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From Uber Driver to Sales Director - Leveraging Opportunity & Trusting Your Gut

  • 15th Floor Kitchen, CIC Cambridge 101 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02142 (map)

RSVP HERE: https://www.meetup.com/Cambridge-Side-Hustlers/events/255211138

Guest speaker Louie Balasny (co-founder, botkeeper) will share his story of ditching law school for the startup world, and how he climbed from an Uber driver and Airbnb host to the national sales leader of a startup with $4.5M in venture funding.

After this meetup, you will walk away with proven strategies for gaining early traction and investor interest, and enough motivation to fly to the moon and back!

AGENDA:

6:00-6:20: Message from the CIC + Nano Explainer/Refresher

6:20-6:30: Louie's story, botkeeper intro

6:30-7:15: Open interview with Louie

7:15-7:30: Entrepreneur 'Open Mic' Night

7:30-8:00: Networking

LIVE STREAM:

After the pilot success, we've decided to stream this event in 360° video over Facebook Live! Our last event saw 350+ people joining us online (despite technical difficulties at the start).

If you come in person, you'll have a chance to pitch your startup on air.

If you can't make it, you can join us right from your phone with a VR view from a real seat in the house. You can look up and around, and totally zone out looking at the Boston skyline...

To see the stream, follow Dylan Husted on Facebook. Be sure to like the Nano Entrepreneurship page too, so we can run these off there next time.

Dylan's Page: https://www.facebook.com/dylan.husted

Nano's Page: https://www.facebook.com/nanocompanies

GETTING THERE:

Space Provided by the Cambridge Innovation Center (https://cic.com/) at 101 Main St on the 15th Floor in the glass lookout room.

The Red Line stop for CIC is Kendall. For those who drive, there is a pay parking lot underneath the main building (1 Broadway), and limited meter parking in the area.

GETTING IN:

Please make sure to check in with security in the lobby when you arrive.

*NOTE* If you plan on attending, please make sure to RSVP. This is the official guest list that will be presented to security in advance.

• ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Louie Balasny is the Managing Director at botkeeper, a company that does everything a bookkeeper does, only faster, 24/7, with more reporting, beautiful dashboards, and at a fraction of the cost through the use of software, machine learning & skilled human accountants.

Louie holds his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and began his career at Thomas Brady & Associates. There, he was Regional Director of Advanced Planning and was responsible for strategic development and implementation of advanced planning strategies.

After several years, Louie moved into banking and was a Relationship Banking Officer at Admirals Bank where he was part of a team that helped bring in over $200 million in deposits. The startup world and lifelong desire to build something from the ground up has always been his passion which ultimately led him to botkeeper.

• NANO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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 larger market when you're truly ready.

In short, Nano is the evolution of Lean.

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