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Venture Café Presents: Brandeis Student Grady Ward Creates CalcU

Venture Café Host Christine Dunn spoke with Grady Ward, a student at Brandeis University majoring in Computer Science, Economics and Mathematics. With a grant he received through the SPARK program, he has developed a web application, CalcU, to help improve learning outcomes for calculus students. He introduced CalcU at Brandeis’ Innovation Showcase.

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This Week: February 7 – 13, 2016

Friends,

This week’s edition of Venture Café Thursday offers open networking before and after our 3 Feature Events listed below. As always, the Café’s in session from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. Scroll down, below our logo, for the full schedule.

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Workshop Series: The Power of Visual Storytelling for Business

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | A Conversation on Massachusetts eHealth

There’s also 9 different sets of Office Hours, and Info Tables for Big Booster, StartHub.org, and MassChallenge in the Café this Thursday.

As always, don’t forget to reserve your appointments for Thursday’s Office Hours now.

Hope to see you Thursday,

Thursday – February 11, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursday in Session

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack

Monthly Youth CITIES Mini-Hacks aim to build solutions to local community issues. Each session addresses one topic by employing a range of decision making and problem solving styles. Join this month’s Mini-Hack at Venture Café. After a collaborative discussion, each participant will share an elevator pitch version of what is believed to be the best solution. Mini-Hacks are open to middle or high school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals. Please RSVP here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Workshop Series – The Power of Visual Storytelling For Business

The human brain is wired in such a way, that ideas presented in story form are received better and remembered longer. When a visual is powerful, be it an image or a video, the effect of the story is amplified. Come to learn simple, yet captivating techniques that can help your business convey information in the most effective, entertaining, and informative way. It will help you:-Improve your business’s explainer videos,
-Strengthen elevator pitches,
-Stand out on the web.

Pre-register here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | A Conversation on Massachusetts eHealth

Digital Health entrepreneurs, Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) invites you to join an expert panel discussion, followed by a Q&A and networking (before and after the panel) at Venture Café.

We have a great panel including the Executive Director of Brigham’s Innovation Hub, Co-Founder and CEOs of two successful local digital health startups and a venture capitalist.

We are expecting a great conversation on a wide range of topic including the unique aspects of building a healthcare startup, differentiating between your user, buyers and payers and getting your first round of funding and the first customer.

Hope you are able to join!

RSVP here.

Panelists:

Lesley Solomon, Executive Director, Brigham’s Innovation Hub

Jay Desai, Co-Founder and CEO, PatientPing

Andrew Hedin, Senior Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners

Sanjay Pathak, Executive, Kyruus

Moderator:

Graham Gardner, CEO, Kyruus

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. David Hartzband

David Hartzband has spent 25+ years designing, developing & deploying large-scale software systems into large & small organizations. He has been one of the chief software architects for (at the tike) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an exit. More recently, he has been on the research faculty at MIT working on the relationship of technology & organizations. Since leaving EMC as a Vice President in 2003, he has been working in healthcare information systems.
RSVP here.

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. | Rakshit Sharma

Rakshit Sharma will help answer your healthcare/biotech/medical devices/diagnostics venture related questions. He trained as a physician and has experience working in Biopharma/Medical Devices/Diagnostics/ Healthcare Services both in US as well as Internationally in Strategy/Planning/Marketing roles. He has worked in fortune 500 companies, investment funds as well as new ventures and will be there to answer your venture related questions from a clinical, financial, strategic and marketing perspective. He has experience both with customer discovery and business model design.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi-Tatiana Charles

Marketing and Branding
Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email and please include the date and requested time in your email.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.
Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, 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.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.
Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Andreas Randow

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you’re at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company. RSVP here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sissi Liu

Do you have the next big idea but aren’t sure how to go about launching your business or putting together a business plan?Do you have a great business plan but don’t know why you aren’t able to attract investment?
Do you have a product but can’t seem to get traction with customers?

Meet Sissi Liu, a cleantech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship. She’s invested in and served on boards of cleantech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs. Most recently, Sissi headed up business development for the North American region at Joule, a pioneer in converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals. Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.

