Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Attorney General Meets With Technology Industry Leaders

Council Trustee Annmarie Levins, Associate General Counsel at Microsoft, hosted a breakfast meeting and interactive dialogue for Attorney General Martha Coakley to meet with technology industry leaders at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge. Council Trustees Steve O'Leary of General Catalyst and Dave Balter of BzzAgent joined about 50 local technology, investment and academic leaders for the session. Topics discussed ranged from cyber security to non-competes. Recognizing that a heavy handed government would stifle innovation, the AG stressed her interest and openness to working with industry to formulate the best policy decisions. The Council will continue to work with the Attorney General and Patrick Administration to foster innovation and technology leadership in the region.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is Collaboration Alive in Massachusetts?

Secretary Bialecki posits on his blog that "the collaborative gene [in Massachusetts] has been far too dormant." He notes that "we have all of the building blocks necessary for a dynamic innovation economy - plenty of good ideas fostered by a very active and diverse research environment, strong entrepreneurial talent, access to venture capital, and access to a highly educated workforce. But the overwhelming consensus is also that we are missing the collaborative 'glue' that is needed to bring all these elements together and truly unlock our innovation potential."

While there is no doubt that we, as a community, should continually strive to better align similar initiatives and collaborate when appropriate, I see lots of collaborative glue (just take a look at some of the activities planned by the organizations listed on the right column of this blog). I felt the need to highlight a few of our collaborative initiatives...

The Council's Cluster strategy is specifically designed to foster greater mixing and collaborating within and between the region's key technology communities (i.e., digital games, open source, SAAS, social media, etc), technology-enabled industries, (i.e., energy/clean tech, heath care, life sciences, financial services), and functional roles (i.e., CEOs/CIOs/CTOs, sales & marketing, legal, etc.), for the purpose of fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of our great local companies that are developing and deploying technology across industry sectors.

Our signature "Innovation unConference" employs a new attendee-driven format for direct collaboration amongst multiple generations of our region's most successful serial entrepreneurs and investors with one common purpose: to help accelerate company formation and growth in Massachusetts. Save October 1st for MassTLC's 2009 Innovation unConference. (View http://blog.masstlc.org/search/label/Innovation%20unConference for more on our 2008 Innovation unConference.)