David Alston, left, with Premier Brian Gallant. Government of New Brunswick Photo.

ABOUT THIS SERIES OF STORIES

“Start Me Up” is series of stories produced by the Senior Seminar in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The series is about works in progress with many moving parts, a provincial economy in transition, and the emergence of new entrepreneurs and startups that are choosing to make their own careers.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant recently named David Alston as the province’s first “Chief Entrepreneur in Residence,” an appointment that resonated in the startup community. Alston was part of New Brunswick’s most famous startup story in recent years, the social media monitoring pioneer Radian6 that Salesforce purchased in 2011 for more than $300 million.

“For me this role is really an extension of what I have been doing over the past couple of years,” Alston told Huddle, a news website, a startup itself, that covers untold stories in the business community in New Brunswick.

“I see a future where the pace of innovation within government catches up the pace of innovation outside of it.”

The series called “Start Me Up” tells the story of some of the people who are quietly working on the frontlines of a new economy. Thanks to Peter Simpson, the visiting Irving Chair in Journalism, for editorial assistance on this project.

Philip Lee, Fredericton, N.B., November 22, 2016.