You can learn a few things by reviewing the attendees list at the upcoming Mass Innovation unConference this Thursday.
For instance, who is conspicuously absent.
Let's just focus on the burgeoning web industry we are trying to foster here in the Boston area.
We don't have a lot of major players in that space, but it is a shame that none of the major players; , , , , Monster have chosen not to attend the conference.
It seems ironic because, I have experienced first hand their requirements for candidates to have a background with significantly sized web properties. Wouldn't nurturing the local web startup eco-system be in their best interest?
It is a no-brainer that contributing back to the local innovation economy is worthwhile. They should realize that they don't exist in isolation and that "sharing the seed corn" is a strategy that will keep them in their leadership positions.
Also check out the 's and attending and you will quickly get a picture of which firms are seeking to invest in web companies here and those that are not.
Lastly, note that the two 5,000 pound Gorillas in the Boston/Cambridge area, and are attending. Both realize that they need to help our start-up community grow to have a healthy market for hiring/acquisitions.