Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Code for Boston

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade – a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, and data geeks with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology.

For more information and registration, visit here.

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Aug
22
1:00 PM13:00

MIT-ILP Information Seminar

Join us for a seminar about the MIT-ILP!

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston and the CIC Japan Desk are hosting a seminar about the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). The objective of the ILP, a program administered by the MIT Office of Corporate Relations, is to facilitate connections for executives and technical leaders from large corporations with faculty, researchers, and MIT-connected startups. Companies from around the world work with the ILP to address their current challenges and to anticipate their future needs in the context of MIT’s vast resources and its relationship to the local innovation ecosystem.

There will be two speakers: Mr. John Roberts, the Director of Corporate Relations, who will give an introduction to the program; and Mr. Mikihiko Kato, the President of FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals, which is a longtime member of the ILP. The seminar will be open to companies that might be interested in the ILP as well as companies who are ILP members already.

Join us for the seminar to:

  • Learn about the ILP and the various resources available to members

  • Hear from a member company about the benefits received from the ILP program

  • Network with fellow companies interested in MIT-ILP and other member companies

Agenda
1:15 – 1:20 Remarks from Consul General of Japan in Boston
1:20 – 1:50 MIT-ILP Introduction by Mr. John Roberts 
1:50 – 2:00 Coffee break
2:00 – 2:30 Examples by member company FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals President, Mr. Mikihiko Kato

August 22nd 1:15PM – 2:30PM
Havana, 5th Floor
CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge MA, 02142

Admission: Free

The seminar will be held in English.

*Please bring a picture ID for access into the building

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Aug
22
5:30 PM17:30

Machine Learning Meetup

Machine Learning Meetup

This weekly seminar series, hosted by the computer vision research team at FeatureX, is open to students and professionals who share an interest in gathering with like-minded machine learning researchers. This series focuses on current and influential papers in machine learning, and brings active participants together around one relevant paper each week. The presenter will introduce the background of the paper and review the findings. Attendees are expected to have read the paper and be ready to participate in group discussions about the research content and its implications.

Space is limited and RSVP’s are mandatory for this event. Please email Emily Rogers at emily.rogers@featurex.ai if you plan to attend. If your plans change, please update us so we can offer space to someone else. 

Upcoming Seminar:

Paper Title and Link: The Perception-Distortion Tradeoff by Yochai Blau, Tomer Michaeli

Abstract: Image restoration algorithms are typically evaluated by some distortion measure (e.g. PSNR, SSIM, IFC, VIF) or by human opinion scores that quantify perceived perceptual quality. In this paper, we prove mathematically that distortion and perceptual quality are at odds with each other. Specifically, we study the optimal probability for correctly discriminating the outputs of an image restoration algorithm from real images. We show that as the mean distortion decreases, this probability must increase (indicating worse perceptual quality). As opposed to the common belief, this result holds true for any distortion measure, and is not only a problem of the PSNR or SSIM criteria. However, as we show experimentally, for some measures it is less severe (e.g. distance between VGG features). We also show that generative-adversarial-nets (GANs) provide a principled way to approach the perception-distortion bound. This constitutes theoretical support to their observed success in low-level vision tasks. Based on our analysis, we propose a new methodology for evaluating image restoration methods, and use it to perform an extensive comparison between recent super-resolution algorithms.

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Aug
23
11:00 AM11:00

Develop Vision and Wisdom by Learning from Nobel Prize Winner

  • CIC Cambridge - Havana, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AARD is happy to invite you to this Nobel Laureate Seminar. Professor Jerome Friedman is an MIT Institute Professor Emeritus, and one of the 1990 Physics Nobel Laureates (Quarks). His seminar and the following roundtable discussion will power our minds, inspire, and motivate. Through his teachings, we hope to pave a path for training younger generations to innovate and discover. 

Space is limited, please RSVP here.

Jerome Friedman Bio:

He was born in Chicago Illinois in 1930 and is currently an Emeritus Institute Professor at MIT. He was a member of the physics faculty at MIT from 1960 to 2006 and served as Director of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Head of the Physics Department. He is an experimental physicist whose research included studies of particle structure and interactions. Together with his MIT colleague Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize for physics for the experimental discovery of quarks. Prior to his appointment at MIT, he was a Research Associate in the High Energy Physics Laboratory at Stanford University and at the University of Chicago. . He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was supervised by Enrico Fermi. 

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and AAAS. He has been a member of numerous advisory committees for the US Department of Energy and various laboratories and universities in the US and abroad. He currently serves on the Boards of the STS Forum and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, as well as the MIT Technology Review.

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Aug
23
3:00 PM15:00

Venture Café

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. As such, Innovation is a social process that is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships. Open every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. on the 5th floor of CIC Cambridge, located at 1 Broadway, the weekly gathering of Venture Café is the longest running program of The Venture Café Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of CIC. Please see Venture Cafe’s calendar for a complete list of events.

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Tea Talk: Sustainability and Collaboration in Holland
Aug
24
8:30 AM08:30

Tea Talk: Sustainability and Collaboration in Holland

Tea Talk: Sustainability and Collaboration in Holland

Craving more than “small talk” on a regular basis? Come actively engage in stimulating conversation centered around important cultural topics over a cup of tea. CIC Boston is excited to invite you to a reoccurring event called Tea Talk. here at 50 Milk. It is an open tea and conversation event designed for fostering a diverse community.

For August's talk, we're joined by Marloes Jongewaard from the Holland Innovation Network in a talk centered around a history of sustainability and collaboration, and how the Netherlands works with others to make cities and communities more livable.

On this journey to Holland, you will learn about inspiring circular economy initiatives, and how Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world (and the first city to have a bicycle mayor!). We’ll go back in history a bit and see how the Dutch’ intrinsic relationship with the water created such an eco-minded and collaborative society.

During the talk, there will be delicious coffee and tea, as well as some snacks from Holland.

The Holland Innovation Network stimulates international cooperation between companies, knowledge institutes, and governments in the fields of innovation, technology, and science. The Network is located in 22 cities worldwide and is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

For more details, and to RSVP, visit the meetup! 

Interested in hosting your own Tea Talk? Email Kat at lazell@cic.com.

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Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Down

On Fridays, we wind down our work week with a glass (or two?) of wine. Join us as we close out the week and welcome the weekend! Mingle with other Impact Hub members and CIC clients and experience the happiness of Friday afternoon at Impact Hub Boston.

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Aug
25
12:30 PM12:30

2018 Toastmasters International Speech Contest Watch Party!

Join District 31 Toastmasters for the conclusion of 2018 International Speech Contest and see LIVE who will be crowned the World Series of Public Speaking Champion! You will also get a chance to network with local Toastmasters and experience firsthand what the Toastmasters community is all about!

We will be holding the live virtual broadcast of the contest at CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, 1st Floor Anchor room! This event is free and open to the public and light snacks will be served!

Agenda:

12:30 - 1:30: Check-in and snacks

1:30 - 1:45: Welcome and Introductions

1:45 - 2:00: Description of International Speech Contest and Judging Criteria

2:00 - 4:30: Virtual International Speech Contest

4:30 - 5:00: Closing & Networking

For additional details about the event, please contact Area 46 Director Jeff Leonard (greenseason81@gmail.com)

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Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

BostonVR Meetup: Autodesk Forge AR/VR Toolkit and High Fidelity

  • CIC Cambridge - Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Introducing the Autodesk Forge AR|VR Toolkit:

Use the "Forge AR|VR Toolkit" to help you connect into various CAD workflows, like BIM/Navisworks/Revit/Solidworks and use the data-streams directly inside Unity. Unity supports publishing to most major AR and VR pipelines and hardware, so once the Forge Asset is in Unity, you can continue to author your app as you want. The toolkit supports static import (at Unity authoring time) or dynamic import (at Unity runtime).

Social VR with High Fidelity:

High Fidelity is an open-source, shared VR platform where you can connect and create with others. Anyone can use High Fidelity, from students, artists & VR enthusiasts, to business owners and educators. Started by Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life, High Fidelity is a
high-performance, low-latency platform for unparallelled human interaction in VR. Director of Product Evangelism, Caitlyn Meeks explains the underlying ideas and technology that you can help make the metaverse of your dreams a reality! Learn about world building,
creating and uploading an avatar, leveraging the Virtual Reality Blockchain Alliance, and creating a reality portal for your VR Community.

For more details, and to RSVP, visit the meetup!

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Tech for Social Good

Every year new apps, businesses and companies are launching to use technology as a way to solve the world's issues. Some fail and some succeed, in this talk we will hear from some of the many successful companies who are solving worldly issues with their tech-focused initiatives and products.

To learn more and to RSVP, visit General Assembly's website.

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Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Code for Boston

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade – a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, and data geeks with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology.

For more information and registration, visit here.

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Aug
29
12:00 PM12:00

How and Why Cost Optimization is Crucial to Cloud Management

With the incredible growth of AWS, Azure and other public clouds, organizations have been introduced to a whole new range of financial issues that must be overcome. IT and financial teams need to understand, navigate, and address a highly dynamic and constantly changing enterprise cloud environment.

This presentation explores:

  • when and why cloud-native services need to be augmented with 3rd-party tools;

  • why visibility and control are critical for budgeting and forecasting;

  • how governance and accountability tactics can prevent cloud sprawl;

  • how CFOs can ensure their organizations are taking advantage of optimization opportunities;

  • cross-departmental challenges and strategies to ensure alignment around cloud initiatives.

Please pre-register so we can plan for food/beverages accordingly.

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Aug
30
3:00 PM15:00

Venture Café

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. As such, Innovation is a social process that is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships. Open every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. on the 5th floor of CIC Cambridge, located at 1 Broadway, the weekly gathering of Venture Café is the longest running program of The Venture Café Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of CIC. Please see Venture Cafe’s calendar for a complete list of events.

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

The HumanSide Series: Building a Growth Mindset

  • Cloud City, 14th Floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Research has shown that one of the keys to success is the distinction between a fixed vs. growth mindset. You may have heard these terms before, and may even think you’ve got it, but what does that actually mean? This workshop breaks down this conversation while taking you through an interactive workshop to better understand your mentality, where it comes from, and how it may be limiting you (and everyone around you).

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Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Down

On Fridays, we wind down our work week with a glass (or two?) of wine. Join us as we close out the week and welcome the weekend! Mingle with other Impact Hub members and CIC clients and experience the happiness of Friday afternoon at Impact Hub Boston.

