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Atlas Venture Also Considering a Cambridge Address

Posted by Scott Kirsner  November 19, 2009 07:10 AM

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Earlier this month, I promised that this blog won't become obsessed with the real estate decisions of Waltham's venture capital firms, but -- just one more tidbit...

I'm told that Atlas Venture has been sniffing around Cambridge office space. The firm moved from Back Bay to Waltham only in 2002, but tech/cleantech partner Jeff Fagnan (who lives in Brookline) seems interested in nudging the office back to the city; chief financial officer Kristen Laguerre, who lives in Sudbury, will also be a key decision-maker. Atlas' lease in Waltham is up next year, and it's absolutely possible that the firm could opt to stick around Waltham or another western 'burb, though spokesman Matt Burke notes that many of Atlas' life sciences investments are in Cambridge.

Earlier this month, Waltham-based Greylock announced that it will be moving in to Harvard Square come January.

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1 comments so far...
  1. In addition to the shift back into the city of the "hot" industries for vc, I think some of this has to do with so-called "quality of life" issues with respect to office location. The view from Mount Money is nice, but who the heck wants to have to get into their car just to have lunch? Also, the traffic on 128 is at least as bad, and probably worse than the Pike into town, a destination that is also reachable by train (and 5 minutes from the Airport). There is also that little issue with some of your target entrepreneurs saying "Waltham? Which stop on the Red Line do I get off at to get there?"

    Posted by jimmind November 19, 09 09:51 AM


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