Boston is blessed with a sea of entrepreneurs, startups and interesting folks who are willing to share an advice and give their opinions. That drives a lot of opportunities in events that are about learning, and networking.
My view is that it is a part of your credibility and strength to "be in the know" on market trends and players in the space you're in, and surrounding it. Not to mention learning from others and creating opportunities through networking.
However, there's also work to be done, kids to look after...only 24 hours in the day. You can't attend all the interesting events, as interesting as they may be. (BTW, another aspect is that not all the events are free or even cheap, unfortunately).
One particular feed that I find especially useful is Mark's Guide. It's a site that gets professional interesting events happening in the Boston area into one spot, categorized by interests, groups and events. You can get a great scan of what's happening and is worth attending. For example, I just found another great, useful event to go to, with a very interesting set of panelists.
But perhaps even a more important feature, is the follow-up summary that Mark posts for the events he attends. Attending events that are close to my heart, this is an ideal solution for me to 'Be there' without being there. Its as close as it gets to having been there.
From the lion's mouth:
"MarksGuide™ focuses on topics related to the professional networking scene in Boston, Massachusetts. We offer news and reviews of events, organizations and networking groups as well as other interesting topics related to professional networking. Our goal is to provide people with the information they need to discover and build beneficial professional relationships."
For those of you in Boston, interested in going to events, opening your minds and having fun networking, I highly recommend Mark's Guide. Really good stuff!