Launching 650 products by Mass Inno Nights’ Bobbie Carlton

Guest: Bobbie Carlton
Host: Horst von Wendorff

Horst interviews Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Mass Innovation Nights (aka Mass Inno.), which has launched over 650 products over the last 5 years during their monthly product launch parties and networking events. Mass Inno is s staple in the Boston-area startup ecosystem. Companies that presented at Mass Inno nights have raised over 800 million dollars in venture funding to date.

This Week: December 14 – 20, 2014

Friends,

Join us Thursday for two Feature Events.  First, discover how to navigate the U.S. immigration system during Mintz Levin’s seminar.  Then, hear from Myomo’s Steve Kelly during The Editorial @ Venture Café.

Also, get advice and feedback from 11 adept advisors during Office Hours.

Hope to see you Thursday for the last Café session of 2014,

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café In Session

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Navigating the U.S. Immigration System for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

US visa options for foreign owners and investors in US enterprises are limited.  However, there are solutions that can be achieved with careful structuring.  At this seminar, Mintz Levin’s Of Counsel Bill Coffman will cover US work visa options for start-ups and entrepreneurs and how foreign national entrepreneurs can navigate the pitfalls of the current system.

Bill’s legal work focuses on immigration and nationality law, as well as outbound emigration and related international law.  Bill regularly represents clients in immigration matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor, as well as before US and foreign consulates.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | The Editorial @ Venture Cafe

TheEditorial @ Venture Cafe is a new LIVE interview series with Startups in and around Cambridge, Harvard, MIT and Boston hosted by Heidi Legg, Founder and Editor of the popular online visionary series TheEditorial.com.

This will be a live interview with startup Myomo Founder Steve Kelly for 25 minutes.  The interview will then be available as a podcast on TheEditorial.com/HATCH.

Office Hours

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Maia Heymann

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels Ventures.  She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker.  Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies.  Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels Ventures), Fiksu, and Wymsee.

Reserve 30 minutes with Maia 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. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center.  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.

A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream.  More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark 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

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Mimi Evans

Meet with Mimi Evans, formerly a technology executive and CEO/Founder of salesquest.com which was acquired by OneSource Information Services.  She is currently an angel investor and advisor to early-stage start-ups.  If you want to grow your business organically or get the attention of investors, her focus is around business development, securing early customers and monetization.

No reservations, first come, first serve.

3:30 – 5:00 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.  Currently, Sissi heads up business development for the North American region at Joule, which is focused on solving the energy crisis by 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.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Brad Curley

Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Sialix), and advisor (CPA, KPMG) to early stage companies.  He will be available to discuss fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC capital.

Reserve 30 minutes with Brad here.

3:30 – 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.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

4:00 – 6:00 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 biopharmaceutical 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.

This Week: December 7 – 13, 2014

Friends,

Thursday’s Venture Café is Medical Technology Theme Night.  We have two panels looking at the opportunities in medical devices and healthcare and how to engage with other entrepreneurs working in the field.  Plus, Info Tables for the City of Cambridge’s Economic Development Division, Healthbox, Life Science Corridor, and UMass M2D2.

For Office Hours we have five adept advisors and please note that Youth CITIES Mini-Hack occurs on the 4th floor.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café In Session: MedTech Night

Feature Events

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

Location: Kathmandu Conference Room (4th Floor)

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.

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | Funding and Resources for MedTech

Join us for a Health / MedTech panel featuring organizations dedicated to providing resources to startups.  This will be a discussion with investors and resources focused on addressing some of the most challenging and exciting areas in healthcare today.  Learn about the resources this city has to offer in funding, growing, and partnering with startups!

Panelists:

6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | Discussion on New Technology for Healthcare

Join us for a Health / MedTech Panel showcasing local health/medtech startups.  An open dialogue with entrepreneurs focused on addressing some of the most challenging and exciting areas in healthcare today such as the quantified self, telemedicine, advanced sensors, and more.  Come learn insights provided by some of Boston’s most successful health/medtech startup founders!

Panelists:

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Healthbox

Healthbox launched its first accelerator program in Boston in August 2012 to help entrepreneurs navigate the healthcare industry’s complexity and grow sustainable businesses.  Healthbox has become a driving force of lasting change for the healthcare industry, working with leading healthcare organizations that recognize the need for innovation coming from both inside and outside established institutions.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Life Sciences Corridor

The cities of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville and Braintree launched the Life Sciences Corridor, a regional economic development initiative focused on the life sciences sector.  These cities have a strong presence in the life sciences industry, benefiting from skilled labor force availability, leading universities in advancing academic science fields, innovative research and development districts, proximity to major research hospitals, and strategic presence of venture capital resources.  The cities have tremendous strengths to coordinate efforts, resources and activities around life sciences development.  If you want to learn more about operating in one of these cities, come speak with them!