When you sign up for office hours with Sissi, please submit a one-page summary of your business, technology, market, and go-to-market strategy. Please also include bios of the leadership team. Reserve 30 minutes with Sissi here.

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Big Booster

Stop by Venture Café to meet with 20 of the top startups from Lyon, France. Organized by Big Booster, this group will be joining the Café to build bridges with the local startup ecosystem. Connect with them and see what revolutionary changes they are bringing to the entrepreneurial scene.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassChallenge

Come meet with MassChallenge, a startup-friendly accelerator, which takes no equity and is not-for-profit. They are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. At the end of the program, the highest-impact startups through a competition win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards! Through their global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Geneva, Mexico City and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, they are driving growth and creating value the world over!

This Week: January 31 – February 6, 2016

Friends,

It’s another event-filled week for us with packed schedules for both Tuesday in Dudley Square (click here to skip directly to Tuesday’s schedule) and Thursday in Kendall Square (click here to skip directly to Thursday’s schedule). It’s a special week though because on Tuesday, Café Night @ RIC runs from 4-8 P.M. in Dudley Square (2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor) and features several notable events, including the official opening of Fab Lab Roxbury.

Like Venture Café Thursdays in Cambridge, open networking occurs throughout the entire session of Café Night @ RIC. There’s also numerous Info Tables: Girl Develop It!, MassChallenge, Northeastern Crossing, Roca Inc., Skylab, and StartHub.org; and, Office Hours with 9 different advisors, including the SBA’s Nadine Boone, local technologist Al Willis, Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network Milton Irving, and 3 mentors from the Boston Chapter of SCORE: Phil Crutchfield, Elliot Laffer, and Michael Sandman. You can also attend the following sessions:

Then, for Venture Café Thursday in Cambridge, Morse Barnes-Brown and Pendleton (MBBP) returns for Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2015 and A Look Forward to 2016. Following MBBP’s event, another member of from our roster of Office Hours Advisors, Chuck Goldstone, presents the second session of our new Workshop Series: The Right Story at the Right Time: Skills and Insights to Move Markets and Investors to Action.

As always, don’t forget to reserve your Thursday Office Hours appointments now.  And, when you’re in the Café this Thursday, please stop by the Info Table to learn more about StartHub.org.

Click here to skip directly to Tuesday’s schedule in Dudley Square at 2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA.

Click here to skip directly to Thursday’s schedule at 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA.

Hope to see you this week,

Tuesday – February 2, 2016

4:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café Nights @ RIC
Dudley Square, 2300 Washington Street Boston, MA 02119

Feature Events

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Innovation Has No Limits!

Sarah Boisvert, Founder of Fab Lab Hub, will describe ordinary people from around the world who have pushed innovation’s limits to impact their communities.

4:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Official Opening of Fab Lab Roxbury

The new community facility in the Impact Studio at the Roxbury Innovation Center is part of the international Fab Lab network of about 1,000 Fab Labs associated with Fab Lab Roxbury’s mission is to foster innovation in order to help create new community startups and bring existing businesses to the next industrial revolution.

Fab Lab Roxbury will also spur STEM [Science – Technology – Engineering – Math] education in collaboration with both K-12 schools and higher education institutions. In addition, the Bolling Building location will provide non-traditional, hands-on, experiential STEM education and workforce development training on site.

5:15 – 6:15 P.M. | Coming Programs at Fab Lab Roxbury

Netia A. McCray, Executive Director-Founder of Mbadika, and Sarah Boisvert, Founder, Fab Lab Hub, will describe programs coming to Fab Lab Roxbury for entrepreneurs, inventors, kids, seniors, artists, teachers – literally everyone!

5:15 – 6:15 P.M. | SBA: Access to Capital

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is not a direct lender for small business loans. The purpose of SBA loan programs is to provide opportunities for small businesses that can’t otherwise obtain financing The SBA does not dispense loans itself, but rather provides financial guarantees to banks if a small business backed by the SBA defaults.

