Boston Calendar

Vencaf 23Jan201517

Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Sep
1
Thu
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
Sep 1 @ 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 @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 1 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 1 @ 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: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Sep 1 @ 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: Marty Sack @ Venture Café (Huatulco) 5th floor
Sep 1 @ 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: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 1 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 1 @ 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

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 1 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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!

Office Hours: Ned Lomigora @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Sep 1 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Go to Market Strategy: How to Launch Your Business @ Venture Café (Havana)
Sep 1 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The success of startups depends heavily on their Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies and tactics. Many entrepreneurs find it challenging to create them.

In this workshop, you will have a dialogue on why and how to develop a Go-to-Market (GTM) plan. You will also cover what role the GTM played in the success or failure of some of the known startups like Dell, Yahoo, and Uber.

Alok Singh has 15 years of global executive and entrepreneurial experience. During 12+ years at Dell, he led multiple sales & marketing organizations for consumer and commercial markets across the world. He holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan.

Sep
8
Thu
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 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: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 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.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Sep 8 @ 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 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 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: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Sep 8 @ 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: Marty Sack @ Venture Café (Huatulco) 5th floor
Sep 8 @ 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: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 8 @ 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

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack @ Venture Café (Cancun) 5th floor
Sep 8 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Info Table: HUBweek @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Have you heard about HUBweek? Taking place this year from Sept. 25–Oct. 1, HUBweek is a creative festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection of art, science, and technology in Greater Boston. Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Mass. General Hospital and together with over 100 collaborating organizations, HUBweek brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world.

From interactive exhibits and workshops to major keynotes and civic debates, HUBweek is fueled by the people, creativity, and intellectual energy found here in Greater Boston. Come meet the HUBweek team to learn more about the 90+ events coming our way this fall.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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!

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Sep 8 @ 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: Sissi Liu @ Venture Café (Huatulco)
Sep 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 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 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.

Next Level Business Forum @ Venture Café (Cozumel)
Sep 8 @ 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.

Next Level Business Forum @ Venture Café (Cozumel)
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sustainability Collaborative: Developing Innovation Ecosystems and Sustainable Technologies @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Sep 8 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Sustainability entrepreneurs vary in expertise and solutions, yet they all strive to make the world a better place. The real question is, which sustainability initiatives can be leveraged to harness opportunities for real, impactful action? Join this discussion as briefly describe a handful of projects, focusing on the types of stakeholders and sustainable outcomes to start a conversation around how to pursue meaningful solutions.

John Gravelin and Sierra Flanigan will be lead this conversation.

One Secret Trick to Getting Picked for Funding with Johnny Monsarrat @ Venture Café (Havana)
Sep 8 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Raising money feels like climbing Mount Everest. In this workshop, you’ll find the ski lift straight to the top. Come learn from
Johnny Monsarrat who convinced Microsoft to give $3 million to his first company, without a product and before venture investment. Turbine pioneered massively multiplayer online games, now a $12 billion industry, and was bought by Warner Brothers for $160 million.

Giant companies have giant problems, and if you position yourself just right, you can get “talent scouted” too. Find a big partner with the channels and prestige to take you worldwide, who can either give you cash or give you the clout you need to raise your own. In this interactive workshop, you’ll take part in exercises and try one of Johnny Monsarrat’s secrets to success, from theory to practice. He’ll take your questions with humor and striking insights from “way beyond” what you normally learn at entrepreneur forums or even getting an MBA. He’ll take and solve real examples from the audience, too.

RSVP here!

Sep
14
Wed
Office Hours: Kristin Polito @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Sep 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Kristin Polito is an accomplished executive and business academic, with a myriad of experience developing enterprise initiatives and marketing campaigns, strengthening positioning and industry standing, and boosting revenues. She knows competitive landscapes and has set drive improvements to enterprise-wide strategic plans, new business development opportunities, product development enhancements, and program delivery. She has worked extensively in the venture capital space with biotech, hi-tech, telecom, and a host of other start-ups.

As a SCORE Mentor, Kristin brings with her the resources of more than 50 additional mentors with a full range of expertise in almost every area of business and non-profits.

RSVP here.

Sep
15
Thu
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 15 @ 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.