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Café Night @ RIC

September 27, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - September 28, 2017 @ 1:00 am

The monthly Café Nights @ RIC are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality. These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and […]

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Office Hours: Paul Cosway

September 27, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - September 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Professor Paul Cosway is a lecturer of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Previously, Cosway served as a Consultant at Galatea Associates, founder of and managing partner at Ressen Design, managing partner at marchFIRST, founding partner of Mitchell Madison Group, and system architect and engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. He […]

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2:59 pm

Robotics Connect 2017

Robotics Connect 2017 Join us for Venture Cafe’s Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) mini-conference taking place on September 28, 2017. 3:00PM-8:30PM l Venture Café, CIC, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 AGENDA AT A GLANCE 3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING 3:00 – 4:00 PM DEEP LEARNING TALK 3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS 4:15 […]

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3:00 pm

Café Night at Kendall in Session

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 […]

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Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga

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 […]

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Office Hours: Michael Burtov

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 […]

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Office Hours: Robert Donahoe – IP Strategies

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 […]

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Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone

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 […]

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Office Hours: Investors Collaborative

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 30 minutes with iC here.

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Office Hours: Marty Sack

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 […]

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Office Hours: Joe Caruso

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 […]

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Office Hours: David Hartzband

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 time) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an […]

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Special Office Hours: Greg Smith

Greg is the director of community applications and startup advocacy at SOLIDWORKS tasked to help and promote hardware entrepreneurship, startups, and accelerators. Greg is an entrepreneurial executive with an understanding and experience in multiple areas of business operation. Current and previous adventures include judging and mentoring at MassChallenge, founder and CEO of Immersive Design, Inc., […]

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Special Office Hours: Tom Ryden

Mr. Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics. MassRobotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help grow the next generation of robotics companies. Prior to joining MassRobotics Mr. Ryden was the founder and CEO/COO of VGo Communications, Inc. and was the Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation. Mr. Ryden is on […]

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Special Office Hours: Dr. Bernadette Johnson

Dr. Bernadette Johnson is Chief Science Officer of Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which focuses on accelerating commercial innovation for the Department of Defense. As CSO, her primary responsibilities are the development of a multi-disciplinary technology corps. Prior to joining DIUx in 2016, she was the Chief Technology Officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Her responsibilities […]

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Special Office Hours: Nathan Wiedenman

Nathan is the Director of Sembler. Developed from the VBCE Initiative, Sembler is Draper’s focused effort to provide support to and partner with startup companies across multiple technical domains. Draper has a wide spectrum of facilities, resources, and expertise that can be utilized by startups to mature their concepts, refine their prototypes, and ultimately get […]

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Transparent Hardware Acceleration For Deep Learning In partnership with Boston AI Meetup Featured Speakers: Indrajit Poddar, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Deep learning techniques are finding significant commercial success in a wide variety of industries. Built on several open-source frameworks such as Tensorflow and Caffe, deep learning capabilities are easy to incorporate into web applications. […]

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Special Office Hours: Bill Drislane

Bill Drislane leads pre-manufacturing strategy for Dragon's customers. He has 35 years experience in a variety of areas including semiconductor manufacturing, quality, and reliability engineering, as well as factory and manufacturing strategy and management. Formerly the VP of Quality for Euro-Pro (now SharkNinja) and Director Asia Pacific for iRobot, Bill holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees […]

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4:15 pm

ROBOTICS SEMINAR: Presented by Draper

Advances in Robotic Systems: A Seminar Presented by Draper Featured Speakers: Tess Bailie Ted Steiner Joe Register Abe Schneider Draper leverages its multidisciplinary core capabilities to design and develop advanced solutions to complex, challenging problems. During this seminar, Draper will review their latest programs including the DragonflEye, a first generation backpack guidance system that includes […]

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5:00 pm


Successful Exits in Robotics Presented by Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC Featured Speakers: Marc Mantell, Member, Corporate & Securities Robots are everywhere. Healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and other critical areas of the economy are being redefined by the robotics and artificial intelligence advances of today’s technology entrepreneurs. With this explosion, we are seeing […]

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5:30 pm

Office Hours: Stephanie Lustgarten

If you have a Life Science clinical question, bring it to Stephanie Lustgarten. She has nearly 15 years of experience in clinical development in the life sciences/biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry with a focus in oncology. Additionally, she has experience in phase I through phase III clinical trials and has lead global regulatory submissions from a clinical data […]

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Office Hours: Andreas Randow

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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Will AI Set A Path Toward Apocalypse or Utopia?: Two Experts Debate the Risks & Rewards In partnership with Boston AI Meetup Featured Speakers: Jeff Whelpley, CTO, GetHuman (Moderator) Massimiliano Versace, CEO, Neurala, Inc Bryan Healey, Director of AI, Lola Travel, Inc There has always been a discussion about whether we have the ability to […]

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Robotics Connect – Startup Demos

Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Robotics Connect Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community. 5:30PM l Café & 5th Floor Hall Demos include: AndrosRobotics […]

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6:00 pm


Help, I Don’t Have Enough Data! In partnership with Boston AI Meetup Featured Speakers: Monty Barlow, Director of Machine Learning, Cambridge Consultants Dom Kelly, Machine Learning Expert, Cambridge Consultants Data is the fuel which powers machine learning and always seems to be short supply. In this talk, we’ll look at recent advances in Generative Adversarial […]

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6:30 pm


Approximate Computing, Embedded AI, and Billion Core Systems Presented by: Joseph Bates, President, Singular Computing LLC Machines that do approximate arithmetic offer general purpose computing with the efficiency of specialized hardware (such as deep learning hardware). Software can keep error levels far below what the hardware provides, with little overhead. We demonstrate DARPA-funded prototype hardware, […]

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FLASH TALKS: Designing the world’s cutest robot

Designing the world's cutest robot Presented by: Sasha Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer, Piaggio Fast Forward Piaggio Fast Forward came on the scene in 2017 with Gita, the world's first follow-me consumer robot. Sasha Hoffman will lead a session on the unique, design-centric approach PFF has taken to create Gita and why they have chosen to […]

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FLASH TALKS: Robots that Learn, and the People who Work Alongside Them

Robots that Learn, and the People who Work Alongside Them Presented by: David Askey, Co-founder and CEO, Ascend Robotics, Ascend Robotics Ascend Robotics is developing part handling systems that intelligently adapt to the customer’s environment and learn how to manipulate objects within the environment. The robots retrieve components, provide production line supply, and automated kitting. […]

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6:45 pm


Robotics Shark Tank In partnership with MassRobotics MEET OUR SHARKS: Anders Bialek, VP of Corporate Development, iRobot Ventures Pei Qi, Managing Partner, Brain Robotics Capital Spencer Irvine, Program Manager, Draper Deb Kemper, Managing Director, Golden Seeds Robotics Shark tank will give a select number of start-ups an opportunity to pitch investors on their ventures.

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