News Column

Website Tracks Boston Startups

Oct. 11, 2012

Jessica Van Sack

Are you startup-curious?

Jay Neely was, and his inquiring mind led him to produce an online catalogue of local startups that is required reading for anyone with an interest in Boston's business seedlings.

StartupsinBoston.com is so simple -- and so interesting.

With a total of 347 startups listed so far, it shows the magnitude of the Hub's entrepreneurial scene, as well as the diversity of ideas, with searchable categories ranging from food to fantasy sports.

"There are so many people interested in startups," said Neely, a 26-year-old entrepreneur whose day job involves building tools for social media managers. "Startups are what's driving the innovation in this economy. Even if you're not looking for a job ... you're still curious."

Neely's project began earlier this year when he began wondering whether there were other startups near his home in Davis Square. He decided to expand his mission, and now compiles the list using job postings and sites such as AngelList.com.

A particularly handy feature of the site is that it tells you what companies are hiring. It's also an easy way for aspiring entrepreneurs to check whether a business idea is already being tried locally.



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