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Boston Calendar

May
7
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Don Greenstein
May 7 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Don Greenstein, a conflict manager for over 25 years coaches individuals and teams in creating positive collaboration, when difficult conversations and differences exist among entrepreneurs/business owners. He has helped individuals identify and value differences turning them into strengths while working through stressful, conflict situations. Schedule 30 minutes with Don to discuss how to navigate differences individually or as a team.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Jere Doyle
May 7 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

A life long serial entrepreneur, Jere Doyle is now an adviser and investor to many start-ups and a passionate coach to many CEO’s through both Doyle Enterprises and Oyster Angel Fund. He helps Founders and CEOs grow their companies and nurture success—and his main focus is on how to launch products and drive customer acquisition at the right price while maximizing lifetime value of your customers.

As an entrepreneur, Doyle has built two startup companies—Prospectiv and Global Marketing—into recognized industry leaders. Now he is helping other CEOs to build winning teams, launch innovative products, and spearhead effective customer acquisition and sales strategies across the Globe.

He is also inspiring the folks he works with stories of how those five personal qualities can drive success in any project, career, or venture. His basic message is that successful entrepreneurs must learn how to leverage five personal assets, five ingredients of a truly successful entrepreneurial life. He calls these the “Five Ps”—Passion, Patience, Persistence, Principles, and Pride.

Reserve 15 minutes with Jere here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
May 7 @ 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
May 7 @ 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.

Office Hours: Steve Davis
May 7 @ 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
May 7 @ 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

Mintz Levin: It’s Not Enough to Have a Good Idea: Crafting a Story that Engages, Awes, and Moves Investors to Action
May 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

It’s not enough to have a great idea or business plan: You need to effectively tell your story. Whether pitching for the ear or the investor wallet, start-ups often flounder, not because their technology or business plan isn’t good, but because they stumble in telling their story. In the beginning, every start-up needs to be a communications company ― telling the right story to each audience (whether investor or the market) at the right time and making sure it lands and adheres. Crafting an engaging pitch that is clear and memorable, and that separates you from the rest of the stunningly competitive landscape, is one of the most difficult, yet important, tasks a company can tackle.

We’ll look at the art and the underlying science of persuasive communications, dispel myths about the pitch presentation, and provide best practices for the most successful start-ups.

Speakers to include Chuck Goldstone, Founder and CEO, !deaworks, Chuck Goldstone Communications; also, Executive Director, New Venture Institute; and Scott Samuels, Member, Mintz Levin.

RSVP here.

Info Table: Lean Startup Machine
May 7 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Lean Startup Machine is officially back in Boston on July 17-19 at Workbar. This three-day educational conference will put you through a mental workout practicing lean startup methodology in a fun, competitive format.

Keynote speakers Dave McLaughlin of Vsnap & the City of Boston, and C Todd Lombardo of Constant Contact will open the event on Friday night. Then, it’ll be open season to pitch ideas, form teams, gather experimental data, and iterate through the weekend. On Sunday, an expert panel of judges will decide which teams were the leanest and meanest.

RSVP here.

Info Table: Open Data Science Conference
May 7 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The #ODSc Conference brings together most influential practitioners, innovators, and thought leaders in the open source and data science fields to discover, develop, and accelerate the adoption of open source in data science.

Open source data science is revolutionizing the way we analyze information.

Be among the first to understand how you can leverage the promise of the #ODSc revolution
Explore 70+ technical and non-technical talks to grow your expertise
Discover latest applications and breakthroughs
Connect with other innovators across industries and disciplines

Info Table: PROPEL Program
May 7 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

PROPEL is a startup acceleration program for prototype development from Fraunhofer TechBridge and Greentown Labs. They are seeking complementary innovations to enable a smarter, interconnected, resource-efficient world through sensing and intervention. They’ll be here to answer your questions about the program and application process.

Each selected team will receive an award valued at $40,000 to support their product’s development – consisting of incubation and prototyping space at Greentown Labs, technical guidance through Fraunhofer TechBridge, exposure to industry strategic partners and investors, and up to $10,000 in non-dilutive funds. Interested startups must apply by May 18.

For more information, visit their website.

