Category Archives: Boston

Fred Destin

Pillpack: Adding $50M in funding to bring redesigned pharmacy to all



There are some people in the world that it is simply a joy to work with, and when good things happened to them you can only feel joy.  TJ Parker and Elliott Cohen are two such people and I’m delighted …


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Fred Destin

The Boston Surprise



 Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor.   When I came over 4 years ago, it was essentially as an act of belief in my partner Jeff and in myself. To …


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Fred Destin

Backing PillPack : a pharmacy you might actually love



Pharmacies are like banks.  When you have to go to one, it’s usually an unpleasant experience delivered in often indifferent fashion by overworked people.  TJ Parker and Elliott Cohen, the founders of Pillpack, together with the rest of the team, …


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Fred Destin

Boston VC community breaks with killjoy roots, will actually party



In a striking development from a long legacy of discretion and backhanded compliments, the New England VC community has decided to award itself a bunch of awards and actually, possibly, have some fun. After years of being forced into clumsy …


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Fred Destin

Startup Ecosystem Report : Boston vs rest of the world



The good folks at Startup Genome continue to produce data where none existed.  After their first effort (the phenomenally useful Startup Genome Data) they are back with a systematic analysis of startup ecosystems around the globe. You can download the …


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Fred Destin

Boston Startup Culture : The entrepreneur’s view



The excellent C.A. Webb at NEVCA pushed through a survey that looks at the relative attractiveness of Boston as a startup market.   Hold that yawn : the results are interesting.  Not that I am expecting hordes of YC grads …


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Fred Destin

Raising the bar at Techstars Boston 2012



Today was TechStars Boston Demo Day (#tsdemoday). With what felt like a large proportion of the ecosystem in the room (including all the money), there was a good mix of friendly nerdiness (you know, Boston-style, not too agressive e.g. Ty …


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Fred Destin

Built in Boston: Why Great Entrepreneurs Are Choosing MA to Build Their Startups



I moved my family.  I sold my Swiss farmhouse, bought a Victorian money pit instead.  I forced my wife to change job.  And all for what ?  Boston.  A place that so painfully undersells itself you’d think Indianapolis had more …


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Fred Destin

Dustin Dolginow for President !



He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s lean.  Here is the all new 2012 model of the Atlas Venture tech principal: Dustin “Double D” Doooolginow. Dustin joined us almost two years ago.  It’s not that we care much about titles, but when …


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