Here’s What Happened In The Boston Startup Community Last Week

Tech In Boston For Sunday June 12

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I spent the last few days at the Nantucket Conference, hearing from people like LogMeIn co-founder Michael Simon on the future of IoT, aka the Internet of Things, aka how you’ll soon be able to turn on your shower from your phone.

And that stuff doesn’t just sound cool — when people like Simon say “IoT is the biggest opportunity I’ll see in my lifetime” it’s probably worth listening.

Founder Collective’s Eric Paley also had a great interview with Sonny Vu who sold his company Misfit Wearables to the Fossil Group in November for $260M. Vu’s co-founder was John Sculley (yep that John Sculley of Apple fame). If you never saw their launch video, you need to watch it.

And Scott Kirsner and I led a sessions all about PR and getting press coverage for your startup, which included some lessons from the trenches from PillPack CEO ✌TJ Parker based on their recent battle media battle.

I also had to make it clear that I will never, ever, let someone question my journalistic integrity.

Even though I was in Nantucket, I definitely had some major FOMO after seeing all of the tweets from Mike Volpe Growth Camp which had a pcked house.

But I have a feeling (OK, Mike told me) that there will be more of this to come…

I have a bunch of podcasts I need to edit and upload btw — so stay tuned — hopefully later this week.

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Throwback Episode Of The Week

My interview with Flybridge VC Jeff Bussgang:


Links From This Week

OK, let’s get to some of the best links from the Boston startup community last week.

Talla’s Brooke Torres went behind the scenes on why the intelligent assistant for teams their building isn’t voice controlled. Everyone’s talking about machine learning and AI these days, so I like that Talla is sharing their approach.

Drift CEO David Cancel wrote about the biggest mistake startup product teams make: trying to invent something from scratch instead of innovating on an existing pattern. Don’t make your users feel stupid.

Drafted CEO Vinayak Ranade has been trying to hire his company’s first marketer and wrote about the struggle — and what he’s learned from interviewing 50 marketing candidates. That is the grind right there.

_Underscore.VC’s Chris Litster wrote about why he made the leap to become their first “executive in residence.” Chris was Chief Revenue Officer and SVP of Sales and Marketing at Constant Contact (and a mentor to me, sup Chris!)

NextView Ventures rob go wrote about why founders should be using capital as a weapon, not as oxygen. If capital is like oxygen, the conversation focuses on what might go wrong — but if capital is a weapon, the conversation tends to focus on what might go right.

That’s it for this week.

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