Welcome to Jump-Starting Rochester

Making Rochester the #1 technology hub in the USA

Why we built Jump-Starting Rochester

Where could the next great American technology hub be?

In Rochester, NY! We have this opportunity and we don't want to waste it.

According to a study and book by Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics at MIT, and Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT, Rochester, NY is the #1 in the nation. Rochester has the best potential to develop high-tech, high-income jobs.

We started Jump-Starting Rochester to continue and further the conversation and implementation of realizing the vision of Rochester being the great American technology hub.

Explore for yourself where Rochester sits on the Jump-Starting America's interactive map. 


We created Jump-Starting Rochester to bring together the people most important to us in a way that’s focused, valuable, and––most importantly––all our own. There’s no question it’s a different approach. And a new one, which may have a bit of a learning curve. We could have created a group somewhere else, but we chose this path for a few key reasons:

  • It’s Ours. As we build this community together, we have some great features for creating exclusive content, deeper conversations, richer polls, and online or in-real-life events (when we decide to turn those on). Plus, we have access to great analytics that will make us smarter and faster about what’s working for you, and what’s not. 

  • There are More Ways for You to Meet Each Other. There are more ways to introduce people who are near each other, who fall into the same categories, and who care about the same topics. We can’t get that in free groups or on a website elsewhere. 

  • We Can Bring Together More in One Place. Right now, we’re juggling a bunch of services in different places. It doesn’t necessarily allow us to create the best experience for you. By launching this community, we can introduce you to more people, unlock valuable collaborations and exclusive content, and we’re freed up to bring you new, fresh ideas and practices to take into your daily life. 

What You Should Expect From Jump-Starting Rochester

We're aiming to make your experience here awesome. We want you to get five key things from Jump-Starting Rochester:

  • Experience exclusive content and conversations you can’t find anywhere else. 

  • Meet people who share your interests who live near you, who do the same things, or who care about the same topics.

  • Make better, more well-informed decisions about the things that are most important to you. 

  • Swap stories, experiences, and ideas (not necessarily advice) around our shared mission.

  • Find a little inspiration, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day. 

To make this a reality, we’re going to need your help. Every time you contribute a story, experience, or idea, you’re building a knowledge base every member of this community can tap to make better decisions. And when you invite in as few as two new members, you’re adding rocket fuel to what this community can accomplish together. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Let’s Dive In!


We want to thank our sponsors for their support of these efforts.

Why Rochester

Bruce Peters talks about how Jump-Starting Rochester came to be.

PBS Interview of Why Rochester

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