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
May 7 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

Sustainability Collaborative
May 7 @ 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

Sustainability Collaborative
May 7 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Join this month’s Sustainability Collaborative for a recap on the 3rd Annual Sustainability unConference, which took place on Earth Day 4/22 at District Hall. The goal of the 2015 unConference was to capture the shared vision through multi-media that can pave the way for a comprehensive report and action plan for advancing sustainability in Boston. Join them to build out this shared vision, brainstorm on how Boston can step up sustainability and reach its collective potential as a global model and hub for sustainability innovation.

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

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

FEATURE EVENT | From Strategy to Shelf: An Insider’s View on Bringing Food Products to Market
May 7 @ 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

The challenges of bringing a food product to market can be daunting. Thinking that you have a great idea, and, actually, making it a reality, can be worlds apart. How many times have you heard the words: “We were undercapitalized.” This is one of many statements, among others, that food owners say, time-and-time again.

A leading panel of experts are here to help you navigate your way. From product development to packaging, marketing to manufacturing, and distribution and finance, they will try and give you some key learnings and contacts, for each of these areas. Whether you are a start-up or large company, the information will be relevant.

Creating a network of colleagues and advisors is one of the most important factors in being successful. So, come join the discussion, and attend an exciting and educational event at Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square. The event is free!

RSVP here.

May
14
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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: Maia Heymann of CommonAngels Ventures
May 14 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels Ventures. She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker. Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies. Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee.

Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
May 14 @ 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.

Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
May 14 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center. 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.

A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream. More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark.

Venture Café in Session
May 14 @ 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: Brad Curley
May 14 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Siamab Therapeutics, North Shore InnoVentures), and advisor (CPA, KPMG) to early stage companies. He will be available to discuss fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC capital.

Sign up for office hours with Brad here.

TCN UpStart Roundtable
May 14 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us for the TCN/SVB UpStart Roundtable with Phil Cohen, co-founder and CEO of AudioCommon and U.S. Air Force veteran. This is your chance to get face-to-face time with this dynamic entrepreneur, with an incredible story of determination, bootstrapping, and luck that made him the success he is today.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
May 14 @ 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.

Office Hours: Jennifer Jordan from MassVentures
May 14 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Stop by and chat with Jennifer Jordan, Vice President of MassVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to investing in Massachusetts high growth technology companies. MassVentures is currently focused on Series A investments in software, data, analytics, crowd-sourcing, and the intersection of healthcare and IT.

Please bring a high level pitch deck, covering at least:

a.) The problem you are addressing
b.) The size of the market
c.) The team
d.) The product offering
e.) The exit strategy

Reserve 30 minutes with Jennifer here.

Info Table: MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable
May 14 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 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.

Info Table: Open Data Science Conference
May 14 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The #ODSc Conference brings together most influential practitioners, innovators, and thought leaders in the open source and data science fields to discover, develop, and accelerate the adoption of open source in data science.

Open source data science is revolutionizing the way we analyze information.

Be among the first to understand how you can leverage the promise of the #ODSc revolution
Explore 70+ technical and non-technical talks to grow your expertise
Discover latest applications and breakthroughs
Connect with other innovators across industries and disciplines

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
May 14 @ 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.

May
21
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Don Greenstein
May 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Don Greenstein, a conflict manager for over 25 years coaches individuals and teams in creating positive collaboration, when difficult conversations and differences exist among entrepreneurs/business owners. He has helped individuals identify and value differences turning them into strengths while working through stressful, conflict situations. Schedule 30 minutes with Don to discuss how to navigate differences individually or as a team.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
May 21 @ 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
May 21 @ 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: Steve Davis
May 21 @ 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
May 21 @ 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

Workshop: How to Hold Visual Meetings
May 21 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sick of PowerPoint? Tired of boring meetings? Learn how to hold visual meetings! Visual meetings use drawing and visual frameworks to keep meetings focused, save time, engage your team, and have fun doing it. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the fundamentals of visual meetings, basic drawing skills, and leave with a toolkit of useful visual meeting frameworks. Absolutely no prior experience necessary, all materials will be provided. Get ready to transform your next meeting into a great meeting- RSVP today as space is limited!

RSVP here.

Info Table: MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable
May 21 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 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.

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