Thursday, June 14, 2012

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

Clanking wheels
Burping beer,
Braking squeals
Bold Idea!

Accelerator wants a beta.

TechStars, MassChallenge, Angels, VCs
Founders dilemmas weakening knees.

VC backing
Sends you packing.
Leaving when?
Start again.

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

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