Chad O'Connor
Chad O'Connor
Global Business Hub blogger
Continuing in the original spirit of Boston World Partnerships's mission to Inform & Connect, contributing editor Chad O'Connor and a curated group of experts discuss business strategy and tips, entrepreneurship, Greater Boston's place in the global economy, and much more. On Twitter, he's @chadoconnor, where he puts the #GlobalBizHub tag into the conversation.

Stories by Chad O'Connor

Global Biz Hub
Checking in on the overlooked Worcester startup scene
Picture courtesy Destination Worcester
For many of us who think about the "local economy," what happens outside of I-495 might as well be happening on the moon. While it may not have the cool factor of accelerators in the Innovation District or in Kendall Square,  the startup/tech scene in Worcester is growing thanks to the passionate work of DataGravity co-founder and president John Joseph. I asked the WPI and Clark alumnus a few questions about what he's been up to out in "The City of Seven Hills." Read More
Rita's Career Corner
Why you need a marketing plan - for YOU
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Contributed article by career management/talent management consultant and executive coach Rita B. Allen.      Don't view marketing yourself as a task, but as a required skill in taking charge of your career and executing a successful career management strategy. It requires us to know how we set ourselves apart, what we have to offer, and what exactly it is that we want to market. Read More
Sustaining the conversation
IERG forum brings global perspectives on sustainability, energy
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By Paula Garcia Every April, the IERG (International Executives Resources Group) Boston has an event focusing on what's new and in the news within the Green / Clean Tech / Renewables / Sustainability area. This year was a fascinating event, with an expert panel made up for three different points of view as well as an awesome moderator. The topic of sustainability evokes many different thoughts, opinions and of course political positions; when looking at this from a global angle it adds an element of perspective. The very definition of sustainability keeps on challenging the industry and experts. Read More
Together we can
Together Boston shows power of collaboration
The Together team at District Hall
[The We are the Creative Industries series: The Creative Industries - video game companies, design, marketing and architecture firms, and talented people who write books, design houses, shoot movies, make art and record music, just to name a few examples - are an important part of Massachusetts' economy, with $1 billion statewide impact and over 100,000 workers. Click here to learn more.] By David Day As the Together team has been planning our week-long celebration of all things music, art and technology in Boston, one thing has become abundantly clear: There is considerable power in collaboration. Read More
International Innovation
MIT International Innovation Symposium showcases impressive European startups
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Last summer I had the great fortune of visiting Portugal to get a better understanding of the startup ecosystem there. Since not everyone can go to Portugal to see it up close, thankfully MIT brought a portion of that ecosystem to Cambridge for Wednesday's MIT International Innovation Symposium. Read More
Creative Trends
Salary and hiring trends for creative professionals
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[The We are the Creative Industries series: The Creative Industries - video game companies, design, marketing and architecture firms, and talented people who write books, design houses, shoot movies, make art and record music, just to name a few examples - are an important part of Massachusetts' economy, with $1 billion statewide impact and over 100,000 workers. Click here to learn more.] By Diane Domeyer Knowledge is power, and that's especially true when hiring. Keeping a steady eye on employment and compensation trends can mean the difference between landing that red-hot art director – or missing out. Read More
Ireland to Boston
IDA Ireland ups Boston presence with NEVY Awards and more
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I was fortunate to meet some of the good people from IDA Ireland last year during my summer travels through Europe (thanks again in no small part to my friend David Gallant, who met them during his HubSpot Ireland excursion and graciously introduced me before I visited). Over the course of the last year the IDA crew has made its presence much better known here in Greater Boston, so I checked in with SVP of the Emerging Business Division Barry O'Dowd to find out more about IDA Ireland's involvement with the New England Venture Capital Association's NEVY Awards (to which we here at BetaBoston are the exclusive media partner) and more. Read More
Sharing is caring
How the Sharing Economy impacts your home, wallet, and next trip
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By Mark O'Toole Collaborative travel. Adventure lodging. Apartment as a hotel. The world of travel is undergoing its biggest change since the dawn of the Internet. How we travel, where we stay and the ways in which we share our experiences are dramatically different today than they were even a few years ago. Read More
Creative Industries
Artisan's Asylum: Building dreams, one business at a time
[The We are the Creative Industries series: The Creative Industries - video game companies, design, marketing and architecture firms, and talented people who write books, design houses, shoot movies, make art and record music, just to name a few examples - are an important part of Massachusetts' economy, with $1 billion statewide impact and over 100,000 workers. Click here to learn more.] By K. Gretchen Greene A stranger offers me a ride, late one night by the railroad tracks, a few blocks from the Asylum. But he knows who I am. He calls me by name. Read More