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Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Code for Boston

  • CIC Cambridge, Kitchen 4th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade – a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, and data geeks with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology.

For more information and registration, visit here.

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Branchfood Community Table
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Branchfood Community Table

  • Meridian, 5th floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol (http://www.foodsol.org/), the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city!

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

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Sep
6
3:00 PM15:00

Venture Café

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. As such, Innovation is a social process that is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships. Open every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. on the 5th floor of CIC Cambridge, located at 1 Broadway, the weekly gathering of Venture Café is the longest running program of The Venture Café Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of CIC. Please see Venture Cafe’s calendar for a complete list of events.

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Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Down

On Fridays, we wind down our work week with a glass (or two?) of wine. Join us as we close out the week and welcome the weekend! Mingle with other Impact Hub members and CIC clients and experience the happiness of Friday afternoon at Impact Hub Boston.

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Sep
10
8:30 AM08:30

Welcome to Startup Boston 2018

Join us on the morning of September 10th at CIC Boston for the official kickoff of Startup Boston 2018!

Startup Boston is five days of free events September 10th - 14th, focused on celebrating, educating, and connecting Boston’s startup community. Whether you’re an aspiring founder, a leader at a growing company, or someone exploring opportunities to work with or at startups, Startup Boston has an event for you.

Last year we held 52 events, with over 2,500 attendees. Speakers like Stefania Mallet (Cofounder & CEO of ezCater), Sean Lindsay (serial CTO, Founder of Eager Labs), Jules Pieri (Cofounder & CEO of The Grommet), Raj Aggarwal (Cofounder of Localytics), and Brian Halligan (Cofounder & CEO of HubSpot) were among our lineup of startup leaders & investors helping our community understand how to grow their teams, scale their tech, and build their businesses. Take a look at this year's schedule, and don't miss the opportunity to learn from some of Boston's greatest startup veterans.

Join us for our welcome event, to meet the Startup Boston organizers, connect with others who care about the Boston startup community, and hear in-person about some of the things we have in store for you this year. Together, we'll continue to make Boston's startup community thrive.

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Sep
10
9:30 AM09:30

How to Build Company Culture That's Meaningful & High-Impact

"Startup culture" brings to mind dozens of office environment stereotypes, from ping-pong to beers on draught to office dogs. But for startup leaders that want to prioritize meaningful & impactful company culture -- the kind that attracts, retains, and empowers top talent -- what actually works? What techniques are effective and practical for startups to implement -- both at the early-stage when they're resource-constrained, and as they're rapidly scaling, when the pace of hiring alone can crush the best intentions?

We've brought together a panel of startup founders and People Ops leaders to share lessons learned from their extensive experience at startups of all stages. From interviewing to company values to structure & communication practices, to the truth about perks and startup office stereotypes. If you're a leader in a startup that's growing or will be, and you care about your company being a place where people can do their best work... don't miss this.

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Sam Oliver, Technical Recruiter at PathAI

A Maine native and former DCist, Sam currently leads technical recruiting at PathAI. Before that, Sam freelanced as a hiring consultant for VCs and co-founders at early-stage companies, helping them build founding engineering teams. Sam is an outspoken talent advocate and active in the Boston startup community, helping organize popular meetups like Boston DevOps and Mobile Tea. When she’s not organizing events or networking, she’s at the yoga studio working on perfecting her crow pose.

Ellen Chisa, Co-Founder & CEO at Dark

Ellen Chisa enjoys making new things. She is currently the CEO and cofounder of Dark, a startup to build software 100x faster. They're designing a language and tools for engineers to quickly build microservice based applications. Before this, she worked on Lola, Kickstarter, and Office Mobile. She also advises and invests with Flybridge and parcelb.vc.

More speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
9:30 AM09:30

Enterprise Sales for Startups: Finding Your First Customers

If your B2B startup is targeting enterprise-level customers, you're often facing a tough sales challenge. Building relationships, establishing credibility, finding the decision maker, and nurturing internal champions can all be more difficult when selling to massive corporations. With credibility often a crucial factor in their decision to purchase, finding your first customers can be the hardest.

Join us for a panel session where we'll hear from both sides of the table—startup founders / sales leads, and corporate development professionals who seek innovation and buy from startups. They'll share lessons learned and key factors you'll need to know to get your first customers before you run out of runway.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Stay-tuned! We'll be announcing our speakers soon.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

Defining "Good Enough": MVPs, Features, and Software Architecture

"Iterate" is a sacred word in startup culture. The mantra of start small, test, and continuously improve is what allows startups to take risks and outcompete larger companies.

But perfectionism can hold back even experienced startup leaders. It's hard to compromise on high standards or a vision for the way things should be. Founders and product managers working on a minimum viable product can struggle to know what's "minimum" while still being "viable." And software engineers always face the choice of whether to spend some time building extra flexibility / capacity now, or more time paying down technical debt later.

So how do you succesfully decide what's "good enough"? We've put together a panel of startup veterans who have faced these decisions countless times. Learn from their years of experience; save yourself from wasted effort that drains your startup's resources while avoiding skimping on the elements that actually matter.

This event is part of the Building Products track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Shauni Deshmukh - CTO, Tettra

Before serving as CTO at Tettra, Shaun held software engineering roles at multiple companies including MITRE, Twitter, Bluefin Labs and PerkinElmer, in addition to serving as an engineer consultant at the U.S. Digital Service at The White House.

More speakers to be announced!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

What's Next: Emerging Trends in Tech

Boston is at the forefront of technology innovation, and is home to some of the most talented technologists on the planet. Our universities, research labs, and thriving startup scene are the birthplace of countless innovations -- some small, others with industry-changing potential. We're bringing together a curated group of experienced innovators & investors with a track record of being ahead of the game, to share the emerging tech trends they see providing the most opportunity for startups to capitalize on in the years ahead.

Each speaker will give a 5 minute lightning talk presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. You'll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers as a group what they think of any tech trends you've seen and are interested in.

With AI, IoT, AR, VR, blockchain, wearables, voicetech, data regulation, edge computing, and so much more... what's hype & what has real potential? Join us to hear from some highly credible Boston tech leaders, and meet others interested in building businesses that take advantage of what's next.

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

Stay tuned! Speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
2:30 PM14:30

Tech Startups Without Tech Skills: Options for Non-Coding Founders

"Find a tech cofounder" is easier said than done. For many startups, even if what you're building is a tech product you don't need a software engineer on the team to start, validate, or get traction. Hear from our panel of founders that haven't let limited tech resources hold them back from building their company.

This event is part of the Building Products track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Scott Barnett - Cofounder & CEO, Meetaway

Scott is a serial entrepreneur and is the Founder and CEO of Meetaway, which runs online events attendees prefer to real-world networking events because it's easier and more time-efficient to meet high-quality people. He's an advisor, mentor, and speaker in the startup community. Prior to joining his first startup, he worked at Deloitte as a management consultant.

Julie Meringer - President, Your Call Football

Julie is a 20-year veteran of Forrester Research, and in 2013 joined startup Your Call where she runs the strategy & day-to-day operations. Your Call Football creates a unique participatory, social, and competitive experience through it's mobile app and other patented technology.

More speakers to be announced!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
2:30 PM14:30

Effective Startup Branding

“Your brand is what people say about you after you leave the room” — Jeff Bezos, Amazon

Strong brands are usually built over time, and to a great extent, develop organically. Early-stage startups can feel that with limited resources, building their brand is a lower priority than sales & marketing drivers with more measurable impacts. That with competitors who can invest millions in branding initiatives, it's not worth spending time on in the early days.

But experienced entrepreneurs know a great brand can be one of the most effective tools in entering a crowded marketplace and being able to stand out. If you're pre-product, crystal clear and powerful branding may be even more critical to helping you to connect with customers.

Where—and when—do you begin when building a brand from the ground-up? What branding techniques give early-stage startups the best return on investment and how can they best differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace? This panel will explore actionable tactics and tried-and-true strategies for effective startup branding.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Joe Chernov, Chief Marketing Officer at InsightSquared

Joe leads the marketing team at InsightSquared, the most awarded sales intelligence company in tech. Previously he ran HubSpot's content team, which consisted of one of the most popular blogs in all of tech, a top-5 business podcast, and long-form content that generated 80% of the company's marketing-sourced leads. Joe has also served as VP of Marketing for startups (Kinvey, InsightSquared) and owned the content marketing function at public companies (Eloqua, HubSpot). He also advises early stage venture capital firm Flybridge Capital, helping their high growth portfolios with their inbound marketing, content marketing, social media and demand generation strategies.

Scott Caras, Vice President at Breakaway Ventures

Scott is a member of the investment arm of Breakaway, a brand & marketing agency that builds and invests in consumer brands like IdeaPaint, Drizly, M.Gemi, CoachUp, and FanCred. Previously, Scott founded and ran a portfolio of brands in the outdoor industry, and worked as a consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice.

Nancy Tao Go, CMO at Devoted Health

Before holding her current position as CMO at Devoted Health, Nancy Tao Go was Wayfair's VP of Brand Marketing form 2011-2017 and as Brand Manager for Gillette New Products at Procter & Gamble from 2005-2011. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to Dia&Co and Chewy.

Our Moderator:

Kate Castle, Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures and Marketing Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners

As Marketing Partner, Kate leads all of Flybridge’s marketing, communications and investor relations’ initiatives. In addition, she works with the firm’s portfolio companies to provide both strategic and hands-on marketing support throughout their growth. Prior to joining the firm in May 2005, Kate served in marketing and public relations roles at Battery Ventures, Cisco Systems, Sangate Systems and Porter Novelli.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
10
2:30 PM14:30

What Makes a Good Founder (and Co-Founder)?

Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever in the U.S., but as anyone who's tried it knows... "founder" is a title that's takes little effort to give yourself, and much more to make meaningful.

What makes successful founders successful? How can you identify and improve the fundamental skills you'll need to: turn an idea into a product? Build a team and lead them? Raise funding? Grow and succeed at all of the many different stages of a business?

We've put together a panel of experienced investors, researchers, and serial entrepreneurs to share lessons learned from working with and mentoring hundreds of founders over the course of their careers. Particularly for first-time and aspiring founders, this is a rare opportunity to hear how so many individuals just like you gained the skills they needed.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Maia Heymann, Co-founder & General Partner at Converge

Maia Founder & General Partner at Converge, leveraging her 25 years investing in and financing B2B enterprise tech companies. From her days launching BancBoston Venture’s west coast office in Palo Alto, Maia has spent 17 years in venture investing in software application, infrastructure, Internet, and data-enabling start-ups. She has worked with founders from investment to exit and beyond, with over 50 M&A transactions, 17 IPOs, 22 board and observer roles.

