Rebuilding VC, And Saving Boston Too


There is a tension at the heart of the startup ecosystem in Boston between glorifying the city’s past as a leader in the Industrial Revolution and acknowledging the city’s current status in the tech world behind Silicon Valley and New York City.

No where is that tension more visible than in the relationships between founders and venture capitalists. Founders frequently complain about fundraising in the region, due to its paucity of angel investing compared to the surfeit in the Bay Area as well as the risk-aversion of its storied venture capital firms.

One man is on a mission to change all of that, and is of sufficient mix operational, visionary, and parts crazy to possibly make it all happen.

Jeff Fagnan, partner at Atlas Ventures, knows how to command a room – and a whiteboard to boot. He is taking me through his entire universe of venture capital experiments and…

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