Red Line Fever
The setting: Picture Cambridge’s Kendall Square, adjacent to MIT, world renowned for invention and entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino initiates an effort to lure these new companies to South Boston’s industrial waterfront, newly designated the “Innovation District.” A thin red line and a “Charlie Card” connect the two locations. Far to the south, connecting at South Station via Amtrak, NYC Mayor Bloomberg claims the Axis of Ego now runs directly from Sunnyvale to the Roosevelt Island tramway. “Today, we’re second only to Silicon Valley as a tech center, and we don’t like to be second to anybody,” he says. Dramatis personæ aside, we tell the true story here.
Red Line Fever, a Hi-Tech Symphony
Accelerator wants a beta.
TechStars, MassChallenge, Angels, VCs
Founders dilemmas weakening knees.
Sends you packing.
Lemmings rush a dirty sea
All the way from MIT
Building an economy
Based upon mobility
Making jobs for you and me.
Buckle down it’s not too hard
When you use your Charlie Card.
Kendall Square to Whitey’s town
Founders whooshing underground
With the scent of innovation
Rising from each Red Line station.
Silicon Valley? Silicon Alley?
Boulder and D.C.
You can’t match the red “T” sign
George McQuilken, Copyright 2012