From College to Startup: Why I Stayed in Boston
This post is part of our June series on start-ups. We reached out to some of our favorite local start-uppers to find out how they're innovative. This post is by Emma Bisogno. Emma is a Client Services & Marketing Manager at Promoboxx. A graduate of Simmons College, she studied public relations and marketing, with a focus in entrepreneurship. While at Simmons, Emma co-founded the entrepreneurship organization on campus and interned at several startups in the Boston area. After living and working abroad in London and China, Emma has gained extensive experience in new media and marketing. When Emma isn't at Promoboxx, she is planning her next travel adventure, exploring Boston's foodie scene or practicing yoga.
In The Boston Globe's recent article "Slowing Boston's 'Brain Drain," myself and several other recent grads were interviewed to find out why we decided to start our professional careers in Boston. As the article mentions, many young and skilled students decide to leave the Boston area upon graduation.
To be honest, I was looking at possibilities in other cities such as New York. However, I quickly realized that living and working in Boston would provide the best opportunity to collaborate with the movers and shakers who were making change through their entrepreneurial endeavors.
As a recent graduate from Simmons Collegehere in Boston, I am lucky to have a spot as a team member at an awesome startup in the South End. Not only does this give me the opportunity to come into work every day and work with the most intelligent, forward-thinking and passionate group of people I have ever met, but it also lets me make a direct impact on the growth of the company – and have fun while doing it.
How it all began
It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that during my past four years at Simmons College, that my entrepreneurial spirit was unleashed. Boston was, after all, ranked the number one most innovative city in the world by 2thinknow this past year. And rightly so, from the abundance of academic institutions within the city promoting enterprise creation to the startup accelerators like TechStars and MassChallenge-- all the resources you need to achieve your entrepreneurial dreams are right here in one city.
After getting my toes wet in the innovative ecosystem in Boston through several internships at startups, launching the undergraduate entrepreneurship organization at Simmons and volunteering at MassChallenge, I knew that upon graduation I needed to work in an environment that would foster my love for the ideas that were changing the world and the way we think.
Landing at Promoboxx
When Promoboxx invited me to join their team as client services marketing manager, I was humbled by the opportunity. Not only was I impressed that they were part of last year’s TechStars class and how they got there, but I also respected their values as a company. It wasn’t hard to make thedecision to stay in Boston and work with such a genuine group of people towards a vision that I share and believe in.
In my opinion, there is no better in place in the world to turn your ideas into realities, work with the best people out there and make an impact, no matter what your background, age or interests are. For those reasons alone, I am proud to call Boston my home and plan to stay here for quite some time.