A little more than five years ago, I wrote about a re-org at Microsoft's internal Startup Labs product development group. It turned out to be curtains for the Cambridge-based team, led by Reed Sturtevant — even though their old Web address still optimistically implores visitors to "please come back later." But five years on, it's clear the 2009 shakeup and ensuing departures freed up a number of people who've gone on to pollinate the local startup scene.
Read MoreStarting overFormer Communispace CEO Diane Hessan will run Startup Institute
Last year, a group of local startup folks, including Apperian's chief marketing officer Mark Lorion and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam.
With the success of last year's event, this year's TechJam, taking place next Thursday June 12, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the Boston tech scene. Read MoreStartup showcaseYour scorecard for Techstars Boston Demo Day, April 2014
Updated: The startup beauty pageant that is Techstars Boston Demo Day took place Tuesday morning at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street. You never know who will show up on stage to help the entrepreneurs sell their ideas: past editions have seen cameos by Big Papi, fashion models, and poetry slam champions.
After a little more than three years running the Techstars Boston program for entrepreneurs, Katie Rae and Reed Sturtevant are turning over the keys to Semyon Dukach, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and former member of the MIT Blackjack Team. Dukach takes over with the fall cycle of Techstars this year, which runs from August through November.
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