Greenhorn Connect, Growing Fast, Looks to Continue “Snowball Effect” of Young Tech Entrepreneurs

6/23/10Follow @gthuang

If you’re a young entrepreneur in the Boston area, you need to know about Greenhorn Connect. It’s a fast-growing resource site that, as its name suggests, connects entrepreneurs, college students, and recent grads with startup jobs, events, guides, and other activities. Greenhorn just launched a new job board last week that aims to help young people find the right startup to work for by putting all the info about companies in one place, so they don’t have to do endless Google searches.

It’s all part of a growing movement of young, mobilized entrepreneurs centered around organizations like Dart Boston, Pinyadda, Bostinnovation, TechStars, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, and MITX. I think this is a great sign, because I can speak from experience when I say most college kids and grad students around Boston didn’t get exposed much to entrepreneurship in the 1990s and early 2000s. (I actually wonder if we need a new word for “entrepreneur.” Part of the problem is it sounds too, well, French. That makes it seem more exotic than it ought to be.)

In any case, having just returned to Boston from Seattle, I’m eager to get the lay of the land in terms of the business community. For now I’ve gotten a quick snapshot of local tech-entrepreneur culture from Greenhorn Connect co-founder Jason Evanish. Evanish, 25, is a Northeastern alum who is seven weeks into a day job as customer development manager at oneforty, the Twitter app store startup run by Laura Fitton. In all his spare time (not), he has been running the Greenhorn entrepreneur site.

Evanish started Greenhorn Connect last year along with fellow Northeastern grad Ashkan Afkhami. They were inspired to build a new, centralized resource site during New England’s “Innovation Month” in June 2009. Evanish worked full-time on Greenhorn building out the site … Next Page »

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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  • http://www.commonangels.com Chris Sheehan

    Jason is doing a great job

  • http://www.greenhornconnect.com Jason Evanish

    Greg,

    Thanks so much for the article. We hope to be a small part of the catalyst for the new wave of startups in our ecosystem here in Boston.

    We may be pushing for sustainability, but that’s so that we ensure we’re still here helping everyone better integrate and leverage what’s available in this ecosystem 10 years from now.

    Thanks,
    Jason