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Kendall Square: Still the place to be for start-ups

I first encountered Kendall Square as an MIT freshman. You got your textbooks at The Coop and hopped the shuttle to the Galleria mall to buy dorm room supplies, but beyond that, there wasn’t a whole lot more.

If someone had told me back then that I would be founding a company here, it’s likely that I would have muttered something about wasting my time and needing to get back to my problem sets. And yet, almost a decade later, my company, Leaf, is growing in a Kendall Square that has radically changed and continues to evolve. Make no mistake: There are few — if any — other neighborhoods as abundant with innovation, densely populated with start-ups, and supporting of entrepreneurs.

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