A lot of people always ask us how we found out about HubSpot when it was a tiny, unknown startup. We're still fairly small and that well-known, but this question keeps rising in frequency.
Many of us found HubSpot through friends or through professional networking. There are HubSpotters at many Boston-area startup-oriented events.
Don Dodge compiled an excellent list of these events. Check it out on his blog at http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2009/10/boston-startup-events-resources-people-you-need-to-know.html .
Don is too humble to mention himself as a nice guy and a great connector. If you see him, say hi ;) He will always be happy to listen and possibly help you out.
The other person I'd mention as a connector in this list is our co-founder, Dharmesh Shah. He, too, is too humble to mention himself in any kind of list like this, so we have to do it for him.
If you're looking to find a hot startup in Boston, join one, form one, or just network with other entrepreneurs, this is a great way. Maybe the best way.
Are there any events you like that are missing from this list? The only one that came to my mind was the occasional co-working sessions and parties at BetaHouse.