Drink It Up Boston

Boston’s venture capital community still has nothing approximating Silicon Valley’s networking scene, but the gap is at least beginning to narrow. On Monday night, between 350 and 400 people packed the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, for the 13th meeting of the Web Innovators Group – which focuses on digital media and Web 2.0. I was unable to attend, but spoke to some attendees who came away impressed.

There also was a large event last night, when more than 100 people showed up in Waltham for the Renewable Energy Business Network’s monthly happy hour. More “professional” folks then the previous gathering, as that one took place just blocks from MIT. The event kicked off with a presentation by the Natick Army Lab, which discussed the types of technologies it was looking for. It was followed up by food, booze and conversation (law firm Foley Hoag provided the space).

Casual and informative – just like a good networking event should be. I also learned that we’re just weeks away from the largest cleantech VC deal that doesn’t include some sort of fuel manufacturing facility. Triple-digits. I’ll tell more when I can (conversations are off the record if I have a Sam in my hands)…