The Response to the Terror in Boston: Channeling for Good

Yesterday’s horrific and senseless tragedy in Boston stirred up many of the same feelings I had on a beautiful September morning almost 12 years ago. Sadness. Anger. Rage. Confusion. And simply Why? Why did this happen? How could it happen at a time of celebration, peace and personal and community achievement? Words simply don’t do the feelings justice. I went to Twitter to get more facts about what had happened, and then looked for the Tweets of my many Boston-based friends to see that they and their families were ok. Finally, my feelings washed towards empathy, understanding how such a tragic event can both shock and ultimately cause a city, a community to come together in ways previously unimaginable.

As I’ve watched the many responses to the event pop up on blogs, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter I’ve been both amazed and blown away by the stark message sent by all: We will not stop. We will not be scared. We will get busy helping, contributing – and running. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2x the applications to the 2014 Boston Marathon given the vibe I’ve seen across the social nets. Many of my running friends across the start-up and investment communities have already stated their intention to run next year’s Boston Marathon, to simply say no to fear and to move forward in a constructive way. Props to all.

But perhaps the most surprising aspect of the responses I’ve seen is that rather than focusing on anger and thoughts of revenge, they’ve largely centered on feelings of sadness followed by calls to action. Donating blood, money and time. Running in next year’s race. Positive stuff. I don’t know if we as a society are getting better at reacting to crises or if violating something as pure and sacred as the Boston Marathon caused a specific outpouring of emotion, but I’m truly blown away by the tone of the messaging. To me it is a life lesson in how to handle crises being demonstrated on a mass scale.


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About Roger Ehrenberg 94 Articles

Roger is an active early-stage investor, having seeded or invested in over 20 companies in asset management, financial technology and digital media since 2004. Prior to his venture days Roger spent 18 years on Wall Street in M&A, Derivatives and proprietary trading.

Throughout his career he has held numerous executive positions, including:

President and CEO of DB Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG. His 130-person team managed over $6 billion in capital through a twenty-strategy hedge fund platform with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Managing Director and Co-head of Deutsche Bank’s Global Strategic Equity Transactions Group. In 2000, his team won Institutional Investor magazine’s “Derivatives Deal of the Year” award.

As an Investment Banker and Managing Director at Citibank, he held a variety of roles and responsibilities in the Global Derivatives, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Structuring groups.

Roger sits on the Boards of BlogTalkRadio; Buddy Media; Clear Asset Management; Global Bay Mobile Technologies and Monitor110. He is currently Managing Partner of IA Capital Partners, LLC.

He holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Management from Columbia Business School and a BBA in Finance, Economics and Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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