David Brown interviews Eric Paley of Founder Collective

Eric Paley is a former consultant (but he wishes he wasn’t), the co-founder and former CEO of Brontes and Abstract Edge, and current Managing Partner at Founder Collective. The prolific venture capitalist holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, and an MBA from Harvard, where he is currently their Entrepreneur in Residence.

As part of Startup Grind‘s fireside chat series, David Brown of the Chamber sat down with Eric and spoke everything from building a strong team, to taking down [patent] trolls – here are some highlights from the talk:

  • Eric explains what an “off the charts” founder is and how someone can strive to become one (38:30-40:30)
  • Next, he dives into additional key attributes that he looks for in an exceptional entrepreneur (43:30)
  • Eric explains how one can build that that strong circle around you (56:00) – and that team includes great salespeople (but not in the door to door sense)
  • Eric weighs in on mentor relationships: “If you’re doing ambitious things in your world, whether it’s in an already existing business or a business you want to start – talented people related to that world should appreciate what you’re doing…you have to use your charisma to build those relationship” (103:50)
  • Eric speaks about the advantages and disadvantages of starting a company in Boston (106:40)
  • Eric talks about his stances on the latest policy issues (1:14:00)
  • Eric takes questions from the audience, and busts up a major startup landscape myth (2:02:40) – “The other biggest myth in the startup world is it’s about money. It’s not about money. If you’re starting companies because you think you’re going to get rich, go do something else”

Special thank you to Carlos Cardenas, Boston Director of Startup Grind for lending us the use of this video.


What is SEO and Why is it So Important

Jayme Washington of Washtone MediaToday’s guest post is written by Jayme Washington, COO & President of Washtone Media SEO.

SEO is short for “search engine optimization.” Search engine optimization basically refers to a methodology of techniques, tactics, and strategies used to increase the number of visitors to a website through obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of search engines (SERP) — including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines. A successful SEO campaign will have carefully select and relevant keywords so as to help a website to rank higher in the Google rankings.

It is a very common practice for many Internet users to only go on the first or second page of search results? Think about it. When was the last time you were looking for the “Bakery near me” and scrolled on page 8? Exactly my point. As a result of human nature, where a website ranks in the search is essential in directing more traffic towards the site. The higher a site naturally ranks in the organic results of any search, the greater the chances that that website will be visited by many users.

SEO firms help ensure that a website is accessible to search engines and it also improves the chances that the website will be found by a search engine. It’s typically a set of best practices which we follow to help businesses in achieving a better ranking in the search engine results.

Many business owners usually hesitate to hire services of an SEO firm because of the preconceived notion that SEO is time consuming and expensive. However, the truth is that Search Engine Optimization allows offline businesses to promote with less cost and quicker results as compared to the traditional marketing methods.

Since many businesses do not have adequate time or internet promotion skills, it’s better to outsource this task to someone else who’s more familiar with the task of implementing SEO campaigns. Several tasks like keyword research, off-page and on-page optimization, website structuring and content distribution might seem overwhelming to any business owner. Conversely, a consultant who’s skilled in SEO can fulfill these tasks on a regular basis so as to generate more traffic to your business.

SEO Infographic

This post & infographic were written by SEO expert & entrepreneur, Jayme Washington of Washtone Media.

Launch on D

Join us for YPN on The Lawn On D!

Boston is academically young and the sky is blue – filed under: things we already know. According to the Atlantic’s CityLab, Boston ranks 7th in the United States in terms of a college population, with 400,000 total students.

However, Boston’s youth doesn’t end with Eagles, Huskies, and Terriers; it expands post-cap and gown, right into the labor market. According to the Census’ 2010-2014 American Community Survey, 35.6% of Greater Boston’s labor force population falls between the ages of 20 and 44. When the age range and region are narrowed down to 20-34 and Boston proper respectively, the workforce percentage jumps to 48%.

