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Venture Cafe Presents: Aaryn Manning of Project Place

Venture Cafe Presents host Christine Dunn speaks with Aaryn Manning of Project Place, an organization that works with low-income and homeless men and women, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. For more information, visit

Venture Cafe Presents is done in partnership with Arcpoint Strategy.

Café Night at Kendall, Oct. 27, 2016: Savory Success Stories


How do we improve the human condition? We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are means to do exactly that. However, before we can even focus on using either of those things to pay it forward, we have to focus on ourselves; more specifically, on our own nourishment. If we’re not able to eat, how can we even begin to think about helping others? Only then can we, as Pillar Companies’ Sarah Hodges says, do something remarkable, make a meaningful contribution to the world.

So what does nourishment have to do with Thursday’s Café Night at Kendall? It’s our fourth theme night focused on entrepreneurs and innovations in the food and beverage industry. Special thanks to Venture Café Volunteer Kosta Chernikov (also Co-Founder of Georgian Toast) and  for helping to organize Thursday’s themed Café Night.

First, attend the Slow Money Boston Showcase featuring Fox Point Pickling Company, Mattapan Ecovation Center, Ocean State Smoked Fish Company, SamosaMan Exotic Food, Democracy Brewing, and American Stonecraft. Then, check out our panel,Savory Success Stories: A Discussion on Boston Food Startups, with Branchfood‘s Lauren Abda, Stockpot Malden‘s Emily Gouillart, Foundation Kitchen‘s Ciaran Nagle, and moderated by Venture Café’s very own Blonde Beauchamp (also Founder of The Craic and Blonde). Following the panel, join TCN UpStart Roundtable for a casual conversation between The Food Loft‘s Adam Salomone (also Founder and Partner of Salt Ventures), Edible Ventures‘s Bob Stringer (also Founder of Crimson Seed Capital), and Silicon Valley Bank’s Pete MacDonald.

During the latter part of the Café, enjoy samples from Apotheker’s, beantrust, @coffeepeddlers, Meal TicketNama Kiss, NOLA Fresh Foods, Noodle LabNutty Life, ParTea, SamosaMan, and X.O.I. And, visit Info Tables for Dinner Belles, LeanBox, Spoiler Alert, and a program of The Venture Café Foundation.

And, as always get feedback and find resources to grow your startup during Office Hours with our adept advisors, including two new additions to our ever-expanding Office Hours roster: Tricia Young-Shaw, Founder and Principal of TLE Consulting Group, and Christine Dunn, host of Venture Café Presents and President and Founder of ArcPoint Strategic Communications. Don’t forget to reserve all of your appointments for Office Hours now!

Please find the full schedule below.

Hope to see you Thursday,


Thursday – October 27, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café Night at Kendall in Session: Savory Success Stories
Venture Café, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02140

Feature Events

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Slow Money Boston Showcase

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | Savory Success Stories: A Discussion About Boston Food Startups with Lauren Abda, Emily Gouillart, Ciaran Nagle, and Blonde Beauchamp

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Adam Salomone, Bob Stringer, and Pete MacDonald

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Christine Dunn – commercializing and marketing your ideas

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

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

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay – Sun Walking Group

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Tricia Young-Shaw – helping community-based businesses

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

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

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Andreas Randow – turning your product into a functional company

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Alok Singh – go-to-market strategies and tactics


5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Apotheker’s

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | beantrust

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | @coffeepeddlers

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Meal Ticket

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Nama Kiss

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | NOLA Fresh Foods

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Noodle Lab

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Nutty Life

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | ParTea

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | SamosaMan

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | X.O.I

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Dinner Belles

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | LeanBox

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Spoiler Alert

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. |

Venture Cafe Presents Reem Yared, Founder of Help Around Town

Venture Cafe Presents host Christine Dunn speaks with Reem Yared, Founder of Help Around Town which helps youth find jobs.

Venture Cafe Presents is done in partnership with Arcpoint Strategy.

Turning Ideas to Startup Success– Sarah Boisvert

sarahboisvertimage“Great ideas by themselves are not innovation.” – Sarah Boisvert

Serial entrepreneur and trailblazer Sarah Boisvert co-founded a digital fabrication company in 1986 before digital fabrication was even “a thing,” and she has been at the forefront of the industry ever since.

In this episode Sarah shares key concepts for testing ideas and turning them into innovation, including:

  • What the scientific method has to do with business
  • Why fast, dirty, and cheap experiments can be your most powerful tactic
  • The distinction between seeking what works vs. proving your idea does work
  • Knowing when to let go of a design or an idea
  • Overcoming fear of failure
  • And much more!

Guest Bio:

Sarah Boisvert is a serial entrepreneur whose first startup, Potomac Photonics, Inc., built and sold lasers, including the laser for LASIK eye surgery, and laser-based machine tools. After leading the sale of Potomac in 1999, Sarah consulted for organizations such as JDS Uniphase, Domino Printing Sciences, Coherent, and the MIT Fab Lab Network. Most recently, Sarah has founded Fab Lab Hub to support nearly 1,000 Fab Labs around the world. Fab Workforce is Sarah’s latest project, a training program in traditional and distributed manufacturing through hands-on, project-based learning in nontraditional settings.