SBA a is a third party facilitator that guarantees the loan between you and your bank when you cannot qualify for a conventional commercial loan with your current collateral, credit history or resources for cash flow. That makes SBA an insurer and not a Lender.

SBA fills the gaps!

Register here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | How Fab Labs are Making & Changing our World

An interactive panel of visionaries including John Barros, Chief of Economic Development in the Boston City Mayor’s Office, Sherry Lassiter, Director of the Fab Foundation, Nadeem Mazen, Cambridge City Council-member and founder of Danger!Awesome, and Dave Selles from The Possible Project will discuss how Fab Labs are changing our world.

Office Hours

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Al Willis

Al Willis is a long-time technologist, educator, early adopter and community activist. Born and raised in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, Al has been involved in technology since he learned computer programming as a sophomore at the Jeremiah Burke High School back in the day.

Since then he’s provided technology expertise to a number of community organizations and initiatives including Boston Public School Department, Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program, the Freedom House’s Project REACH.

After 14 years working for MIT’s main IT organization, including stints as a team leader, trainer, writer and only the second ever Macintosh Platform Coordinator, in 2008 he immersed himself in the tech startup communities in Boston and Cambridge, which he’s been part of ever since.

Al is passionate about demystifying the process of launching new projects and initiatives while incorporating cutting-edge technology in them. He has extensive experience in web design and development, social media, project management, working in non-profits and entrepreneurship.

Most recently he helped bring the first workshop to the Roxbury Innovation Center in the summer of 2015. He’s currently participating in a blockchain intensive at the MIT Media Lab and is working with the Roxbury Innovation Center, the South End Technology Center and tech startup Mbadika to support young people to learn maker tools and technology.

Reserve time with Al here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Milton Irving

Milton Irving is the Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network.

The Timothy Smith Network (TSN) is a member organization established to build the capacity of Greater Roxbury’s Timothy Smith Centers. The mission of the TSN is to increase the capacity of the Greater Roxbury community of Boston to effectively use and access technology by providing technology-related services, educational programs, and resources as well as strengthening and supporting the individual Timothy Smith Centers. As of 2015, there are 29 active Timothy Smith Centers. Timothy Smith Centers provide comprehensive community-based technology education services to children, adults, families, adults, and senior citizens.

Timothy Smith Centers provide open access to technology and the Internet for many residents. The agencies in which the Timothy Smith Centers are located address a broad range of economic, therapeutic, health, educational, training, human and social services needs of the community. The TSN will strengthen the Timothy Smith Centers by assisting them to implement strategies for developing and sustaining their operations and for improving the efficiency, scale, and quality of their programs.

Reserve time with Milton here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Nadine Boone

Ms. Boone has been with the U.S. Small Business Administration for over 17 years. She has 10 years of experience as a Loan Specialist, reviewing and analyzing guaranty purchases to identify and resolve compliance deficiencies for the purchase of 7(a) loans in the Office of Financial Assistance – National Guaranty Purchase Center in Herndon Virginia.

Ms. Boone earned a certificate of completion from Omega Performance in Commercial Loans for Small Business in March 2013 and graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Reserve time with Nadine here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Elliot Laffer

Elliott Laffer has 30 years of experience in sales and sales management of engineered mechanical equipment. He worked for 10 years as first executive director of Boston Groundwater Trust, a quasi-public City of Boston associated 501(c)3 entity which installs and monitors groundwater wells in the city of Boston. He also worked for almost 40 years as an officer and director of the largest neighborhood association in Boston.

He had a leadership role in the public approval process for Copley Place, 500 Boylston St, and the reconstruction of Prudential Center. Elliott holds degrees from BSME and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Reserve time with Elliott here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Phil Crutchfield (SCORE)

Reserve time with Phil here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Michael Sandman (SCORE)

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Girl Develop It!

Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their every day lives.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Geneva and Mexico City and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact – driving growth and creating value the world over.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Northeastern Crossing

Northeastern Crossing seeks to elevate the voices and visibility of Boston’s neighborhoods, particularly Roxbury, Mission Hill, Fenway, and the South End, provide greater access to resources at Northeastern University for Boston residents, and be a platform where Boston residents and the Northeastern University community can convene, interact, and learn from each other.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Roca Inc.

