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Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick met with tech executives to join in a discussion on how high-growth businesses can continue to expand successfully in Massachusetts. The event, organized by local CEOs, is the second time the ‘Mass Scale’ Roundtable has been held since May 2014, when it was launched by the Mass Tech Hub Collaborative. The September 23rd session was hosted at the headquarters of Communispace, and attended by tech industry executives Andy Ory of Acme Packet; Scott Savitz of Data Point Capital; Gail Goodman of Constant Contact; Michael Simon of LogMeIn; Colin Angle of iRobot, and Diane Hessan of Communispace.
Nanigans CEO Ric Calvillo was also on hand to share the challenges and best practices he’s gathered while scaling from a handful of employees in 2010 to over 170 full-time staff. While Boston is home to Nanigans headquarters, the company has spread to offices in San Francisco, London, Sydney and Singapore over the past four years, and shows no signs of slowing down. During the Roundtable discussion, he suggested more “tactical conversations around a strategy for Massachusetts,” which could involve leveraging the Commonwealth’s advantage in higher educational institutions to help source talent, financing and venture funding, in order to help grow new companies.
“Scaling a technology company from a handful of employees to hundreds requires more than a founder’s vision; it requires an ecosystem of talent, collaboration and support across industry, academia and government. The technology sector is key to cultivating the long-term economic vitality and competitiveness of our region, so we look forward to participating in a dialogue around the unique challenges and opportunities facing rapidly growing technology companies in Massachusetts.”
– Ric Calvillo
We were thrilled to take part in Mass Scale, a joint effort between the state and tech entrepreneurs to start a conversation about obstacles and paths to success, foster collaboration between tech executives and identify ways that the state can support the growth of the tech industry, which attracts innovative professionals and provides thousands of jobs in the Commonwealth. In keeping with these goals, yesterday’s meeting centered around topics of recruitment, hiring, and maintaining talented staff. It also touched upon the challenge of advancing Boston’s eCommerce and Internet industry, which often gets overshadowed by life sciences and advanced manufacturing.
“Growing companies to scale is a topic I have been discussing with individual CEOs one-on-one for some time. As a group in the Mass Scale Roundtable, we are able to reflect on the process of successfully scaling-up our own enterprises in Massachusetts and to share our insight with executives of rising, high-growth, high-potential tech companies. They are appreciative of the interest and support from both established CEOs and the Commonwealth, and are able to take away guidance and input about their particular stages of growth. I hope Mass Scale’s industry-led dialogue is a step toward facilitating a more conducive culture and climate for scaling-up across the state.”
– Colin Angle, Chairman and CEO of iRobot; moderator of the second Mass Scale Roundtable