I recently was invited to a private dinner and poker event, involving some VCs and entrepreneurs. The organizer likes to keep it quiet.
It was a really fun event at Catalyst, one of the new restaurants in Cambridge, and I was glad to find some fellow Bourbon drinkers at my table. Also, I think I was the only one over 40 years old. I am suddenly feeling my age.
Over dinner, our group discussed how the whole Cambridge area has come such a long way. Not too many years ago, there were very few restaurants and start-up activity was evident but somewhat contained.
Now, the whole area has gone through a huge Renaissance. There is so much energy. So many restaurants have opened, traffic is insane, and there are so many great, new ideas being formed.
It’s a hopeful time for the area.
Yesterday, I had lunch with the event organizer. A MIT grad, he has worked at a number of start-ups. He has made enough money so that he doesn’t need a salary for a while. Instead, he has been working on some cool projects.
A few decades ago, I suspect a grad like this would have gone to a big company. Funny how career choices also have come a long way and changed.