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Leadership at Scale: Being an Effective Growth-Stage Startup CEO

  • CIC Boston 50 Milk Street, Lighthouse West, 20th fl Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

Startup founders often find the skills required to scale their business aren't the same as those required to start it. As team sizes grow, financials become increasingly complex, strategic decisions become more significant, and pivots more painful, amoung other "nice-to-have" challenges of a high-growth company. How can CEOs ensure that their growth as leaders is on-pace with that of their companies?

Request an invitation to join us for this exclusive, invite-only session for leaders of growing Boston startups. Our panel of experienced founders & CEOs of industry-changing companies will share advice, insights, and stories from their our journeys.

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

Our Speakers

Diane Hessan, Chairman at C-Space

Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and author. She is currently working on a variety of projects in the Boston tech ecosystem, and is engaged in a wide-ranging longitudinal study of the American voter.

She is also Chairman of C Space (formerly Communispace), where she was CEO and founder. C Space, “with a Blue Chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous," according to Advertising Age, is the leader in helping companies get insight and inspiration from their customers. Diane led Communispace to 13 years of exponential growth, and it now has over 500 employees, and offices in over a dozen countries.

Formerly CEO of Startup Institute, Diane helped build the company into a force for building great talent in the innovation economy. Since its inception, nearly 1500 students have gone through Startup Institute programs, in Boston, New York, London, Chicago & Berlin.

Stefania Mallett, CEO & Cofounder at ezCater

Stefania has spent over 25 years building and growing technology-enabled companies that solve real business problems. Stefania co-founded and successfully sold InSite Marketing Technology (now NASDAQ: KANA). Her tenure at National Logistics Management (a broker for $225M in transportation services) brought NLM to profitability for the first time in 4 years. At IntraNet (now NASDAQ:TSAI), Stefania revamped the firm and vaulted it to #1 in its market, a position it has maintained for 15+ years. At a dozen companies, she has held general management, marketing, sales, product management, support, and technical positions. Stefania also operates as a Director and advisor to many for-profit and non-profit firms. She has a BS and an MS from MIT.

Mike Volpe, CEO at Lola

Mike is the CEO of Lola. Previously, he joined HubSpot as the fifth employee and as CMO helped the company grow from about a dozen beta customers to over 15,000 customers, 1,000 employees, $150m in revenue, and an IPO leading to a $1.7B market cap.

He also has made more than 25 angel investments with 4 exits so far (HubSpot, Locately, GroSocial, ThriveHive) both alone and with his angel investing co-pilot Yoav Shapira through their Operator.VC non-fund. He serves as an advisor to a number of companies and is on the board of directors of Repsly, a mobile CRM company and was on the board of Attend until they were acquired by Event Farm. He has worked in marketing at a number of different startups in Boston and San Francisco, and loves talking about marketing and growth with other marketers and entrepreneurs.

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.

Earlier Event: September 11
Japanese Language Soirée
Later Event: September 11
Boston C++ Meetup