For this week’s ITConversations show I spoke with fellow Keene resident Neil Giarratana, a software entrepeneur whose 12-person company reverses the usual geographic pattern. A number of folks around here, me included, operate as remote outposts of companies located in metropolitan areas. But Neil’s company, Lucidus, is headquartered here, with field offices in larger cities elsewhere.

In an era of accelerating migration to cities, this counter-cyclical pattern fascinates me. As Neil candidly admits, there are tradeoffs. But thanks to ever-improving telecommunications and the evolving decentralization of work, it’s feasible to combine a high-tech career with the lifestyle advantages of our quintessential New England town.