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Venture Café Presents Kylila Bullard, Artistic Social Entrepreneur

Kylila Bullard speaks on the importance of the Center’s mission to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the local community. In her conversation with Christine Dunn, Kylila especially emphasizes the strength of the arts in promoting cultural competence and building community.

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Venture Café Thursday, May 26, 2016: Through The Virtual Reality Looking Glass

Venture CaféThursday, May 26, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session: Through The Virtual Reality Looking Glass in partnership with Boston VR
5th Floor, CIC, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02124

Feature Events

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN’s UPSTART Roundtable: Virtual Reality with Chris Allen, Red5 Pro Founder & CEO

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | The Reality of Entertainment VR 2016

6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | Beyond Entertainment: VR in Business Applications

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone – it’s about the story

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative – Len Hafetz & Ed Friedman

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. – psychology of learning and interaction in virtual environments

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi-Tatiana Charles – branding and marketing advice

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Neil Gupta – virtual and augmented reality

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs (Read this article about Joe beforehand.)

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Andreas Randow – turning your product into a functional company

Virtual Reality Demos

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | AR Inside VR by Paul Umbro

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Infinite Stores by Scott Evernden

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | meta.versatile by Jonathan Linowes

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Olympus Medical – The NBI Experience by Tristan Dwyer

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Polyspace Party by Charity Everett

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | RIPMotion by Ryan Sullivan

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Skreens by Benjamin Callivari

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Specterras by Luke Farrer

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VicoVR by Dimtry Morozov

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VRMol by Piotr Rotkiewicz

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VRWitness by Terrassa Ulm and the Becker College group

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Wayfair Patio Design by Mike Festa

Virtual Reality Game Demos

6:30 – 8:00 P.M. | Desolus by Mark Meyers

6:30 – 8:00 P.M. | Lost Loot by Michael Schenck

Info Table

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

Venture Café Presents: Milton Irving, Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network

Milton Irving, Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network, is working to bridge the digital divide in the greater Roxbury area. In his conversation with host Christine Dunn, he outlined the importance of partnerships in providing technology education and support to help prepare local communities for economic advancement opportunities.

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Venture Cafe Presents: Kathy Fogel at Female Founders Night

In her discussion with Venture Cafe host Christine Dunn, Kathy Fogel, founder of Zinoplex, talks about the challenges of starting a business in today’s climate. Kathy was a panelist at the Venture Cafe’s recent Female Founder’s Night.

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Both entrepreneur and scholar, Pedro De Abreu has a long list of items checked off his bucket list at only age 26.

Founding his first startup at age 18 and winning the Coca Cola and USA Today New Century Scholar Award–among others– Pedro has since obtained his Master’s degree from Harvard, worked with top scientists on innovative research, presented an inspirational TEDx talk–with another one on the way– and kickstarted 2016 by becoming a finalist for Forbes 30 Under 30.

And now, within just 5 months of launching his latest startup, Pedro is working with top global brands Google and Logitech.

Pedro’s startup–14X Innovation Group– is a consultancy that harnesses cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to help individuals and teams hack their own brains, optimize their performance, and reach their full potential. You could say Pedro specializes in the science of success.

From the power of shamelessness, to the psychological trick of sunk costs, Pedro drops gems of wisdom that inspire and empower each of us to reach our full potential.


Pedro De Abreu is an entrepreneur, Harvard scholar, featured columnist, author, and the founder of 14x Innovation Group. He has a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology and Neuroscience in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University, is a Teaching Fellow and Co-Instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and contributes research at the psychology laboratory of prominent Professor Daniel Gilbert at Harvard. TEDx talk.

Host & Producer:

Katya Margolin

Writer, Editor, Multimedia Storyteller



Pedro De Abreu

Founder, 14X Innovation Group


Music Credits:

“Caged Bird,” RJD2
“Sweet Cream In It,” Jel

“The Boss,” Pete Rock

Live Mix, Oc Notes

“Swagger,” J-Dilla

“The Last Four Things,” Deceptikon

“Nostrand,” Ratatat


Venture Cafe Presents: Gail McMeekin Coaches Creativity

In her conversation with Venture Cafe Presents host Christine Dunn, Gail McMeekin discusses creativity and the role it plays in the lives and work of women, many of whom she highlights in her recent book.

