We would like to thank Basis Technology for sponsoring Thursday’s international-themed Café, which offers you a chance to think and act globally. Start by reserving your appointments for Office Hours now. Then, in between your meetings on Thursday, mix and mingle in the Café before choosing from the cascade of Feature Events, including TCN UpStart Roundtable in the Cancun conference room in the Café and 3 panels in the Havana conference room outside of the Café. Also, during the latter half of the Café, find resources and learn about opportunities to take your startup abroad at Info Tables for GREAT Tech Awards, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, Scottish Development International, and Canadian Technology Accelerator located inside the Café.
Hope to see you Thursday,
Thursday, June 25, 2015
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Global Venture Café sponsored by Basis Technology
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Foreign Talent — an agent for growth in the American Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem — Potential and Challenges
Taking creative ideas and converting them into successful businesses has many challenges. An important one is assembling the right talent. Globalization will continue to define most businesses including those with local models, so access to international talent, knowledge and information is paramount for success. This presents wonderful opportunities to grow businesses in the United States and in particular in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by tapping into foreign talent coming to the our country or already studying here.
The panelists will discuss their experiences regarding the formation and expansion of entrepreneurial ventures, the challenges faced by foreign talent, and thoughts on retaining their expertise and drive for joining or launching startups in the United States.
Gustavo Bottan – OPT4America
Jeff Goldman — Immigration Law Expert
Lucas Gorganchian – MIT Sloan Fellow and Founder of Snowball Marketing
Brittany D. McDonough – MOITI
Felix Moesner – Swissnex
Terry Russell – Interface Ventures
Andi Dankert – FWD.US
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable
TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Café that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual cafe setting.
In line with the Global Venture Café theme, their guest speaker is Thomas Ketchell, CEO of HSTRY. Thomas is a native of Belgium, has built and run his company internationally, and is passionate about immigration reform that supports international entrepreneurs. RSVP here.
5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | International Expansion — When and Where is it Right for You?
Entering foreign markets brings with it growth opportunities for your company as well as many challenges. Hear from several panelists working at young companies, B2B & B2C, that are currently experiencing first-hand global expansion and learn about their process of deciding when to enter, which markets, why and how they developed their initial /current strategy.
Ted Acworth, Vice Founder & CEO, Artaic
Alison Elworthy,VP of Operations, Hubspot
Howard Leyda, Vice President of Marketing & Ecommerce, Coravin
Shekhar Wadekar, Managing Member, coSlide, LLC
6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | Building A Global Brand – Tips from the Experts
How can you make sure that your brand transcends cultures and is consistently executed while remaining relevant for your overseas markets? It is a complex and challenging task, but our panel of both B2B and B2C experts have years of experience to share with you. Join us to hear their stories and learn their tips for success.
Carl Hoffman, CEO, Basis Technology
Karen Jasmin, Dir. of Global Marketing Communications, Home Robot Division, iRobot
Brad Rinklin, CMO, Akamai Technologies
Cathy Wissink, Senior Director, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | GREAT Tech Awards
The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.
Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.
Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015.
Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) is charged with promoting trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world. They offer services to Massachusetts companies and start-ups that seek a global footprint and can discuss grants, professional opportunities, and government support available to innovators and entrepreneurs through the MOITI network.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Scottish Development International
Scottish Development International is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It attracts inward investment to Scotland and assist Scottish based companies to trade overseas. Scotland was once again ranked as the top destination in the UK for business outside of the city of London, and is home to such US investors as IBM, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, HP, and SAS. Stop by and chat with Jim Dolan to connect with SDI!
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Turkish Consulate: Office of the Commercial Attaché to New England
The Turkish Ministry of Economy opened a new office in Boston to serve New England states. Alperen Kacar, Commercial Attaché, based in the Turkish Consulate in Boston, has been active to meet the increasing demand on partnership opportunities, investment and trade connections between area businesses and Turkish counterparts Please stop by to learn more about opportunities across the Anatolian Peninsula.
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Canadian Technology Accelerator
Canadian Technology Accelerator hosts over 30 Canadian companies annually, hailing from the ICT, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Cleantech sectors. The program is acclaimed in Canada and part of a greater international network of 12 accelerator programs in North America, India and the UK. Canadian companies receive mentoring, and access to a wide range of industry resources and programming. CTA@Boston actively seeks to make connections with the corporate and investment community. Please come by and say hello!
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone
It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat withChuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative
Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world class companies.
Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Marcus Yee
Marcus has over 25 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners. Prior to his current role of working with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area, he managed the relationships of IBM partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues.
Marcus is available to discuss sales strategies as well as partnering strategies that can greatly impact the successes of startup companies.
3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack
Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE. He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.
Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.
Sign up for his office hours here.
3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso
For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.
Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.