Is the information listed official?

No. All descriptions, tags, and location information is based on my own knowledge / understanding of publicly available information. You’re welcome to suggest revisions via twitter @BOSstartups. But I’m trying to keep descriptions as non-markety / plain-English as possible.

Is this information up to date?

Yes, I check all links roughly once per month, and at the same time update if a startup is hiring or not, type of jobs they’re hiring for, etc. Startups aren’t always great about making their addresses prominent and keeping them current, so neighborhood information is the most likely piece of info to be delayed in updating. Fortunately it’s also the least frequently changing.

New startups are added regularly as I discover them and have a chance to review.

If you think something might be wrong, please don’t hesitate to point me to it via twitter @BOSstartups.

How are you defining ‘startup’?

It’s tough to do; the definitions I’m using are just personal guidelines for what I’m interested in listing on the site. Primarily I’m listing technology startup companies, which includes everything from consumer web startups to enterprise software to mobile apps.

My general definition of a startup: an innovating company still at the beginning of its potential to scale. (This generally rules out consulting / services companies, as the business model sets an early upper-limit on ability to scale, tied to time available.)

My ‘minimum’ definition of a startup: At least two people actively working on a product, or one person who has launched a functioning site.

How are you defining ‘Boston’?

Boston-area startups, to be sure. Within the I-95 loop, generally, or otherwise close enough to Boston to be easily accessible and part of the community here.

How can I learn more about Boston startups?

There are some great events and online resources available.

  • is one information hub, with a directory of incubators / other resources and the go-to event calendar for the Boston startup scene.
  • Kyle Alspach is a Boston Business Journal reporter that writes a regular newsletter on startups & venture capital in the area. I find out about many new startups from his excellent reports.
  • No site or tool has done more for the cohesion of Boston’s startup community over the past four years than twitter. The ease of spreading information, interaction, connecting to people with no reciprocal obligation / relationship connotations / approval needed, and ability to serendipitously discover people and events is invaluable. A Boston-area search for tweets about startups never fails to inform.