Jennifer Lum, Co-founder of Forge.AI

Jennifer Lum is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor. She is the Co-founder and COO of Forge.AI, and prior to that helped build four startups through to acquisition by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T).

Lynda Applegate, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School

Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at HBS. In the mid-1990s, she helped launch the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS, headed the unit for many years, and continues to play a leading role in developing HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She is the author of extensive research on high-growth entrepreneurship, including her work on Skills and Behaviors that Make Entrepreneurs Successful.

Our final speaker to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
8:30 AM08:30

Bootstrapping a Startup to Scale: Ask Me Anything with Todd Garland

We're excited to have Founder & CEO Todd Garland joining us to answer your questions about bootstrapping your startup.

Todd has spent the past ten years growing BuySellAds to one of the largest advertising marketplaces on the web. His startup now competes with industry giants, selling over 6 billion ad impressions each month. BSA now has 39 employees and millions of dollars in revenue. They've acquired other companies, most recently the reinvented & revitalized Digg.com.

And they've done all of this without ever raising outside capital. Todd started BSA while working at HubSpot, and built it to profitability and $800k in revenue in less than a year. If you're a founder that wants to build and scale a successful business without taking on debt or having obligations to investors, this is a great opportunity to learn from someone who's done it.

For this event, we'll choose several attendees in advance to join Todd on stage, one at a time, for a short discussion.

Unlike a traditional Q&A, you'll have time alotted to truly have a conversation with Todd, in front of an audience that can also learn from it. It's a great opportunity to get some high-quality advice, connect with a notable founder in Boston's startup community, and meet like-minded founders & peers.

RSVP now to attend, and select if you have something you'd like to ask Todd about. We'll be giving preference to questions that have room for discussion (more than a yes/no) and connect to something you're doing, planning, or deciding on (vs hypotheticals or only curiosity).

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speaker:

Todd Garland, Founder & CEO at BuySellAds

Our Moderator:

Mike Brown, Cofounder & CEO, nDash.co

Before becoming the cofounder and CEO of nDash Marketing, a content creation agency which then pivoted to nDash.co, the bootstrapped, SaaS content community platform it is today, Mike Brown held the position of Senior Content Marketing Manager at uTest, a company recently acquired by Vista Equity Partners.

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
8:30 AM08:30

Content Marketing for Startups: Ask Me Anything with Katie Martell

Join us for a open discussion with "unapologetic marketing truth-teller" Katie Martell about content marketing for startups.

Katie is the former Co-Founder & CMO of Cintell, a persona-based marketing platform that's been recognized by Gartner as a "Cool Vendor in Content Marketing." Now as an on-demand marketing consultant, she's been recognized as one of the top 10 marketing writers on LinkedIn, one of 20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management, one of 10 most fascinating B2B marketers, and a top 100 influencer in content marketing.

She serves as the Co-Executive Director of Boston Content, the city's largest community of content professionals, and was previously the Programming Co-Chair & VP of Content Strategy for the Boston American Marketing Association chapter.

For this event, we'll choose several attendees in advance to join Katie on stage, one at a time, for a short discussion.

Unlike a traditional Q&A, you'll have time alotted to have a true conversation with Katie, in front of an audience that can also learn from it. It's a great opportunity to get some high-quality advice, connect with a leader in Boston's startup community, and get noticed by others who may be able to help/ peers working on a similar issue.

RSVP now to attend, and select if you have something you'd like to ask Katie about. We'll be giving preference to questions that have room for discussion (more than a yes/ no) and connect to something you're doing, planning, or deciding on (vs hypotheticals or only curiosity).

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speaker

Katie Martell, On-demand marketing consultant, Co-Executive Director at Boston Content, former Co-Founder & CMO of Cintell

Our Moderator

Allison Grinberg-Funes, Leadership Committe Member at Boston Content

Allison Grinberg-Funes is a digital marketer, content strategist and copywriter with 5+ years of experience. She previously held positions as Marketing Manager at Raizlabs, a Rightpoint Company, and as Account Executive at Creative Circle.

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
11:00 AM11:00

Increasing User Engagement: Ask Me Anything with Vanessa Ferranto

We're excited to have product management veteran Vanessa Ferranto joining us to answer your questions about increasing user engagement.

Vanessa has led product teams at multiple startups in multiple industries -- digital media, mobile payments, healthcare, transportation, and now e-commerce. She's currently the Senior Director of Product Management at The Grommet, and before that was the Senior Manager of Product and Experience at Zipcar. She served for two years as a board member for the Boston Product Management Association, and is also the cofounder of Boston Women in Product.

As a well-known mentor in the community, repeatedly recognized for her leadership and talent, Vanessa was our first choice to ask if she'd be willing to answer questions from founders & product leaders in the community about increasing user engagement at their startups.

For this event, we'll choose several attendees in advance to join her on stage, one at a time, for a short discussion.

Unlike a traditional Q&A, you'll have time alotted to truly have a conversation with Vanessa, in front of an audience that can also learn from it. It's a great opportunity to get some high-quality advice, connect with a product management expert in Boston's startup community, and meet your peers at other startups.

RSVP now to attend, and select if you have something you'd like to ask Vanessa about. We'll be giving preference to questions that have room for discussion (more than a yes/no) and connect to something you're doing, planning, or deciding on (vs hypotheticals or only curiosity).

This event is part of the Building Products track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speaker

Vanessa Ferranto, Senior Director of Product Manager at The Grommet

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
11:00 AM11:00

Startup Advisors: the Good, the Bad, and the Game-Changing

Advisors are a key part of any successful startup, whether they're the founders' informal mentors or formally recognized as members of an advisory board. Good advisors add expertise, connections, credibility. Sometimes they can provide truly game-changing input: they can open doors to partnerships & investors, warn startups of industry pitfalls they're approaching, help hire key team members in a function the founders don't know well. They can provide the rarest of sounding boards for founders' difficult decisions -- not personally affected by it, but still invested in ensuring the best result.

As experienced founders know, finding these folks rarely happens coincidentally. Even when you have or find connections that could make excellent advisors, the relationship and communication required to reap the benefits does take thought and effort.

Avoid well-intentioned time-wasters, false gurus, and missed opportunities. Learn from our panel how you can find and involve advisors that can help you grow your startup.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Chetan Jhaveri, CEO & Cofounder at Sophia

With a background in startups, philanthrophy, and management consultant, Chetan Jhaveri is the CEO & cofounder of Sophia, a therapist matching platform. Sophia participated in both the MIT delta v accelerator and Techstars, notable mentor-driven accelerators.

Simone LaPray, Program Manager at TiE Boston

Simone runs the TiE ScaleUp program, an accelerator for the founders of already-scaling startups (and applications are currently open through August 24th!). They've provided workshops and access to mentors for startups like VocaliD, ArtLifting, QMedic, Avrio, Rendever, and dozens more.

Kendall Tucker, CEO at Polis

Kendall is the CEO and Founder of Polis, a startup working to improve mobile canvassing and in-person analytics. Since its founding in October of 2015, Polis has been used by more than 70 organizations including Governor Gary Johnson's campaign for president. Polis went through TechStars and MassChallenge, and has put together a significant set of advisors.

More speakers to be announced!

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Sep
11
1:30 PM13:30

Career Paths in Venture Capital: From Operator to Investor, Starting a Fund & More

Venture capital is a huge part of the startup industry by impact, but a tiny part when measured by headcount. VC can seem like an "exclusive" profession, with few roles open to newcomers and limited options for mobility with a small number of firms.

Beyond "doing your time" at a firm and hoping a higher-level position opens up, what are the options associates, principals, and even partners have for advancing their career?

More firms are being created as seed-stage firms and "micro-VCs" proliferate, but how does someone take the leap to create such a firm?

What are the entry points to VC begin with? And for founders or others with an "operators" background, what should you know before joining the investor side?

We've put together a panel of highly-experienced Boston VCs to answer these questions and more. This session is for:

  • MBAs, finance professionals, and other "business-background" professionals curious about entry points.

  • Current associates, principals, and even partners who want to hear more about others' career paths and goals worth setting at each point in your career.

  • Anyone who wants to know what it takes to start your own firm.

Because space is limited, we ask that those attending do already have a basic understanding of how VC firms operate. You should know: what an LP is, how partners at a firm are paid, why most VCs aim for 10x exits vs what might be more acheivable 2x or 3x exits. Drew Russ' VC 101 overview is an excellent guide to these questions if you're unfamiliar.

We're looking forward to offering you a great look into career paths in this field, from those who have walked so many of them.

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Sarah Downey, Principal at Accomplice VC

Sarah A. Downey a Principal at Accomplice, focusing on virtual and augmented reality and frontier tech. Previously, she was Director of Marketing at Ovia Health, a women's reproductive health startup making fertility and pregnancy mobile apps, and Manager of Content and Communications at Abine, a consumer online privacy startup. Sarah also co-founded Rev Boston, an award and event honoring 20 of the top women in Boston tech at the VP or Director levels in their careers.

Nilanjana Bhowmik, Co-Founder & General Partner at Converge

Nilanjana brings a rigorous focus on B2B tech to her role as Converge Founder & General Partner drawing on her 23 years as a venture capitalist, investment banker and operating executive. Prior to founding Converge, Nilanjana was a General Partner at Longworth Venture Partners where she led the firm’s investments in enterprise tech.

More speakers to be announced!

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Sep
11
4:00 PM16:00

Startups v. Tech Giants: How to Compete for Top Talent

For young startups, competing for talent can feel like a David and Goliath story against established businesses in the innovation sector. How can early-stage companies compete against the lucrative salaries, benefits, and brand equity of the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and other tech giants?

Whether it’s more autonomy or having a direct impact on a company’s success, there are various reasons for why people choose to work at a startup, beyond the paycheck and 401k. This panel will teach you to better market your company to the candidate pool by understanding what it is your "right person" is looking for. We'll explore the reasons why people choose to work at startups over the giants and discuss strategies to help you use this intel to attract the talent you seek.

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Sarah Duffy, Director of Talent at OpenView Venture Partners

Sarah partners with OpenView's portfolio companies to consult on recruitment strategy and to source and hire the top talent they need to scale teams. 

