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Boston Calendar

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Mar
5
Thu
2015
Office Hours: David Boundy
Mar 5 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sustainable competitive advantage is key to a successful business. Often, intellectual property is crucial to maintaining that advantage. Patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets should synergize with business goals in a comprehensive strategy.

Cambridge Technology Law LLC has offices in CIC. They have experience representing startups and investors, in patent acquisition, financing transactions, and dispute resolution, from early stage to liquidity exit. They bring an integrated business approach to using your IP to attract and protect investment, to build and hold market position, and to build business value.

RSVP via email

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Mar 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: Steve Davis
Mar 5 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years. He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

Venture Café in Session
Mar 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.

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.

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: Marty Sack
Mar 5 @ 3:30 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.

Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015
Mar 5 @ 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton MBBP hosts a panel discussing the various factors that need to be taken into consideration when pricing a venture capital transaction. They’ve gathered a panel of seasoned VCs to discuss these factors and to share invaluable insight to entrepreneurs preparing for a fundraising.

Moderated by:
Scott Bleier, Senior Attorney, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

Panelists:
Luke Burns, Partner, Ascent Venture Partners
Rob Go, Cofounder, NextView Ventures
Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Sigma Prime Ventures

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!
Please visit MBBP’s event page for more details and to reserve your spot.

Info Table: MassChallenge
Mar 5 @ 5:30 PM – Mar 5 @ 7:30 PM

MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and the first to support early stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Every year, MassChallenge selects 128 of the highest impact ventures from every industry and any stage to participate in a four month startup competition where they receive free office space, mentorship, professional education, opportunities for fundraising, and more – all with no equity taken.

Startup applications for MassChallenge 2015 are open until April 1. Visit MassChallenge.org for more info and send inquiries to contact@MassChallenge.org.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Mar 5 @ 5:30 PM – Mar 5 @ 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.

Sustainability Collaborative
Mar 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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

March 5th’s Sustainability Collaborative topic will be alleviating hunger. Sasha Purpura, Executive Director from Food For Free, will facilitate the conversation around the challenges and opportunities for food rescue and distribution in Greater Boston. She will frame up the issues, bring the group up to speed on current efforts, and open the floor for innovative ideas on how to reduce food waste and food insecurity in the Greater Boston area. Folks are invited to share and participate in this unique discussion.

Questions? Email Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

Mar
12
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Mar 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: Joe Caruso
Mar 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.

Venture Café in Session
Mar 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.

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: Marty Sack
Mar 12 @ 3:30 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Mar 12 @ 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: MassChallenge
Mar 12 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and the first to support early stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Every year, MassChallenge selects 128 of the highest impact ventures from every industry and any stage to participate in a four month startup competition where they receive free office space, mentorship, professional education, opportunities for fundraising, and more – all with no equity taken.

Startup applications for MassChallenge 2015 are open until April 1. Visit MassChallenge.org for more info and send inquiries to contact@MassChallenge.org.

Mar
19
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Mar 19 @ 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: Steve Davis
Mar 19 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years. He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

Venture Café in Session
Mar 19 @ 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.

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
Mar 19 @ 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.

Info Table: MassChallenge
Mar 19 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and the first to support early stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Every year, MassChallenge selects 128 of the highest impact ventures from every industry and any stage to participate in a four month startup competition where they receive free office space, mentorship, professional education, opportunities for fundraising, and more – all with no equity taken.

Startup applications for MassChallenge 2015 are open until April 1. Visit MassChallenge.org for more info and send inquiries to contact@MassChallenge.org.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Mar 19 @ 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.

Mar
26
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Mar 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 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Mar 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.

Venture Café in Session: Veteran Entrepreneurs
Mar 26 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Venture Café Foundation and Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources are proud to host the first event in a new series called “The Veteran Entrepreneur” on March 26th, 2015. This new programming series aims to connect, inspire, and support military veterans in their efforts to start businesses and to take the leap into entrepreneurship.

The Veteran Entrepreneur Series will offer a forum to help veterans navigate the start-up stage, educate aspiring entrepreneurs on resources to support growth, and provide networking opportunities with entrepreneurs of all kinds. Our military veterans have skills and experiences that are unique in many ways. The Veteran Entrepreneur Series is designed to further invigorate them in our start-up and innovation economy.

The first event on March 26th will include a panel discussion and Q&A session with leaders in the start-up community, addressing the obstacles they overcame and lessons learned from making the transition from military to entrepreneur.

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.

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: Marty Sack
Mar 26 @ 3:30 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.

TCN UpStart Roundtable with Win Burke from iGetBetter
Mar 26 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering at Venture Café, brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series from The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual setting. This Thursday, connect with U.S. Army and entrepreneurial veteran Win Burke from iGetBetter.

RSVP here.

Apr
2
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 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.

Venture Café in Session: Cleantech
Apr 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.

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

Sustainability Collaborative
Apr 2 @ 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

Apr
9
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 9 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Apr 9 @ 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.

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: Marty Sack
Apr 9 @ 3:30 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Apr 9 @ 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.