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Boston Calendar

Sep
3
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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: Joe Caruso
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 3 @ 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: 10KSB
Sep 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is a free business management education program designed to help small business owners step away from day-to-day operations and focus on growth. Over the course of 12 weeks, business owners will learn from some of the brightest minds in business, gain a supportive network of advisors and peers, and develop a customized 5-year strategic growth plan for their business.

And it’s at no cost to you! There is no cost to apply, and all business owners automatically receive a full scholarship to participate if accepted. Learn more and access our online application at www.10ksbapply.com or email 10KSB@icic.org.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Sep 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Sep 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 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 particular interests in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies.

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here after July 31st.

Sustainability Collaborative
Sep 3 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings.

Stay tuned for more information about this month’s Sustainability Collaborative.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

Sep
9
Wed
2015
Office Hours: Peter Christie
Sep 9 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Please note this is on WEDNESDAY September 9th 2015 and not during the Cafe’s normal hours.

Peter Christie is a skilled, successful entrepreneur and business community leader with extensive experience and expertise in small business, strategic planning, organizational management, as well as in the non-profit sector. He is the former CEO of both the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and CEO of the Mass. Restaurant Assn. Educational Foundation, and has owned and managed several restaurants. He still remains a sought after strategic consultant.

As a certified SCORE Mentor, Peter brings with him the resources of more than 45 additional mentors with a vast array of expertise in almost every area of business and not for profits. All SCORE business counseling services are free of charge.

Click her to make an appointment with Peter.

Sep
10
Thu
2015
Office Hours: David Hartzband
Sep 10 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

David Hartzband has spent 25+ years designing, developing & deploying large-scale software systems into large & small organizations. He has been one of the chief software architects for (at the tike) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an exit. More recently, he has been on the research faculty at MIT working on the relationship of technology & organizations. Since leaving EMC as a Vice President in 2003, he has been working in healthcare information systems.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Sep 10 @ 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Sep 10 @ 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
Sep 10 @ 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
Sep 10 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 10 @ 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 with George Mabry
Sep 10 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Sep 10 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Info Table: AUSA Young Professionals Network
Sep 10 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Young Professionals Network (YPN)
AUSA YPN is a professional association that educates and networks with veterans of all services, civilian associates and their families. As AUSA members, they continue to support the Association’s mission within our own chapters and communities. They are also YPN ambassadors: they are educated about national defense priorities; we serve our military and civilian communities; and we are vigilant advocates for the greatest U.S. Armed Forces — the greatest service community in the world.

AUSA YPN enables you to connect with young professionals, entrepreneurs, military leaders and seasoned businesses and corporations. The network offers the resources you need to find employment through networking; internship opportunities with respected companies; mentoring programs to advance your leadership skills; and engaging and substantive networking events.

The YPN affords leadership challenges that test your skills and stretch your professional and business acumen. Our networking events will not only engage your interest and professional development, but foster camaraderie and raise awareness in supporting the U.S. Armed Forces community.

First Region YPN is hosting development events in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. They are committed in supporting the AUSA’s young professionals who want to pursue a career in defending our nation. They need volunteers, new members and business partners who will help support our efforts highlighting AUSA YPN’s mission and its efforts supporting the military and civilian communities.
They are a group of volunteers who are committed in helping soldiers, veterans, civilian associates and businesses with the foundation of nation defense advocacy efforts and serving those who serve.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Sep 10 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

Info Table: Resilient Coders
Sep 10 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Resilient Coders is a volunteer-based program focused on making web technology more available to urban youth who might not otherwise be exposed to it. They see code literacy as an aspect of social justice, and are looking for hacktivists who want to roll up their sleeves. Join them in sharing your passion with Boston’s youth.

Office Hours: Roy Watson
Sep 10 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The high percentage of foreign nationals who are critical to the founding or success of a company makes securing reliable work status in the US a major priority. Watson Law Offices will meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, and will explain options and strategies for securing employment or residence (“green card”) status in the US. The most productive meetings generally include a current resume and your passport.

EO Workshop – Disrupting an industry without VC funding
Sep 10 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Please join the Boston Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to enjoy a presentation by Joe Keeley, an award winning entrepreneur who is disrupting the childcare space.

