For me, the charm of Boston has always been its uncanny ability to preserve its foundations.
An idyllic European architecture, a love for sports, and an accent as distinct as the four-leaf clover thats worn proud by each Bostonian (as well as a suburbanite like myself who shamelessly sneaks under that moniker).
Yet Boston too is shaping up to be the epicenter of a major reinvention for the global industrial market.
Its now been widely reported that GE is moving its global headquarters to our city. Numerous sources have weighed in on what that would mean for the company, economy, and financial markets. The entrepreneur in me has never been more hopeful.
The industrial giant sees a massive opportunity to be the shaper of the Internet of Things or more specifically, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – and is undergoing an equally massive reinvention to accomplish it. No matter if youre a market-leading behemoth or a start-up firing on all cylinders out of a garage, the fact remains that change, adaptation reinvention is both a massive challenge and brutal necessity.
In either of those scenarios, it takes leadership, vision, agility, and most of all, it takes guts.
As a young entrepreneur, you have these things at your disposal, but what if youre one of the largest companies in the world?
You need a tipping point. You need a moment, an event, or a spark that pushes your company from the successes of yesterday to the successes of tomorrow. A flash that pushes your companys vision to the rest of the world.
Boston is that moment.
The benefits GEs presence will bring to Boston are numerous, but I couldnt be more excited to see what our city will do to help shape what could become the most valuable company in the world. GEs heart will now reside in the intersection of the worlds education mecca, one of the countrys largest tech sectors, and an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit balanced by vibrant youth and experienced professionals.
We can be the crucible that incubates this unbelievably ambitious and forward-thinking transformation that GE is already driving.
But great partnerships are symbiotic.
Just as Boston continues to up and come as a global city, GEs many footprints across industries and the world will be critical to giving our citys brightest minds the perspective they may not have ever had. That will mean newer and bigger ideas. The rising tide raises all boats.
Furthermore, as GE reinvents the industrial economy with IIoT, it will spark an ecosystem of young companies tackling the landscape of challenges and opportunities that surround this next (and greatest to date) technology paradigm shift. These types of shifts require an ecosystem of partners to be successful. GE can spark that here in Boston, while at same time propelling itself to a position of leadership in not only IIoT, but also the city it now resides.
I welcome GE and the opportunity it brings for us to contribute. And as much as I like our brownstones, Red Sox, and soft Rs, I cant wait to see the new panorama of success and global perspective that GE adds to our proudly held Boston customs.