Co-Founders and Core Team: Feb. 4, 2014

Co-Founders and Core Team: ENET meeting, Feb. 4, 2014

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 7pm, I will moderate a panel for the IEEE Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) on “Co-Founders and Core Team – finding them, protecting yourself, managing expectations”. The presentation will be at the group’s new Waltham location: Constant Contact, 1601 Trepalo Rd., 3rd Floor, The Great Room, Waltham, Massachusetts (Exit 28, I-95/Route 128).

This ENET meeting’s focus will include improving your chances for success by having both the requisite technical and problem solving experience and also marketing, sales and operation experience, and how to find and recruit the right team members. This applies to two or more co-founders and single founders building core teams. The meeting will also address managing founder and investor expectations and protecting both your equity and assets as a co-founder.

We’ve recruited an “All Star” panel for that night. Our four distinguished speakers are:

• Sharon Kan, CMO, Atentiv, Inc. – Sharon is a serial founder, entrepreneur and operational executive, who has built teams which achieved three successful exits. Sharon was co-founder and CEO of, acquired by Barnes & Noble; CEO of Zoomix, a data management solution provider acquired by Microsoft; and built Demantra Inc. in North America, which was acquired by Oracle. She is also Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, WIN Lab, the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab business accelerator, at Babson College.

• Rob May, CEO and Co-Founder, of Backupify , a leading provider of backup and recovery solutions for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. Rob is a frequent speaker at technology conferences including MIT’s CIO Symposium, Cloud Expo, Capital Network’s UpStart Roundtable, and the Cloud Innovation Showcase. An avid writer, Rob started the successful Business Pundit blog and currently contributes to publications such as VentureBeat and Wired. Rob was recently named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” which honors the city’s top leaders.

• Adam McGowan, Founder and CEO, Firefield, an idea accelerator that offers a 16-week program that ignites ideas into early stage products, partnering with entrepreneurs, providing them with the strategy, design, and web or mobile development needed to launch. Adam is a serial startup founder and also acts as the CTO or Head of Product for a number of Firefield’s partners. He is also the Boston Ambassador for CoFoundersLab, , a national organization focused on matchmaking for entrepreneurs co-founders.

• Polina Raygorodskaya, Co-Founder and CEO of Wanderu, a Kayak-like ground travel search which helps consumers find and book inter-city buses and trains. She previously founded and remains President of Polina Fashion LLC, and earlier was a highly-acclaimed model, who graced the runway of some of fashion’s finest designers. Polina’s entrepreneurial endeavors have been recognized by national media outlets including Business Week, Fox Business Channel and Legal Zoom. In 2007, Business Week named Polina as one of the “Best 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25”. Earlier this year, Boston Business Journal profiled her in its series “2013 Women to Watch”.

In recruiting our panel, I was aided by my son, also an ENET volunteer and recently elected member ENET’s Advisory Board, our Feb. 4 meeting co-organizer:

• William Adelson, Sales / Marketing Executive and U.S. Army Officer. William is Social Media Co-Manager with ENET and Manager with 128 Innovation Capital Group, and a former field sales trainer with Tailored Innovations Inc. He is a Second Lt. in the Massachusetts National Guard, experienced in managing logistics and supply operations, who will be attending U.S. Army flight school in Ft. Rucker, AL, beginning March 2014.

For more information on, or to register for, this February 4, 2014 event, go to

Hopefully, this first ENET panel on the subject of co-founders and core teams will be quite helpful to entrepreneurs wand would-be entrepreneurs for the small and early stage companies I represent. Hope to see you at our new ENET meeting place, Constant Contact in Waltham, tomorrow night!

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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham and Cambridge 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 since 2002, and have served as Chairman since 2009, elected to my 3rd two-year term in May 2013.

I was the moderator for ENET’s September 3, 2013, which was the kickoff meeting for ENET’s 23nd year, “Ready, Set, Launch. Knowing when you’re ready & How to start a company”. 70 attended our kickoff meeting in the new location at Constant Contact in Waltham and we had four excellent speakers:

• Vicki Donlan, Women’s Business and Health Coach,
• Joe Baz, CEO & founder of Above the Fold,
• Bill Seibel, CEO and Founder of Mobiquity,
• Greg Skloot, CEO & Co-Founder of Attendware, ,

William Adelson was also co-organizer for that Sept. 3 ENET meeting and recruited two of the four speakers.

For more information and speaker slides from the September 3, 2013 meeting, LINK:

I also arranged the meeting before that, our annual Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor on July 16, 2013. This cruise, our “EntrepreneurShip 2010” was also be joined by our partners MDG – Medical Development Group, TiE Boston (The Indus Entrpreneurs) and the EntreTech Forum. This was the 11th ENET summer networking cruise that I’ve arranged. 188 attended on a lovely evening with good food and company and great views of the sights of Boston Harbor including the U.S.S. Constitution at the 201st anniversary of its naval victories in the War of 1812 when it got its nickname “Old Ironsides”. It was a most enjoyable and casual ending to ENET’s 22nd year, September 2011 to July 2012, just concluded.

Additionally, in prior years, I’ve moderated and/or spoken at a number of ENET panel presentations, including presentations on the following subjects:
• “Online Finance and Crowd Funding” , April 17, 2013 (moderator),
• “Bootstrapping 101: Alternative Ways to fund a Startup without an Angel or VC”, November 13, 2012 (moderator)
• “Seed and Angel Financing” , October 2, 2012 (moderator),
• “Getting Stuff for Free”, April 17, 2012 (moderator),
• “Transforming Your Idea into a Successful Company”, September 6, 2011 (speaker and moderator),
• “Get Going! Launching a Successful Business”, September 7, 2010 (moderator),
• “Licensing Technology”, February 2, 2010 (moderator),
• “Getting Initial Money to go from Nothing to Something”, October 2, 2007 (speaker and moderator)
• “How to Select and Retain Management for your Startup Company”, February 8, 2008 (speaker and moderator)
• “Strategic Alliances and Partnerships: to build, finance, and develop early stage companies”, November 7, 2006 (speaker and moderator)
• “Building Boards of Advisors and Boards of Directors”, March 7, 2006 (moderator)
• “Protecting Your Intellectual Property”, January 3. 2006 (speaker)

For each of the above presentations, my slides and those of the other speakers on my panel are also available at the ENET web site at this link – . I hope this information is helpful to you in your business. Again, if you would like more information on our group, go to


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