Scott Kirsner writes about the cultural revolution in Boston and the evolving ecosystem that supports emerging entrepreneurs. He mentioned a few key resources and contributors. Two more to mention are MITX‘s work in the digital media world and MTLC‘s entrepreneurship cluster. I’m helping both with works in progress that will help the cultural transition.
IMO the transition has been happening ever since Bubble 1.0 in a less-visible manner. It was enabled by the radical lowering of the cost of development and deployment of Web-based solutions. That was important because it lowered the launch capital requirements and hence increased the pool of entrepreneurs who could launch. (Cloud computing and the bootsrapping ethos of Web 2.0 were additional accelerators.) It wasn’t until the spread of social media that the trend became more visible and allowed like-minded people to band together.