Boston has always fought for its place at the forefront of American innovation.
Boston was one of the first settled communities in America, established by Puritans in 1630 and expanded into a social, cultural and economic center by connecting the colonies of the Northeast.
In 1773 Bostonians destroyed shipments of British tea by dumping them into the sea in an act of rebellion. The “Boston Tea Party” marked the beginning of the American Revolution which eventually led to independence and the establishment of the United States.
Massachusetts was one of the first states to abolish slavery in 1780 and during the Civil War, Boston became a stronghold of abolitionist and anti-slavery thought and activism in the North.
After political revolutions came economic ones.
Boston grew throughout the 19th century and into the 20th with waves of immigration and industrial growth. The social and cultural elite of the moneyed class called the Boston Brahmins were eventually displaced by Irish Catholic immigrants, one of whom eventually ascended to the presidency – John F. Kennedy.
Despite a mid-century slump, Boston roared back to life in the 1970s and continued to expand – this time with increased investment in healthcare, technology, and education.
The city is home to 35 universities, colleges and community colleges including Harvard and MIT as well as some of the best hospitals in the country, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a result, Boston has become a hub for companies who are working on advancements in technology and life sciences.
Although so much of the last century’s history has been positive, even Boston’s recent past hasn’t been without tragedy.
In 2013 two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds in an act of terrorism that left the nation reeling. The national response of caring and solidarity is embodied in the now-famous #BostonStrong.
Despite the challenges that it has faced, Boston not only continues moving forward, it continues to lead. This is especially true when it comes to technology.
Although the tech industry in Boston accounted for only 5% of national investment from 2010 to 2015, venture capital interest and investment in Boston increased significantly in that time.
From 2010 to 2015 the Boston tech industry grew by more than 9% annually, vastly outpacing the city’s 2.2% growth across industries.
Boston technology companies are particularly competitive in artificial intelligence, digital healthcare, fintech, edtech and internet of things. The rise of mobile and SaaS based businesses have been instrumental in driving growth across these sectors.
Major tech IPOs have come out of Boston in recent years, including Hubspot, Care.com, Tripadvisor, and Wayfair.
Tech companies are attracted by Boston’s high quality of living, exceptional talent pool fed by prestigious universities and colleges, low crime and low unemployment as well as a supportive local ecosystem for startups.
Boston is home to established tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon as well as a diverse set of small and medium sized companies. In May, Amazon announced plans to add 2000 new jobs to its center in Boston.
Expert Market ranks Boston as #8 out of the 10 best tech hubs in the world in 2018 – beating out London, Paris and New York.
It is a city with a proud history of innovation and with a steady stream of new investment in a growing and competitive technology industry, it is continuing to lead the way.
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