Before joining OpenView, Sarah was Director of Recruiting at Betts Recruiting - a talent agency that specializes in pairing sales and marketing talent with software startups. Sarah joined Betts in 2014 to build out their business in Boston, and then went on to lead a team of recruiters in New York.

Veronica Curran, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Mendix

Veronica Curran has over 10 years of experience staffing and recruiting for companies such as Bain Capital Ventures and Turbonomic, and focused in recruiting for C-Suite and VP level executives for CTPartners' clients. Now at Mendix, she is responsible for global talent acquisition.

More speakers to be announced soon!

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
4:00 PM16:00

Why Boston IS Great for Consumer Tech Startups (and How to Make it Better)

It's been a long-time debate about Boston tech—is consumer dead in Boston? Will the Hub ever become a big consumer tech player?

Boston's consumer tech industry may fly under the radar compared to Silicon Valley, but with companies like TripAdvisor, Wayfair, Care.com, iRobot, and Drizly, B2C is hardly "dead."

This panel discussion is aimed at discovering the areas in which consumer is thriving in Boston, as well as where opportunities exist to start putting Boston B2C on the map. We'll also consider what skill-building and community needs aren't being met by existing meetups or professional groups, where entrepreneurs in the space can turn to find the right kind of talent and mentorship, and how we can best connect our existing consumer startups, assets, and strengths to build an effective consumer cluster in Boston.

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Rob Go, Co-Founder & Partner at NextView Ventures

Rob is a co-founder and partner of NextView, a seed-stage venture capital fund that's invested in a number of consumer companies including BookBub, The Outline, ThredUp, Peach, and TaskRabbit. Previously, Rob was a venture capitalist at Spark Capital, a leading venture capital firm focused on the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. 

Cullen Schwarz, Co-Founder & CEO of DoneGood

Before becoming the cofounder and CEO of DoneGood, Cullen served as the press secretary for the US Department of Agriculture. He changed his career path in 2015 to build a startup based on the incredible power of consumers: whatever we demand, the market supplies. When we demand products made with systems that empower workers and protect the environment, we get more of those--and less products made with systems that exploit people and the planet.

Bob Davis, General Partner at Highland Capital

Bob is a General Partner at Highland focusing primarily on digital media. He currently represents Highland with ALOHA, Beeswax, FRESHLY, Handy, Harry's, Lovepop, SessionM, and Turbonomic.

Prior to joining Highland, Bob was the CEO & Founder of Lycos; a startup he took from inception to $2 million in venture capital funding, to it becoming the most visited online destination in the world. Under his leadership, Lycos jumped from the fastest IPO in Nasdaq history, a mere nine months from inception to offering, exceeding Wall Street estimates for 22 consecutive quarters, and grew to a global media entity.

More speakers to be announced!

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

Life Science Technology Usergroup: AI’nt this off the Chain?

Join the Life Science Technology User Group for our “AI’nt this off the Chain?:  AI and Block Chain in Life Sciences” event on September 11th from 5:00PM - 8:00 PM. We'll have a thought-provoking, informative and interactive session followed by a reception. 

Agenda:

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM  Check-in, Networking, Refreshments

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM  “The Promise and the Myth of AI in Transforming Biopharma” with John Veytsman, Sr. Business Analyst, Biogen

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM Break 

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM “AI and Blockchain in Biotech: Promise, Hype, and Challenges” with Poorya Hosseini, Associate, Flagship Pioneering

6:45 PM - 8:00 PM Reception

More about our speakers:

Poorya Hosseini, Ph.D., Associate, Flagship Pioneering

Poorya is an associate at Flagship Pioneering, working as part of a team of entrepreneurial scientists to conceive, create, resource and develop the next generation of Flagship’s first-in-category ventures. He is a founding member of VL49 Inc. (stealth mode) that aims to leverage cutting-edge computational tools in combination with biological omics to develop pioneering therapeutic solutions for cancer, immune, and inflammatory diseases.

Prior to joining the firm, Poorya completed his doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Poorya’s thesis work at MIT focused on the development of advanced label-free imaging techniques for studying biophysical properties of cells and tissues.  Poorya has received several awards for his academic work, including the Edison Award for Impactful Research at MIT and the Iranian-American Medical Association’s Young Investigator Award for his work on anemic disorders. In addition to his scientific and entrepreneurial focus, Poorya is deeply interested in political science broadly, international relations, playing all sort of sports and fishing!

John Veytsman, Sr. Business Analyst, Biogen

John Veytsman is a Sr. Business Analyst within Biogen's R&D Information Technology group. He has a breadth of experience working across different functional domains ranging from Commercial to R&D and now in clinical devices / digital biomarkers. He has been a key advocate for artificial intelligence approaches to solving strategic problems across Biogen. He has played an instrumental role in the conceptualization and implementation of AI based solutions, ranging from target ID and validation initiatives in early discovery research to collaboration initiatives company-wide.

Register here: https://dell.captix.com/event/BBavYd/register

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Sep
12
8:30 AM08:30

The Road to Virtual Reality Unicorns in Boston

Virtual Reality is a hot sector in technology, with many of the current tech giants and several upstarts having delivered on expensive but fully functional, consumer-ready hardware. But without a killer app to drive VR's mass adoption, this is a space still very much in its early stages, not unlike the early days of the mobile apps sector, which led to some of the most financially successful companies we've seen created in the past two decades.

Boston not only has a number of VR innovators, it also has strengths in some of the industries VR seems to have the most potential: health, travel, and gaming.

We've put together a panel of investors, founders, and leaders in the local VR community to discuss the state of the VR ecosystem in Boston; the resources, opportunities, challenges they see for founders interested in VR; and what additional programs and support Boston needs to see a major VR company built here.

If you're a founder, investor, or technologist interested in this space, join us for a great discussion, Q&A, and networking.

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Richard Dulude, Cofounder of Underscore VC

Richard leads Underscore's VR investments; is a mentor to several VR/AR startups in Boston, NY, and LA; and is an investor and contributor to Upload.VR. As a programmer (turned entrepreneur (turned VC)), Richard spends his nights and weekend actively tinkering in the space and building in Unity, and has a side project building the RottenTomatoes of VR content.

Kathy Bisbee, Cofounder & Director of Public VR Lab

Kathy is the co-founder of the Public VR Lab, and serves as the executive director of its parent organization, Brookline Interactive Group, (BIG), a community media arts center in Brookline, MA. Kathy Bisbee is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, educator, and filmmaker, producing international films in Latin America and the U.S., and co-producing customized VR content for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). She speaks on international panels about Community VR, and recently was invited to present VR/XR content to world leaders at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya and on the topics of “Art, Storytelling & Activism,” and “Can Virtual Reality Help Save Reality."

More speakers to be announced!

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
8:30 AM08:30

How Startups are Overcoming the Senior Developer Hiring Crunch

Experienced talent is in high-demand, and nowhere is this more true than in software engineering roles. Hiring senior developers can be tremendously challenging, and can feel even more so for resource-constrained startups. Even when you've raised significant funding, it's competitive to hire the top talent, and important to get it right.

We're bringing together startup CTOs, People Ops leads, and tech talent professionals to share specific tactics, processes, or lessons learned that have helped them overcome these challenges. Each speaker will give a 5 minute lightning talk presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. You'll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers as a group other questions you might have about effective tech hiring.

Join us for a great morning of actionable advice and conversations.

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Stay tuned! Speakers to be announced soon.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
11:00 AM11:00

Before the Pitch: Finding & Building Relationships with the Right Investors

Raising the right amount of money with the right investors is critical to the health and growth of your business, yet investors are regularly barraged with requests for pitch meetings. How do you get your startup noticed through the noise?

This panel discussion will focus on the tactics and behaviors that will allow you to build strong relationships with potential investors, before it's time to pitch. Featuring a panel of people from both sides of the aisle, including serial entrepreneurs, local venture capitalists, and high-volume networkers, we'll unpack how to build authentic relationships with investors and how to evaluate their fit as a partner in your business.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Payal Divakaran — Principal at .406 Ventures

Payal joined .406 in 2015 and focuses on healthcare IT and cloud infrastructure investing. Prior to .406, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston with $5.7B under management. She sourced and executed on deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, security and internet spaces.

Parul Singh — Principal at Founder Collective

Parul is a seed stage investor helping build companies in data, media, SaaS and consumer products. In her role, she meets and supports founders and helps select investments that Founder Collective makes. Investments include Blissfully, Mighteor, Crayon, Workjam, Embark Veterinary, MissionU, DeIce, Hawthorne and ShopShops.

Deb Kemper — Managing Director at Golden Seeds

Deb leads the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. She is also a member of Clean Energy Venture Group. Her investment focus is high growth companies in the clean tech, health care, and technology sectors.

More speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston will bring entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
11:00 AM11:00

Why and How to Hire Diverse Tech Talent

The jury is in—representation matters. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is good for people and it's good for business, boosting creativity, promoting a global perspective and greater relevancy, and encouraging socially conscious product development and marketing.

The conversation around diversity in the workplace has shifted. We agree that it is important, but the startup industry—particularly in Boston—remains largely homogenous.

What are the barriers around diverse hiring that we don't realize exist, and how do we overcome these? How do we prioritize and stay committed to hiring for diversity in the face of tight deadlines and innovation at lightspeed? And, equally important, how do we foster inclusive company cultures that are capable of nurturing and retaining all talent?

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers

Gareth Burrowes, Cofounder & Head of Product and Growth of The Tech Connection

Gareth is a cofounder of The Tech Connection, a recruitment platform that supports the professional development of untapped technical talent from diverse backgrounds. They've worked with companies like Wayfair, HubSpot, Spotify, and Akamai to help them find, engage, and empower diverse talent.

More speakers to be announced soon!

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
1:30 PM13:30

Scaling Sales: How this Function Changes as a Startup Grows

As your startup grows, so do the challenges of your sales organization. For bootstrapped or early-stage business, customer acquisition relies on unstructured, ad hoc process development and a few goal-driven hunters. As business scales, your customer value proposition and pitch are in constant flux with new features, hiring and onboarding increasingly become even more challenging (especially as you start hiring in new geographies), and customer retention takes center-stage. Sales reps need different supports at each stage of your business’ evolution.

