EntrepreneurShip 2014: July 15, 2014

EntrepreneurShip 2014 Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor to conclude ENET year:  July 15, 2014



I am again arranging the final event of the program year for IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET).  This event is our annual Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor to occur Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014. This cruise, our “EntrepreneurShip 2014 will be joined by our partners MDG – Medical Development Group, WIE – IEEE Women In Engineering,  and The EntreTech Forum.   We are also seeking to enlist a 4th group who was on last year’s cruise to join us again:  TiE Boston – The Indus Entrepreneurs.  The cruise sponsor is Oasis Outsourcing, and its representative Peter O’Neil http://www.oasisadvantage.com/.  .  This is the 12th  ENET summer networking cruise that I’ve arranged.  We cruise out of Rowes Wharf in Boston with a light dinner served aboard. Three of the last four cruises have had over 150 people in attendance, and that attendance or more is expected this year.  So, it makes for a good networking opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs and investors.


This is also an enjoyable and casual ending to ENET’s 23rd  programming year, September 2013 to July 2014, just concluding.  We also invite back our speakers from our 14 meetings in 2013-2014 to join us.


A highlight of the cruise occurs is we pull up near the USS Constitution ,  “Old Ironsides” at sunset and watch its cannon go off to taps.  Two years ago was the 200th commemoration of the Constitution’s victories in the War of 1812 and onboard I was presented with an “1812” Admiral’s hat that I again sport on this year’s cruise.


For more information or to register for the cruise, go to  http://boston-enet.org/meetings/sunset-networking-boat-cruise   or www.boston-enet.org


Hopefully, this networking event will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.  Hope to see you dockside in July!



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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.


Our meeting last week in Waltham marked ENET’s 24th year.  May 2014 will mark five years since my first election as ENET Chairman.


This year, I have also moderated and organized or co-organized three ENET meetings as described further below – with slides from these available at the ENET website, under Meetings and then Meeting Archives” – http://www.boston-enet.org/meetings/meeting-archives


In May 2014, I organized and moderated a panel and a bit of a debate for ENET on

Raising Money from CrowdFundingCrowdfunding is a means of raising capital through numerous small donors from the public often online, rather than working privately to raise large amounts from a small number of wealthy donors.



Our May meeting explored crowdfunding from two separate approaches, with the focus of the meeting on the second approach – equity or securities-based crowdfunding authorized in the U.S. by the JOBS Act of April 2012.


We featured two speakers who were top authorities in this field.


  •  Mike Norman  — who lobbied hard for the JOBS Act, was present at its signing, and is Co-founder and President of WeFunder, a leading securities based investor portal. HIs company has made 13 investments since the law went into effect.  Mike will lead discussion on the different investment portals and the state of SEC progress on Title III implementation.


  • Christopher Mirabile  — who is co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S., has spoken frequently on crowdfunding’s strengths and pitfalls for early stage entrepreneurs. He will offer his own comments on funding portals and provide tips for entrepreneurs considering crowdfunding.


For more information on, to read the Reflector article I wrote on “Raising Money from Crowdfunding” , and to see the excellent Christopher Mirabile slides from the May 6, 2014 ENET event, go to http://www.boston-enet.org/meetings/raising-money-crowdfunding




In February 2014,  I moderated  a panel for the IEEE Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) on Co-Founders and Core Team – finding them, protecting yourself, managing expectations”.


The meeting’s focus was on 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.


Our speakers that night were –



  • Rob May, CEO and Co-Founder, of Backupify  www.backupify.com , a  leading provider of backup and recovery solutions for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. Rob is a frequent speaker and avid writer, with his Business Pundit blog and  recently named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” business leaders.


  • Adam McGowan, Founder and CEO,  Firefield  www.firefield.com, an idea accelerator that offers a 16-week program that ignites ideas into early stage products, partnering with entrepreneurs.  Also, a serial startup founder, Adam is Boston Ambassador for CoFoundersLab, http://www.cofounderslab.com/ ,  a national organization focused on matchmaking for entrepreneurs co-founders.


I was the 4th and final speaker that February evening, speaking on the subject of Seven (7) Key Protections Co-Founders should seek.


To see my slides and those of the three other speakers and a 4th speaker who was unable to attend, LINK: http://www.boston-enet.org/meetings/co-founders-and-core-team-finding-them-protecting-yourself-managing-expectations



I was also the moderator for ENET’s September 2013, season kick-off meeting, on “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:



For more information and speaker slides from the September 3, 2013 meeting, LINK: http://boston-enet.org/meetings/ready-set-launch-knowing-when-you%E2%80%99re-ready-how-start-company-0


For both the September and February meetings, I was aided by my son William Adelson, as co-organizer www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/William/Adelson.   William recruited 2 of the 4 speakers on September 3.  During his service with ENET, William also worked as  Social Media Co-Manager  and was elected to the ENET Ad Board.  He is a Second Lt. in the Massachusetts National Guard, and now on leave from ENET, as he left in late February to attend the U.S. Army flight school in Ft. Rucker, AL.  William completed SEER survival training on May 25, and was home last week for several days leave before returning Friday to begin flight training.  For those interested in the nature of SEER survival training William just complete, here is an article about SEAL training quite similar that appeared last month in eh Wall Street Journal.  LINK:  http://online.wsj.com/articles/william-h-mcraven-life-lessons-from-navy-seal-training-1400884791  William’s training is to be an Army helicopter pilot, a 16-month training program..


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