MASSACHUSETTS: Stas Gayshan, the founder of Space with a Soul, which provides work space and technical support to nonprofits and start-ups was dubbed one of Massachusetts’ most innovative people by the Boston Globe. But that’s only a more good reason for him to keep empowering nonprofits and companies and helping them focus on their mission–whatever it is.
“Boston has historically been the home of ideas, changes, and revolutions, even before it became America’s capital of education,” Gayshan says, “Maybe it’s something in our water! As a city and a region, whenever we’ve had problems, we’ve innovated our way out of them. The new trend is actually more about recognizing the impact that innovation has in driving our future and our economy.”
Stas, who’s very involved in politics too, sees a great deal of resemblence between running a campaign and running a start-up. “Campaigns and start-ups are populated with people chasing dreams and ideas to make the world a different, better place,” he says. “People are working hard, putting in long hours, and generally in the company of similarly motivated folks. A sense of excitement is in the air!”