Roca’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives.
A history of relentless outreach on the streets of our most dangerous urban communities has led Roca to develop and operate an evidence-based Intervention Model for High-Risk Young People ages 17 to 24.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Skylab

SkyLab’s vision is to generate an innovation-based economic and cultural renaissance in Roxbury, Massachusetts. They will provide educational and hands-on opportunities for the residents of Roxbury to learn about and use the latest technologies, strategies, and business skills required to launch new ventures or sustain existing ones. Deeply rooted in the community, SkyLab connects the people who live and work here, existing businesses, and the high growth tech industries that surround them. By providing these groups with established training, technical resources, and providers, they aim to create a continuum of services and support from high school to successful businesses.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub.org

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Thursday – February 4, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursdays in Session
1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02124

Feature Events

4:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2015 and A Look Forward to 2016

Entrepreneurs are faced with many difficult decisions when starting a new business enterprise. Foremost amongst them is how to finance the early stage operations of the business. For entrepreneurs contemplating raising capital from investors, several important questions need to be closely considered, including: What is the proper valuation for my business? What percentage of my company should I sell? How much control should I relinquish? What is the proper composition of my Board of Directors?

We have gathered a panel of seasoned venture capital and angel investors that will discuss these and other issues and will share invaluable insight to entrepreneurs preparing for a fundraising.

The panel discussion will include:

  • A presentation and review of data regarding 2015 Series A financing activity and preferred stock terms.
  • A discussion of VC/start-up trends in the Boston market including valuations, deal terms and “hot” industries.
  • A forecast of financing activity for 2016.

Moderated by:
Scott Bleier, Member, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC
Panelists:
Nilanjana Bhowmik, Partner, Longworth Venture Partners
Vin Fabiani, Partner, HLM Venture Partners
David Jegen, Partner, F-Prime Capital
Dan Powdermaker, Angel Investor, Launchpad Venture Group

Let us know whether you’re interested in attending this session here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | The Right Story at the Right Time: Skills and Insights to Move Markets and Investors to Action

The startup world is the most competitive place in the cosmos. How will you be heard above the noise? Telling the right story to the right audience at the right time is a skills startups must have. Being clear what you do & why someone should listen. Not just creating with investor decks or elevator pitch. But every message you deliver. Join mentor/author/strategist Chuck Goldstone of !deaworks New Venture Initiative for an evening of insight/practices you wish someone told you about sooner.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. He has extensive experience working with senior management and Board of Directors in high tech, manufacturing and retail and distribution industries. He has led client service teams in providing risk based, process driven internal audits that provided value. He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans. Please be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of the market, your team, the product offering, etc.
Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.

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 with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.
RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | George Mabry

George is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With degrees in computer science and business, George co-founded a biotech market research company that was acquired by a global bio-pharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem / opportunity.

Reserve 30 minutes with George here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Hal Charnley

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures and projects. She was founder/president of a successful international development firm for 35 years. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, helping communities frame projects through a “lab” lens and also a development fund focused on clean energy and environment. Jacquie connects technical/financial resources, develops partnerships, and establishes networks, in academia/ business/ government. She is on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures and BDC Capital boards; has an Ed.D. in Planning, Harvard University; and was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at MIT.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi-Tatiana Charles

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email and put the date you are requesting a time for in the subject.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, 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.

Info Table
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

Venture Café Presents: Kathryn Fenneman, Executive Director of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Inc.

