Ready, Set, Launch. Knowing when you’re ready & How to start a company
Next month, on Tuesday September 3, 2011 at 7pm I will moderate a panel on this subject for the IEEE Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) 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 event will kick off ENET’s 23rd year. Learn what it takes to transform your idea into a successful company from those who have done it. Learn from four entrepreneurs who have stepped out on their own and had success in launching and developing their companies. This meeting will focus on when you felt you had the customer traction to start your company, starting your company and bootstrapping through those early days to reach growth, overcoming challeges and lessons learned along the way. Our four speakers (two of whom I recruited and two recruited by ENET volunteer William Adelson) each offer their experience starting companies and also coaching entrepreneurs, are as follows:
- Vicki Donlan, Women’s Business and Health Coach, http://www.vickidonlan.com As an entrepreneur, she was founder and publisher of Women’s Business, a 25,000 controlled-circulation newspaper devoted to women in business in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island region, founded in 1998, and sold to the Boston Herald in 2004, remaining as publisher through 2007.Her first book HER TURN Why It’s Time for Women To Lead in America was published in September 2007. She is a regular guest discussing women in business on New England Cable News’ Business Day and a well-known speaker.
- Mark Kasdorf, CEO & Founder of Intrepid Pursuits, http://www.intrepid.io/ , a Cambridge, MA based mobile development company, building native iOS and Android apps. In its first three years, Intrepid grew from 2 to 25, and has built 50 apps for a variety of companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startup companies. Mark also acts as CEO of Timbre, http://www.timbreapp.com/ , a live-music discovery app, which spun out of Intrepid Pursuits into its own entity, and serves as a TechStars mentor. Additionally, Mark is the Founder of Intrepid Labs, http://intrepid-labs.com/ , a coworking space in the heart of Kendall Square, catering to growing businesses of those 5-25 employees. Over twenty companies call Intrepid Labs home in over 11,000 square feet.
- Bill Seibel, CEO and Founder of Mobiquity, www.mobiquityinc.com Prior to founding Mobiquity in 2011, Seibel was CEO of Gumball, a consulting firm specializing in helping CEOs grow their companies rapidly and effectively. In addition, he is executive chairman of LogMatrix. Seibel earlier served as chairman and chief executive officer of Demantra, a leading provider of supply chain and marketing collaboration and analytics that he sold to Oracle in 2006. Before Demantra, Seibel was chairman and CEO of the e-business services company, ZEFER. There, he oversaw the company’s organic growth to more than $130 million in revenue in its first 18 months of operations. Prior to establishing ZEFER, Seibel was executive vice president of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) and one of its founding partners. At CTP, he helped take the company through a successful IPO, launched its international operations and led nine of the company’s 12 business units.
- Greg Skloot, CEO & Co-Founder of Attendware, www.attendware.com , the fastest growing event check in and auto name tag printing software. Attendware recently closed a $1M VC round from .406 Ventures. Prior, Greg led a 15 person team as COO of a marketing start-up firm, influencers@. There, he increased revenue by 5x, launched a web product, acquired 2,500 users and built an internal ERP system using PHP. Prior to joining influencers@, he served as President of the Northeastern University Entrepreneurs Club, ranked #6 of its kind in the world. Before Northeastern, Greg started an IT consulting firm that developed 90+ websites and supported hundreds of IT systems and worked at Cisco Systems, where he maintained a $10M data center. Greg is also the author of Getting Organized, a training manual that teaches student leaders how to build university student groups.
For more information or to register for the cruise, go to http://boston-enet.org/meetings/ready-set-launch-knowing-when-you%E2%80%99re-ready-how-start-company-0 or www.boston-enet.org
Hopefully, this kickoff event will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent. Hope to see you at our new ENET meeting place, Constant Contact on September 3!
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I remain active in ENET, a mainly 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 eleven years, and the past four years and continuing as ENET’s Chairman. In May 2013, I was elected by ENET members to my 3rd two-year term as Chairman.
I arranged ENET’s last meeting, our annual Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor to occur Tuesday evening, 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 – http://www.boston-enet.org/meetings/meeting-archives . I hope this information is helpful to you in your business. Again, if you would like more information on our group, go to www.boston-enet.org