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Exploring the age divide in Boston start-ups

Age is a matter not often discussed in Boston start-up circles. Fast-growing companies like to think of themselves as meritocracies. Company founders talk about filling every position with the most talented people available — as long as they believe in the mission, will work crazy hours, and can cope with strategies and job descriptions that might shift by the week.

But when I visit start-up companies around Boston and Cambridge, it’s hard to ignore that many are populated entirely by twentysomethings — and a few “seasoned” folks in their early 30s. There are Xbox game systems hooked up to flat-screen TVs, kegerators full of beer, and Nerf gun arsenals.

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