneur villages” where there are a dozen seats reserved for entrepreneurs visiting each city on short 2-4 day trips. (e.g., at CIC / MassChallenge and at General Assembly)
- Livestream simulcast locations for major Tech events – assemble a list of events in each city and offer simulcast locations in the other city (e.g., NYTM night at CIC, or MIT Elevator Pitch night at NYTM)
- A list of mentors in each city willing to mentor for startups in the other city (“MentorList” alla AngelList?)
- Talent matching to create distributed NY/Boston teams of startups
- A Wiki-style list of the things each city does best and the “winning” companies and VCs in each city
- Potential for incoming corporate sponsorship and mentorship in a cross-city fashion