By Erin Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg was recently asked at a Stanford University forum, “What would you do differently if you could start Facebook again?” Mark responded, “Honestly, if I were starting now, I would have just stayed in Boston.'' The battle between Silicon Valley and Boston has been around for a long time, and it remains vicious. Bostonian entrepreneurs are frequently told they are slow to change and ignore collaboration, while the Valley is known for its free-thinking spirit and over abundance of venture capital. According to Zuckerberg, “Silicon Valley offered the resources I needed at the time when I didn't know what I was doing.” You want resources? Well, Jason Evanish is here to help. Jason, a recent Northeastern University grad, founded Greenhorn Connect, which connects startups with valuable resources, networking events and venture capital firms in Boston. Jason came up with the idea of Greenhorn Connect when he first entered the Boston startup scene. He discovered a big disconnect between the people with the ideas and the ones with the money. He was also discouraged by the lack of resources Boston provides its young entrepreneurs. So now, with the help of the Greenhorn Connect team, Jason provides entrepreneurs and venture capitalist with the introductions that no one else was giving them before. Greenhorn Connect has become a go-to resource for those Bostonians entering the startup world. Now, rewind to 2004 in Zuckerberg's dorm room on Harvard's campus. Let's just say for a minute that an organization like Greenhorn Connect existed at the time. Is it possible Zuckerberg would have stayed in Boston if he had access to these resources? Could Greenhorn Connect have helped keep Facebook in Boston? We'd like to think so.
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