Building the Management Team: March 6, 2012

Building an “A” Team with Little Money

On  Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7pm, the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) will present a panel of three speakers on “Attracting Investors:  Creative Ways to Fund and Build an “A” Team” at our usual monthly location, the Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.

Putting the right team together, and creating synergy in the team you have, can make the difference between success and failure of a company and/or the launch of a great product. Typically, start-up companies are short on cash and face challenges recruiting and blending the requisite talent.  The March 6 ENET panel will discuss techniques and strategies for dealing with these issues. They will explain why having and managing the right team is important to investors, and how you can do that. They will suggest strategies for attracting the right people for the job, and keeping them motivated.

Our panel includes a CEO who has managed a team that developed his company into one named as “one of the ten best companies to work for in NH”, and an accountant who has years of experience setting up companies and working with investors and venture capitalists. Each will bring their special expertise and experience to the talk.  Our moderator is an experienced company owner and entrepreneur. Join our meeting to share their unique talents and insights. Topics include creative and tax friendly compensation arrangements, strategies that attract investors, talent search options, and conflict anticipation and resolution.

For more information or to register for this meeting, go to

Hopefully, this meeting will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.

Additionally, in recent years, I have moderated and spoken at two ENET panels which have taken up the issue of recruiting and retaining superior management teams.

To view my power points for the presentation “How to Select and  Retain Management for your Startup Company”, Here is a link to an overview of the meeting which I moderated, LINK:  Here is a link to slides for my portion of the presentation,  see LINK:

(Feb. 5, 2008:  15 slides on Legal Steps to Build and Keep your Team, including (1) Team Building on a Shoestring / Thinking out-of-the-box to Recruit/Retain, and (2) Building Value on a Firm Foundation / Appear Generous but Demand Value)

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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham-based group that aids entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.  I have been on the ENET Board for the last nine years, and for the last three years have served and continue to serve as ENET’s Chairman.

In recent years, I’ve moderated  other meetings on “Transforming an Idea into a Successful Company,” “Launching a Successful Business”, “Licensing Technology”,  Raising first money to take your company from nothing to something”,  and ”Legal Challenges to the Startup Company”.

Let me know if you would like my slides from any of those meetings.  I look forward to another good year for ENET.  Again, if you would like more information on our group, go to


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