Event Calendar

Stay up to date on the events happening at Venture Café on the calendar below.

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Jan
26
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session – The Future of Mobility
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for ‘Transportation Night’ at Venture Café Kendall to hear more about The Future of Transportation. The evening will feature three talks on the latest business, technology, and regulatory developments in people and goods transport.

Local government officials will join us in a dialogue about regional transportation infrastructure plans. Two additional panels will share the state of innovations in smart transportation, ride sharing, logistics, and vehicles. Local startups and transportation organizations will be on hand to share their latest product demos and programs.

SESSIONS

I. Boston’s North-South Rail Link – A Discussion with Governor Michael Dukakis

II. Self-Driving Car – From Test Bed to Highways

III. Bike to the Future – Paving the Way to Modern Transportation.

STARTUP DEMOS

Check out these Startup Demos during Transportation Night:
Buca Boot
Bonzer Inc
Carla
GeoOrbital
Get Fuel, Inc.
Parkloco
ParkWise
and more…

If you represent a transportation startup and your firm is interested in demoing your product during transportation night, apply here: http://vencaf.org/venture-cafe-kendall-demo-table-application/

If you represent an organization or agency with interests in the transportation space, apply here to set up a complimentary Info Table during this event: http://vencaf.org/venture-cafe-kendall-info-table-request/

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 30 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures, start-ups and projects. She founded two for-profit companies, WPI, Inc. and The Sun Walking Group, and, was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. WPI, Inc., for 35 years, under Jacquie’s guidance, was a successful international development firm. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, a sustainable and strategic planning corporation. Sun Walking assists communities and countries frame projects through a “lab” lens (innovation, R&D, metrics and analytics) focused on clean energy and the environment, Climate Change and socio/economic issues. In addition, Sun Walking assists in developing sustainable funds for local projects. She helped found the Living Systems Lab – Fisherville Mill, (non-profit) – a bio-remediated site creating natural and human habitat, and, was on the founding board of the Thrift Fund for Economic Development. 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.
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Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 30 minute slots.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

Office Hours: Marcus Yee
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Marcus recently left IBM after more than 20 years of services to join force with an IBM Watson business partner and a predictive software startup. He sees the future as one of predictive. Any startups or enterprises that process the predictive capabilities will have the competitive edge.

He has over 20 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes on strategic and sales process consulting to shorten complex sales cycles. He developed and managed strategic relationships with IBM partners that drove millions of IBM annual revenues.

In 2015, he was on a team that works with startups, entrepreneurs, enterprises, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area. He joined IBM Research’s Accessibility team in 2016 but continues to regularly consult with startups and established companies on their go to market strategies, their risk exposures, and their sales and channel models. He made connections within IBM where applicable and refers startups to appropriate mentors, VCs, or angel investors when appropriate. He views sales as the critical success factor for all businesses whether it is selling its ideas to investors or its products to customers.

In addition to holding office hours at the Venture Café, he is also a mentor at MassChallenge.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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.

Office Hours: New Leaf Legal
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Office Hours: Sissi Liu
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 bring 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.

Office Hours: Steve Davis
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

Boston’s North-South Rail Link – A Discussion
Jan 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

In the coming years, there are several decisions about transportation infrastructure projects the state of Massachusetts will need to consider. One of them is the North-South Rail Link which could radically change the landscape of Massachusetts’ public transit.

Massachusetts’ crowded highways are impacting employers, workers, and the environment. Our commuter rail system has limitations for our growing region. A downtown rail link with full transit connectivity could greatly improve service, costs, and provide a long-term solution to regional highway congestion. New construction technologies are being used around the world to build similar links without the high cost and disruption to daily transportation. Join the conversation on technological innovation and policy implications of the NSRL.

For more information: www.northsouthraillink.org.

This conversation will be joined by former Governor,
Michael S. Dukakis.

Brad Bellows

Norm Gorin

Office Hours with George Mabry
Jan 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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. Opening will be live one week before this date.

