On Feb 4th 2014 IBM will be hosting an event called "Connecting Companies with Capital" at our new location in Cambridge MA. The day is part of IBM Entrepreneur Week with a series of worldwide events happening throughout the week.
Register today : https://ibm.biz/Feb4-Cambridge
Livestream link to the event: https://ibm.biz/BdRfxR
Here is a glimpse into the agenda. (Times subject to change)
|8:30 am - 9:30 am||Networking Breakfast and Speed-Mentoring Signups|
|9:30 am - 10:15 am||Morning Keynote - Innovation||Chris Lynch - Atlas Ventures|
|10:15 am - 11:15 am||Panel Discussion - Building Strategic Partnerships to Transform your business||
Joseph Perry - IBM
Anand Mahurkar - Findabilty Sciences
Paul Swartz - American AirlinesTed Acworth - Artaic
Andy Miller - Constant Contact
Tammy Fennell - MarketMeSuite
Jack Danahy - Danahy Advisors LLC
|11:15 am - 11:30 am||"Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs"||Victor Rosansky|
|11:30 am - 12:00 pm||Break - Move to Speed Mentoring|
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||Speed-Mentoring with over 25 Mentors||Check out the mentor list below!|
|1:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Networking Lunch|
|2:00 pm - 3:00 pm||
Breakout Sessions to help Grow your Business
1. Born in the Cloud (Expand your business by leveraging the cloud)
2. Understanding your market
3. Legal challenges faced by startups
4. How to use Social Media to grow your business?
5. Funding options for startups
6. Building the Right Team for Success
7, How to work with International Companies?
|3:00 pm - 3:15 pm||Break|
|3:15 pm - 3:45 pm||Afternoon Keynote - IBM Design Thinking||Charlie Hill - CTO IBM Design|
|3:45 pm - 4:00 pm||IBM Initiatives for Startups||Joseph Perry - IBM|
|4:00 pm - 5:30 pm||Networking Reception and Startup Showcase|
|6:00 pm - 9:00 pm||Business Coalition Group - Advisory Council Meeting|
|Bobbie is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional who is the co-founder of Innovation Nights LLC, a network of free monthly product launch parties and networking events powered entirely by social media. She teaches classes in social media marketing, consults with small businesses and individuals on social networking and social media marketing, and works with companies who are looking to access the Boston region entrepreneurial and innovation community.|
|Glenn Champagne is an active angel investor and has served on the board of directors of leading edge Boston based angel investment group Launchpad Venture Group from 2004 through 2011. Glenn has lead the successful due diligence on several portfolio companies and continues to serve on the screening committee. Over the last 11 years Launchpad Venture Group has made nearly 40 investments, investing over $12MM in companies that in turn have gone on to raise over $200MM of venture capital. In that time, Launchpad Venture Group grew from approximately 20 to 80+ members.|
Jack Danahy is the original founder and CEO of two successful security software companies; Qiave Technologies, acquired by Watchguard Technologies in 2000, and Ounce Labs, acquired by IBM in July of 2009.Through his current firm, Danahy Advisors, Jack works as a mentor and advisor to early stage security companies while continuing to develop advanced security strategies for private industry and public sector clients.Jack is a national speaker and writer on topics of computer network and data security, and holds six patents in a variety of security technologies. He has been featured in online, print, and television media on topics of cyber attacks and cyber defense, and has contributed to legislation on cybersecurity in both the US House and Senate. Jack volunteers his time to industry and national security groups in the areas of data privacy, cyberthreats, and critical infrastructure protection, and he is a Computerworld Laureate and a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute.
Robert DeNoble, Senior Healthcare Executive and Thought leader- Bob served as President/CEO of the Marino Center for Integrative Health, President/CEO of Applied Management Systems, Senior Manager/Director in the healthcare consulting practice at KPMG, and in senior executive positions at several major hospitals. Bob is currently serving in a senior leadership capacity at ConnectedVisits, a pioneer in the burgeoning telemedicine/telehealth field and serves as an advisor to several innovative healthcare companies.
