It’s interesting that this Times Union story on the lack of VC investment comes on the eve of the Tech Valley’s first New Tech Meetup. Of course, there already networking opportunities for the region’s tech community (broad ones like TechConnex, and narrow-interest ones like the TechValley Ruby Brigade).
But it’s clear that there’s something missing from the tech ecosystem here that’s preventing startups from bubbling up here in a significant number. We’ve got the big boys like IBM and Semetech and (someday maybe, AMD), and great universities, but until we get more examples of a few smart people coming together around a shared passion for a great idea, TechValley will be little more than a marketing slogan. Let’s hope this Meetup helps do its small part to help get some ideas, connections, and companies going.