Recognizing Mass. leaders who made a difference in 2013

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Clockwise from top left: Niraj Shah and Steve Conine, Wayfair; Assaf Biderman, Superpedestrian; Tamara Roy, ADD Inc.; Ashley Stanley, Lovin’ Spoonfuls; NAO the robot, Aldebaran Robotics; Brian Frasure, BiOM.

By Globe Staff 

Every year for a quarter century, The Boston Globe published the Globe 100, a ranking of the state’s top publicly traded companies. This year, we’re introducing a new publication in its place — Game Changers. The idea is to acknowledge a broader range of contributors to the Massachusetts economy, and to highlight the entrepreneurism that has made the state a national leader in such areas as education, technology, and life sciences.

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Mark Pothier, business editor of the Boston Globe.

We defined “game changer” as any corporation (private or public), academic institution, health care provider, nonprofit, or startup that had a presence in Massachusetts in 2013 and accomplished something remarkable or cool — everything from a breakthrough pill to treat multiple sclerosis, to a “farm in a box,” to an app that makes attending a Patriots game more like sitting in your living room.


To come up with our list of game changers, we reviewed more than 100 public nominations, along with selections submitted by Globe business reporters. Based on the response, it won’t be difficult to come up with a similar list next year.

You’ll notice the opening section of the magazine features stories from BetaBoston, the Globe’s new tech website. BetaBoston has a presence here because it covers game changers on a daily basis. The site is all about the unique mix that fuels our region’s tech cluster. We’ve got college students launching startups from their dorm rooms, academic labs working with established biotechs on life-saving discoveries, venture capitalists eager to fund the next great idea, and telecom companies that help connect the players to each other in an ever-accelerating world.

Finally, thanks to assistant business editor and columnist Steven Syre, who was our in-house game changer. Steve deserves credit for much of planning and execution that went into the debut issue of this magazine, which we expect to become a new annual tradition.

Mark Pothier