2018 Boston Founders'  Short List


Boston founders share their most helpful people, firms, and content

At least once per week, we receive a request that starts off as, "Can you recommend someone great for ...?"

Founders in our network are always our best source for finding great partners, people, and service providers. 


Since our network only scratches the surface of the Boston startup ecosystem, we set out to crowdsource a guide of Boston's most helpful people, firms, and content from founders themselves. 

Since our platform team is really good at primary research and data analytics, we decided to put our platform team interns on the project for the summer. We hope you find the guide to be a valuable complement to other amazing resources like NextView's Hitchhiker's Guide to Boston Tech.  


We'd like to give our own shout-out to Molly Scott who designed and built these web pages for us.


We'd also like to offer a special thanks to everyone who participated and helped us spread the word. 


Tom Lazay

Companyon Ventures



“What an awesome idea. I've been looking for something like this for this for a long time. I can't wait  to see the results.”



Who Participated?

Participants by Funding Sources to Date


Participants by Capital Raised


Participants by Number of Employees


Participants by Annual Revenue


% of Startups with Female Founders or C-Level Execs


% of Startups with Minority Founders or C-Level Execs


About Our Project

Motivating busy founders to drop everything and fill out a survey is really hard; especially when you're a new and relatively unknown fund. We asked 1,000 Boston startups to participate and had 133 vetted & qualified responses. Not bad by industry standards for an uncompensated online survey, but we hope to grow the participating in the coming years.


We asked founders to only nominate people, content, or firms that they would highly recommend to their peers. 


We know there are lots of other great resources in Boston who didn't make the list. If you aren't in our guide, please join our mailing list and we'll let you know when we're running our 2019 survey so you can spread the word to your partners and clients.


Our survey answers were in a freeform text format so it took a lot of effort to aggregate, organize and normalize the results. Then we had to find LinkedIn accounts, web pages, or social media accounts for each nominee. If you notice a spelling error or incorrect link in a nominee, please let us know


There are some great people and firms who aren't on this year's short list and the most likely reasons are that their startup clients either didn't catch wind of our survey or were too busy to participate. Hopefully, those founders will participate next year so we can identify more great people firms, and content in the Boston startup ecosystem.