How the legends who built Boston’s tech industry are still outpacing their younger rivals


You don’t have to be a sweatshirt wearing, drone-flying, Apple Watch wearing, Blue Bottle Coffee drinking twenty-something to be a player in the startup world. In fact, there are plenty of experienced hands who are outpacing their younger rivals to raise big venture capital rounds.

One such figure that comes to mind is Shaun McConnon, the chief executive of security rating company BitSight, which announced this week that it has raised $ 23 million in Series B funding.

McConnon is one of these guys that you bump into on a street in Boston, and assume he’s some sort of old salt dog or Southie life-longer. Only later do you find out he’s one of the under-the-radar legends of the tech industry…

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The Younger You Are, The More Social Media Networks You Use


If you’re reading this, you are likely an avid social media user, either for work, personal life, or both. Most of us are on the major social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and chances are you also use others such as Snapchat, Vine, and Pinterest. How many social networks does the average Internet user belong to? The answer is five, and the closer you are to teenage years, the number increases.

Thanks to some research by Global Web Index, individuals between the ages of 16 and 35 have twice as many social media accounts than people 45 and older, and globally, 91% of Internet-users between 16 and 64 are on at least one social network. If you take age out of the equation, males, on average, have slightly more social media profiles than females.

The chart below visualizes this data:

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