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass M2D2

Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a resource for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | City of Cambridge – Economic Development Division

The City of Cambridge is interested in supporting local entrepreneurs to grow and stay in Cambridge.  This Thursday, staff from the Economic Development Division will be in the Café talking about resources available for Cambridge startups.  Stop by their table in the Café to chat and learn how they can help you.

Office Hours

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

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 – 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. | Jared Cosulich

Jared Cosulich is the Director of the Boston office for Pivotal Labs. He is an expert in user experience, agile software development, pair programming, and test-driven development.  He can provide advice about developing software in a more agile fashion, growing an effective engineering team, and focusing a product roadmap to test assumptions more effectively and zero in on product-market fit.

Reserve 30 minutes with Jared here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Rob Ackman

Rob Ackman brings a wide variety of experience as a SCORE Business Mentor.  He began his career as a Commercial Loan Officer in Boston.  He then changed direction and worked in Marketing and Advertising for large restaurant chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway and Applebee’s for over thirty years.  Rob brings with him the mentoring resources of SCORE.  That includes more than forty additional successful executives, CPA’s, small business owners and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Reserve 30 minutes with Rob here.

This Week: November 30 – December 6, 2014

Friends,

On Wednesday at District Hall, Venture Café and Microsoft present Urban Infrastructures for Public Health, our 4th Conversation on Civic Tech.

Then, on Thursday, join us in Cambridge for Sustainability Collaborative and Office Hours with 5 adept advisors, including Venture Café Foundation Board Member Mitch Tyson.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café In Session

Feature Event

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

Venture Café Foundation and EcoMotion present Sustainability Collaborative, a monthly meetup for sustainability advocates during the first Thursday of each month.  This gathering gives participants the chance to engage in a collaborative discussion around sustainability innovation in a mini-unConference style.

Join them to engage in meaningful discussion and connect with like minded innovators and entrepreneurs.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us.

Office Hours

3:00 – 6:00 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 – 6:00 P.M. | Mitch Tyson

Mitch is a former CEO and happy to help cleantech, tech, and med device entrepreneurs.  He coaches entrepreneurs and serves on corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards.  He’s also Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council, a partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, and serves on the boards of both Venture Café Foundation and Greentown Labs.

Starting and growing a company is exhilarating but it is hard in many dimensions.  If you want to talk to someone about the challenges you’re facing as an entrepreneur he’s available to offer some business therapy.

Reserve time with Mitch by email.

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

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

3:30 – 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.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

TCN UpStart Roundtable with Ken Deckinger

Originally posted by Matthew Glidden on Venture Café Studio Blog on 4/5/14

At this month’s TCN roundtable for entrepreneurs, Ken (of JessMeetKen.com) discusses his founding experience in the worlds of on- and off-line dating, when to self-fund instead of seeking outside investment, and how his own relationship led to his current business. Joe Caruso of LaunchPad Venture Group hosted our panel.

Ken Deckinger (Founder, JessMeetKen.com)

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, 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.

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TCN UpStart Roundtable with Ellen Rubin, Founder / CEO of ClearSky Data

Originally posted by Matthew Glidden on Venture Café Studio Blog on 3/7/14

At this month’s TCN roundtable for entrepreneurs, Ellen discusses her experience during bullish and bearish times for high-tech investment, how to search for the right co-founder, and why hiring is critical for new businesses. Dan Allred of Silicon Valley Bank and The Capital Network hosted our panel.

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, 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.

Eitan Glinert and Sean Baptiste of Fire Hose Games on Building Small and Helping Others

Originally posted by Matthew Glidden on Venture Café Studio Blog on 1/31/14

I sat down this week with Eitan and Sean to talk about the founding of Fire Hose, its move to “small” games, and the inspiration behind their upcoming incubator for gaming startups in Cambridge, MA. Like many business ideas, it includes the key question, “why on Earth doesn’t this exist already?”

For more coverage of the Fire Hose incubator announcement, check out Polygon’s article or The Boston Globe. Find their daily gaming and advice broadcasts at http://www.twitch.tv/firehosegames and business updates on Twitter (@FireHoseGames).

If what you really want is “Eitan singing like the Swedish Chef,” this pre-interview chat about The Muppets is just for you.

Hey, The Muppets are for everyone.

TCN UpStart Roundtable with Chase Garbarino, founder of BostInno

Originally posted by Matthew Glidden on Venture Café Studio Blog on 1/30/14

At this month’s TCN roundtable for entrepreneurs, Chase discusses his first college business, the cheapest food in Allston, and how BostInno worked through its online media growing pains to become a news hub for Boston’s innovation and technology scene. Dan Allred of Silicon Valley Bank hosts the panel.

To check out Chase’s work and learn more about tech and innovation in Greater Boston, subscribe to BostInno.