Boston Calendar

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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
May 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: Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

If you are starting a business or working in virtual reality, Jeff would be happy to advise you to advance your technology strategy, business strategy, or professional development in this exciting new field.

Jeff has been on the cutting edge of Virtual Reality and immersive visualization for twenty-three years, mastering each new generation of the technology. During that time, he has worked with professionals in many fields, consulting with educators, doctors, historians, archeologists, and architects.

Jeff has lead teams that engineer VR displays and applications, but his true focus is on the psychology of learning and interaction in virtual environments. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers and many more conference papers, completed dozens of complex projects, and given hundreds of talks and demonstrations.

Reserve 30 minutes with Jeff here.

Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles @ Venture Café – 5th Floor (Café Table)
May 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

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 26 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.

Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack @ Venture Café (Huatulco) 5th floor
May 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, and he was the Executive Director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Office Hours: Neil Gupta @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Office Hours are a chance to get first-hand knowledge about Frontier Technology development, applications, and business strategy. This session will focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. Come by to learn the basics, get advice on how to build your idea, leads for funding, and more.

Researve a 30 minute session with Neil here.

Venture Café Thursdays in Session: Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass
May 26 @ 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 Thursday in partnership with Boston VR Meetup we are inviting in the entrepreneurial and innovation community to experience the cutting edge of Virtual Reality. Join us as we go through the looking glass!

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.

TCN’s UPSTART Roundtable: Virtual Reality with Chris Allen, Red5 Pro Founder & CEO @ Venture Café (Cancun)
May 26 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Chris is an international speaker, software inventor and entrepreneur based in Boston. He co-founded the open source Flash server Red5, where he and his team of volunteers reverse engineered Flash’s RTMP protocol. He started the company Infrared5, a technology services company, in 2007 where he serves as its President. He is also an author on The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash from Friends of Ed.

Pete McDonald is the Relationship Manager the Emerging Technology Practice at Silicon Valley Bank. Pete has over 20 years of experience working with startups and works primarily with early stage Technology and Life Science companies.

Info Table : VR Demo – Specterras @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Specterras creates 3D immersive experiences of the natural world using the best technologies available so that people feel like they are really there.

Check it out here!

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 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: VR Demo – VicoVR @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

VicoVR Sensor is a game changing Bluetooth accessory that brings wireless full body tracking capability to Android and iOS ecosystems – without a PC, wires, or wearable sensors!

Learn more here.

Info Table: VR Demo – AR inside VR @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Boston Immersive presents an Augmented Reality Application via Room-Scale Virtual Reality.

Info Table: VR Demo – Infinite Stores @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Infinite Stores is a new VR shopping experience made for people who enjoy shopping as entertainment. Intuitive browser-based tools allow Etsy sellers to easily design and visually merchandize products in their 3D shops and boutiques. Stop by their table in the Cafe to see how shoppers will immersively explore vast flea market, mall, and bazaar worlds via the latest in VR HMD technology.

Info Table: VR Demo – meta.versatile @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

VR developer network that provides a space for VR and AR professionals to create profiles and showcase their work. It’s a community-driven space where members can share resources and collaborate.

Info Table: VR Demo – Olympus Medical – The NBI Experience @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The NBI Experience is a Virtual Reality app that transports users inside the bladder – to see the difference Olympus’ NBI light technology makes in detecting hard to find cancer lesions. The experience launched May 7th at the American Urological Association’s yearly conference in San Diego, (AUA 2016), and will be rolled out to Olympus’ sales force in the coming weeks on iOS.

Info Table: VR Demo – RIPMotion @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Check out this VR running-in-place locomotion proof of concept during this Boston VR Meetup and Venture Cafe night.

Info Table: VR Demo – Skreens @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Skreens blends multiple video inputs into a single view which can been seen on a big screen or on most VR displays

Learn more here.

Info Table: VR Demo – VRMol @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Biomolecular viewer and editor designed for exploring multi-scale systems ranging in size from small molecules to viruses and cell organelles.

Learn more here.

Info Table: VR Demo – VRWitness @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

3D immersive virtual reality experience which is an exploration into the unreliability of eye witness testimony. It is to be used to introduce the phenomena to criminal justice students by bringing first-hand awareness of the inconsistencies and dangers inherent in such scenarios.

Info Table: VR Demo – Wayfair Patio Design @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Wayfair’s VR demo allows the player to design a patio furniture scene. It uses 3D printed models as the game input objects, which are tracked by a webcam that is under the table.

Learn more here.

Info Table: VR Demo- Polyspace Party @ Venture Café (Café Table)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Literally swim through a music video in this virtual reality experience!

The Reality of Entertainment VR 2016 @ Venture Café (Havana)
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

From the Tribeca film festival to PAX-East, VR over the last year has caused some to say that it is the next big thing in the entertainment world – most noticeably in games and virtual worlds. As it becomes more affordable with new products launching this year to the general public, will this ring true? Come listen to our panel of industry specialists to hear their respective perspectives on the state of the industry.

Will Brierly, Snowrunner Productions

Eric Malafeew, Co-Founder and CTO @ VirZOOM
Jack Dalrymple, SVP of Marketing and Communications @ Albino Lullaby
Dawn Rivers, Cinematographer @ Harmonix
Elliott Mitchell, Co-Founder Vermont Digital Arts

RSVP here but walk-ins are welcome.

