A couple of months ago, I wrote about HubSpot Chief Technology Officer and founder Dharmesh Shah's Mass High Tech All-Stars award win in the social media category. Last Thursday evening, with the support of five attending HubSpotters, Dharmesh accepted his award at the Mass High Tech All-Stars Awards Ceremony at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
Mass High Tech recognized 15 All-Stars, or individuals who have made a significant impact in the New England Innovation economy.
For an interesting twist, award winners were asked to keep their acceptance speeches to 140 characters, Twitter-style. Honorees who wished to exceed the 140-character limit were asked to pay $1 per character over the limit, to be donated to the Boston chapter of nonprofit Girls in Tech, which promotes the mentoring of girls interested in a career in tech by successful women in the field.
According to the Mass High Tech article summarizing the event:
"Perhaps the biggest cheer went up after Dharmesh Shah from HubSpot, Inc. after his 140 characters had been used up, said, 'The reason I am going on and on is we need to invest in things like Girls in Tech and produce more Gail Goodmans.'"
Read the full article and find the full list of 15 MHT All-Stars at http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2009/10/26/daily43-Hundreds-honor-MHT-All-Stars.html.
Find Dharmesh's full Mass High Tech All-Star winners profile at http://www.masshightech.com/high-tech-all-stars/09/#13.
Read fellow MHT All-Star Scott Kirsner's Boston Globe coverage of the event, which calls Dharmesh's acceptance speech "one of the best of the evening."
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Waerstad (see more photos from MHT event)