C ory Bolotsky
There are lots of things I love to do, but here are just a few of my absolute favorite things:
I love traveling the world and exploring new places. Whether it's a small village in Europe or a metropolis in Asia I love experiencing new cultures, cuisines and people. During my travels I try to be a contributor to the TripAdvisor community to help others have good travel experience. I currently have over 75 reviews, which you can read here if you want any of my travel tips. Below is a map of places I've lived and traveled to.
I think startups are awesome and I'm obsessed with staying up to date on what the hottest new ventures are. When I was 14 years old I started my first company doing web design and since then have always known that I have wanted to be an entrepreneur and work with outstanding startups. I first started working at MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator, in 2011 and have been engaged with them since connecting with some of the top startups from all around the world.
I first moved to Boston in 2010 for college and have since fallen in love with the city. The culture, attitude and atmosphere of the city are second to none and Boston has quickly turned into a city I'm proud to call home. I've tried to get involved in different groups around the city working on important issues that effect entrepreneurs and young people which are things I'm passionate about and what I think will maintain Boston's spot as a world class city.
If you're visiting Boston, a few of my favorite things to do include drinking at the Harpoon Beer Hall, walking along the Boston Harborwalk, spending a Sunday at the SOWA Open Market, or going to a networking event with Boston startups.
Ben Franklin famously never said "Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy". Even though he may never have said this, I'm sure he believed it as much as I do. I recently invested in getting an awesome kegerator for my apartment and now have fresh craft brews on tap in my living rooms 365 days a year. I'll keep this page updated with my current kegs but some of my favorite breweries include Sam Adams, Harpoon, Cisco and Magic Hat. You can also follow my kegerator on twitter for more updates @CorysPub.
Last Refill: February 25, 2015
I try to keep myself busy with lots of different jobs, projects and activities, here are a few that I've got going on right now:
MassChallenge is the world's largest startup accelerator and the first to support early-stage startups with no-strings attached. I first joined the MassChallenge team in 2011 as their first Startup Concierge and have grown with the organization over the past few years. Recently I spent 6-months living in Tel Aviv as the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for MassChallenge Israel. In my current role of Director of Global Operations, I support MassChallenge's current offices in Boston, London and Israel and head expansion into new regions including Latin America and Central Europe. To date, MassChallenge has supported 835 startups that have raised over $1.1 billion in funding, created over 6,500 jobs, and generated over $520 million in revenue. To learn more about MassChallenge, take a look at our impact report and alumni metrics.
I recently graduated from Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business with a degree in entrepreneurship. At Northeastern I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities including the Entrepreneurs Club and working with admissions as a Husky Ambassador giving campus tours. While at Northeastern I was named to the Huntington 100, as one of the university's top 100 undergraduates.
In addition to MassChallenge I've been involved with a handful of other companies and projects. When I was 14 I started my first venture, Vortex Graphics, doing web design and graphic design for small businesses. I previously worked as director for Startup Massachusetts, a region of the Startup America Partnership and was the founder of Startup Summer, a summer internship program aimed at engaging college students in the Commonwealth into meaningful internships at startups to expose them to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Massachusetts which grew into the MassTech Intern Partnership.