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
May 26 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 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.


VR Game Demo: Desouls @ Venture Café (Cancun)
May 26 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Explore the Desolus; an enigmatic and dreamlike landscape full of secrets.

Desolus is a surrealist first-person puzzle game where you control a black hole to absorb and redirect energy from stars.

Learn more here.

VR Game Demo: Lost Loot @ Venture Café (Huatulco)
May 26 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Lost Loot is a casual treasure hunting game designed exclusively for virtual reality and set in a miniature world with a third person perspective that is extremely immersive. Players take control of archaeologist turned treasure hunter Riley Taylor who has just discovered the resting place of the pirate queen Ching Shih’s long lost treasure fleet! Unfortunately, her discovery is both a triumph and a curse. Being stranded on the island was not what she planned. Players must help Riley explore a beautiful tropical island and the surrounding ocean, find ancient underwater ruins and lost shipwrecks, and collect the many hidden treasures and artifacts. Only then will she unravel the history of the island and find a way home.

Learn more here.

Beyond Entertainment – VR in Business Applications @ Venture Café (Havana)
May 26 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

From architecture to surgery virtual reality application has evolved beyond entertainment. Come hear how some early adopting companies are leveraging VR in their operations. Discussion will include challenges, lessons learned, customer adoption and future plans.

MODERATOR: Neil Gupta – Member of Venture Backed Commercial Engagement (VBCE) Team at Draper Laboratory

Frank Valdes, Associate Principal , DiMella Shaffer Architects
Mike Festa, Director of Wayfair Next
Angeline Focht, Designer at Shepley Bulfinch
Zachary Markell, Special Assistant to the CMO at Boston Red Sox

RSVP here but walk-ins welcome.

Office Hours: Ramesh Advani
Jun 1 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ramesh Advani, former Director, Federal Grants Management in the Executive Office for Administration & Finance, was responsible for the operational and financial oversight of 3+ Billion dollars in federal grants received by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was recruited by Governor Patrick’s administration to start up and run the operations of a 7 Billion dollar federal recovery effort for the state in the Great Recession. He served as the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment program (“stimulus”) for the Commonwealth.

He is an experienced senior executive with over 30 years of global management in the financial services, high technology medical and materials manufacturing industries. As a former Vice President of Finance with Fidelity Investments, he was instrumental in the start-up of Fidelity’s India Operations. Ramesh has also held senior finance, operations, technical customer service, information technology & marketing positions in the medical diagnostics manufacturing industry with Corning, Chiron, Novartis, and Bayer.

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.

Event cost: FREE!

Office Hours: Steve Davis
Jun 1 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 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.

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.

Event cost: FREE!

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jun 1 @ 2:30 PM – 5:00 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.

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.

Event cost: FREE!

Café Nights @ District Hall
Jun 1 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café will have free Office Hours, workshops, info tables, and networking and is open to all members of the innovation community.
For more info + to RSVP, please visit the event website!

Event cost: FREE!

Office Hours: Bobbie Carlton
Jun 1 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bobbie Carlton is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional who is the founder of Mass Innovation Nights, a free monthly product launch party and networking event powered entirely by social media. The events help companies as large as IBM and as small as a 1-or 2-person startup get visibility for their new products in the social networking community.
She speaks and teaches classes regularly, consults with small businesses and individuals on social networking and social media marketing, and works with companies who are looking to access the Boston region entrepreneurial and innovation community.

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.

Event cost: FREE!

Office Hours: Kara Miller
Jun 1 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Come chat with Kara Miller about your startup! She launched Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS), a City of Boston program designed to advance Boston’s women entrepreneurs, by providing them with the resources and network they need to launch and grow and their businesses. Kara also oversees the Women on Main program and is a coach for Babson’s Women Innovating Now (WIN lab).

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.
Event cost: FREE!

Café Nights @ District Hall: How to Plan a Social Impact Hackathon
Jun 1 @ 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Join Code for Boston to learn how to plan a social impact hackathon at our June Café Night! Part of the national Code for America Brigade network, Code for Boston is a volunteer group of developers, designers, data geeks, and citizen activists who use creative technology to solve civic and social problems. Each year, they run multiple social impact hackathons (plus dozens of weekly hack nights) to find problems in their communities and work towards sustainable solutions. Learn how to plan a social impact hackathon for your own community – including why hackathons can be an effective method for social change, which community problems are a good fit for a hackathon, tips on publicizing and attracting an engaged audience, managing event logistics (especially on a limited budget), and how to work towards solutions that are “with, not for”!”For more info, please visit the event website!

Event cost: FREE!

Café Nights @ District Hall: Learning from Your Competition – Legally
Jun 1 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Mike Sandman, SCORE Boston Mentor, for a workshop about how to learn from your competitors – legally! One of the best ways to prepare for starting your own business is to know how similar businesses operate. It’s both easy and legitimate to learn what competitors are doing by talking openly with owners of those businesses. Beyond that, there’s a huge amount of information freely available online. Come to this workshop to learn HOW to learn from the competition!
For more info + to RSVP, please visit the event website!

Event cost: FREE!