George Bell really enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and teaching them to articulate the value of their budding businesses. As the current President and CEO of JumpTap, former Managing Director of General Catalyst Venture Partners, and one of the Co-chairs for this year’s unConference, George has a wealth of experience to share. He comes to the unConference because he enjoys hearing about fresh new ideas – your fresh new ideas – so come prepared to share them with George. We guarantee he’ll have something to teach you in return.
Below you’ll find his thoughts on entrepreneurship and innovation in Boston, with an important key takeaway: if you’re given 15 minutes to describe your brilliant idea, be able to do it in five.
What makes Boston an innovation hub?
The presence of so many universities sets us apart. We have some of the best universities and programs in the country for engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship. And young people coming out universities don’t find themselves bound by conventional thinking.
Are there any elements we’re lacking that would make our ecosystem thrive?
We need to up the ante on risk and increase the risk profile of startups in Boston. Our entrepreneurs need to think more boldly; we need more “change the world” ideas, and we need more high quality entrepreneurs. Once we have the ‘change the world’ ideas here, we need to cultivate every reason in the world for that entrepreneur or CEO to believe they can build a great business here.