With so much young talent in one region, we at the Greater Boston Chamber saw the need to get these young professionals connected to each other and to the greater Boston business community. So, in March of 2015, the Chamber created the Young Professionals Network (YPN), an organization which has served as key resource to the younger employees of our Chamber member companies. YPN has enjoyed fantastic growth since its creation (2,300 members and growing) and an undefeated record at Celtics games.

On Thursday, July 14, the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network will be taking to the streets – literally D Street in the South Boston Waterfront – for a night of networking, music, games, and giveaways at the Lawn On D, brought to you by YPN presenting sponsor Citizens Bank. In fact, the Lawn On D event will be the launch event for the new partnership between the Young Professionals Network and Citizens Bank. Chamber of Commerce President Jim Rooney weighs in on the new team-up. Read more about the YPN partnership in our recent press release.

Tickets to the event include one complimentary drink, appetizers and surprise giveaways. Come on down for some lawn games, music from DJ Ryan Brown, and a chance to be the first person to take on photo on a Lawn On D swing.

How the Chamber is thinking outside the box


In honor of our leading collaboration with Outside The Box Interactive (OTBi), here are a few ways the Chamber is thinking outside the box:

Advocating for the Next Generation of Business Leaders
The Chamber is committed to supporting businesses of all sizes, across all industries through active engagement in every step of the legislative process. We serve as a voice for the business community to ensure that Boston remains competitive as the leading city in the world to live, work, and grow a business.

Two of our key legislative priorities include education and workforce development. We are deeply engaged in creating policies that promote workforce development plans and address college debt. We have also been early and vocal advocates for pay equity and transgender equality legislation to ensure that Massachusetts remains a safe place to work and do business for all.

Innovation Forum Series sponsored by Weber Shandwick
Our innovation forums connect leaders from emerging industry clusters for discussion about best practices, new trends, and the importance of Boston’s thriving innovation economy.

Recent forums include a panel discussion with transportation experts from the public and private to examine the evolving mobility landscape and address what the future of transportation should be in Boston, and a forum that highlighted Massachusetts companies helping to make the Commonwealth a leader in energy innovation.

Click here to learn more.

City Awake
In 2016, the Chamber announced a collaboration with City Awake, a social enterprise start-up with the goal of establishing Boston as the best place for social innovation. City Awake focuses on generating new ideas and facilitating dialogue among millennials on how they can use innovation, entrepreneurship and business acumen to solve pressing social issues and increase economic opportunity for all.

In this new strategic collaboration, City Awake will operate as a program of the Chamber with the goal of increasing opportunities for Chamber members to increase their social impact and corporate social responsibility and creating a stronger bond between the Chamber and the next generation of business leaders.

Click here to learn more.

Young Professionals Network presented by Citizens Bank
At 2,300 members strong, YPN is our fastest growing network, providing Greater Boston’s young professionals with opportunities to grow their leadership skills through unique programming geared towards deepening their engagement in the region’s business and civic communities.

YPN is open to Chamber member employees, ages 21-39. Our next event is Thursday, July 14 at The Lawn On D.

Click here to learn more.

Want more info? Simply fill out the form below.

Or, if you’d like to start a conversation about what the Chamber can do for your company, contact Evelyn Barahona, our VP of Membership via EBarahona@BostonChamber.com or 617.557.7343.

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Reaching Consensus on Non-compete Reform Will Make Massachusetts Stronger


Brown_DavidIn an article posted on VentureFizz, David Brown weighs in on non-compete reform, a hot topic among the Greater Boston business community. He points out that “Non-competes are not a big versus small company issue,” and non-compete reform is “an inherently nuanced conversation.”

Want non-compete reform? David has two suggestions for those looking to ensure change happens by the end of this legislative session. The first involves creating more transparency around non-competes and in employer-employee conversations re: compensation in general. Read the full article over at Venture Fizz to learn his second suggestion.

David Brown is the VP of Innovation Leadership at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Follow David on Twitter.