This panel of serial startup sales leaders will discuss how sales readiness develops and improves as startups scale. They'll unpack and debate different approaches to incentive structures, processes, and the right balance between hunting & farming at each stage.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Adam Mavrikos, VP of Sales at Toast

Adam was one of the first salespeople hired at HubSpot in 2008, and for 6 years helped grow the team's SMB division from a few hundred customers to 10,000+. Since then, Adam has joined Toast, one of the hottest Boston-based startups, to help launch the sales team. He is currently serving as VP of Inside Sales at Toast.

Marie Warner, President at Warner Professional Sales

Marie is founder and principal of Warner Professional Sales and the StartupSales.Coach, and helps companies achieve revenue success through sales enablement; executive and sales team coaching; and sales team building, onboarding, and training. 

Rob Stevens, Co-Founder & CRO at Tive

Rob has spent almost twenty years working in sales, marketing and business development for high-tech startups including FreeMarkets, Kiva Systems, Backupify, and GrabCAD. Most recently, he was the CRO & Co-Founder of Tive.

Our Moderator:

Henry Dubin, Regional Manager of Commercial Sales at Salesforce

With over six years of helping Salesforce scale their outreach efforts, Henry is no stranger on what it takes to help businesses scale their sales' efforts. Henry has held roles in a variety of sales organizations, including several across Salesforce and as a Director of sales for New York tech scale-up VTS.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
1:30 PM13:30

Pre-Traction Fundraising: What Matters to Boston Seed-Stage Investors

Many founders feel they face a catch-22: they can't get traction without funding, and they can't get funding without traction. While often investors are looking for scrappier founders that don't let limited resources stop them, it's also true that there are some ideas that are simply too capital intensive to bring to market without funding. And as tech investment continues to boom, there are also a growing number of investors looking for the right opportunities to make earlier bets on promising startups, even if they're pre-revenue / pre-product.

But every professional investor does have some set of proof points that they're looking for -- in the market opportunity, in the product vision, in the founders themselves -- and understanding what those are is essential for founders looking to raise capital. We've put together a panel of Boston seed-stage investors who are willing to invest pre-traction if the opportunity is right, to learn from them what defines those opportunities.

If you're an idea or seed-stage founder thinking about fundraising, don't miss this opportunity to hear first-hand what investors are looking for.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Jean Hammond, Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator

Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high tech start-ups. She was honored with the highest award for angels in the US, the Hans Severiens Award in 2014. She was a founder of the Boston branch of Golden Seeds (focused on investing in women-managed businesses) and a member of Launchpad Venture Group and Hub Angels. She is serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the high-tech industry.

Rudina Seseri, Founder & Managing Partner at Glasswing Ventures

Rudina is a Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. In her prior role as Partner at Fairhaven Capital, she made investments in Artificial Intelligence powered solutions in enterprise SaaS, marketing and sales technologies and IoT/Robotics platforms. In addition to investing, Rudina helps her portfolio companies with strategic direction and growth strategy, building boards and executive teams, strategic partnerships and lead generation. Rudina serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School.

More speakers to be announced!

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Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston will bring entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

Competitive Advantages Through Code: Building Faster, Smarter, and More Powerful Startups

At some companies, tech can end up being mostly just plumbing for a business competing on positioning & marketing. But for others, superior technology can be a distinct competitive advantage. Novel software, algorithm-driven product, clever proprietary ways of collecting and processing data... for many founders and those aspiring, these are the kind of things that make a tech company worth the name.

We're bringing together experts & experienced engineering leaders from Boston's startup scene to share what they've learned about how to build these kinds of companies. Each speaker will give a 5 minute lightning talk presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

This will be a high-impact event for founders and tech/product leaders who want to make sure they have a real competitive advantage from the technical foundations of their startup.

We'll have some additional time after the talks for more questions from the audience for our entire set of speakers—a great opportunity to get multiple perspectives on how you're approaching your product's tech.

This event is part of the Building Products track at Startup Boston 2018.

Agenda:

3:55pm Show up, check-in

4:00pm Connect with other startup people and engineers.

4:20pm Lightning talks begin.

5:20pm Engineering Q&A: we'll bring our speakers together on stage, for questions about lessons learned their talks may not have covered, or ideas that you'd like more perspectives on.

5:40pm Networking & conversations through closing time.

Speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

User-Driven Growth for Startups: Driving Referrals, Evangelism, and More

Customer Success is too often an undervalued market growth channel—if it's seen as a growth channel at all.

The fact is, happy customers that feel valued and appreciate your product and brand bring you new customers. They’re also a priceless source of information that can help you further optimize your growth framework.

How can startups effectively jumpstart and amplify user-driven growth? This panel discussion will delve into user-driven growth and how startups can drive more word-of-mouth marketing. You'll hear from founders and experts at marketplace startups with strong referral channels to learn how these startups have harnessed the power of the people to drive growth.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers

Sharon Kan, CEO & Co-founder, Pepperlane

Sharon is the CEO and co-founder of Pepperlane, a place for mothers to start and grow their businesses and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to her current role, she was entrepreneur-in-residence at Accomplice, chairwoman of Luminoso Technologies and chairwoman of Orora Global. She is a co-founder of the WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab at Babson College. Sharon has spent 20 years growing successful businesses in high-potential markets. She was instrumental in developing and leading companies from inception to successful acquisition including Tikatok (sold to Barnes & Noble), Zoomix (acquired by Microsoft), C-Ark (acquired by SSA Global, now Infor), and Demantra (acquired by Oracle).

Katie Sedat, Head of Marketing at AirFox

Katie is a creative, strategic, data-driven marketer with 12 years experience in consumer marketing and user acquisition. She has a proven track record building an audience of 32 million consumers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America through multiple channels.

Other panelists to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Digital Health Launch Smart Clinic with Multisensor Diagnostics and WatchRx

  • CIC Cambridge - Havana, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At the Digital Health Themed Launch Smart Clinic, 2 startups present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from our panel of experts + the audience.

Launch Smart Clinics are a great place for startups to get constructive feedback on their pitch from a board-of-directors-level panel of experts and thoughtful audience members. The focus on early stage ventures encourages a sympathetic and supportive atmosphere. Audience and panel feedback often helps presenters understand their problems and offers useful tips and solutions.

Even if you’re not quite ready to present, we encourage entrepreneurs to attend the clinics to see what our panel of experts (investors and others) are looking for in a pitch, what kind of questions they ask and their suggestions for refining the business plan.

CIC Members receive 20% with code "CIC". Purchase tickets here.

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Sep
13
8:30 AM08:30

Startup Recruiting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Time is money, and startups have less of both. It is imperative that you get the right people in the door when you need them, and when entrepreneurs are strapped for resources, it can be difficult to manage an effective, streamlined hiring process that screens candidate for both the hard and soft skills that your team needs.

This panel for startup founders and recruiters will focus around the actionable strategies and process management tactics that will allow you to avoid wasting time and budget and hiring the wrong people. We'll depate questions around hiring for short-term need versus long-term fit and potential, mass outreach, and annoying vs effective interview questions.

This event is part of the Talent & Training track at Startup Boston 2018.

Speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
13
8:30 AM08:30

Understanding Equity: Workshop for Founders, Early Employees, and New Investors

How to should strock be allocated among the two or three initial founders? How much of your company should you "give away"—and for what sum?

How can founders and early investors determine benchmarks for an appropriate return on invested capital? As a job seeker, when should you trade salary for equity?

What questions should you ask about your stock options as you negotiate your offer?

Stock option grants represent a way of sharing in a company’s success, but very few first-time entrepreneurs and early startup employees understand what stock options really are and how they work. This workshop will explore equity from all an angles.

Kathy Nolan, Corporate Attorney at Shoobx, has coached founders at hundreds of early-stage startups on issues ranging from founder and employee shares, to stock incentive plans, company valuations, and more. Join us for a workshop to help founders, startup employees, and new investors understand the ins and outs of equity.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Workshop Facilitator:

Kathy Nolan, Corporate Attorney, Shoobx

Kathy Nolan works with the founders of hundreds of early stage startups and helps them use Shoobx to create incorporation, founder shares, financing, stock incentive plan, board consents, IP and HR documents, just to name a few. She also coaches startups on issues relating to Shoobx and due diligence management, working with counsel, 409a valuations, and employee option grants.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
13
11:00 AM11:00

Creating Unfair Marketing Advantages for B2C Startups

We'll have 5 marketing leaders from Boston's startup scene each sharing a new tactic they've developed, or lessons learned from a technique they've mastered, in a single hour of focused, actionable lightning talks. Each speaker will give a 5 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

This will be a high-impact event for anyone involved in marketing at a B2C startup, and is particularly aimed at those who are already past a beginner level in marketing and are looking for new skills & tactics to add to their toolbox and give their startup a competitive advantage.

It's a rare chance to learn from a number of experienced marketing leaders in a single evening. We'll have some additional time after the talks for more questions from the audience for our entire set of speakers -- a great opportunity to get multiple perspectives on a challenge you're facing or their insights on a trend you've seen.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Stay tuned! Speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
13
1:30 PM13:30

What Founders & Investors Should Know About Cryptocurrency

Blockchain has opened up a whole new field of options for companies, financially and technologically. ICO fundraising, decentralized platforms driven by utility tokens, new implementations of almost every (highly-profitable) financial model... it's a booming sector with constant advancements.

But there are some hard-won lessons learned available from founders & startup operators who have been on this path for some time now, and from investors & industry leaders who have been helping to shape the future of this space. We've brought several of them together for a panel discussion, to offer perspectives on ICOs, platform risks of different blockchains, regulatory factors, best practices for token ecosystems, and more.

Join us to learn from the discussion, ask our panel questions, and meet others interested in building companies based on these new options.

(Please note this will not be a place to discuss personal investment or cryptocurrency speculation, with the possible exception of how our panelists see this practice impacting blockchain companies.)

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Sarah Hodges, Partner at Pillar VC

Sarah Hodges is a Partner at Pillar, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Boston investing in blockchain, crypto, and machine intelligence. She is one of the organizers of Boston Blockchain Week, now in planning for its second year. Sarah is also a startup veteran, having held leadership roles at RunKeeper, Smarterer, and Pluralsight.

Scott Sigel, Director of Business Development at Commonwealth Crypto

Scott Sigel is currently working to solve the problem of trade security and custody with Commonwealth Crypto in Boston. Previously he worked across three ventures in fintech and consumer, plus time at SVB advising pre-seed/seed stage teams on capital and growth.