Kathryn Fenneman is the Executive Director of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Inc. In her discussion with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn, she outlines the role the organization plays in giving Cambridge students equal opportunity and access to education through the talented and educated volunteers in the community.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

Venture Café Presents: Sherie Grillon Shares Her Love of Food

Sherie Grillon, Founder of Nola’s Fresh Foods, speaks with Venture Café Presents Host Christine Dunn at the Center For Women and Enterprise’s Annual Women Business Leaders Conference. She describes her inspiration for starting her own business and the ways in which she has overcome some challenges of entrepreneurship.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

This Week: January 24 – 30, 2016

Friends,

The Feature Event at this week’s edition of Venture Café Thursday is Finding Your Target Market, the 1st session in our new Workshop series. During the workshop, Steve Davis, a long-time Office Hours Advisor and member of Startup Coalition will cover all of the essential aspects to help you tip the odds in your favor.

Speaking of chances; Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” So, while you’re here, don’t forget to reserve your Office Hours appointments for Thursday.  And, when you’re in the Café this Thursday, please stop by the Info Table to learn more about StartHub.org.

If you’ve been browsing our calendar, you may have noticed that we posted the events for the next Café Night @ RIC on February 2. More info is available at RoxburyInnovationCenter.org.

Hope to see you Thursday,

Thursday – January 28, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursdays in Session

Feature Event

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Finding Your Target Market

Many start-ups have great ideas but struggle when it comes time to bring the product to market and have difficulty in selecting a market to focus on. Defining your optimal target market and identifying the ideal prospect will help you streamline the effectiveness of your marketing, shorten the sales cycle and close more business.

Programming will cover:

• How segmentation can improve your market position
• Practical ideas to segment and prioritize market opportunities
• Developing detailed customer profiles that will improve lead generation and sales
• The stages of the customer buying process
• How to incorporate target marketing into your overall strategy

While walk-ins are welcome and RSVPs are not required, please let us you’re interested in attending here.

Office Hours

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 with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

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. | Jacquie Kay

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures and projects. She was founder/president of a successful international development firm for 35 years. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, helping communities frame projects through a “lab” lens and development fund- focused on clean energy and environment. Jacquie connects technical/financial resources, develops partnerships, and establishes networks, in academia/ business/ government. She is on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures and BDC Capital boards; has an Ed.D. in Planning, Harvard University; and was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at MIT.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi-Tatiana Charles

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email and put the date you are requesting a time for in the subject.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | New Leaf Legal

New Leaf Legal, focuses on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures for their start-up clients as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. Stop by the Cafe to talk shop!

Reserve 30 minutes with New Leaf Legal here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | John Kogan

John Kogan has been a SCORE Mentor for 10 years and is now the co-chairman of the Boston chapter. He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than fifty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

John has firsthand experience in building & managing technology based consulting and service businesses. He teaches marketing and business planning at SCORE Workshops. John’s knowledge is based on 34 years in the I/T consulting business, 3 years in a software start up, and membership in 4 nonprofit boards. Most importantly, he has helped more than 500 SCORE clients start new small businesses or manage existing ones.

Reserve 30 minutes with John 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.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.

Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Andreas Randow

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you’re at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company.

RSVP here.

Info Table
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

This Week: January 17 – 23, 2016

Friends,

This week, we’re pleased to present another edition of Venture Café Thursday with two Feature Events and an Office Hours roster consisting of 10 11 adept advisors.  Plus, you can also learn about StartHub.org at the Info Table in the Café.

Now, our Feature Events; first, in partnership with Kendall Square Association and MassDOT, we’re hosting the second session in our Innovation in Transportation series. Then, stick around for MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable or continue the conversation in the Café.

As always, hope to see you Thursday,

Thursday – January 21, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursdays in Session

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Innovation in Transportation Series

What new things can be done to get us moving in Kendall Square?

We need your brain power and innovations to solve Kendall’s transportation challenges. How can we use technology to tell us about Red Line train arrivals, capacity on the cars? How can we communicate about other options when Red Line is down? What are the top ten apps for transit through Kendall? How do we use commuter rail corridors more efficiently? Please join us, we need you!

Hosted by Venture Café Foundation and Kendall Square Association in partnership with MassDOT.

Let us know you’re interested in attending here.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable

Are you a founder of a startup? If so, come join other founders for a peer-to-peer discussion group to talk about the challenges you’re facing and to share advice. Leverage the founder community knowledge to grow your business!
Sign-up for more information and to join the roundtable here.