Michael Duffy is a Professional CEO with a long history of creating winning teams and valuable technology companies. Extraordinary ability to develop, refine, and execute strategy while nurturing a culture that attracts, develops and retains exceptional people.Based on his leadership as President and CEO, OpenPages became the leading provider of GRC solutions for the enterprise, and achieved record growth and a global market presence.This outstanding performance and market leading position resulted in IBM's acquisition of OpenPages in 2010. In 2007 Michael was awarded he prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Prior to OpenPages, Michael served as general manager of Intel's wide area networking business. Previous to that, he was senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing, and services at Shiva Corporation, which was acquired by Intel in 1998. Michael also served in leadership positions as GTE Internetworking, as well as Software 2000, a provider of financial and human resource applications for the AS/400 platform. Michael received a B.S. degree in Accountancy from Bentley College.
David Fogel is Managing Director of Swifton CFOs LLC, an outsourced CFO firm that provides emerging businesses with cost-effective and strategic financial leadership. David's expertise lies in constructing a reliable financial framework to attract funding, which is a valuable guide for his clients' continued growth.
As a contributor to the ongoing development of greater Boston's entrepreneurial ecosystem, in the last year alone he has been an active presenter and panelist with MassChallenge, CleanTech Open, WPI Venture Forum, McCarter English Series on Entrepreneurship, Harvard Entrepreneurship Conference, 128 Innovation Capital Group, MIT Enterprise Forum Smart Start Program, Startup Leadership, The Capital Network and the MIT Entrepreneurial Teams (MIT e-Teams). He is also an active member of Mass TLC, MassMedic, SBANE, Beacon Angels, TiE Angels and Mass Medical Angels.
David is Adjunct Instructor of Finance and Accounting in the MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Undergraduate program at Becker College. David is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). David has a BS from Miami University (Ohio), and a MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
|Ashifi founded Sproxil® in 2008 and serves as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Sproxil developed its award-winning Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) technology that has been used over two million times (as of June 2012) by consumers to verify medication authenticity. An expert in end-consumer authentication technologies, Ashifi is Six Sigma Black Belt certified in Good Manufacturing Practice and Continuous Process Improvement. Ashifi holds one US Patent and is also a named inventor on two published US and foreign patent applications.|
Jeremy Halpern, is a Partner and the Director of Business Development for the Emerging Companies Group. Jeremy’s practice focuses on emerging companies, private equity, venture capital and angel financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, executive and team compensation matters, and general start-up support. Jeremy works primarily with companies, investors, strategic partners and executives in technology, life sciences and food & beverage.Concurrently, Jeremy is an angel investor and serves on the Boards of MassVentures, a micro venture capital firm supported by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Capital Network, a Boston based non-profit serving entrepreneurs, and Pintley, a MassChallenge 2011 Finalist company providing marketing solutions to the craft brewing industry. Jeremy received his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Jeremy spent two years as the Executive Chairman of a concert and special events production company.Jeremy is a member of or participates at Launchpad Venture Group, TiE-Angels, Boston Harbor Angels, Golden Seeds, MassChallenge, Web Innovators Group, MassTLC, Mobile Mondays, M2D2, MTTC, Tufts $100k Competition, MedTech Ignite, Sandbox and The Capital Network.
|Kelley Hilborn is the Community Development Director for SoftLayer and manages Community Development as well as Catalyst operations in the eastern region of the US, Canada, and Latin America. Kelley also serves as the technical liaison between SoftLayer and technology-based startup companies everywhere. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Kelley spent 19 years in Information Technology where he managed support, infrastructure, administration, VoIP, networking, and security for companies such as Interstate Batteries, Time Warner, and The Planet. Though not a programmer, Kelley served as the COO and CTO of two startups prior to running Community Development and currently serves as a mentor and CTO advisor to multiple startups.|
Mitch Lapidus is a business growth expert leading firms toward improved revenue and profits from a sales, marketing, and operations perspective. He is currently in a leadership position within a former division of Citigroup based in Israel called Ness Technologies that was divested to The Rohatyn Group (Venture Capital firm) due to recent Dodd Frank rulings. As a Vice President supporting many of Ness’ global Fortune 500 relationships such as Citigroup, American Express, and Disney, Mitch travels extensively globally. Mitch is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and sold successful businesses across media, consumer products, healthcare, technology hardware / software / services, and real estate-related verticals and has significant active equity positions in several firms today where he lends his expertise.Mitch has been both a professional motivational speaker, alumni adjunct mentor for Rutgers’ MBA Business program, and management consultant. He has held several senior executive leadership positions in firms including NEC Corporation of America, Dun & Bradstreet, and multiple IBM Business Partners. Helping entrepreneurs at every stage of their business lifecycle is the core to what Mitch Lapidus does, and he has been connected closely to IBM and its market offerings for more than a decade.
