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Boston Calendar

Jun
4
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Ash Egan
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

CommonAngels Ventures (CAV) is one of Boston’s leading early stage funds, composed of leaders in the tech community. Meet and get feedback from Ash Egan, Analyst at CAV. Ash helps CAV support its current portfolio of 30+ companies, enjoys exploring the Boston tech ecosystem, and is always interested in assisting entrepreneurs however he can.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Jun 4 @ 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: Jacquie Kay
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures and projects. She was founder/president of a successful international development firm for 35 years. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, helping communities frame projects through a “lab” lens and development fund- focused on energy and environment. Jacquie connects technical/financial resources, develops partnerships, and establishes networks, in academia/ business/ government. She is on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures and BDC Capital boards; has an Ed.D. in Planning, Harvard University; and was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at MIT.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun 4 @ 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: New Leaf Legal
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

New Leaf Legal, focuses on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures for their start-up clients as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. Stop by the Cafe to talk shop!

Reserve 30 minutes with New Leaf Legal here.

Office Hours: Steve Davis
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun 4 @ 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

CIC Arts Week Tabling Session: BRAIN-Arts
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

BRAIN Arts lets Bostonians experience genuine and raw live music and art. By supporting artists to travel to the area, they are making Boston a destination for up-and-coming touring acts. Their newspaper, the Boston Compass, and their web-magazine, the Boston Hassle, reach 25,000 people each month who are hungry for more grassroots culture in Boston. RSVP here.

Info Table: Artisan’s Asylum
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Artisan’s Asylum will be tabling to offer local artists information about resources available to them.

Info Table: CIC
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

CIC, a sister organization to Venture Café and the physical space within which Venture Café operates, is hosting the Café on June 4th to meet people who may be interested in joining their team.

CIC’s mission is to change the world through innovation by developing ecosystems that allow exceptional entrepreneurs to innovate faster and better. This is done by providing the physical infrastructure through space and services and by cultivating a supportive, vibrant community to allow for and encourage success.

CIC is expanding locally, domestically, and abroad and is hiring in an array of different fields including architecture and design, operations, recruiting, expansion, finance, IT, and more! If you or someone you know is interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, you may be interested in attending. There will be CIC team members onsite to meet you and answer your questions.

Info Table: Deborah Davidson from Catalyst Conversations
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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

Info Table: Emery Wenger
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Local artist, Emery Wenger, will be staffing an info table in Venture Café on the topic of being a professional artist and how to monetize your art! Come meet Emery and ask him about what he does, how he does it, and perhaps learn how to apply this to your own creative goals.

Info Table: Molly Akin
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Molly Akin, Director of Marketing & PR at Cambridge Arts Council, joins us to provide information and resources regarding the local arts community. Come talk to her about upcoming events and more!

Sustainability Collaborative
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Cambridge is IN IT to WIN IT, and is counting on your ideas to help the City win a $5 million prize! The Georgetown University Energy Prize pits 50 cities across the country against each other for two years to develop game changing approaches to energy efficiency. Seth Federspiel from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will introduce the Prize and then turn it over to you to brainstorm the big, innovative, and transformative technologies, services, and strategies needed to reduce energy use throughout the city. Creative thinkers from all disciplines welcome!

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

The Future of 3D Printing & Art
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sarah from FabLab will be speaking to the public about the future of 3D Printing and Art. Logistics will be as follows:

6:00-6:45 pm: Lead discussion/talk about 3D printing and art in Havana
6:45-7:30 pm: Take folks back to Acapulco for 3D printing demonstrations

FEATURED EVENT | Cleantech in the Developing World
Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In 2015 the developing world is the new frontier of Cleantech markets. During this panel, hear from 4 entrepreneurs on taking their products abroad and learn how they’re approaching the unique dynamics, new challenges, and diverse customer segments of the developing world and changing the face of resource use globally.

Jun
10
Wed
2015
How Data Helps the Neighborhoods
Jun 10 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Increasingly non-profits, community organizations, civic startups and cities are integrating data into their decision making process and this data is setting priorities, increasing transparency and identifying focus areas for innovation. Some reCivic Inno Transport Daviescent examples of this include the city’s recent HubHacks event focused on data visualizations that the city will use in its decision-making, as well as the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project.

As citizens begin to grapple with the information that is being collected, aggregated and used to generate new insights, questions are starting to emerge:How do we decide what data to use?

Is this the right data to answer our questions?
Is this data set complete?
How can we combine diverse data set to reveal newinsights?
Are the right people involved in the data aggregation or analysis?
How do we notify citizens of the use of their data?Civic Inno Health Panel
Join us to discuss this emerging set of questions and consider the impact of data on our neighborhoods.

Speakers:
Holly St. Clair, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Elsa Sze, Agora
Chris Horne, Sasaki Associates

Increasingly non-profits, community organizations, civic startups and cities are integrating data into their decision making process and this data is setting priorities, increasing transparency and identifying focus areas for innovation. Some reCivic Inno Transport Daviescent examples of this include the city’s recent HubHacks event focused on data visualizations that the city will use in its decision-making, as well as the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project.

As citizens begin to grapple with the information that is being collected, aggregated and used to generate new insights, questions are starting to emerge:How do we decide what data to use?

Is this the right data to answer our questions?
Is this data set complete?
How can we combine diverse data set to reveal newinsights?
Are the right people involved in the data aggregation or analysis?
How do we notify citizens of the use of their data?Civic Inno Health Panel
Join us to discuss this emerging set of questions and consider the impact of data on our neighborhoods.

Speakers:

Holly St. Clair, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Elsa Sze, Agora
Chris Horne, Sasaki Associates

For more information.

Jun
11
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
Jun 11 @ 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: Don Greenstein
Jun 11 @ 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: Investors Collaborative
Jun 11 @ 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.

Investors Collaborative’s Office Hours this Thursday are full. The next available appointments are on March 12. Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Jun 11 @ 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
Jun 11 @ 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
Jun 11 @ 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
Jun 11 @ 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

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Jun 11 @ 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: Linda Plano
Jun 11 @ 5:00 PM – 7:45 PM

A great pitch gives you an edge
A critical founders’ skills is your ability to translate your value proposition into a compelling pitch. Without one, it’s difficult to be heard above the noise of the legions of other entrepreneurs pitching to the same people for money and resources.
Get Perfect Pitch
Linda Plano, PhD, has worked with nearly 600 mostly high tech entrepreneurs over the last ten years, and they have gone on to raise well over $250M. Come prepared with your current 1-minute elevator pitch that is tuned for the ears of your audience.

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
Jun 11 @ 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.

Info Session: Startup Leadership Program
Jun 11 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

Chat with some of their alumni if you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses.
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Jun
18
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 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.

Office Hours: Steve Davis
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 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: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Jun 18 @ 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.

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