New England Angel Investing Ecosystem: July 11, 2013

Understanding the Rapidly Changing Ecosystem of Angel Investing in New England – July 11, 2013

Next month, on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 730am, I will serve as moderator for the meeting of 128 Innovation Capital Group, at the IBM Conference Center,  404 Wyman Street, North Entrance in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Our speakers, whom I recruited, will be Jack Derby, Chairman of Common Angels and founder and CEO since 1990 of Derby Management, a management consulting firm specializing in emerging companies and technology businesses, and John Landry, a member of the investment committee of Common Angels and Managing Director of Lead Dog Ventures, a business accelerator providing emerging technology enterprises access to a well-developed network of relationship, technology and financial capital.

Common Angels is a hybrid angel partnership and Fund coinvesting together in early-stage information technology startups predominately in the Boston Area.  Common Angels has 55 investor members and is one of the rare angel groups in the US that has a considerable fund that all its members contribute to so that the group has plenty of “dry powder” for follow on investments with its portfolio companies.  The focus of Common Angels is on software, internet, digital media, SAAS, cloud, mobile and other cutting-edge information technology ventures, with the group’s investment interest being seed round to early Series A.

From their roles at Common Angels, Jack Derby and John Landry will be speaking on a subject on which they are well versed – “Understanding the rapidly changing ecosystem of angel investing in New England…

  • Who’s who and why?

  • Rules of the Game”

Both think this is a great time for angel investing in New England and a great time for companies seeking angel investment.  Come hear why.

Jack Derby’s background includes past positions as CEO of Mayer Electronics Corporation, President of CB Sports, President of Litton Industries Medical Systems, CEO of Datamedix Corporation and President of Becton Dickinson Medical Systems.   Jack is extremely active in the New England emerging and middle market business communities. Jack has been named to Mass High Tech’s All Star Team. Additionally, he was Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Vice Chair of the Smaller Business Association of New England, President of the University Club of Boston and is currently Chairman of the Association for Corporate Growth of Boston.  Jack is also an investor, partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Angels, and corporately, Corporately, Jack is currently a Director at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Accounting Management Solutions, The Alliance Companies, Beacon Hospice, Brainshark Corporation, Hybricon Corporation, Rome Snowboards, Research Frontiers, and Ntirety Inc.  Jack is a graduate of Boston College and the United States Peace Corps.

John Landry has spent nearly 30 years helping people connect with one another while building world-class software companies.  John is currently.   John was Vice President for Technology Strategy at IBM where he discovered and evaluated “disruptive” new technologies emerging from new companies for IBM’s corporate strategy. Prior to IBM, John was senior vice president of development and CTO at Lotus Development Corporation in Cambridge, MA. Prior to Lotus, John served as senior vice president and CTO at Dun & Bradstreet, Cullinet Software, Distribution Management Systems, and McCormack & Dodge. Additionally, Landry has served as Chairman/CTO of Agility Systems acquired by Dun and Bradstreet, Chairman of Narrative Communications acquired by Excite@Home, Chairman/CTO of acquired by Palm and Chairman/CTO of Adjoin Solutions acquired by Computer Associates.   John is a director and investor in several private high technology companies, is a long-time Trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and an Overseer of Boston’s Museum of Science.  John has also been named to Mass High Tech’s All Star Team.  He holds a BA in Finance from Babson College, where he serves as Trustee and part-time instructor.

For more information or to register (later this month) for this meeting, go to

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

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I remain active at 128 ICG, a Waltham-based group that aids and provides a networking opportunity to entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.

128 Innovation Capital Group (, is now in its 9th year since, as a founder, I helped that group re-emerge from the 128 Venture Capital Group (founded in 1982).  I’ve been a 128 ICG board member since 2004 and recruited speakers and moderated 18 of the 40  past meetings of 128 ICG in 2010-2013, including the following:

  • Do you have what it takes …To get Angel Investment? ,  April 11, 2013, with Richard Noyes,   an active angel investor, member of Launchpad Venture Group and former member of Beacon Angels.

  • Tough Love (on Valentine’s Day)– Getting the Entrepreneur to Focus on the Business rather than the Idea,  Feb. 14, 2013, with Ben Littauer,   an active angel investor, member of Boston Harbor Angels, Walnut Venture Associates, and Launchpad Venture Group.

  • Will you be fired as CEO after taking Venture Capital funding?  November 8, 2012,  with Greg Dracon, Principal, .406 Ventures.

  • Finding Your Optimal Investor – Due Diligence for Entrepreneurs,  August 9, 2012, with Luke Burns, Partner at Ascent Venture Partners.

  • Structuring your Financing for Capital Efficiency and Exit Strategy,  April 12, 2012, with William McPhee, an investor with Boston Harbor Angels and Board member at The Capital Network.

  • Alternative Funding Models for Clean Technology.  February 9, 2012, with Eric Emmons, Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital and head of the Siemens Venture Capital’s Energy Fund.

  • Management Team, Board of Directors, Advisory Board – How to Best Utilize  Your Company’s Talent, August 11, 2011, with Jenny Freeman, M.D., member of Boston Harbor Angels.

  • How Social Marketing Transformed the Gaming Sector: Social Gaming vs. Traditional Gaming, February 10, 2011, with Dayna Grayson, Principal at North Bridge Venture Partners.

  • The 5 Things you MUST KNOW about Raising Angel Investment, October 14, 2010, with Hambleton Lord, Managing Partner of Launchpad Venture Group.
  • Mobile Innovation in New England: Entrepreneurial Opportunities for the Future, April 8, 2010, with Sean Marsh, Cofounder and General Partner, Point Judith Capital.

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