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

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

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.