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How do you get your tech company off the ground?


1. Get coffee with Google.

Rich Miner and Krishna Yeshwant, partners at the local arm of Google Ventures, host occasional “office hours” in Harvard Square’s Crema Café. If your idea is good enough, they might even pull out the the search giant’s VC checkbook.

2. Hire the right tech talent.

No surprise here: You’ll find the smartest computer geeks at MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern’s co-op program. If you’re still having trouble staffing up, look to the Greenhorn Connect blog and job board.

3. Claim a desk at Dogpatch Labs.

Kendall Square’s self-described “frat house for geeks” is a rent-free incubator for startups.

4. Reach for TechStars.

Only one percent of applicants to this Cambridge startup accelerator — which offers a quarter-million dollars in business perks and priceless access to angel investors — get in.

5. Put in 60-plus-hour work weeks.

What, did you think this was going to be easy? — Janelle Nanos

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  • Franco

    I realize that this article is satire but there are many Bostonians who will take this seriously. And if they do let me state, for the record, that getting your child into preschool at Spruce Street not only will probably not get you into Harvard…it will not get you into a highly sought after private school in Boston. Check in with Spruce and ask how many of their preschoolers have no elementary school to attend next year? If you can’t get a student into BB&N, it is awfully tricky to get them into Harvard.

  • Sarah

    I have never been so horrified by a publication suggesting how to get your kids into Harvard. First of all, one needs to acknowledge the money that Doyle is assuming we all have. If you already have that kind of money, I’m sure you’re Harvard legacy anyway, so you skipped all of the steps. Furthermore, Slade needs to learn a thing or two about the private schools in Boston. First of all, Roxbury Latin does very well, but there are a handful of boys schools who get kids into Harvard each year. There are also various co-ed schools, public and private, that get their kids into great colleges. I’d also like to chastise her for her discussion of Dana Hall. While it is a well-known girls school, Dana Hall is, by no means, the most successful or most challenging of the girls schools. I think what’s being seriously disregarded here is the money that goes into these kind of choices. If your kid is smart, send him to a good school. Harvard will get you far, but Boston College will get you just as far. It’s all about what you do with your education, so start teaching your kids that…