High Tech Gala in Boston

Intralinks VIA was a finalist in the innovative technology-security category at the 2014 Mass Technology Leadership Awards Gala.

13 September 2014


I’ve been in the business of high technology off and on for nearly 20 years and one of the things I enjoy about it is the glamor. Yes, it’s a glamorous industry — not just speeds and feeds, as the old saying goes. It’s about ideas, presentation, and competition. And about real results with actual people.

I was reminded of that fact when attending the 17th Annual Mass Technology Leadership Awards Gala Thursday night. Intralinks VIA was a finalist in the innovative technology-security category. It was exciting to be at the ritzy Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. It was also exciting to see so many other companies doing so many highly impactful things.

That is what gets me going — the idea of doing something useful that improves business and human lifestyle. But that’s just me.

Particularly touching was the presence of Hugh Herr, who directs a biomechatronics research group at MIT. His lab is creating bionic limbs — giving amputee victims the ability to walk again unaided. He received a distinguished leadership award for his work. One couldn’t argue with the crowd when it gave him a standing ovation. Sharing his work on behalf of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, and his overall vision with the audience, reinforced how technology can have a noble purpose.

I was proud to be there, and part of a company that had distinguished itself among so many worthy competitors. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners. To see a complete list of categories and winners, check out this local press article.