Cons of starting your startup in Boston?


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What are some lesser known reasons why not to relocate to Boston to start your company?

If you're a Boston area startup, what are some things that you feel the city lacks?

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asked Apr 1 '14 at 18:11
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Lisa Gonzalez
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Some of the things Boston lacks are:

  • Active late-night nightlife. This may be changing as public transport just started late-night service, but it will take a bit.
  • Year-round nice weather. Boston has seasons. Winter gets pretty harsh.
  • Inexpensive housing. Office space really isn't that bad, particularly if you're at a stage where working in a coworking facility is doable, but housing is just plain expensive.
  • Lower cost of living. We are lower than SF or NYC, but Boston does have a generally high cost of living compared to other cities.
  • Access to as many acquirers. Boston's a great place to start, but early-stage acquihires don't happen as often here as they do in the Valley. Not sure that's really a bad thing.
  • Less VC enthusiasm for consumer tech. Good companies can also find funding, but we have fewer VCs that are willing to make big bets on consumer tech / social companies.
answered Apr 2 '14 at 15:32
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Jay Neely
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