Chris Gabrieli (Harvard '81, chairman of Mass 2020, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate) suggests that Harvard should do much more to commercialize its research, spawn start-up companies, and ignite the local economy. He writes:
"Harvard has a huge opportunity on the horizon. The university is gearing up for a transformative set of developments on the Boston bank of the Charles in Allston that will leave Harvard as much or more of a Boston institution than a Cambridge one. This new campus should be built with an eye towards fomenting a Kendall Square-like boom around it of hot new companies solving medical, environmental, and other challenges by turning great ideas into great products and companies."