Innovation is no longer neatly contained to the famed region along the Red Line in Boston. Startups, spun from universities accelerators and co-working spaces, crop up in all corners of the city, from Somerville to the Seaport District. Hard at work with heads down, entrepreneurs, members of City Hall and Boston outsiders often have a tough time keeping track of all the new tech companies and their contributions to the Mass. ecosystem.
Fortunately, four folks from Boston’s tech community have forged TechScene Boston, an interactive map showcasing all of the city’s startups, as well as their value added in terms of jobs created, revenue generated and capital raised for the Bay State economy.
“We’re all volunteers, just doing what we can … It’s just four of us, trying to help the local community in a couple of key ways,” explained Jay Batson, local angel, co-founder of Acquia and one of the brains behind TechScene Boston. “We want to have everyone start to feel good about what’s going on here in Boston.”
With all the networking events around town, the impact of the tech sector on the city “can be really hard to get your arms around, there are so many things happening,” according to Batson. Using Crunchbase data, the map shows each company’s location, as well its description, founding date, total financing raised and number of employees.
All in all, Boston’s 610 startups have created 15,452 jobs and raised $4.76 billion in funding, according to TechScene.
Another reason for the map?
“Get the effin’ chip off your shoulder about Boston tech. We are Boston Tech Strong. Let’s now get to work and double our startup population in the next five years,” wrote Batson in a blog post regarding the project. In other words, there’s a ton of activity going on in town, so why should we sell ourselves short, or let others do the same?
Lastly, the team hopes that TechScene serves as a way to help City Hall frame the innovation sector’s impact on the local ecosystem.
Batson admitted that the information may not be entirely accurate. “Not all data in Crunchbase is groomed,” he said, noting that the site is a publicly-regulated Wiki. But the team urges those who don’t see their company on the map, or notice something that looks wrong, to go to Crunchbase and fix it.
Have an idea you want to contribute, other data you’d like to be included, or are itching to get involved? Contact the TechScene team.
In addition to Batson, the makers behind the map are Ted Healey, former global head of development of fixed income at Thomson Reuters; Ryan Tremaine, co-founder at Greenfield; and Ryan Johnson, product manager and UI/UX developer at VentureCrowd.
The team wants to make Boston Tech Strong. Now let’s do our part, too.