6:00 – 6:15 P.M.: A 30 second – 1 minute intro from each of the participants
6:15 – 6:30 P.M.: A discussion of 2-3 topics brought up by the moderator
6:30 – 7:00 P.M.: An open discussion to network or pair up with founders in your business stage / industry

In respect to the other Founders’ participating, we ask that you don’t enter the room any later than 10 – 15 minutes after the roundtable begins.

Office Hours

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 with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | George Mabry

George is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With degrees in computer science and business, George co-founded a biotech market research company that was acquired by a global bio-pharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem / opportunity.
Reserve 30 minutes with George here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Hal Charnley

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi-Tatiana Charles

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email and put the date you are requesting a time for in the subject.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Ned Lomigora

Ned Lomigora from Cape Ann Development Group can provide advice on technology and product development. He can help you decide what is the right minimum viable product for your startup or project; what would be the most appropriate architecture; what should you expect your product to cost and how much time is it most likely going to take; pros and cons of developing internally vs. externally; and many other product development related issues. He will also be able to point you to appropriate resources you may need as your development needs grow.

RSVP for 30 minutes here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | William Brah

The Global Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (GEIR) Program is comprised of a select group of international entrepreneurs in residence at the Venture Development Center (VDC) who receive the support they need, when then need it, to build a great business, beginning with a cap-exempt H-1B visa to move to or remain in Boston. Come chat about the GEIR program, innovation, and entrepreneurship with VDC Executive Director, William Brah.

RSVP 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.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Margaret Somer is a Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC). MSBDC is part of a national public business assistance program representing a three-way partnership between the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology, and UMass Boston. The Center provides free one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs and business owners, entrepreneurial training workshops, and special assistance in gaining access to capital.
Reserve 15 minutes with Margaret here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | John Kogan – CANCELLED

John Kogan has been a SCORE Mentor for 10 years and is now the co-chairman of the Boston chapter. He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than fifty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

John has firsthand experience in building & managing technology based consulting and service businesses. He teaches marketing and business planning at SCORE Workshops. John’s knowledge is based on 34 years in the I/T consulting business, 3 years in a software start up, and membership in 4 nonprofit boards. Most importantly, he has helped more than 500 SCORE clients start new small businesses or manage existing ones.

Reserve 30 minutes with John 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.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Dr. Sheldon Borkin

Get advice from Dr. Sheldon Borkin on growing and funding your company. Sheldon leads Strategic Angels which helps larger software companies become involved in the innovation economy. He is a mentor at both Techstars Boston and MassChallenge, and also a member of both Launchpad Venture Group and Investors Collaborative. Sheldon has done three startups resulting in two IPOs (including WebMD) and one acquisition. He is particularly interested in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies..
Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here.

Info Table
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

Venture Café Presents: Rebecca Menapace Facilitates Innovation at Brandeis

Rebecca Menapace is Associate Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing for Brandeis University. In her discussion with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn, she discusses the ways in which entrepreneurship and innovation are being facilitated across campus.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

Venture Café Presents: Stephen Douglass is Helping Organizations Scramble

Stephen Douglass, Founder and Managing Director of Scramble Systems, spoke with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn about the ways he and his partners can facilitate dramatic change for companies, non-profits, and campuses.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

This Week: January 10 – 16, 2016

Friends,

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you may already know that we’ve extended our Office Hours program in Cambridge to days other than Thursday. As part of this experiment, on Wednesday, January 13, SCORE Mentor, Kristin Polito, hosts Office Hours from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. in the Veracruz conference room outside of the Café. She’s already booked on Wednesday, but you can learn more about Kristin here and reserve 1 hour with her on February 17 here.

Image result for Wolf GreenfieldThen, for Venture Café Thursday, we’re pleased to welcome Youth CITIES back for their monthly Mini-Hack and for this month’s Sustainability Collaborative, Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D., of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health leads a discussion on the impacts of fossil fuels on pubic health. Meanwhile, Wolf Greenfield, this week’s sponsor of Venture Café Thursday, hosts Protecting Your IP: Essential Patent Filing Strategies to help you explore the ins and outs of patent protection and how to use intellectual property to entice investors and strategic partners.

