With MIT and Harvard close by, the Massachusetts capital has an enduring - and still growing - reputation for innovation.
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Anyone who's seen the film The Social Network knows the story of Facebook's origins inside the halls of Harvard University. The founders, of course, abruptly left the Boston area for Silicon Valley, but since then the city has worked hard not to lose the next big tech company that starts up in the district — a longstanding hub of innovation thanks to its cluster of top universities, including MIT. In 2014, Boston saw nearly two dozen companies in biotech and high-tech go public, including e-commerce firm Wayfair and software company HubSpot, both now valued in the billions of dollars.
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The past few years have also seen the focal point for technology business shift from the suburbs of Route 128. Young startups now usually find their first office space in downtown Boston, and even some larger tech firms, such as business software company LogMeIn, have relocated to Boston proper from outside the city. The switch has already begun to bring cultural change to business districts long dominated by the financial services, healthcare and legal sectors.