BI and Tech
Panintelligence in Boston
This week our CEO, Zandra, has been on a trip to Boston USA to forge new relationships with like-minded tech companies across the pond.
Boston is fast becoming known as one of the top tech hubs in America, among the likes of Silicon Valley, Chicago, and New York. Therefore, it was the ideal place for Panintelligence to dip its toe in the US market.
We heard from Zandra just as she’s collapsed in a heap at her hotel, having had a long day consisting of attending seven meetings at iconic places such as Boston City Hall, to discuss everything from taxes and legality to visas.
Zandra also had a meeting with a hedge fund and investment IT services business – a software provider that was keen to look at engaging commercially.
After the working day had come to an end, Zandra finished off her day with a networking dinner at the largest indoor mall for Italian produce and food outlets outside Italy, called Eataly, which Zandra described as being beyond imagination!
Zandra met up with representatives from the companies WeWork and CIC, for a tour of their tech spaces in Boston and to get an idea of setup costs and logistics for spaces/offices like these in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
“I was mind blown. There are so many tech companies in these spaces; the environment, community, and energy is inspirational.”
Workspaces like those displayed by WeWork and CIC have zen rooms, free food, vegan produce, and meditation and yoga sessions every day. Tech meet-ups frequently occur in spaces like these, attended by like-minded people wanting to debate and interact.
It’s a beautiful morning in Boston after the rain yesterday, Zandra tells us all back here at Panintelligence HQ.
Zandra had prospect meetings lined up that morning with two established software development companies who are both local to Boston.
After those had taken place, she travelled onto Providence, Rhode Island, for meetings with the Rhode Island DIT, the consulate, and two more prospective businesses.
This allowed us to get a feel for the tech hub scene in Providence and gave Zandra the chance to network with Rhode Island’s tech professionals.
Zandra’s fourth day in Boston began with a series of online meetings with a software vendor in Austin, Texas, followed by more meetings with advisors and banks, before lunch with a long-time friend of the business – Rob Bruce at Kimble Apps – a founding member of the British American Business Council who helps Brits land safely in Boston.
She then managed to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing on her way to the Venture Café at CIC in Cambridge, taking in Cheers Bar and the view down a very old street.
The Venture Café is full of tech start-ups, VCs giving advice, and international tech visitors from CIC workspaces globally.
Altogether, it’s a vibrant and connected weekly meet-up of tech entrepreneurs. Zandra finished the day with a meeting at the British Consulate in the same building.
Despite being Zandra’s last day in Boston, her packed schedule offered no respite. More meetings in Cambridge with tech scale-up advisors and prospective partners at the British Consulate were on the day’s agenda.
“A big thanks to Paul Snape at GBM UK, who has pulled together the meetings and visits for us on this international accelerator. He has also been a tour guide, advisor, connector, and an all-round decent bloke. Thanks, Paul, for all your support in making this week a launch pad for our international expansion.”