Lucy: Here’s something the Boston startup scene likes to agonize over: Can we ever become a big consumer tech player like Silicon Valley?
Dylan: Greater Boston has its share of big consumer tech companies, like iRobot, TripAdvisor, Wayfair and even CarGurus, which could eventually go public. But while these companies bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, their influence is nothing close to those of consumer giants on the West Coast: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter.
In a Boston Globe column earlier this year, Scott Kirsner wrote about how Boston tech companies seem to have a better knack for selling to corporations rather than consumers. “Consumer [tech] just seems dead — there’s not much happening here,” Krishna Gupta of Romulus Partners told Kirsner. Bijan Sabet, a local venture capitalist who has invested in Tumblr, Twitter and Wayfair, said that while “consumer tends to be less popular in this town,” he’s optimistic about what the future could bring.
With that, we looked at eight promising consumer tech startups in Greater Boston that have already started to show some potential. They are Drizly (the “Amazon for booze”), Fam (fast-growing group video chat app), Hopper (airfare prediction app), RadioPublic (podcast recommendation app), Starry (new wireless Internet service provider), Superpedestrian (provides an awesome motor for your bicycle), VirZoom (a virtual reality fitness game platform) and Waylens (a “GoPro for cars”).
Lucy: You can read more about each startup in Dylan’s post. Read more: 8 Boston Consumer Tech Startups to Watch