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Read My E-mail: The New Innovation Economy Inbox Blog

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 21, 2009 07:28 AM

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I started a new blog this week that'll hopefully make my life a bit easier, and might also provide you some useful supplemental info about what's going on in New England's Innovation Economy.

It's called "Read Scott's E-mail: Inside the Innovation Economy Inbox."

Basically, I get way too much interesting e-mail about company launches, product debuts, fundings, executive comings-and-goings, and conferences to ever blog about here, or write about in my column. For much of this stuff, there isn't much that I'd really want to add: if there's a cool event happening, you may just want to know where it is and how much it costs, without any commentary from me. If a company gets $10 million in VC funding, often that's just worthy of noting, without my interviewing the CEO about how great it is that investors have coughed up $10 mil to support his idea.

So "Read Scott's E-Mail" is a chance for me to share some of the stuff that might be worth knowing about, occasionally with a quick remark at the top.

My intention isn't to embarrass anybody with these e-mails, but rather to help spread the word about stuff that people intend to make public. But if you're sending me a message and you absolutely don't want it to appear on "Read Scott's E-Mail," just let me know and I'll honor that.

The reason I'm doing it using the blog service Posterous, instead of here on, is that Posterous makes it extremely easy for me to just forward selected e-mails and have them show up as posts -- including any photos, videos, or PDFs that were included in the original message. (Posterous, incidentally, is partly backed by Bill Warner, a Cambridge-based angel investor and entrepreneur.)

As always, I welcome your comments here or there.

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1 comments so far...
  1. Great idea, Scott. This should be a solid way for the local tech community to tap into itself. There's nothing more useful to a subculture than a looking glass into it's own activities, announcements and gatherings. Give this group the data, and I believe they'll make use of it as they see fit - participating in the things that pique their interest. As someone who's trying to replicate Boston's tech community virtually (@BostInnovation), I really appreciate this move on a personal level. Using Posterous was also a great move because it will make velocity simple for you and reliable for us. Thanks!

    Posted by Kyle Psaty October 22, 09 01:23 PM


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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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