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Industry experts explore the feasibility of using the 'Boston model' as a way to build out other innovation hubs across the globe. Can it be done?

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Boston has long been a city of firsts: home of the first U.S. public park, public school and subway system. Rather appropriately then, if perhaps shockingly to most, it has been deemed by the US Chamber of Commerce as the city best positioned to lead the digital economy. This is made more impressive when one considers that Boston barely breaches a population of 600,000 and that it lies so far outside of Silicon Valley’s GPS coordinates. Given its singular makeup, what lessons can entrepreneurs, startups and governments (whether regionally, nationally, or globally) pull from Boston as they build out their own innovation hubs?

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