The virtual reality headset maker Oculus — now owned by Facebook — held its first conference for software developers last month. I bumped into Shane Scranton, a Vermont entrepreneur, the day before he flew out to Hollywood for the conclave, and asked him to share his impressions afterward. Scranton's startup, IrisVR, has been pitching investors and architecture firms on software that can take three-dimensional models of buildings and "translate" them easily and quickly for viewing on the Oculus goggles. It's an amazing experience: you can walk through and look around spaces that haven't yet been built.
Read MoreGrowing painsTech startups in the hinterlands cope with hiring challenges
How do you grow a tech company when you're headquartered far from the talent hub of Greater Boston?
Companies in places like Manchester, N.H., and Woodstock, Vt., are facing that quandary, after they've scooped up all the software developers they can find in those markets.
Get BetaBoston by Email
Make BetaBoston yours
Add tags to My Beta to follow the news stories, trends, and companies you care about.