More speakers to be announced!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
13
4:00 PM16:00

Machine Learning Superpowers: How Artificial Intelligence Startups are Helping Early Adopters Win

Machine learning is transforming information work in almost every industry, with startups creating software that automates common tasks at a level of efficiency, accuracy, and insight that is literally superhuman.

We've brought together the leaders from several such startups, across a variety of industries, to each share insights from building a machine-learning powered product that is giving their customers superpowers. Each speaker will give a 5 minute lightning talk presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

This kind of "narrow" AI is increasingly acheivable, and represents a classicly successful startup opportunity: being able to combine cutting-edge technology with expertise from a background in a particular industry. We hope this set of lightning talks will provide a jumpstart for founders & technologists that might see applications for machine learning in their own areas of interest, and a hot lead on a competitive advantage for company leaders in industries these startups are serving. Join us!

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

Speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England Fall Meetup

Join Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England for our quarterly cinq à sept at The Lookout at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square. Grab a drink with fellow Canadians (and friends of Canada) working in tech, life sciences, and innovation sectors. Come hear from our new President Tim Owen about what's new at CENE and learn how to get involved with our community. 

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Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Science Book Club for the Curious

  • CIC Cambridge, Charles, 14th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Science Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

Science Book Club for the Curious meets the second Thursday of every month at CIC.

Click here to see upcoming book selections and to RSVP. 

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Sep
14
8:30 AM08:30

Demo Events, Festivals, and Pitch Nights: What's Worth it for Your Startup?

Startups can waste a lot of time on events that don't produce results. Demo days, pitch nights, and other startup festivals promise exposure to investors, partners, and customers, but how often do they deliver? Even when the opportunity is real, with so many faces floating by how do you actually get results from brief conversations and a pile of business cards?

This panel discussion will explore what real value these events offer and the tactics that successful startups use to increase their impact. Join us to listen, learn, and ask questions!

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Stay tuned! We'll be announcing our speakers soon.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
14
8:30 AM08:30

Lessons-Learned on Startup Revenue

Many startup founders are focused on creating a great product; on solving a problem in a differentitated way that creates true and meaningful value for their customers. If mission is the heart of your business and product is its body, revenue is the blood coursing through its veins.

Maximizing the value of the business you're creating—dealing directly with pricing, margins, cost structure, the length of your sales cycle, etc. is a learned skill, and without that learning, the potential for growth can be radically stunted. For bootstrapped businesses where cashflow is key, a poorly implemented revenue model may kill your business altogether.

These startup revenue lightning talks will feature 5-minute presentations from founders and chief revenue officers who have impacted their companys' bottom lines by pivoting their startups' pricing models, adding new tiers, cross-selling, or making changes for greater gains.

This event is part of the Building Products track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

  • Patrick Campbell - Cofounder & CEO of ProfitWell (formerly Price Intelligently)
  • Aaron Sherman - CEO & Founder at Storyboard That
  • More to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Growth Hacking Workshop

Gone are the Mad Men era days when marketing and advertising was an elusive art form that—you hoped—would drive dollars. Marketing in 2018 is data-driven, and scaling growth depends on teams seizing opportunities quickly while aligning the team's efforts to achieve objectives.

In this workshop, Anuj Adhiya, Director of Engagement & Analytics at GrowthHackers, will discuss how your team can:

  • Find the highest leverage opportunities for your business
  • Scale growth with a growth team and high tempo testing process
  • Coordinate your testing efforts with a weekly growth meeting

This workshop will be most beneficial to employees of startups that are post-product market fit (a pre-requisite to scaling growth) and growth managers, members of marketing teams, and CEOs who have not yet established systematic growth processes within their organization.

This event is part of the Marketing & Sales track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Facilitator:

Anuj Adhiya, Director of Engagement & Analytics at GrowthHackers

Anuj Adhiya is an experienced growth marketer with a demonstrated history of implement principles that lead to authentic growth. He's incredibly skilled in extracting growth insights from qualitative and quantitative data, continuous improvement and community engagement. He also serves as Marketing Specialist at Harvard Innovation Labs where he helps startups in the program through their growth and marketing challenges.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Education Industry Opportunities: A Call for Startups

Boston is a world leader in education and educational technology, with a thriving ecosystem of schools, universities, and established EdTech companies for startups to work with. But with so many of these institutions being a target of interest for startups looking to sell to, we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to let the startup community know what they're actually looking for.

We're reaching out to...

  • Educational institutions looking for innovative solutions to a particular, ongoing challenge they face.

  • EdTech providers with an API or technology platform they'd like to see more startups integrating / building on.

  • Investors that would like to see new entrants or scaling startups in particular verticals or problem spaces in education.

...and asking them to come and a 2-3 minute pitch to you: members of an existing EdTech startup, entrepreneurs interested in the education space, and educational technologists looking for their next project. 

We're organizing this call for startups after seeing the success of PULSE@MassChallenge's "Reverse Pitches" program in the HealthTech space and Y Combinator's (a nationally-renowned startup accelerator) "Requests for Startups" initiative.

This event is about spurring conversation, making connections across the industry, and solving big problems together. Whether you're looking for testers, customers, partners, or investors, if you're in the education space this is a great opportunity to find them.

This event is part of the Tech & Industry Trends track at Startup Boston 2018.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Sep
14
1:30 PM13:30

Pitch Feedback Workshop

As part of Startup Boston, we're offering early-stage founders an opportunity to get feedback from real investors, with a small audience of attendees also looking to learn from them and you.

Your company will have 3 minutes to pitch your startup, and will get about 12 minutes of feedback and questions from our investors. Despite the audience, this will be a casual setting and an opportunity to have an open conversation, asking questions about investor concerns, how to best present what you have, and what you should improve on before you're actively seeking investors.

Pitching is limited to founders who have an active startup and are close to pursuing funding—you must be beyond idea-stage, with traction or promising early customer validation. Sign up as an audience member or participant through Eventbrite and, if you want to pitch, please complete the application form.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our feedback panel includes:

Melissa Withers, Co-Founder & Managing Director, RevUp Capital

RevUp Managing Director Melissa Withers has overseen investments in 100+ companies across industries and at various stages of growth. She was previously Managing Director of Betaspring, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator that launched 89 companies between 2009-2014. Melissa's career began at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, where she worked at the intersection of basic research and public policy. She was also co-founder of the Business Innovation Factory, an organization dedicated to the design and testing of new business models.

Sean Judge, Principal at Highland Capital Partners

Based in Highland's Cambridge office, Sean is focused on identifying, evaluating and executing early stage technology investments. He is currently working in Highland’s disruptive commerce practice, seeking out new companies that are the next to transform the online buying experience. Sean enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are building tech-enabled consumer businesses and innovative enterprise software companies.

Shereen Shermak, Executive Director at Boston Women's Workforce Counsil, Angel Investor & Startup Advisor

Shereen is a serial entrepreneur and prolific angel investor. She's invested in a number of Boston startups including Amino Apps, Bedrock Data, Careport Health, and Soofa. She's served as an advisor to Flybridge Capital Partners, as well as several startups, most recently as a part-time CRO to Doni, and a part-time Head of Marketing for Wise Trading Technologies.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.

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Perfectly Fair Equity Splits for Bootstrapped Startups
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

Perfectly Fair Equity Splits for Bootstrapped Startups

  • Havana, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creating an unfair equity split with partners is not only one of the most devastating mistakes founders can make, but also one of the most common. Conventional "fixed" equity models are the core problem, yet they are still widely used. Dynamic equity models are becoming more popular because they allow founders too create a perfectly fair equity split while providing protection for all participants. This seminar will teach attendees a simple method for implementing a dynamic split and virtually eliminating equity disputes. Every company founder that plans to share equity needs to learn how to ensure fairness.

Key Lessons:

  • Why conventional fixed-split equity models set founders up for failure

  • How to implement a dynamic equity model that is perfectly fair to all participants

  • What to do when partners or employees quit or get fired

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Action Design Boston

About Action Design Boston

We sit at the intersection of behavioral economics, design, and psychology for advocacy and positive change. We focus on exposing our members to cutting edge tools, research, and practitioners in each of these areas so they can apply the latest learning in action design in their respective fields. 

We explore anything that allows us to make large-scale, positive impact on people's behavior. We discuss the emerging efforts of many industries to improve the behaviors of people through products, services, programs, and policy. 

Whether the goal is to help people save more money, get in shape, cut down on electricity usage, or learn a new language, the idea is the same: How can we use research in behavioral economics, psychology, and design to explicitly improve human behaviors, as well as improving overall engagement in any product, service, or program, or policy? 

We touch many different subjects: persuasive technology, choice architecture, emotional design, cognitive design, positive psychology, marketing, gameful design, game thinking, copywriting, funnel-optimization, social work, persuasive psychology, behaviorism, cognitive behavioral therapy and many other related topics. 

We're part of the greater Action Design Network (http://www.action-design.org), an non-profit organization with groups across the US, Canada, and the UK with over 10,000 members and counting.

RSVP and learn more HERE

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Lunch & Learn - Digital Transformation
Sep
18
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch & Learn - Digital Transformation

  • Lhasa Room, 4th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AizoOn USA, Certified Partner of Opera MES for North America area and technology company with a vast expertise in Manufacturing and in implementation of Smart Factory projects, organizes a Lunch & Learn event on Digital Transformation and on how to create a Smart & Paperless Factory, through the adoption and implementation of a MES platform.

EVENT IS OPEN TO: The event is open to manufacturing executives and managers: CEO and General Director, Plant Manager, Production Manager, Quality Manager, CIO.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Please RSVP here to this free event by Wednesday September 12, 2018

LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM:

11:30 Attendees registration
11:50 Welcome
12:00 Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0
12:10 Digital Factory – OPERA MES
12:30 Conclusions
12:35 Q&A /Open Discussion
13:10 Wrap-up

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Branchfood Community Table
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Branchfood Community Table

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol (http://www.foodsol.org/), the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city!

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

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Darwin Data World Tour
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Darwin Data World Tour

  • Anchor and Render Coffee, 1st floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Darwin Recruitment and RecDoTech proudly present the Darwin Data World Tour.

Since our first meetup in Berlin in September 2017, RecDoTech has hosted IT professionals at 15 different meetups across two continents, with fascinating talks by Data professionals from top business in Europe and USA. 

Following on from the enormous popularity of our other RecDoTech meetups, we are hosting our first Data Science meetup in the centre of Zurich. Our speakers will explore how data science is changing industries, allowing businesses to compete in new markets and helping people around the world. 