Host & Producer:

Katya Margolin

Writer, Editor, Multimedia Storyteller


Music Credits:

“Play,” Cloudy October

“Sweet Cream In It,” Jel

Venture Cafe Presents Maya Nitzberg

Venture Cafe Presents Maya Nitzberg, Development and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at The Possible Project. She spoke with host Christine Dunn about the non-profit youth entrepreneurship development program.

Venture Cafe Presents is done in partnership with Arcpoint Strategy.

This Week: Sept. 11 – 17, 2016


Our Office Hours program provides opportunities to get feedback on three two different days this week. First, Joe Caruso hosts Office Hours on Tuesday; then, on Wednesday evening, Kristin Polito hosts Office Hours outside of the Café. Then, during Venture Café Thursday, we’re pleased to welcome Matt Cloyd, Alok Singh, and Mike Perez to our roster of adept advisors hosting Office Hours. They’ll join four of our other regular contributors hosting Office Hours in the Café this Thursday.

This week’s Thursday gathering plays host to our first theme night this Fall: Robotics. We’d like to thank Byron Galbraith, Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Talla and one of our fabulous Volunteers, for playing a major role in helping to organize this Thursday’s theme night. Also, ArcPoint Strategic Communications is filming another edition of Venture Café Presents on Thursday. The full schedule is listed below.

If you were here last Thursday you may have met our newest team member, Chandra Briggman. Chandra joins us as the new Venture Café Thursdays Director. If you haven’t already met her, please give her a warm welcome at an upcoming gathering.

Next week, Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) hosts its monthly Café Night in Dudley Square on Tuesday, September 20. Innovation in the City occurs at Microsoft NERD on September 27 and 28. And, of course, there’s also HUBweek from September 25 – October 1, where we’re hosting the Roxbury Showcase at RIC on September 26 and Driving Startup Growth: Building an Innovation Ecosystem at CIC Cambridge on September 27.

Hope to see you this week,


Tuesday – September 13, 2016

2:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs Cancelled; our apologies for the inconvenience.
1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02140

Wednesday – September 14, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Kristin Polito – SCORE
1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02140

Thursday – September 15, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session: Robotics
1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02140

Feature Events @ Venture Café Thursday
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Landscaping the EU and US Cybersecurity Arena

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | How Much for that Robot Doggie in the Window? – Designing and Defining The Market for Robotics

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

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Joe Jones, formerly of iRobot

6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | A.I. and Robots: Why should robots be intelligent and who will pay for them?

Office Hours @ Venture Café Thursday
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone – it’s about your startup’s story

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Marcus Yee – IBM Cambridge

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Matt Cloyd – public sector product development

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | George Mabry – Converge Venture Partners

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Alok Singh – go-to-market strategies

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Mike Perez – information technology security

Info Tables @ Venture Café Thursday
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. |

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Heddoko

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MOVIA

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Northeastern Robotics Club

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Phiro

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Tertill

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Woobo

Venture Cafe Presents Deb Kemper of Golden Seeds

Venture Cafe Presents Deb Kemper, Managing Director of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She spoke with host Christine Dunn about the current landscape of angel investing and today’s women entrepreneurs.

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Venture Cafe Presents Vicky Wu Davis, Founder and Executive Director of Youth CITIES

In her discussion with host Christine Dunn, Vicky Wu Davis talks about innovation in the world of education and how Youth CITIES is making a difference in the lives of today’s students.

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Get Things Done: Performance Optimizer and Entrepreneur Shares Tactics from Blend of Sciences

Pedro De AbreuIf you take any productivity tips this year, let it be founded in science! Tune in to this pithy special episode where we follow-up with our last guest, Harvard scholar and entrepreneur Pedro de Abreu, to get tips on how to make the most of each day– and our ceaseless to-do list.

Pedro de Abreu is a Harvard scholar, Founder of 14X IG, TEDx Speaker, and a rapidly growing thought leader.


Pedro De Abreu is an entrepreneur, Harvard scholar, author, TEDx speaker, and the founder of 14x Innovation Group (14X IG). 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 is the Co-Chair of the Brain Initiative at The Future Society within the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Guest: Pedro De Abreu, Founder and CEO, 14X IG


Host & Producer: Katya Margolin, Writer, Editor, Multimedia Storyteller


Music Credits:

“The Last Four Things,” Deceptikon

“Nostrand,” Ratatat

Venture Cafe Presents Michael Burtov of GeoOrbital

Entrepreneur and Venture Cafe volunteer Mike Burtov talks with host Christine Dunn about his innovative hardware company GeoOrbital, their successful Kickstarter, and the unique atmosphere of the Venture Cafe.

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