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Venture Cafe Presents: Sherry Lassiter and The Fab Foundation

Sherry Lassiter is the President of The Fab Foundation based out of MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. The Fab Foundation supports a network of fab labs around the world whose mission is to provide access to tools, knowledge, and financial means to educate, innovate, and invent using technology and digital fabrication. In her discussion with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn, Ms. Lassiter discusses the global fab lab network and how it supports entrepreneurship and education.

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Venture Cafe Presents: Danielle Olson, Founder of Gique, Talks STEAM

Danielle Olson, Founder of Gique, discussed creative ways of combining STEM concepts and the arts in her conversation with Venture Cafe Presents host Christine Dunn at the recent Venture Cafe Female Founders Night.

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Venture Café Presents: Allexe Law Fosters Deliberate Leadership for Growth

In her conversation with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn at Venture Café’s Female Founders Night, Allexe Law, Founder of ArtScience Group, discussed ways she helps business executives and entrepreneurs develop deliberate leadership strategies and skills to foster growth.

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This Week: April 17 – 23, 2016


The times they are a’changin. – Bob Dylan

Like a startup that’s rapidly expanded its product line, we’ve found this weekly blog post ballooning with information about everything that’s happening with our local programs.

So, we’re killing this multi-year experiment, freeing up time and resources to do better, more important things. You’ll still see blog posts for certain events from Venture Café Boston, such as the monthly Café Nights at District Hall (Wednesday, June 21) and Roxbury Innovation Center (next Tuesday, April 26, is Veteran Entrepreneurs, developed in collaboration with District Hall Founding Sponsor, Suburban IFR), and certain Venture Café Thursdays like our upcoming Life Sciences theme night next Thursday, The Hybridization of Life Sciences and Big Data, sponsored by IBM.

After that, fret not, as all of our events for Venture Café Thursdays are listed on our calendar: (Click here to jump to this Thursday’s schedule.)

That said, if you feel strongly about not seeing this post on a weekly basis, per our credo being a living document and also our love for experiments, we will always welcome your feedback:

Now, about Venture Café Boston’s “products”, there’s District Hall, bookmark here for events at District Hall. There’s Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC), bookmark here for events at RIC including our upcoming Café Night at RIC focusing on Veteran Entrepreneurs on April 26. Then, in partnership with the City of Boston, IBM, and Gust, we run which serves the greater Boston ecosystem. Our other offerings include Innovation Visitors Bureau for those interested in innovation communities and Captains of Innovation for established businesses looking to work with startups.

Of course, this “product” discussion wouldn’t be complete without including the global network: @VentureCafeSTL, @VentureCafeRdam, and now, @VentureCafeMIA; plus, the awesome teams behind each. Should you ever find yourself any of those places on a Thursday—except Miami, for now—you can experience our core product: Venture Café Thursdays.

Open every Thursday from 3-8 P.M. These Thursday gatherings offer opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to engage in serendipitous collisions and features an extensive Office Hours program and serves a platform to help startups get to the next level by developing and hosting events on topics of interest within each community. Speaking of which, we’re always open to event suggestions and requests for events.

Please find an abbreviated schedule for this Thursday’s session in Cambridge below. Click through each event for more information about it and to save it to your calendar. And, don’t forget to reserve your Office Hour appointments now after browsing our roster of adept advisors holding Office Hours in the Café this Thursday.

Hope to see you Thursday,

The Venture Café Boston Team
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Thursday – April 21, 2016

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

Feature Events

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Overview of Seed Stage Financing Structures

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Expanding Internationally – How, when, and why?

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone – it’s about the story

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

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | George Mabry – Converge Venture Partners

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | 2016 NEVY Awards

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Cleantech Open Northeast

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassTech Intern Partnership + TechGen and NewCo Boston

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Open Data Science Conference

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | YouthCITIES Student Pitch Voting