Speakers

Jamie Warner - Assistant Director - Data Science at Lincoln Financial Group

Speaker 2 - TBA

Speaker 3 - TBA

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Action Design Boston

About Action Design Boston

We sit at the intersection of behavioral economics, design, and psychology for advocacy and positive change. We focus on exposing our members to cutting edge tools, research, and practitioners in each of these areas so they can apply the latest learning in action design in their respective fields. 

We explore anything that allows us to make large-scale, positive impact on people's behavior. We discuss the emerging efforts of many industries to improve the behaviors of people through products, services, programs, and policy. 

Whether the goal is to help people save more money, get in shape, cut down on electricity usage, or learn a new language, the idea is the same: How can we use research in behavioral economics, psychology, and design to explicitly improve human behaviors, as well as improving overall engagement in any product, service, or program, or policy? 

We touch many different subjects: persuasive technology, choice architecture, emotional design, cognitive design, positive psychology, marketing, gameful design, game thinking, copywriting, funnel-optimization, social work, persuasive psychology, behaviorism, cognitive behavioral therapy and many other related topics. 

We're part of the greater Action Design Network (http://www.action-design.org), an non-profit organization with groups across the US, Canada, and the UK with over 10,000 members and counting.

RSVP and learn more HERE

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Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Science Book Club for the Curious

  • CIC Cambridge, Charles, 14th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Science Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

Science Book Club for the Curious meets the second Thursday of every month at CIC.

Click here to see upcoming book selections and to RSVP. 

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Branchfood Community Table
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Branchfood Community Table

  • Meridian, 5th floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol (http://www.foodsol.org/), the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city!

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

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Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Action Design Boston

About Action Design Boston

We sit at the intersection of behavioral economics, design, and psychology for advocacy and positive change. We focus on exposing our members to cutting edge tools, research, and practitioners in each of these areas so they can apply the latest learning in action design in their respective fields. 

We explore anything that allows us to make large-scale, positive impact on people's behavior. We discuss the emerging efforts of many industries to improve the behaviors of people through products, services, programs, and policy. 

Whether the goal is to help people save more money, get in shape, cut down on electricity usage, or learn a new language, the idea is the same: How can we use research in behavioral economics, psychology, and design to explicitly improve human behaviors, as well as improving overall engagement in any product, service, or program, or policy? 

We touch many different subjects: persuasive technology, choice architecture, emotional design, cognitive design, positive psychology, marketing, gameful design, game thinking, copywriting, funnel-optimization, social work, persuasive psychology, behaviorism, cognitive behavioral therapy and many other related topics. 

We're part of the greater Action Design Network (http://www.action-design.org), an non-profit organization with groups across the US, Canada, and the UK with over 10,000 members and counting.

RSVP and learn more HERE

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Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

Science Book Club for the Curious

  • CIC Cambridge, Charles, 14th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Science Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

Science Book Club for the Curious meets the second Thursday of every month at CIC.

Click here to see upcoming book selections and to RSVP. 

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Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Action Design Boston

About Action Design Boston

We sit at the intersection of behavioral economics, design, and psychology for advocacy and positive change. We focus on exposing our members to cutting edge tools, research, and practitioners in each of these areas so they can apply the latest learning in action design in their respective fields. 

We explore anything that allows us to make large-scale, positive impact on people's behavior. We discuss the emerging efforts of many industries to improve the behaviors of people through products, services, programs, and policy. 

Whether the goal is to help people save more money, get in shape, cut down on electricity usage, or learn a new language, the idea is the same: How can we use research in behavioral economics, psychology, and design to explicitly improve human behaviors, as well as improving overall engagement in any product, service, or program, or policy? 

We touch many different subjects: persuasive technology, choice architecture, emotional design, cognitive design, positive psychology, marketing, gameful design, game thinking, copywriting, funnel-optimization, social work, persuasive psychology, behaviorism, cognitive behavioral therapy and many other related topics. 

We're part of the greater Action Design Network (http://www.action-design.org), an non-profit organization with groups across the US, Canada, and the UK with over 10,000 members and counting.

RSVP and learn more HERE

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Branchfood Community Table
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Branchfood Community Table

  • Meridian, 5th floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol (http://www.foodsol.org/), the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city!

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

View Event →
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Science Book Club for the Curious

  • CIC Cambridge, Charles, 14th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Science Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

Science Book Club for the Curious meets the second Thursday of every month at CIC.

Click here to see upcoming book selections and to RSVP. 

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Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Down

On Fridays, we wind down our work week with a glass (or two?) of wine. Join us as we close out the week and welcome the weekend! Mingle with other Impact Hub members and CIC clients and experience the happiness of Friday afternoon at Impact Hub Boston.

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Aug
16
3:00 PM15:00

Venture Café

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. As such, Innovation is a social process that is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships. Open every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. on the 5th floor of CIC Cambridge, located at 1 Broadway, the weekly gathering of Venture Café is the longest running program of The Venture Café Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of CIC. Please see Venture Cafe’s calendar for a complete list of events.

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Aug
15
5:45 PM17:45

Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media

*** At this meetup, explore the trends and future of media (film, music,... ) with Kris Meyers, a major Holloywood film producer. Also, see the live demo of an entire film and music application running on the live blockchain! ***

Agenda for Aug 15th:
- Talk by Kris Meyers, producer for major Hollywood films www.imdb.com/name/nm0583243/
- Live blockchain demo for music and film by Arjun Mendhi, CEO at MTonomy
- Mingle and meet new people!

About the event: join a community of musicians and innovators, in the conversation, design and test of a transparent, efficient, and equitable media industry of the future.

The media industry is at an inflection point and there is need to rethink old methods and standards of publishing, licensing and monetizing media content (music, flim, photos, books, etc.). Here’s your chance to ask fundamental questions, have your opinions heard, and apply your skills, be it in music composition/ recording/ marketing, computer science, A.I. or blockchain, to make a definitive impact on the future of media.

Attend this event to learn about the experiences of various artists, current research in the fields of blockchain and A.I. related to media, and compelling areas for further research and experimentation. Attendees will have access to the meetups and online community, to share and learn from one another (you may join remotely too).

There are various individuals and organization doing excellent work in this space, and we would like to further those efforts. These community-driven meetups are hosted by MTonomy, a media research startup out of MIT based in Cambridge, MA. MTonomy will share its research with the community, and provide free access to its beta platform, including music publishing/streaming for artists and APIs for developers.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-ai-and-the-future-of-media-tickets-47450336233

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Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Code for Boston

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade – a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, and data geeks with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology.

For more information and registration, visit here.

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AI & Design: An Evening Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Design
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

AI & Design: An Evening Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Design

Welcome to the third meetup of AI & Design!

This meetup will be in the Anchor Room of CIC - Boston, 50 Milk St. This room is behind Render Coffee downstairs.

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SCHEDULE
6.30 - 7.00pm: Welcome and networking
7.00 - 8.30pm: Talks
8.30 - 9.00pm: Questions and mingling

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DESCRIPTION
Talk Descriptions and Speaker Bios coming soon.

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User Adoption Expedition: Camp Boston
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

User Adoption Expedition: Camp Boston

  • Lighthouse West, 20th Floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The User Adoption Expedition was created from the idea that customer growth isn’t just about retention or advocacy; it is a multi-step journey that happens in phases. But before you can begin to reap the benefits, you have to commit to making your users successful— how does that happen? It starts with better adoption of your product and that involves everyone from customer success, product, and marketing.

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Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Japanese Language Soirée

Japan Society is hosting their monthly Japanese Language Soirée, with nametags, soft drinks, and a simple game to get conversation flowing. They hope that their guests will meet others and find new paths for improving and enjoying their Japanese language skill. 

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Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Luncheon Series: Tadoku and Japanese Language Learning

JAPAN SOCIETY PRESENTS:

Tadoku and Japanese Language Learning

Join Japan Society for a Brown Bag discussion with Professor Atsuko Takahashi about Tadoku, a method of learning Japanese that is gaining popularity in universities across the United States!

"Tadoku," or extensive reading (from"Ta" (多) "a lot" and "doku" (読)"to read"), simply means reading a lot of easy and interesting books without the use of a dictionary or vocabulary list. This study method is a great way to build fluency and a rich vocabulary of words and phrases one might not encounter in the classroom, all while gaining a love for the Japanese language. Come learn about the four "golden rules" used in Tadoku, and how Professor Takahashi incorporates Tadoku in her teachings at Smith College.

art of the Brown Bag Luncheon Series - for more information and registration, visit the website. Don't forget to bring your lunch!

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Aug
12
8:00 AM08:00

Startup Weekend: Grow with Google

Your idea in 54 hours

Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register.

Hurry to secure your spot; this event will sell out quickly! Click here to sign up.

Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. 

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Cambridge and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life.

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Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

Startup Weekend: Grow with Google

Your idea in 54 hours

Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register.

Hurry to secure your spot; this event will sell out quickly! Click here to sign up.

Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. 

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Cambridge and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life.

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Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

National Day of Civic Hacking 2018: IGNITE Boston

Please join Code for Boston for an evening of IGNITE talks for our sixth annual National Day of Civic Hacking event on Friday, August 10. Taking place at CIC Cambridge, this year’s event will feature a series of IGNITE talks from prominent members of Boston's civic tech and government communities.

We can't wait to see you all for an evening of talks, conversation, and networking!

Should I come to National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH)?

Yes! NDoCH is for urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, technologists, data scientists, engaged citizens, and anyone with the passion to make their government better.

What will we be doing at National Day of Civic Hacking?

Our goal at NDoCH is to bring together government folks, technologists, and regular citizens to engage with local problems in their communities. This year, we'll be hosting a series of IGNITE talks to explore important topics in technology, government, inclusion, and more.

If you’re not familiar with the IGNITE talk format, it goes like this: Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes for the whole talk. They can be pretty hectic and high-energy, and quite a lot of fun. Code for Boston ran an evening of IGNITES as part of National Day of Civic Hacking in 2015 featuring talks from MAPC, TUGG, Resilient Coders, the City of Cambridge, Code for America Fellows, and more, and it was a blast. Check out the video on YouTube.

What's the lineup for the IGNITE talks?

We've put together an awesome lineup of local civic tech and government leaders for the evening's program. This year, we'll be joined by:

And a longer talk by Dana Chisnell of the Center for Civic Design and UsabilityWorks.

Keep checking back as we add to our lineup!

Don't you usually do a hackathon for National Day of Civic Hacking?