Joe Keeley kept his business alive by using funds from various entrepreneurial awards and bootstrapping in any way he could. His entrepreneurial spirit continues to move the company forward by pioneering new ways to use technology to provide better service to families.

At this event Joe will tell his story of how he took his company from a student job to a leading national franchise in an a-typical way. He will touch on:

• Disrupting the industry with no VC funding.
• Getting ahead with Angel Investors.
• Creating systems to link vision to activities each and every day.
• Using the simple one-page-strategy to align all branches and franchisees.
• The importance of core purpose, core values and an aligned vision in achieving success.

Info Session: HUBweek
Sep 10 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Have you heard about HUBweek? HUBweek is week-long series of events and unexpected experiences taking place across Greater Boston from October 3 – 10 that showcases the world-changing work, art and thinking being imagined and built here. From interactive art exhibits to crowdsourcing global solutions and philosophy at Fenway, HUBweek is fueled by and open to the people, creativity and intellectual energy found here in Boston.

Come talk to the HUBweek team to learn more about how you can get involved, help build a signature event for Boston, or register to attend one of HUBweek’s free events in October. A collaboration between the Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT and Mass General, HUBweek is where art, science and technology collide.

Sales and Marketing Book Club
Sep 10 @ 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Join us for the inaugural meeting of a sales and marketing book club hosted by Martin Long. Martin is a long-time sales professional, a Sales Team Architect who builds and fixes sales teams, a marketing consultant and strategist, and a startup mentor.

In this monthly book club, we will read and discuss the canons of sales and marketing methodologies. We’ll go through some of the classics (Crossing the Chasm, Strategic Selling, SPIN Selling, Customer-Centric Selling) as well as some of the newest material. These books are widely read but often are confusing to put into practice.

Please come if you are interested in:
•Learning more about marketing and sales
•How to implement the prescriptions of any particular book
•Learning more about the genre and how to pick and choose the ideas and approaches that you can apply best in your business.

Attendees can be:
•Entrepreneurs
•Sales professionals
•Marketing professionals
•All around interesting and insightful people

No professional or marketing experience is required. We’re going to do this together.

It is not necessary to have read any of these books to attend. In this first meeting we will collectively choose the first book that we’ll discuss as a group in one month’s time.
RSVP here.

Sep
17
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
Sep 17 @ 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: Hal Charnley
Sep 17 @ 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
Sep 17 @ 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
Sep 17 @ 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
Sep 17 @ 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
Sep 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marcus has over 25 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners. Prior to his current role of working with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area, he managed the relationships of IBM partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues.

Marcus is available to discuss sales strategies as well as partnering strategies that can greatly impact the successes of startup companies.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Sep 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 17 @ 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: 10KSB
Sep 17 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is a free business management education program designed to help small business owners step away from day-to-day operations and focus on growth. Over the course of 12 weeks, business owners will learn from some of the brightest minds in business, gain a supportive network of advisors and peers, and develop a customized 5-year strategic growth plan for their business.

And it’s at no cost to you! There is no cost to apply, and all business owners automatically receive a full scholarship to participate if accepted. Learn more and access the online application at www.10ksbapply.com or email 10KSB@icic.org.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Sep 17 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable
Sep 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Are you a founder of a startup? If so, come join other founders for a peer-to-peer discussion group to talk about the challenges you’re facing and to share advice. Leverage the founder community knowledge to grow your business!

Sign-up for more information and to join the roundtable here.

6:00pm – 6:15pm: A 30 second – 1 minute intro from each of the participants
6:15pm – 7:00pm: A discussion of 2-3 topics brought up by the moderator
7:00pm – 7:30pm: An open discussion to network or pair up with founders in your business stage / industry

In respect to the other Founders’ participating, we ask that you don’t enter the room any later than 10 – 15 minutes after the roundtable begins.

Finding Your Story: A Roundtable for Engaging Audiences and Markets
Sep 17 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Telling the right story to the right audience is the core skill a startup must have. Capturing attention. Engaging. Being clear. Unforgettable. Not just for a pitch deck and marketing, but every interaction a company makes. Sadly, most startups struggle communicating who they are, what they do, why anyone else should care.
 For many, this is their undoing. We’ll talk about the challenges of communicating and being too close to our content, about the creative process, message design, compelling others to listen. We’ll help each other convert ideas/vision into compelling story, and make sure that what we say is heard.

Connecting the Innovation Community