Innovation and MIT has always gone hand in hand (or shall I say mind and hand). Many of my college friends themselves have started companies (Dropbox, Xobni, Cardpool). Last year, over 10% of the MIT Sloan class of 2010, at graduation started their own companies. That is amazing.
Obviously Silicon Valley is the mecca of startups, and Boston has always had a great tradition themselves (I assume it helps being in the backyard of MIT). But with the growing NY startup scene, Michael Bloombergâ€™s commitment to grow this space in NY, and what I would call the â€œopportunitiesâ€ that came from the financial recession, my classmates organized the first ever MIT Sloan Startup Trek to NY.
In 2 days, 30 of us we had over 20 companies on the docket to visit. A sampling of the companies we spoke with:
- Message Party (founded by a 2010 Sloanie)
- Gilt Groupe
- Next Jump
It’s exciting to see this space growing in New York…hopefully I can be a part of it soon.