Ben Littauer is an experienced technologist with business savvy and a track record of success. He has over 25 years’ experience in Internet technologies as an engineer, manager, entrepreneur, analyst, and management consultant. Active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs. Strong pragmatic business focus. Solution not technology oriented. Deep understanding of a wide variety of Internet technologies and their application. Excellent communication skills, written and oral. Experienced presenting at the CxO level. Able to translate from geek-speak to business parlance and back again. Founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software 1990 – 1997. Self-funded, profitable from year two. Sold to Tally Systems.Technology Strategist in health care. Industry analyst.
Richard Lucash has long been active in the Boston/Cambridge angel community and is the co-founder of two angel groups: SideCar Angels (www.sidecarangels.com), a unique organization focused on syndication, and LaunchPad Venture Group, for which he also served as a director. He currently co-leads SideCar with Jeffrey Stoler. Richard acts as an advisory board member and mentor to entrepreneurial companies. He has had an extensive career as an attorney concentrating on emerging technology and other entrepreneurial companies, and investors in those companies. Richard holds an AV® Preeminent TM (highest) rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell. He holds a J.D. from the Cornell Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Physics from M.I.T.
|Jess McLear - Jess is an angel investor and member of Launchpad Venture Group. Her family has been investing in and mentoring start up companies for over 20 years in both Canada and the US. Her portfolio companies fall into many sectors including manufacturing, IT, medical devices and consumer goods.She sits on the board or plays a role in a number of investments including Peach, 3Play Media, CPL as well as others. She mentors at MassChallenge and is an advisor for TCN.|
|Norm Meisner is a principal in the Beta Fund, a $5M fund for investing in early stage companies in the greater Boston area. He has worked for nine startups as VP of sales or VP of business development, yielding five acquisitions and one IPO. These have included Ungermann-Bass (IPO), Synernetics (acquired by 3Com), Net2Net (acquired by Visual Networks), Connected (acquired by Iron Mountain) and Authentica (acquired by EMC). He has been an angel investor since 1999 and has invested in 35 early stage companies, of which 5 have yielded substantial positive exits (including SmartCells acquired by Merck, Synchronoss, which had an IPO, and Softricity, acquired by Microsoft.) and 20 are still currently active in various stages. He is a member of the Launchpad Venture Group. He is on the advisory board of The Capital Network, and has been a board member or board observer at several companies, focusing on overall strategic planning and sales and partnering strategies.|
|Laurisa Neuwirth is the Director of Entrepreneur Engagement for EdTechTimes.com and a shameless evangelist on behalf of the Greater Boston innovation economy. With a diverse background including software development, philanthropy and human capital, Laurisa blogs about technology disruptions in industries that are critical to our local economy. A founding member of EdTech Women Boston and the Boston chapter of Women on Boards 2020, Laurisa is an Innovation Award Mentor for the Smaller Business Association of New England and sit on the Board of Directors. You can follow her on twitter @LaurisaNeuwirth.|
Panos Panay is a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC, in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.
He writes weekly about startups and entrepreneurship for blogs and publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes, WSJ Accelerators and Fast Company; and guest lectures at universities including MIT Engineering, Boston University, Brown University, and Bentley College.
|Nick Pappas has been working with early-stage technology companies for over 10 years, advising management teams and boards of directors on market expansion, capital raising and merger and acquisition strategies. Nick joined MassVentures in 2009 and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and working closely with MassVentures’ portfolio companies. He currently manages MassVentures’ investments in Incentive Targeting, Ntirety, OwnerIQ, Harvest Automation, Courion, Segterra, Libboo, Vsnap and Clarity.|
Janet Powers started The Womens toolbox following a successful corporate career at Fidelity Investments, where she was Vice President of Program Management. She served as a liaison between business and technology departments, sourcing and building technology solutions to solve the business problems of its internal and external customers. She was also part of a team that brought new products and services to the market.
