Are Boston VCs Confused?

 I am sitting in the session at the MIT Enterprise Forum event where I will be giving the afternoon keynote and the VC panel is up there talking about where Boston stands in new web ventures.  It is clear that there is a culture shift that is being changed in Boston.  They are talking about how the environment is faster and Boston needs to hit some home runs. 

There is a ton of capital and talent but how come there are no big ventures??? This is the topic.  In my opinion I think it is because Boston VC are too slow to invest.  I’ve started companies on both coasts and the west coast is clearly a leader in investing web ventures. 

Boston are entrepreneurs are screwed if the VCs don’t step up.   Being from the area originally now living in Palo Alto I have a deep connection with and see great entrepreneurs here in Boston.  

 Some are blogging the event.  I’ve noticed that there are not many bloggers here.

Author: John

Entrepreneur living in Palo Alto California and the Founder of SiliconANGLE Media

8 thoughts on “Are Boston VCs Confused?”

  1. Their is no shortage of ideas and enterpreneurs here in Boston. What I see is the VCs are now just getting up to speed on how ventures are build now on the Internet. No one talked about virtual teams. We’ll see how the Boston area VCs respond in this new world.

  2. Hi John,

    As an entrepreneur in Boston, I would have to agree with your assessment. I find it very difficult for angels and VC’s to step outside the box as it relates to web ventures. My passion is genealogy and pitching a company focused on family history is not an easy sell. However, there are a few successful companies in this arena most notably The Generations Network (formerly MyFamily, Inc.) which owns Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and Genealogy.com.

    David Sacks and Alan Braverman recently launched Geni.com in mid-January and were able to secure $1.5M from the Founder’s Fund. Geni’s mission is to create a family tree of the entire world. To learn more about Geni.com check out an article in today’s (February 15th) Wall Street Journal, Personal Journal section entitled “The Next Generation of Genealogy Web Sites” by Emily Steel.

    I am sure that their experience, previous successes and connections in the industry were factors in obtaining financing. For those of us who don’t have a similar background or connections in the industry, I have found investors in Boston not as willing to take risks.

    So, what’s a Boston based entrepreneur with an idea for a web based venture to do? Personally, I am seriously considering packing my bags and heading to Silicon Valley.

    Best,

    Kenyatta D. Berry
    http://www.kenyattaberry.com
    http://www.slavegenealogy.com

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