Boston Calendar

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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

May
5
Thu
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 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)
May 5 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
May 5 @ 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 @ Venture Café – 5th Floor (Café Table)
May 5 @ 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 20 minute slots via email.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
May 5 @ 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 (Acapulco) 5th floor
May 5 @ 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)
May 5 @ 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.

Office Hours: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 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: Creative Industries
May 5 @ 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.

This Cafe is focused on Creative Industries and startups focused on redefining the arts. Join experts in the creative startup space this Thursday to connect and hear their lessons learned.

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

Future Trends of the Creative Industries @ Venture Café (Havana)
May 5 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us as we bring together leaders of various creative industries to discuss the biggest opportunities and trends they see in their individual industries and the creative industries as a whole. We have representation from music, film, video games, marketing, and design and we will dig into local and global trends and how we fit in. The conversation will focus the effects of technology, entrepreneurship, creativity – and the meaningful impact of all of them on our industries and into the future!

Walk-ins are welcome but please RSVP here.

Moderator: Michael Kusek, Take Magazine
Chris Wawrousek, New Balance
Scott Simon, iZotope, Inc,
Steve Porter, Porter House Media
Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey, The Haute House Design Studio
Yuanyuan Yin, Superhealos

Info Table: Deborah Davidson from Catalyst Conversations @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

As part of Catalyst Conversations, Deborah Davidson connects scientists and artists in partnerships that spur fascinating talks and projects. She is a font of knowledge and a wonderful resource to hear more about the local art and innovation scene.

Info Table: Hailey Group @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Can looking deeply together at a great work of art transform your teams, projects, and strategic thinking? Yes, through rigorous practice, it can! Visit with Dabney Hailey, a consultant who teaches Visual Thinking Strategies to companies large and small, at her Venture Café table to discuss observation and facilitation techniques that cultivate productive communication, effective leadership, and innovative problem-solving.

Info Table: IndianRaga : Learn. Perform. Shine. @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Interested in learning a nice tune, or learn a cool Bollywood song? You can also become an instructor, and teach your creative skill to budding students from the world’s second-largest market and create a residual income stream. Or just want to chat about insights and challenges from a young edtech company? Meet the IndianRaga team to learn more, and join thousands of people teaching and learning music and music production online anytime, from anywhere. What’s more, you can also learn to make cool videos and be featured to thousands of people via social media.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 5 @ 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)
May 5 @ 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.

A Conversation on Innovation in the Creative Industries @ Venture Café (Havana)
May 5 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Come for the Creative Industries innovation panel and Q & A will feature a panel from the Greater Boston – area, New York, and Rhode Island ecosystem of creative industry and economy. Panelist will discuss how their training in the arts has influenced their approach to innovation and how they bring a unique twist to the organization they work with as well as highlight the challenges they have faced as creative innovators, success stories, and what unique opportunities they see in the future.

Walk-ins are welcome but please RSVP here.

TiE ScaleUp Info Session @ Venture Café (Cancun)
May 5 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join TiE-Boston for this session. They are seeking applicants for TiE ScaleUp, a five month program which provides the path to breakthrough growth for startups between seed financing and Series A in New England through access to investors, mentorship, CEO roundtables, and classes/workshops taught by entrepreneurs and faculty from reputed business schools.

Are you a company between seed funding and Series A funding who is looking to scale up? Apply by May 20, 2016 here.

May
11
Wed
Office Hours: Kristin Polito @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
May 11 @ 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.

May
12
Thu
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
May 12 @ 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: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
May 12 @ 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles @ Venture Café – 5th Floor (Café Table)
May 12 @ 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 20 minute slots via email.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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: Mitch Zucker @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mitch offers advice and guidance on everything from choice of entity, time and attendance options, owner compensation implications, to integrating payroll with the advisors of your choice.

RSVP here.

Venture Café in Session
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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: 2016 NEVY Awards @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Meet the team behind the NEVYs and get an inside perspective on this year’s nominees– plus a rundown of the Academy’s process in selecting them. Lucky Venture Café attendees could leave with free or discounted tickets to the awards on May 18th, so make sure to stop by and say hello.

Info Table: Open Data Science Conference @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Connect with some of the most innovative people and ideas in the world of data science, while learning first-hand from core practitioners and contributors.

As data science touches nearly every area of our lives, they’re offering SEVEN CONFERENCES each featuring one of its many aspects.

Focus on one or sample parts of all seven – the price is the same: jaw-droppingly low in comparison to similar conferences. Learn more here.

Info Table: SCORE Mentor Match @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

If you are seeking expert assistance of almost any kind with your start-up, growing your business or non-profit, or buying or selling a business, stop by and have a conversation with Kristen Polito. As a SCORE Mentor, Kristen can get you access to one of more than 60 Boston SCORE Mentors with expertise in almost all areas of business. As a non-profit corporation, there is NEVER a fee for business counseling. Many of our clients have been receiving on-going help as they start-up and grow into successful companies for up to 10 years or longer.

Kristen also holds EVENING OFFICE HOURS at the Cambridge Innovation Center. To reserve an evening session with Kristen, please do so here.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 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!

Info Table: TiE ScaleUp @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 12 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TiE ScaleUp is a five month accelerator program that provides startups a path to breakthrough growth through access to investors, mentors and classes/workshops.

During the program, startups will have the opportunity to engage with investors through an initial and final demo day, peer to peer learning through CEO roundtables, tailored mentorship and workshops taught by world class academics and subject matter experts. TiE-Boston does not charge a fee to companies to participate in the program nor does it take an equity position.

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
May 12 @ 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)
May 12 @ 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.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
May 12 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Get advice from Dr. Sheldon Borkin on growing and funding your company. Sheldon leads Strategic Angels which helps larger software companies become involved in the innovation economy. He is a mentor at both Techstars Boston and MassChallenge, and also a member of both Launchpad Venture Group and Investors Collaborative. Sheldon has done three startups resulting in two IPOs (including WebMD) and one acquisition. He is particularly interested in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies..

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here. Signups open up two weeks ahead of the sessions.

Sustainability Collaborative: Conscientious Consumerism and Interactive App Testing Session @ Venture Café (Cancun)
May 12 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

There’s a revolution underway across the country. Traditional economic theory says consumers will make decisions based on product quality and price. But now more and more of us also want to go green, buy local, shop organic, stand with workers and more–and we’re factoring these values into their purchasing decisions.

DoneGood is a Boston-based startup making it easy for people to find businesses doing good for people and the planet. Join DoneGood cofounder Cullen Schwarz for a discussion on the conscientious consumer movement, and try out the newest version of DoneGood in an interactive app testing, feedback and brainstorming session.

Wolf Greenfield: Brand New to Brands? Trademark Issues for Start-ups @ Venture Café (Havana)
May 12 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Confused about trademarks? Not sure where to start in the branding process for your company? This session will explore the ins-and-outs of the trademark/branding process, copyright issues and the domain name world from the perspective of a start-up. You’ll learn about the importance of branding your company or product, how to select a strong mark and how to implement a robust, cost-effective branding strategy.

Sponsored by Wolf Greenfield.

Walk-ins are welcome but please RSVP here.