Boston: The City of Innovation

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Today’s guest post is by our friend Parna Sarkar-Basu. Parna is a communications and innovation marketing professional as well as a ghostwriter. Parna designs award winning programs for small and medium businesses and global companies, from enterprise software and robots to retail and consumer products. She is passionate about technology and is familiar with the innovation scene. Her articles have been published in various technology and business media outlets. You can find Parna on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter at @ParnaSarkar.

Boston is ranked number one on 2thinknow Innovation Cities Global 256 Index. In America’s Top States for Business, Massachusetts ranks #5 (up from #8).
Do you think it’s an accident that Boston is at the top of that list, or is its standing the result of a well-planned ecosystem with strategic programs and promotions? Let’s dissect.

Boston is an academic city. Students from around the world come to Boston for top-notch education and research, from engineering and biomed to business and politics. Many of the teachers and faculty members are designing policies for the nation.

Boston is the medical hub of the world. Look at the breakthrough research that’s taking place in teaching hospitals, life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. Patients come to Boston to get the best medical treatment possible.

Boston is home to hundreds of VC-funded start-ups and companies that are investing in green and emerging technologies, trying to solve various challenges the world is facing today. Organizations like MassChallenge and 12×12 are encouraging entrepreneurship in the area.

Boston is also the home of large companies and global enterprises, from software and biotech to defense and consumer.

In addition, the state is also committed to innovation and cleantech, making Boston a preferred city for such businesses. Gov. Deval Patrick officially proclaimed June as Innovation Month in Boston and more than 130 events were hosted that month.

So in summary, Boston is the world-class research and cutting-edge technology hub along with an ecosystem of passionate people from different walks of life and industries. And these reasons and more have made Boston the #1 Innovation City in the world and Massachusetts one of the top states for business.

Author: Meghan M. Biro

Founder of TalentCulture and the creator/host of the weekly #WorkTrends Twitter chat and podcast, Meghan M. Biro (@meghanmbiro) is recognized around the globe for her accomplishments as an author, speaker, and brand strategist. Meghan’s thought leadership in HR technology, social strategy, and the future of work has helped hundreds of companies—from early-stage ventures to major brands—successfully recruit and empower stellar talent. She also serves on advisory boards for leading HR and technology brands. Meghan has been voted one of the Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers by StatSocial and Forbes, Top 50 Most Valuable Social Media Influencers by General Sentiment, Top 100 on Twitter Business, Leadership, and Tech by Huffington Post, Top 25 HR Trendsetters by HR Examiner, and is a go-to expert resource for all things talent, branding, HR tech, leadership, and digital media.

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