Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

Winding down a busy week at Unconference

Not only was there a lot happening in the news this week, but there were a ton of events that brought the Boston tech community together.

With Angel Bootcamp at MIT, Techstars Demo Day, MIT's $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, and Babson's Entrepreneurship Forum and Unconference at the Hynes Convention Center today, there was plenty going on.

And let's not forget to mention the first earnings reports from CyberArk, Wayfair, and HubSpot as public companies.

The Unconference, as it has the past few years, turned out to be the "don't miss" event. With founders, entrepreneurs, media members, and VCs all coming together to share ideas, debate key issues, and, try and help each other in any way possible, it was another great day for the Boston tech community.

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