This is a great historical analysis by David Jegen of F-Prime Capital Partners of the history (well, the last 25 years) of Boston entrepreneurship and the powerful ripple effect great entrepreneurs and their companies have on the ecosystem.
Do you remember VH1’s hit TV series Where Are They Now? It was kind of addicting. Each episode would chronicle the journey of a celebrity who had achieved greatness in the past, yet was no longer in the public eye. Well recently, that’s what we’re thinking about in our office at F-Prime Capital. Like many of you, we think a lot about the entrepreneurs who built iconic companies in Boston; such as, Mitch Kapor, co-founder of Lotus Development Corp, the forerunner to Microsoft Excel, and Amos Hostetter, co-founder of Continental Cablevision (one of our early investments). These entrepreneurs paved the way for many of us and built the foundation of today’s fertile entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston.