XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Let's get over Boston tech's inferiority complex, shall we? Our panels featured leaders in marketing, education, data management, security, sustainability, and mobile software.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially at XSITE.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Tom Leighton, CEO and co-founder of Akamai, kicked off the day with a sweeping overview of Boston tech opportunities and challenges. Note the Zuckerberg quote.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Backstage with (from left to right) Miguel de Icaza of Xamarin, Wayne Chang from Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter), and Izhar Armony from Charles River Ventures.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

The networking was bustling from the start. Nice weather didn't hurt.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE gives our audience a chance to connect with a wide swath of business people and innovators who are intensely interested in the business of technology.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Bow ties are encouraged but not required among attendees. Glasses, definitely. But not Google Glass.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Bob Frankston and Vanita Shastri shared a discussion after Frankston's talk shot down the whole telecom industry. (All in a day's work.)

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Olin College President Rick Miller (far right) led a rousing discussion on entrepreneurship. David Chang from Actifio, Meredith Flynn-Ripley of HeyWire, Roy Rodenstein of TrueLens, and David Berry from Flagship Ventures shared their lessons learned over the past couple decades.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Can you believe they're going to convene key members of the MIT Blackjack team here, in this building, today?

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace, shared her lessons as a founder and mentor to many area entrepreneurs and innovators.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Connections were made in this coffee and breakfast room that will have impact on the tech ecosystem for years to come.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

MIT Blackjack leaders Bill Kaplan of FreshAddress (left) and Jon Hirschtick of SolidWorks and Belmont Technology shared key learnings: Don't take big risks, and play for the long term.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Questions from the audience dug more deeply into how entrepreneurs established their strategy and reached their milestones. (Like Crashlytics---who saw that coming?)

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Shana Hoffman from CareSolver (and Harvard Business School) is trying to transform the process of coordinating care for elders. Winner of the Xpo's "most innovative company."

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

On the healthtech front, John Walsh from CareCloud made a point on his panel with Chris Boyce (Virgin HealthMiles), David Steinberg (PureTech Ventures), and Naomi Fried (Boston Children's Hospital).

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Ed Park from athenahealth talked about the impact of software on healthcare costs and patient outcomes.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

One of many meetings of the minds to determine the future of Boston tech.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

MIT Blackjack team reunion: Bill Kaplan, Jon Hirschtick, Neelan Choksi, and Semyon Dukach took questions from dealer Bill Aulet (right). Dukach said he should have done his PhD instead of joining the team (I would have to disagree).

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Did I say breakfast was the most important meal at XSITE? Actually lunch was pretty productive too. Thanks to Babson for providing such a great space.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Matt Cutler from Kibits (Collaborate.com) networked with Diane Hessan of Communispace, while Jason Jacobs from FitnessKeeper (in background) got ready for his panel on Founders' Stories.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Meanwhile, famed roboticist Martin Buehler, now with Vecna, made a point on his hardware/manufacturing panel with Axel Bichara (right) and Scott Miller (left).

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Noah Gordon (left) is doing a startup called Car Care Check, a mobile app for diagnosing car problems.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

The startup Xpo judges (from right to left) Bill Aulet, Neelan Choksi, and Vanita Shastri were joined by emcee Meredith McPherron.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

After a long day of discussions and networking, the audience is getting ready to unwind at the bar across the street.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

It's hard to believe that delivering a kung pao chicken to Xconomy's CEO doesn't win you a startup prize. But I think the Crunchbutton guys will get over it.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Author and innovation guru Michael Schrage (right) shares some thoughts during a networking break.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Wanderu is trying to become the Kayak of intercity ground transportation (buses and trains). Polina Raygorodskaya won the prize for best Xpo pitch.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Jean Hammond from LearnLaunch and Bob Brennan of Veracode shared a thought during their morning panel. You can't get much more important than education and security.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

More audience questions on the how-tos and whys of innovation. We tried to keep things interactive and informal.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Dave Balter from BzzAgent and I are listening to Data Point Capital's Scott Savitz make a point about big acquisitions in town, and their impact on the ecosystem.

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XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

XSITE 2013: Boston's Tech Revival

Aron Schwarzkopf from Leaf gave us a three-minute pitch on how to transform payments and analytics for retailers.

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They came, they saw, they got their money’s worth.

XSITE 2013, our fifth annual flagship innovation conference, did not disappoint. The theme was Boston’s Tech Revival. And between laying out the Boston tech scene’s strengths and weaknesses, lessons from the MIT Blackjack team applied to building companies, and hearing pitches from 10 emerging startups and projects from around the area, our audience was treated to a dazzling display of the momentum (and challenges) that New England has amassed across fields such as education, security, healthtech, marketing, mobile software, and hardware design.

Huge thanks to our event hosts, Babson College and Olin College, and to our sponsors: The Kauffman Foundation, WilmerHale, Comcast Business, IDA Ireland, and MFA (Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico). Thanks also to our event supporters—Covestor, Mintz Levin, and Sand Hill Finance—and to our media sponsor, WGBH Radio, and our event partners MassTLC, New England Venture Capital Association, and TiE Boston.

And now, if you are so inclined, please check out the photos from the day. A special thank-you to KeithSpiroPhoto courtesy of Kendall PRess.

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 or call him at 617-252-7323.