Yes, we usually do! This year, Code for America set the date for NDoCH in the middle of August (it's historically been in the late Spring), and we've found over the last six years that attendence at Code for Boston events tends to dip in July and August - people go on vacation, students are out of town, and most Bostonians seem to enjoy being out in the nice weather. 

But don't despair! We'll be running a hackathon in the fall with all the civic goodness, government partners, and community engagement that you're used to. Stay tuned for more details as we begin to plan that event. And if you have any ideas or want to connect about it, drop us a line at hello@codeforboston.org.

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 - Doors open. Snacks will be served
7:00 - 7:15 - Welcome presentation from Code for Boston team
7:15 - 8:15 - IGNITE talks
8:00 - 8:30 - Break
8:30 - 9:00 - Keynote with Dana Chisnell
9:00 - 9:30 - Conversation and networking
9:30 - Doors close

A logistical note…

All Code for Boston events are on the record by default. Participants should be made aware that they may be quoted, photographed, videotaped, and otherwise recorded. Exceptions must be agreed to by all parties present in a conversation in order for the conversation to be off the record.

Additionally, all Code for Boston events are governed by our Code of Conduct.

I have other questions, ideas, or partnership opportunities for National Day of Civic Hacking!

Awesome! Here's how we can hook up:

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Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Startup Weekend: Grow with Google

Your idea in 54 hours

Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register.

Hurry to secure your spot; this event will sell out quickly! Click here to sign up.

Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. 

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Cambridge and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life.

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Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Down

On Fridays, we wind down our work week with a glass (or two?) of wine. Join us as we close out the week and welcome the weekend! Mingle with other Impact Hub members and CIC clients and experience the happiness of Friday afternoon at Impact Hub Boston.

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Adopting Data Science and ML: A Blueprint for Financial Professionals
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Adopting Data Science and ML: A Blueprint for Financial Professionals

Financial firms are taking AI and machine learning seriously to augment traditional investment decision making. Alternative datasets including text analytics, cloud computing, algorithmic trading are game changers for many firms who are adopting technology at a rapid pace. As more and more open-source technologies penetrate enterprises, quants and data scientists have a plethora of choices for building, testing and scaling quantitative models. Even though there are multiple solutions and platforms available to build machine learning solutions, challenges remain in adopting machine learning in the enterprise.In this talk we will illustrate a step-by-step process to enable replicable AI/ML research within the enterprise using QuSandbox.

In Part 1, we will discuss the challenges and best practices of adopting data science and machine learning solutions in financial companies.

In Part 2, we will demonstrate a case study in Python to use Natural Language Processing techniques to analyze EDGAR call earnings transcripts that could be used to generate sentiment analysis scores using the Amazon Comprehend, IBM Watson, Google and Azure APIs. We will compare an contrast scores from various APIs and discuss how these scores can be used to augment traditional quantitative research and for trading decisions. At the end of this talk, participants can see a concrete picture on how to take their machine learning from a research and prototype to a scalable production model deployable in the cloud.

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Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Science Book Club for the Curious

  • CIC Cambridge, Charles, 14th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Science Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

Science Book Club for the Curious meets the second Thursday of every month at CIC.

Click here to see upcoming book selections and to RSVP. 

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Aug
9
3:00 PM15:00

Venture Café

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. As such, Innovation is a social process that is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships. Open every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. on the 5th floor of CIC Cambridge, located at 1 Broadway, the weekly gathering of Venture Café is the longest running program of The Venture Café Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of CIC. Please see Venture Cafe’s calendar for a complete list of events.

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Bioverse Monthly Meetup
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Bioverse Monthly Meetup

Bioverse Boston, is a meetup which focuses on educating individuals about 3D Bioprinting and bringing members of the Boston 3D Bioprinting community together! 3D Bioprinting is a highly interdisciplinary field, involving engineers, researchers, developers, physicians, mathematicians, and people passionate about reshaping the medical industry. If you fit this description, this meetup is for you, and we encourage you to join us!
 

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Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

NeuroTech Hacknight

  • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to learn how to build brain-controlled devices using EEG? Working on a project already and want to collaborate at the intersection of neuroscience and technology? Join NeuroTechBOS for our Hack Night on August 8!

Existing projects are encouraged! We will also provide a few Muse EEG headbands to work with. Expertise is not required, but a willingness to share and participate will be!

A former Research Associate at Thync will be giving a short demo on the original Thync device. Thync developed the first consumer wearable that uses electrical stimulation for relaxation and stress reduction. The device will be made available for members to try during the event.

NeuroTechBOS is the Boston chapter of NeuroTechX (https://neurotechx.com/chapter/1543/), an international organization of designers, engineers, neuroscientists, hackers, and more interested in promoting education around neurotechnology.

DISCLAIMER: We are not affiliated with Thync, now Thync Global, and will just be sharing and demoing a member's personal device.

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Khronos Boston Chapter Meetup

Let's meet up and discuss the latest in Khronos APIs!

All kinds of Khronos technology-related events are hosted, from casual meetups and socials to hack fests, fundraisers, guest lectures, community service and educational events. Khronos APIs: OpenCL OpenGL OpenGL ES WebGL WebCL COLLADA OpenVG OpenSL ES OpenMAX AL OpenMAX IL EGL StreamInput OpenVX OpenWF OpenKODE OpenML.

For more details, visit: https://www.meetup.com/Khronos-Boston-Chapter/

 

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Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Feature X Machine Learning

Machine Learning Meetup

This weekly seminar series, hosted by the computer vision research team at FeatureX, is open to students and professionals who share an interest in gathering with like-minded machine learning researchers. This series focuses on current and influential papers in machine learning, and brings active participants together around one relevant paper each week. The presenter will introduce the background of the paper and review the findings. Attendees are expected to have read the paper and be ready to participate in group discussions about the research content and its implications.

 

Space is limited and RSVP’s are mandatory for this event. Please email Emily Rogers at emily.rogers@featurex.ai if you plan to attend. If your plans change, please update us so we can offer space to someone else. 

 

Upcoming Seminar:

Paper Title and Link: Neural Ordinary Differential Equations by Tian Qi Chen, Yulia Rubanova, Jesse Bettencourt, David Duvenaud

Abstract: We introduce a new family of deep neural network models. Instead of specifying a discrete sequence of hidden layers, we parameterize the derivative of the hidden state using a neural network. The output of the network is computed using a blackbox differential equation solver. These continuous-depth models have constant memory cost, adapt their evaluation strategy to each input, and can explicitly trade numerical precision for speed. We demonstrate these properties in continuous-depth residual networks and continuous-time latent variable models. We also construct continuous normalizing flows, a generative model that can train by maximum likelihood, without partitioning or ordering the data dimensions. For training, we show how to scalably backpropagate through any ODE solver, without access to its internal operations. This allows end-to-end training of ODEs within larger models.

 

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Veggie Eats Lunch Meetup Cambridge
Aug
8
12:00 PM12:00

Veggie Eats Lunch Meetup Cambridge

Join us for great food and conversation at our monthly vegetarian lunchtime meetup! Bring your lunch or buy something from the Dates and Olives vendor that sells lunch at CIC Cambridge on Wednesdays.

We will gather monthly on the second Wednesday of the month from 12-1pm.

At each session, we will introduce a topic for discussion or have a guest speaker.

You don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Just show up with your lunch and join the community.

Sign up to let up know you are coming!

This event is for CIC members. If you wish to join us and you are outside of the CIC community please email Wellness@cic.com for more details and information. 

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Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Code for Boston

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade – a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, and data geeks with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology.

For more information and registration, visit here.

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Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Nano Side Hustlers: The Unique Nature of Startup Sales - Early Traction

  • CIC Cambridge (101 Main Street) - The Lookout, 15th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the next Side Hustlers meetup, speaker Dylan Murphy will provide unique insight into the differences between corporate sales, and startup sales.

After this meetup, you will walk away with an in depth understanding of early sales traction, and a framework for succeeding in as little as 3 months!

AGENDA:
6:00-6:20: Message from the CIC + Nano Explainer/Refresher
6:20-7:00: Dylan's story, from IBM to Native
7:00-7:30: Entrepreneur 'Open Mic' Night
7:30-8:00: Networking

RSVP Here!

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About the Nano Side Hustlers:

Are you actively working on a side project and wondering how to get traction? Are you also wondering how that traction can (one day) turn into a disruptive, powerful business?

Then you're the right person for Nano Entrepreneurship. Nano was born out of one simple concept: people shouldn't need to be crazy to become entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs shouldn't need to be lucky to succeed.

Instead of throwing an idea on paper and betting the house, use Nano to build a real business in a small market, and then raise capital to bring your innovation to a large market when you're truly ready.

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Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Action Design Boston

About Action Design Boston

We sit at the intersection of behavioral economics, design, and psychology for advocacy and positive change. We focus on exposing our members to cutting edge tools, research, and practitioners in each of these areas so they can apply the latest learning in action design in their respective fields. 

We explore anything that allows us to make large-scale, positive impact on people's behavior. We discuss the emerging efforts of many industries to improve the behaviors of people through products, services, programs, and policy. 

Whether the goal is to help people save more money, get in shape, cut down on electricity usage, or learn a new language, the idea is the same: How can we use research in behavioral economics, psychology, and design to explicitly improve human behaviors, as well as improving overall engagement in any product, service, or program, or policy? 

We touch many different subjects: persuasive technology, choice architecture, emotional design, cognitive design, positive psychology, marketing, gameful design, game thinking, copywriting, funnel-optimization, social work, persuasive psychology, behaviorism, cognitive behavioral therapy and many other related topics. 

We're part of the greater Action Design Network (http://www.action-design.org), an non-profit organization with groups across the US, Canada, and the UK with over 10,000 members and counting.

RSVP and learn more HERE

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Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

Understanding the Kaggle Journey: Lessons from a first Kaggle Challenge

Trang Nguyen, Haotian Wu and San Wang recently completed the Avito Deal Probability Prediction Competition. They will be walking us through their Kaggle journey and providing tactics and "DOs and Don'ts" from their experience.

The Challenge was to predict demand for an online advertisement based on its full description, its context and historical demand for similar ads in similar contexts.

About the presenters:

Trang is currently an AI mentor and reviewer at Udacity. She has done a number of personal ML projects (e.g. trading algorithms, image captioning, facial recognition) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ntrang/)

Haotian is a product manager at a tech startup, Semiengine and also a Natural Language Processing Practioner and a deep learning enthusiasts. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/haotianwu1/)

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