Demo Table: Carla
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Travelers focus a lot of time on finding great deals for hotels and flights but when it comes to renting cars most people think that rates are fairly standard across sites. At Carla they spent a lot of time understanding the economics of car rentals and will share tips and tricks for travelers.

Demo Table: GeoOrbital
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The patent pending GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the orbital wheel (the wheels on the TRON Motorcycles). The GeoOrbital wheel replaces a standard bicycle front wheel to turn your bike into a powerful electric vehicle in under 60 seconds, and it’s fun!

Ride the future, ride GeoOrbital…

Demo Table: Get Fuel, Inc.
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

GetFuel takes the hassle out of fill-ups. They partner with businesses & consumers to offer on-demand fuel service on their corporate offices and workplace. It’s basically “Uber for gas”.

Demo Table: Infotraffic Inc.
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn how Infotraffic can help you save time moving around your office and save time commuting home. Live demos and more information available at their table during Venture Café’s weekly gathering.

Infotraffic provides and displays relevant digital content for your workspace that is essential to urban living. They help employees and visitors make efficient and environmentally friendly transportation decisions while optimizing their time. Infotraffic System TV, their turnkey solution, enhances any workspace and user experience by increasing comfort and reducing the stress of your next commute. Their content aggregates road traffic conditions, transit schedules, flight departures, and car and bike sharing options for smart mobility.

They are also a provider of digital directories and wayfinding systems designed to help employees and guests navigate large office spaces. These interactive solutions display customized 3D mapping and itineraries to locate meeting rooms and various building amenities.

Demo Table: Parkloco
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Parkloco brings the next wave in parking innovation, introducing data aggregation and analytics to the staid parking industry. Parkloco is the first real time data pipeline that dramatically increases revenue for parking facilities by providing data analytics while establishing a communication channel with existing consumer-facing apps.

Demo Table: ParkWise
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ParkWise is a crowd-sourcing, community-oriented street parking app providing users with real-time information about free and soon-to-be free street parking spots nearby, making parking easy for every driver. “Waze for street parking” is the closest analogy.

As an additional benefit ParkWise also provides driver with parking regulations and notifications.

Office Hours: Andreas Randow
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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.

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Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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.

Self Driving Cars from Testbeds to Highways
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Millions of investment dollars are fueling rapid growth in the self-driving car market. As automated vehicles get set to drive off the testbeds and on to our highways, learn how this new technology will change urban transportation. This panel will help you get inside the technology, startups and revenue models primed to set the industry on fire.

Panelists:
Troy Jones – Draper Labs
Kris Carter – The City of Boston’s New Urban Mechanics

Moderator:
Tom Ryden – MassRobotics

Office Hours: Neheet Trivedi
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Neheet Trivedi, founded and recently sold a company in the food / consumer goods space, Anchor Nutrition. He’s especially adept at helping early stage companies think through customer discovery, team building and dynamics, and fundraising. He also has worked in machine learning, AI, and e-commerce, and extensively in emerging markets around the world.

RSVP Here.

Next Level Business Forum
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Next Level Business Forum offers “expertise for innovation”. The forum brings together business-owners, -coaches, and -service-providers, for enlightened discussions. Each participant, expert in his own field, benefits from the others’ perspectives.

Bring your hardest problems and collaborate with other entrepreneurs and experts in a group setting. Owners and Experts break into groups for an idea-sharing round.

RSVP here.

Bike to the Future!
Jan 26 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A conversation by disruptors about how to move from invention, to product, to company in a space that has stayed basically the same for over 100 years. Join Mike Burtov from GeoOrbital as he leads a panel discussion on the how bicycles are paving the way for modern transportation.

Panelists:
Bob Mallon – Zagster
Tivan Amour – Fortified Bicycle
Howard Marson – Investor

Moderator:
Mike Burtov – GeoOrbital

If you know how to ride a bike this conversation will roll your socks off.

“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” – Albert Einstein (on the theory of relativity)

Feb
2
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 30 minute slots.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.