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Boston #StartupXYZ Activities

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After an epic day of Ramencamp, a few folks unwinded with beers, poker, pizza and more beers. At the end of it, Jason Evanish, Captain America of the young Boston resurgence, and I, were convincing a Providence visitor that he should consider relocating to Boston. He said he had been considering a few locations, but if it was as good as the day he had just had, he definitely would. On considering location, I still think Boston has lost the sex battle, but the small clusters happening around the non-startup events scene is pretty awesome. No networking, just have a great time. This is just a short round-up:


This is probably the most concrete event in the calendar where local startupers catch up for drinks on Friday evenings at 6pm. Follow @JonPierce or @KabirH for the latest.


This happens every other Thursday, usually in a Cambridge Innovation Center conference room. It’s hardly high stakes, but we split a few six packs, talk about each other’s businesses and generally have a great laugh. Ping me if you’re in.


Slightly sporadic but always a great time. We find somewhere cheap, around $15 a head (T&T incl); it’s a great way to meet new people in a tight-knit environment. @Evanish and I generally tweet about it.


Now that the weather’s nice, we’ve been playing basketball on Flagg and Memorial right by Harvard every Saturday at 2pm. We usually get enough startupers to have full-court 5 on 5, otherwise there’s always pickup. It’s not very competitive, the talent ranges completely, and of course we have girls and guys. We usually grab a bite to eat and some Berryline afterwards. @Tuan617 usually sends out the reminders/ confirmations.


So we’ve discovered there are many wannabe ping-pong champions in the community and several quality ping-pong arenas. Most of these are casual games where Wistia or Viximo will invite people over late on a work day for beers or games. Rumor has it there’s going to be an epic tournament. Follow @Graysky for deets.

The best part is, I actually learn more new things with small intimiate groups like these than large events; you share more vivid details, ask more pointed questions, and have harder reality checks. What will you be joining in?


Written by Fan Bi

May 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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  1. Fan

    Great point. Building community is more than networking and panels.

    Those little chat like between you and manpacks cofounder Ken was awesome. Not surprisingly, two e commerce Mens clothing startups have a few things to talk about.

    The best thing about this is how lightweight they are; a couple emails or tweets and it’s set.

    Peer groups are essential to success. You should always be mindful of who you spend time with as generally you’ll be as successful as the 5 people you spend the most time with.


    Jason evanish

    May 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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