Earlier in her career, she worked for a global non-profit delivering health programs to expand opportunities for women and families. There she was responsible for educating the group’s regional representatives on how to use technology to run and report on local initiatives. Traveling internationally to deliver onsite training, she witnessed the challenges women face in developing countries.
Today, Janet Powers has melded the two, helping corporations and small business owners leverage technology and practical advice for economic growth. She comes to the table with a solid understanding of the women’s market and a personal, deep felt commitment to its long term success.
Jon Prial specializes in marketing and strategy focusing on market management, go to market, and business development across broader eco-systems. Jon’s strong focus on corporate vision and communications, including social media, helps in driving business strategies.
Jon brings 32 years of software marketing, technical and general management skills to Georgian. He led the marketing strategy and initial execution for IBMs entrée into the Linux market and held executive positions in sales, business development and marketing in IBM’s Pervasive Computing Division.
Jon led the development of IBM’s Information on Demand strategy and also ran the Enterprise Content Management unit, driving the integration strategy and acquisition of FileNet Corporation.
Jon is on the Board of Advisers for an early-stage software startup and is also an Adjunct Executive Professor in Northeastern University’s Executive Education programGeorgian Partners is a growth equity firm investing in expansion stage Enterprise Software, Internet and Information companies that are exploiting Applied Analytics: the convergence of Cloud-based business solutions, Big Data, and broad Information Rights.
Ramji Raghavan is the Founder/CEO of Pragya Systems, which is creating solutions to disrupt how course content is authored, shared and managed. Ramji was most recently at Movik Networks, where as Founder/CEO and CTO he led the company to raise over $40M in venture capital and deliver ground-breaking RAN-aware solutions to help mobile operators deal with the rapidly increasing rich media internet content in their 3G/4G networks. Prior to founding Movik, Ramji was the General Manager of the Networking Business Unit of Telsima (acquired by Aviat), where he ran a multi-national organization building market leading WiMax and IPTV backhaul products for emerging markets. Prior to Telsima, Ramji was the Founder and CTO of Coriolis Networks before which he held senior leadership roles at Digital/Cabletron and Motorola.Ramji is on the board of Tie Boston, a non-profit fostering entrepreneurship and is the Chair of Tie Challenge, a year long accelerator program for startups across different sectors.
|Tarlin Ray is Managing Director of Triple Threat Advisor, a consulting firm focused on supporting and accelerating startups and early stage businesses. Over 15 year career working in and with startups, he has extensive experience in strategic planning, sales, marketing, business development and operations in a variety of industries, including travel, technology, education, apparel and video games. Ray is also the Co-President of the HBS Alumni Angels of Boston and New England, on the Board of Advisors for New Space Global and Prepmatic Inc, and is a mentor at MassChallenge. Ray earned his A.B. in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard University and M.B.A from Harvard Business School.|
|Victor Rosansky is an international consultant, speaker and author who has dedicated over 25 years helping organizations and people build competitive, high growth organizations. Victor was recently featured on CBS Evening News for his work in NYC's Jump Start program that helps transition potential entrepreneurs into startup ventures. Over his career he benefitted from working with such highly successful entrepreneurs as Sam Walton founder of Walmart, Fred Smith founder of Fedex and Lou Gerstner when he was at American Express. Victor was a co-Founder of ODI and has been a serial entrepreneur in the medical imaging and biotech area. His publications include the best selling, The Power of Alignment, most recently, Rapid Realignment: How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes, and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance, and Making Quality Work: A Leadership Guide for the Results Driven Manager. He has taught managerial economics at Boston University; consulting Skills to MBA students at the Hult International Business School, and was an invited lecturer at the International University of Japan. He is a faculty member at the Levin Institute in NYC, where he presents to new entrepreneurs his latest research into the application of concepts of neuroscience to starting up companies.|
|Arnie Scott currently serves as Vice Chairman and a Director of First Commons Bank, NA, a national bank which he co-founded in 2008. He also serves as on the Board of Directors of Hub Management Co., Pneuron Corp. and Sevo Nutraceuticals, Inc. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of AI-Resource, LLC, Successimo and Vestmark.Prior to 2001 he was a senior officer and a Director of MFS Investment Management. He also has been a lecturer at Boston University Law School’s Morin School of Banking and Finance.|
Mustapha Shaikh is a Serial Entrepreneur with businesses in the IT, Healthcare, Finance, Telecom segments.He is Founder of Humjai Technologies that provides IT services to US nonprofit organizations. Mustapha is currently also President of National Dental Management Group, overseeing and managing several large sized dental clinics. Under his leadership, National Dental has grown up to become a multi-million dollar firm and has become one of the fastest growing Dental firm in Massachusetts. In 2002 Mustapha Co-founded Noble Wireless & Telecom Services Pvt. Ltd. along with his brother in India catering to the booming telecom industry. Noble has finished tens of thousands of infrastructure projects, Cell phone sites and provided Engineering services to majority of the cellular companies across the nation. He is also co-founder of Oshi Capital Management, LLC working on expansion of its Hedge Fund. Recently Mustapha joined the board of VocalBee as an investor and Strategist, an early stage start-up in the field of Social and Mobile Marketing platform.
