If there’s one thing Boston has that no other city in the world has to offer, it’s the awesome community of entrepreneurs and folks who work in startups that call this city home.
Fred Destin, an expat now living in the area, arrived with low expectations. He puts it best, though when he says, “I discovered a much deeper and vibrant ecosystem than I had anticipated, and reason to settle here that goes well beyond the quality of public schools in Brookline. It’s dense, it’s high quality, you can actually attract and retain talent, and some pretty groundbreaking stuff is being built.”
These talented people, just like you, work hard everyday and are driven by the desire to build something with the potential to shake up the world. But they also have something else in common: they all take the time to nurture and give back to this community, whether through funding, mentoring, or simply lending a hand
That’s why Sarah Hodges and Dave Balter founded Intelligent.ly in the first place, with the aim of becoming a community hub where those who have expertise in a certain topic can come to share their knowledge and give back to those who want to learn from them.every now and then.
“I’ve been amazed at how supportive the startup community has been this year; there are connectors everywhere,” said Sarah when speaking about her first year in Boston.
So how can you get in on a slice of this sweet startup pie? It’s all about making connections. Fortunately, there is no shortage of resources that make it easy. Here are three ways to get involved:
Contribute to the Conversation
Probably the simplest way to begin is to just start talkin’!
This community has an enormous online presence, spread out across Twitter, LinkedIn, news sites, and personal blogs. The great thing about these platforms is that, while you can receive a constant stream of content from influencers, you also have the ability to talk back. Share your thoughts, get yourself out there, and make a name for yourself.
BostInno, with content specifically covering the startup scene, is a great place to dip your toe in the water–it’s a central place where Boston’s entrepreneurs live online. See an article you feel strongly about? Comment on it and someone will almost surely write back.
Twitter provides a direct connection to the influencers as well, so drop them a line sometime! Who should you follow? Check out these lists:
- Boston Startup Community – A list of influential companies and organizations
- Boston Startup Scene – A list of individual influencers and companies
- Boston’s Young Hustler’s – A list of college students and recent grads making news in the startup scene
On the same note, why not start your own blog? It creates a centralized website where people can read valuable content that you’ve created, and also talk back to you too. Sites like WordPress and Blogger make it simple to create one, so get started today.
There are interesting events held in Boston every day, from networking events to classes. After you’ve become immersed in the community online, use these events to start making connections in real life.
Eventbrite Boston has an extensive list of all types of events happening in the city, in addition to Greenhorn Connect, which focuses solely on startup-centric ones. Meetups are another great way to meet people interested in the same subjects as you are, and there are ones for almost anything.
If you’re more in the mood to learn something, check out Skillshare, where you can learn anything from anyone. Or if you’re in the South End neighborhood, you could also stop by the our own Intelligent.ly campus.
It’s always better to give than to receive. Although you can gain so much by becoming involved in the Boston startup scene, some of the greatest rewards come when you pay it forward. By sharing the lessons you learn along the way, you can help inspire someone else to get involved. By posting your thoughts and insights online, you’re contributing to a living, breathing dialogue.