Calendar

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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Sep
29
Thu
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 29 @ 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
Sep 29 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 29 @ 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, start-ups and projects. She founded two for-profit companies, WPI, Inc. and The Sun Walking Group, and, was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. WPI, Inc., for 35 years, under Jacquie’s guidance, was a successful international development firm. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, a sustainable and strategic planning corporation. Sun Walking assists communities and countries frame projects through a “lab” lens (innovation, R&D, metrics and analytics) focused on clean energy and the environment, Climate Change and socio/economic issues. In addition, Sun Walking assists in developing sustainable funds for local projects. She helped found the Living Systems Lab – Fisherville Mill, (non-profit) – a bio-remediated site creating natural and human habitat, and, was on the founding board of the Thrift Fund for Economic Development. 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 for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Sep 29 @ 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
Sep 29 @ 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: New Leaf Legal @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 29 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Sep 29 @ 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

Workshop on Realizing Organizational Empathy @ Venture Café (Cozumel)
Sep 29 @ 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Are you a CEO feeling isolated and lonely amidst entitled and incompetent employees? A middle manager feeling stuck between leadership and everyone else? Or an employee whose drive to change the world is frustrated by unreasonable and distrusting leadership?

If so, join us for an experimental workshop!

You will partake in an experience that may not only provide you with new ways of understanding your organization, but also challenge you to rethink your strategies for greater impact.

This workshop will be lead by Seung Chan Lim.

Sign-up here for this engaging and interactive workshop!

DesignX Mini-Hack: Reinventing Cities @ Venture Café (Havana)
Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

DesignX is hosting a mini-hackathon to transform cities and the built environment. Join students and faculty from MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning at the Venture Café to solve our cities’ most pressing issues. All are welcome!

DesignX is the center of innovation in the built environment – powered by civic-minded entrepreneurs, academics, and researchers at MIT.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

StartHub.org 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: UnMundo Scavenger Hunt for Good Deeds @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Here’s the chance for you and your friends to do good deeds in the City of Boston at the Public Garden. The ticket prices are based on donations starting at $1; there will be prizes, and places to do specific good deeds. Also the teams have to be comprised of at least 2 people. To participate, sign up here.

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 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.

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Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin @ Venture Café (Huatulco)
Sep 29 @ 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 particularly interested in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies.

Book 30 minutes with Sheldon here. Signups open up three weeks ahead of the sessions.

Oct
5
Wed
Office Hours: Anne Olson
Oct 5 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Anne has 30 year corporate career in Intellectual Property Services market with expertise in global operations, product management and strategy and 20 year owner of small, family run, ice cream shop. She is experienced in start-up environment, business development and strategy for digital content marketing and patent analytics companies targeted to the legal industry.

For more info + to RSVP, please click here.

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Oct 5 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 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: Joe Caruso
Oct 5 @ 4:00 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: Mitch Tyson
Oct 5 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mitch is a former CEO and is currently helping to build the cleantech ecosystem. He coaches entrepreneurs and serves on corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards. He is Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council, a partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, and serves on the boards of both Venture Café Foundation and Greentown Labs. Starting and growing a company is exhilarating but it is hard in many dimensions. If you want to talk to someone about the challenges you’re facing as an entrepreneur he’d be glad to chat.

Mitch can help you with the following:
Building the Best Board
Clean Energy
Customer Discovery
Raising Money

Reserve 30 minutes with Mitch here.

Office Hours: Rusty Irving
Oct 5 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Currently leading two $50M R&D programs across the global GE enterprise. Rusty Irving has a proven track record of building new organizations from start up. Numerous examples of launching entire new product lines. These systems range from monitoring and diagnostics of medical imaging equipment, aircraft engines and locomotives to RFID tagging of mobile assets to digitally underwriting insurance policies. He attended Siena College and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Computer Science in 1985.

Please come prepared with your team, market and the problem you are solving.

Reserve 30 minutes with Mitch here.

Oct
6
Thu
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 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 @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 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, start-ups and projects. She founded two for-profit companies, WPI, Inc. and The Sun Walking Group, and, was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. WPI, Inc., for 35 years, under Jacquie’s guidance, was a successful international development firm. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, a sustainable and strategic planning corporation. Sun Walking assists communities and countries frame projects through a “lab” lens (innovation, R&D, metrics and analytics) focused on clean energy and the environment, Climate Change and socio/economic issues. In addition, Sun Walking assists in developing sustainable funds for local projects. She helped found the Living Systems Lab – Fisherville Mill, (non-profit) – a bio-remediated site creating natural and human habitat, and, was on the founding board of the Thrift Fund for Economic Development. 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 for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Oct 6 @ 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: John Bailey @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

For more than 20 years, John Bailey has worked in accounting and finance roles from startups to Fortune 500 clients. John has advised numerous startups and is also a mentor at MassChallenge and Cornell University. Gain insight on basic Finance needs, complex financial modeling, strategy, financial planning, cash flow management, and everything in between. Just bring yourself and be ready to discuss your pain points and company direction.

RSVP here.
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Office Hours: Marty Sack @ Venture Café (Huatulco) 5th floor
Oct 6 @ 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: Michael Burtov @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mike Burtov is the founder and CEO of GeoOrbital and has over 15 years experience in starting-up and seeing companies thought their lifecycle. Mike is able to help with gauging product market fit, go-to-market strategy, marketing, advice on fundraising, navigating the Boston/Cambridge startup eco-system, team-building and crowdfunding (he has raised over $1 million on one Kickstarter campaign).

RSVP here for time with Mike.

Office Hours: Michael Gale @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Michael Gale of WithumSmith+Brown, has an extensive background in US and International Taxation. In addition to working for PWC, Michael has run a top Pharma company US Tax department as well as business aspects of a startup. This gives Michael a good background to talk about the tax, accounting, and funding concerns of companies from startup to revenue-producing commercial enterprise. He is able to help you think about taking on new partners, funding, or entering into new areas.

Michael’s requests that you bring your 3-5 year plan with you (in your head is fine), because many decisions result in negative or positive tax, funding, and deal consequences.

RSVP here for time with Michael.

Office Hours: Robert Donahoe @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Talk strategy with a fellow innovator and founder who maintains an active IP Legal practice. Bob Donahoe focuses on “getting to yes” – assisting founding teams achieve their business goals with a strategic and efficient approach. He currently represents startups and global companies in technologies such as medical device, wearables and software. Bob recently led the development and business team that created a top-ranked (and patented) mobile sports app.

RSVP here.
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Office Hours: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 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. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

Venture Café in Session
Oct 6 @ 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: MassCEC Catalyst Program @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
Oct 6 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, invites you to apply for MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards. The Program stimulates the commercialization of clean energy technologies developed in Massachusetts by awarding grants to help entrepreneurs to demonstrate the feasibility of clean energy technologies.