|Ken Smith is a career entrepreneur. He has held senior management roles in seven start-ups in the high tech, clean tech, and consumer products industries. He has served as co-chair of the CEO Services Committee at the MIT Enterprise forum, a business plan review and coach for Springboard Enterprises, and has been a guest speaker / lecturer at Harvard University, MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Babson College, UCLA and Berkeley. He has been invited to give keynote presentations and participate on expert panels at major international conferences in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Glasgow, and Leipzig. Ken holds an M. Ed. in Computer-assisted Instruction (with honors) and a BA from the University of San Francisco.|
Satish Tadikonda is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and is member of the Board of Directors of Virtify, Inc., a market leader for structured content management software solutions for the life sciences industry. With over 25 years of industry experience, Satish's expertise spans drug and medical device development, and software systems development. Prior to Virtify, Satish was the founder of Tribiosys, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based scientific consulting company. Satish is also a member of the Board of Directors of NuView Inc., and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)-Boston Chapter, and serves on the Advisory Board of Cellanyx, Inc. and AlephCloud Inc. He is an Executive Partner of Blue Cloud Ventures, a fund focused on investing in in fast growing SaaS, PaaS and enterprise application and infrastructure software companies. Satish is a Charter Member of TiE and is an active member of the TiE Angel Network.
|Praveen Tailam is the Managing Director of TiE Angels Boston, an early stage investment group of TiE Boston. TiE Angels Boston is a rapidly growing angel group leveraging its local and global network and rich intellectual capital. TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global organization which fosters and empowers entrepreneurs worldwide with its large network of charter members (successful entrepreneurs and industry thought leaders). Praveen manages the deal flow & screening, due diligence, investments & portfolio management as well as building strong partnerships with local angel groups, incubators, accelerators and entrepreneur clubs from local universities (MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, Babson etc). In his past Praveen was in technology consulting running his own practice for 6 years. Technology background includes enterprise software, unified messaging platforms, enterprise support etc. Praveen hold Masters in Information Systems from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.|
James L. Woodward has over 35 years of high tech management experience. He has been a Founder or the first CFO of eight successful companies including Iris Graphics (sold to Scitex), Computer Access (Lotus), Exos (Microsoft), and ActualSoft (Palm). Before and after their sale, these have had combined revenues well over a billion dollars.
Jim has raised over $25 million from VCs and Angels and has been CFO or Director of several public and many private companies. He made his first angel investment in 1970 and was a founding member of the Launchpad Angel Group in 2000.
He was involved in the MIT Enterprise Forum from 1980 until recently in a variety of roles including Chair. For ten years he wrote a monthly column on entrepreneurship for the Forum Reporter.
He has judged and mentored in a wide variety of business plan contests, including mentoring a winner of the MIT 100K, a 2nd place in ICE, and Mass Challenge money winners in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
|Connie Wright, is a principal at CommonwealthPacific Ventures, an angel investing firm and has more than 30 years of accounting, consulting, and professional services management experience. Connie advises new business start-ups on how to build a scalable business and is an expert in SAS 115 and accounting process improvement. She assists firms in acquiring funding; connecting firms to capital and preparing firms for successful exits; M&A and going public. Spending the last 15 years managing consulting practices, Connie began her career as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and became a senior manager of its audit practice, working with clients in the United States and Germany|