This Week: July 27 – August 2, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, we welcome both Mimi Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of SalesQuest (acquired by OneSource), and Cape Ann Development Group to our office hours roster.  Also, learn about intricacies, opportunities, and challenges of starting a craft brewery during our roundtable on the business of brewing with RiverWalk Brewery’s founder, Steve Sanderson. Stay after the roundtable to chat informally with Steve at his table in the Café.

 We hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | 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 15 minutes with iC here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Steve Davis

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He is 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.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Mimi Evans

Meet with Mimi Evans, formerly a technology executive and CEO/Founder of SalesQuest.com which was acquired by OneSource Information Services. She is currently an Angel Investor and Advisor to early-stage start-ups. If you want to grow your business organically or get the attention of investors, her focus is around business development, securing early customers and monetization.

Reserve 30 minutes with Mimi by signing up upon arrival.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Marty Sack

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.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: George Mabry

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 biopharmaceutical 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.

Sign up for office hours with George here.

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Cape Ann Development Group

Cape Ann Development Group is a premier software consulting firm specializing in big data, mobile and custom web development. They’re offering technical office hours for entrepreneurs interested in getting input on their product and technology. They can provide advice on matters such as: * Are you developing your technology in a most cost-effective way? * How fast should it take to develop your MVP and how much should you be expected to spend? * Are you making the best use of open source components? * Pros and cons of developing everything in house vs. outsourcing some of the work to specialists. * Are you being charged more than you think you should by local big data and mobile consultants? * What is a realistic time and cost to develop your mobile app, web app, or big data platform? Reserve 30 minutes with them by signing up upon arrival.

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Roundtable: The Business of Brewing - Starting a Craft Brewery

An increasingly competitive niche within the beer industry, “craft beer” is hot, new beers appear regularly to quench a diverse and growing thirst even as beer production, as a whole, has fallen.

Steve Sanderson, Founder of RiverWalk Brewing, explored multiple avenues in his quest to start a brewery and concluded that doing so wasn’t easy. Still, Steve persisted on his route toward a physical brewery in Newburyport, a journey that included captaining the winning home brew team in a short-lived History Channel reality show, participating as a guest brewer at Harpoon, and creating several award-winning beers.

Learn about the business of brewing and the intricacies of starting a brewery as Steve shares experiences from his transition from home brewer to business owner. After the roundtable, chat informally with Steve at his table in the Café.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Session: Startup Leadership Program

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.

 

This Week: July 20 – July 26, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, in addition to office hours, we’re having an education technology theme night. To start, we welcome Andrew Joseph, Co-Founder of TenMarks (Amazon) for TCN UpStart Roundtable.  For the second half of our theme night, LearnLaunch and Teachpoint host a pitch session and product showcase.

 We hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Brad Curley

Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Sialix), and advisor (CPA, KPMG) to early stage companies.  Get feedback while discussing fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC capital.

Reserve 15 minutes with Brad here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Michael Frank

Michael Frank is a seasoned, results-driven technology company executive with 35 years of experience in operating, investment, and advisory roles.  He enjoys working with entrepreneurs to help start-up and early-stage companies in business strategy, business/corporate development, fundraising, management mentoring, and board structuring.  His experience and network of senior technology professionals can help accelerate a company’s path to revenue.   Michael focuses on software, communications, and Internet infrastructure markets.  His particular interests include cloud computing, digital media, e-commerce, enterprise computing, Internet infrastructure, and mobile/wireless technologies.

Reserve 30 minutes with Michael here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Jerry Blakeley

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.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. |  TCN UpStart Roundtable with Andrew Joseph, Co-Founder, TenMarks (acq. Amazon)

TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering, brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series from The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual setting. This Thursday, hear from Andrew Joseph, Co-Founder of TenMarks, an Amazon company.

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | LearnLaunch Pitch

LearnLaunch and TeachPoint are co-hosting a pitch night.  A select group of early stage entrepreneurs will have the chance to showcase their products to an audience of educators and edtech entrepreneurs.

After the showcase, learn more about the participating companies listed below and provide feedback about their pitches at their respective tables in the Café.

RSVP on Eventbrite.

Companies pitching include:

CourseKicker
CourseKicker

 

Gradeable
Gradeable

 

 

 

 

 

Hstry
Hstry 
Steve Albanese
LearnBolt

 

School Yourself
School Yourself

 

This Week: July 13 – July 19, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, we’re pleased to welcome FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) for a special fireside chat with CIC’s Tim Rowe (@rowe) where you can meet the commissioner and ask questions while hearing about key communication issues, including net neutrality.

Also, meet David FogelMark Allio, Marty Sack, or Jennifer Jordan during their office hours and learn about available resources from either Startup Leadership Program or YEi accelerator at their respective info tables in the Café.

 We hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Mark Allio is Regional Director of 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 here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: David Fogel

Chat about the financial challenges startups face with David Fogel, Managing Director at Swifton CFOs LLC and a member of Mass Medical Angels, TiE Angels, and Beacon Angels. Swifton provides emerging businesses with strategic financial leadership (“outsourced CFOs”). David’s expertise lies in constructing a reliable financial framework to attract investors. Get 30 minutes with David here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Marty Sack

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.

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Jennifer Jordan – Mass Ventures

Stop by and chat with Jennifer Jordan, Vice President of MassVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to investing in Massachusetts high growth technology companies. MassVentures is currently focused on Series A investments in software, data, analytics, crowdsourcing, and the intersection of healthcare and IT.

Please bring a high level pitch deck, covering at least:

a.) The problem you are addressing
b.) The size of the market
c.) The team
d.) The product offering
e.) The exit strategy

Schedule time with Jennifer here.

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | Fireside Chat: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Join Tim Rowe (@Rowe) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) for a fireside chat. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Commissioner Rosenworcel, ask questions, and hear more about key communications issues, including net neutrality.

Commissioner Rosenworcel was sworn into office in 2012. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and, before that, Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table & Interactive Session: Startup Leadership Program

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. Stop by their table in the Café for a general overview of the program starting in September – then participate in a deep dive to learn more.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: YEi

Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi) is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. Any early-stage innovative company with less than 30 employees and/or less than $2 million in annual revenue is eligible.

YEi offers a free immersion week in France including training, connections and mentoring for the laureates. This immersion will be located in the Paris area and in one French region whose innovative ecosystem best fits the needs of each laureate.

YEi is organized by The Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy, the Invest in France Agency, and RETIS.

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