Talent in Boston – Why We’re Leading the World

“Talent is critical to Boston’s economic future, and to the future of metropolitan regions around the world,” reports The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (@bostonchamber), who released its new Global Talent Index on Tuesday, ranking 30 cities nationally and internationally across three metrics to determine the world leader in talent. Based on the academic performance of universities, the number of degree holders, and the number of patents coming out of each city, the scores were averaged together to produce an objective measure of talent.

“Of all the factors driving economic growth, none is more important than talent,” said Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Chamber.So who topped the list? None other than our hometown of Boston, of course. Rounding out the top five are London, Beijing, San Francisco, and Paris.The results come as no surprise to us at Intelligent.ly, as it just reinforces a point that we’ve always felt to be true, anyway: Boston is one of the best places in the world for an entrepreneur to build a startup. We truly have a world class set of innovators, educators, and earthshakers here in our city on a hill, underpinned and reinforced by our universities, companies, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem that thrives here.

There’s never been a more exciting time to be in Boston with the biomedical and high technology scenes flourishing and the Innovation District on the South Boston Waterfront just starting to take off. And just up the Red Line in Cambridge, Kendall Square calls itself home to many startups itself. It’s easy for anyone who visits to see what makes this city special.

“Startups are practically stringing themselves along the Red Line. They’re finding cheap space around Alewife. They’re moving into empty offices in downtown Boston. Probably the biggest cluster outside of Kendall Square is the Seaport District,” says Curt Nickisch in an article on WBUR.

And Kendall Square has been attracting some big-name companies recently too. In this article on his blog Innovation Economy on Boston.com, Scott Kirsner talks about Amazon and Staples scouting out spaces in the neighborhood, the #1 and #2 online retailers respectively. They’ll be joining other well-known giants in the area like Microsoft and Google, not to mention Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While we’ve achieved the title as the world leader in talent, it doesn’t mean we can become passive, though. Interestingly, Boston doesn’t take first place in any of the three metrics alone, and only once these three scores are averaged together do we reach number one, illustrating the space we all have to grow.

The community that calls Boston home is one of our most important assets, and its the reason we exist. Its our mission here at Intelligent.ly to become a community hub for these entrepreneurs and business professionals. We draw upon the talented individuals available right at our fingertips and make them available to teach all those with the desire to learn and giving them access to the skills they need to win.

Check out the full report available for download on the Chamber’s website here.