Boston Calendar

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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Jun
30
Thu
Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jun 30 @ 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: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jun 30 @ 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: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Jun 30 @ 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)
Jun 30 @ 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)
Jun 30 @ 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
Jun 30 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Jun 30 @ 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

Teleportation Station :: St. Louis @ Venture Cafe (Cafe)
Jun 30 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

NEW to Venture Café, a teleportation station that let’s you chat with the Venture Café St. Louis! Come pick up the headphones and see who’s on the other side.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jun 30 @ 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!

Innovation is More than a Good Idea: a roadmap for implementing ideas @ Venture Café (Havana)
Jun 30 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Innovation is More than a Good Idea! Bringing ideas to life is the real challenge for any startup. In this workshop, Sarah Boisvert, founder of Fab Lab Hub, will provide a roadmap for moving ideas from dreams to products based upon her extensive experience designing, building, marketing and selling hardware products, including lasers. The workshop will include input from MIT Sloan Research Fellow Michael Schrage, author of The Innovator’s Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments are Worth More Than Good Ideas.

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Jun 30 @ 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)
Jun 30 @ 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..

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here. Signups open up two weeks ahead of the sessions.

Innovation: Tips on How to Implement Ideas @ Venture Café (Havana)
Jun 30 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

A panel of innovators who have had successful products or services will share tips on what it takes to implement an idea. Panelists include Michael Burtov who recently raised over $1 million on Kickstarter for the GeoOrbital electric bike wheel, Chis Haid who with fellow MIT engineering students is now building and selling an automated 3D Printer, and Alexandra Lee, director of the Kendall Square Association, who has led a number of community-wide projects, including the year-long Golden Gate 75th Anniversary Celebration. Moderator Sarah Boisvert, is a serial entrepreneur whose first startup built and sold lasers, including the laser for LASIK eye surgery, and laser-based machine tools. Sarah will help the panel delve into the nitty-gritty involved in implementing ideas, which is where real innovation occurs.

Jul
7
Thu
Venture Café in NOT in Session
Jul 7 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday July 7th, 2016 the Venture Cafe will be closed.

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

Jul
13
Wed
Office Hours: Kristin Polito @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Jul 13 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Kristin Polito is an accomplished executive and business academic, with a myriad of experience developing enterprise initiatives and marketing campaigns, strengthening positioning and industry standing, and boosting revenues. She knows competitive landscapes and has set drive improvements to enterprise-wide strategic plans, new business development opportunities, product development enhancements, and program delivery. She has worked extensively in the venture capital space with biotech, hi-tech, telecom, and a host of other start-ups.

As a SCORE Mentor, Kristin brings with her the resources of more than 50 additional mentors with a full range of expertise in almost every area of business and non-profits.

RSVP here.

Jul
14
Thu
Office Hours: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 14 @ 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)
Jul 14 @ 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: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 14 @ 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
Jul 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. 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

Community Feedback on the Future of Venture Café & Entrepreneurship @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Jul 14 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join our roundtable discussion about the future of Venture Café on the 23rd of June at 6:30pm. We would like to gather your thoughts about how Venture Café can best drive entrepreneurship in Boston and around the world while making sure we offer an inclusive and supportive environment. All ideas are welcome.

Jul
19
Tue
Café Nights @ RIC: Education and Innovation
Jul 19 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Educating our youth is one of highest priorities to ensure a growing and inclusive society and economy. Education systems are adapting to prepare students for an ever-changing working world. Meanwhile new processes, tools and technologies are becoming available all the time.

RSVP here

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jul 19 @ 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.

Jul
20
Wed
Office Hours: Mike Sandman @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Jul 20 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Mike Sandman counsels SCORE Boston. He had a career in composites manufacturing and then became a consultant in the field of competitive intelligence. During his 25 years in manufacturing he developed materials ranging from Kevlar-reinforced sailcloth to fishing rods and radomes. He also ran a startup making closed-loop controls systems for production of sythnetic fiber. In his consulting work, he helped firms offering software for computer security, internet search, settop TV boxes, and workgroup collaboration as well as in products that ran the gamut from cheese to jet turbine blades.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Jul
21
Thu
Office Hours: Marcus Yee @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marcus has over 20 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in strategic and sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues.

Since 2015, he has been on a team that work with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area. He regularly consults with startups on their go to market strategies, their risk exposures, and their sales and channel models. He can provide free IBM cloud resources as needed and refer startups to the appropriate mentors, VCs, or angel investors when appropriate. He views sales as the critical success factor for startups whether it is selling its ideas to investors or its products to customers.

In addition to holding office hours at the Venture Café, he is also a mentor at MassChallenge.

RSVP here.

Venture Café in Session
Jul 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. 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

Learning From Your Competition with SCORE @ Venture Café (Havana) 5th Floor
Jul 21 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

One of the best ways to prepare for starting your own business is to know how similar businesses operate. It’s both easy and legitimate to learn what competitors are doing by talking openly with owners of those businesses. Beyond that, there’s a huge amount of information freely available online. Come to learn how to learn from the competition!

Presenter: Mike Sandman, SCORE Mentor
Information / registration link: RSVP here.

Office Hours with George Mabry @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Jul 21 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

George is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With degrees in computer science and business, George co-founded a biotech market research company that was acquired by a global bio-pharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem / opportunity.

Reserve 30 minutes with George here. Opening will be live one week before this date.

Jul
28
Thu
Innovation in Education: Venture Café in Session
Jul 28 @ 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.

Educating our youth is one of highest priorities to ensure a growing and inclusive society and economy. Education systems are adapting to prepare students for an ever changing working world. Meanwhile new processes, tools and technologies are becoming available all the time.

The Venture Café is holding a two part series on Innovation in Education this summer to help educators and private sector players to better collaborate on these dynamic issues.

On July 19th at the Roxbury Innovation Center, we will be hosting three events. The first will be focused on using Maker Technology more broadly in the classroom. The second is a panel on the future of work. The third session will be a roundtable discussion on how the public and private sectors can better work together to innovate education.

On July 28th at Venture Cafe Thursdays, join us for three conversations on the way that non-profits, startups, and large companies are changing the Education landscape now and into the future!

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

Office Hours: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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.