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Boston Calendar

Aug
6
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Aug 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 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 clean 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Aug 6 @ 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
Aug 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: Marty Sack
Aug 6 @ 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
Aug 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
Aug 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.

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: Betaspring
Aug 6 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Betaspring is talking to founders about RevUp, the first accelerator for companies where growth through revenue is the primary goal. Having launched 89 companies since 2009, they very much enjoy talking to startups where their experience and network can add value.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Aug 6 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

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

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

This month’s Sustainability Collaborative features the City of Cambridge:

The City of Cambridge will spend the summer working with 15 high school students from Cambridge and abroad. These students will create a marketing plan for engaging people who live, work and play in Cambridge in taking steps towards living a more energy efficient life. They will also talk to the community about energy efficiency and sustainable transportation. What a cool internship! Learn about the summer of youth engagement at the Sustainability Collaborative.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

Aug
13
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Aug 13 @ 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 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: Jerry Blakeley
Aug 13 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Jerry is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a Counselor for SCORE, providing free mentoring services to startups and in-business clients wanting to grow their businesses. He can help with validation of new business ideas, business roadmaps, and marketing plans. His experience includes sourcing test and measurement products in Asia and distribution in the USA and overseas and he has setup offices in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong where he travelled widely and often.

Reserve 20 minutes with Jerry here.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Aug 13 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

Info Table: Startup Leadership Program
Aug 13 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 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.

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, come by the Venture Café and catch up with some of their alumni!

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
Aug 13 @ 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.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Aug 13 @ 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 after July 31st.

Info Session: Startup Leadership Program
Aug 13 @ 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.

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, come by the Venture Café and catch up with some of their alumni!

Aug
20
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
Aug 20 @ 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: David Hartzband
Aug 20 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

David Hartzband has spent 25+ years designing, developing & deploying large-scale software systems into large & small organizations. He has been one of the chief software architects for (at the tike) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an exit. More recently, he has been on the research faculty at MIT working on the relationship of technology & organizations. Since leaving EMC as a Vice President in 2003, he has been working in healthcare information systems.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Aug 20 @ 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 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

Info Table: SCORE Mentor Match
Aug 20 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

SCORE mentors deliver FREE and confidential advice for your business needs. Whether you are a start up or existing business, our mentors will help you achieve your goals. You will also have access to many of the 45 SCORE Boston Mentors with a myriad of expertise in business and non profits.

Stop by at their table to get matched up with a mentor!

Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assitance Program Info Table
Aug 20 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Cambridge Community Development Department is now accepting applications to the new Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program!

The Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program (CEAP) provides six (6) HUD eligible Cambridge early-stage entrepreneurs in the clean energy, consumer products, high tech, and life sciences clusters with the opportunity to participate in The Capital Network’s 6-month Accelerated Education Program series on fundraising education for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Info Table: Boston Data Festival
Aug 20 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

Info Table: HUBweek
Aug 20 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Have you heard about HUBweek? HUBweek is week-long series of events and unexpected experiences taking place across Greater Boston from October 3 – 10 that showcases the world-changing work, art and thinking being imagined and built here. From interactive art exhibits to crowdsourcing global solutions and philosophy at Fenway, HUBweek is fueled by and open to the people, creativity and intellectual energy found here in Boston.

Come talk to the HUBweek team to learn more about how you can get involved, help build a signature event for Boston, or register to attend one of HUBweek’s free events in October. A collaboration between the Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT and Mass General, HUBweek is where art, science and technology collide.

Intrapreneurs….The Unsung Heroes
Aug 20 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

We have all heard numerous experts describe the attributes of successful entrepreneurs. But what about intrapreneurs – those brave visionaries who have the audacity to initiate and execute change from the inside of a corporate environment? Join us for a lively discussion and firsthand accounts from successful intrapreneurs.

Scarlet Batchelor, Strategic Business Unit Manager, New Balance
Sarah Biller, Chief Operating Officer for Innovation, State Street Bank
Rebecca Fitzgerald, COO, George Howell Coffee
Carlos Javaroni, Digital Business Innovation Director, Schneider Electric

Moderator: Jane Mason, VP, Manager, Innovation Banking Cambridge Trust Company

Workshop: Visual Thinking Strategies with Dabney Hailey
Aug 20 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Can looking deeply together at a great work of art transform your teams, projects, and strategic thinking? Yes, through rigorous practice, it can! During this session, Dabney Hailey will guide an open analysis of a work of art using specific discussion techniques that enable healthy, creative communication and effective leadership. Participants will experience the benefits of deep observation, attuned listening, and collaborative thinking that both diverges and converges. Teams can take away basic tools to establish productive communication, deepen cross-functionality, and reinvigorate a learning mindset.

Connecting the Innovation Community