Eliminating noncompete agreements is likely the only actionable change that once enacted would overnight produce an orders of magnitude benefit to the technology ecosystem in Massachusetts. Noncompete agreements prevent emerging startups from hiring the experienced talent they need in order to grow and prosper. Noncompete agreements prevent a talented employee from moving to another company that needs and values ...more »
There is no arguing that MassChallenge has fomented a startup culture in the Innovation District. From about $5M in total funding, the 361 MassChallenge alumni have collectively raised over $362M in outside funding, generated over $100M in revenue, and created over 3,000 jobs since 2010. They might be the most successful non-profit job creator in history. And that was their learning curve! Yet MassChallenge is needing ...more »
We are building a new skills-based hiring and training platform that we believe will address the frictional unemployment problem of open jobs and qualified existing applicants, but for which matching is inefficient and often takes a very long time. Employers use our platform to list critical jobs and the skills needed for open positions; applicants apply with existing and desired skills. Skillvee helps to match ...more »
Young, energetic, hi-tech workers thrive in urban environments and a significant percentage of them favor public transit and bicycles. Making biking more safe and public transit more reliable would be a huge lifestyle and economic boost for this sector of the workforce. Our co recently moved from Davis Sq to Newton and 10 former bike commuters now drive to work. :(
In eight years, our current 8th grade student in Massachusetts could graduate from college without having taken one Computer Science course in his/her education career! Massachusetts doesn't have Computer Science Education Standards, nor do we offer access to CS courses in schools across the state to solve the CS / STEM Pipeline issue. How can we expose students and build their interests in CS if it is absent from their ...more »
I propose that the city of Boston extends public transportation until at least 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights.
Recent college graduates are more likely to move to Boston if the night-life is comparable to other major cities.
Separate from venture money, established technology companies have their own funds. These firms have money and what they need is innovative products to feed their large sales channels. By educating innovators to build rapid prototypes of innovative new products, something that you can touch, perhaps the ecosystem can connect these ideas with existing companies. It would be most effective if this connection provided some ...more »
Create a competition between local Universities to solve local problems. Design the competition to deeply engage mentors from the local start-up community and thought leaders from local Corporations. Mandate government to work with the competition to build the community and leverage talent to innovate and solve local problems. 1. Engage students early to eliminate the disconnect between Schools, government and ...more »
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