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

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

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!

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.