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More signal, less noise: 10 Boston Twitter users worth following

Posted by Scott Kirsner  December 21, 2010 08:35 AM

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I've been wanting to compile this list for a while, since people often ask me who are the "essential" Boston Twitter users worth following.

Worth following, of course, means something different to everyone, but here's my definition: their tweets are especially relevant if you work in the innovation economy in Greater Boston, and they maintain a fairly high signal-to-noise ratio. I've focused on individuals who don't work as journalists, but are in the front lines of starting, funding, and building companies here.

Basically, these are the ten people who give me a window into what's happening in a wide range of industries where Boston is a world leader.

You can also view this list, or follow everyone on it, on Twitter's site.

- Jeffrey Bussgang (@bussgang), an investor at Flybridge Capital in Boston, also teaches entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, where he's written case studies of local start-ups like Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

- Rob Day (@cleantechvc), an investor at the Boston office of Black Coral Capital, offers funding, start-up, and policy news related to the energy sector.

- Pearl Freier, founder of Cambridge BioPartners (@pearlf), shares news, links, and scuttlebut related to the local and national biotech, pharma, and medical device industries.

- Michael Gilman (@michael_gilman) is chief executive of Stromedix, a Cambridge biotech start-up, and was previously a top research executive at Biogen Idec.

- Rob Go (@robgo), one of the founders of NextView Ventures, a new investment firm, works the coffee shop circuit and meets with lots of young entrepreneurs.

- Joe Kinsella (@joekinsella), formerly a top engineer at SilverBack Technologies and Dell, has been examining the local start-up scene as he lays the groundwork for a new venture; he also maintains the blog "High Tech in the Hub."

- Headline-making CEO Paul Levy (@paulflevy), who runs Beth Israel Deaconess, delivers a glimpse of what people are doing and talking about at the Longwood Medical Center.

- Tom Summit (@tsummit) runs the "e-cruiting" site TalentGraphz, and tends to hear about stealth mode start-ups — and tech companies in hiring mode — earlier than just about anyone else.

- Entrepreneur and angel investor Bill Warner (@BillWarner) organizes the annual Mass TLC Innovation Unconference, and plenty of interesting early-stage businesses pop up on his radar.

- One of Microsoft's Cambridge-based community liaisons, Gus Weber (@gweber) is good for tips on job openings, parties, and conferences.

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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com 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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