Plus, you can chat with representatives of Kendall Square Association at their Info Table in the Café; also, our Office Hours roster provides opportunities to get feedback and to find resources to grow your startup. And, as always, the Café itself is open for general networking from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Hope to see you Thursday,

Wednesday – January 13, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Kristin Polito – SCORE

Thursday – January 14, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursdays in Session

Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack

Monthly Mini-Hacks, organized by CIC, Youth CITIES, and Belmont High School teacher Josh Goldfine, aim to build solutions to local community issues.  Each session addresses one topic by employing a range of decision making and problem solving styles.  Join this month’s Mini-Hack at Venture Café.  After a collaborative discussion, each participant will share an elevator pitch version of what is believed to be the best solution.  Mini-Hacks are open to middle or high school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals.  Please RSVP here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Wolf Greenfield | Protecting Your IP: Essential Patent Filing Strategies

Want to know how best to protect your idea? Confused about patents and patent filing strategies? Wondering if your idea has value outside the US? Join Wolf Greenfield for a discussion with US and European patent attorneys that will highlight key areas to consider as you develop, protect and bring your idea to market both in the US and abroad. They’ll explore the ins and outs of patent protection and how to use intellectual property to entice investors and strategic partners.

Please RSVP here so they can get a head count but attendees will still need to show ID on the ground floor and to sign in at the Venture Café Kiosks on the 5th floor.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sustainability Collaborative

Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D., of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, facilitates the discussion at the Sustainability Collaborative to dig deeper into the impacts of fossil fuels on public health.

When: Thursday, January 14th from 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Cancun room, 5th floor of the CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center)
Questions: Contact Skye Flanigan at skye.flanigan@gmail.com and/or Elena at elenaviena@gmail.com
RSVP: Optional

BIO
Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D., is the program leader for the Climate, Energy, and Health at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests are in evaluating the impacts, benefits, and tradeoffs of technology and policy choices in energy, transportation, agricultural practices, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To assist in these evaluations, Jonathan develops tools that incorporate environmental risk assessment, life cycle assessment, and environmental economics with the goal of placing health, climate, environmental, and other outcomes into a framework to aid decision-making. Jonathan’s research topics range from improving understanding of health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing, to health impacts of forest fires in Indonesia, to understanding health “co-benefits” of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and different energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Jonathan received his doctoral degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and was in the first cohort of the HUCE Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment. Jonathan also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Clarkson University.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Andrew Flavin

Going international with your software?

Discuss strategies to do so with Andrew Flavin, Policy Advisor, Office of Digital Service Industries within the International Trade Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position, he covers issues related to the digital economy including cross-border data flows, privacy and e-commerce. He received his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland with a concentration in international economics, and his BA in economics and international relations from Wheaton College.

Reserve 20 minutes with Andrew here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. He has extensive experience working with senior management and Board of Directors in high tech, manufacturing and retail and distribution industries. He has led client service teams in providing risk based, process driven internal audits that provided value. He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans. Please be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of the market, your team, the product offering, etc.

Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, 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.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.

Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sissi Liu

Do you have the next big idea but aren’t sure how to go about launching your business or putting together a business plan?
Do you have a great business plan but don’t know why you aren’t able to attract investment?
Do you have a product but can’t seem to get traction with customers?

Meet Sissi Liu, a cleantech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship. She’s invested in and served on boards of cleantech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs. Most recently, Sissi headed up business development for the North American region at Joule, a pioneer in converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals. Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.

When you sign up for office hours with Sissi, please submit a one-page summary of your business, technology, market, and go-to-market strategy. Please also include bios of the leadership team. Reserve 30 minutes with Sissi here.

Info Table

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Kendall Square Association

The Kendall Square Association (KSA) is your resource and your advocate in Kendall Square. Visit with them to learn more about the benefits of KSA membership and the diverse set of collaborative programs they provide for the community!