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Seed and Angel Financing

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meeting Overview:

Discover how Angel and Seed investors approach the problem of making a good investment. Go behind the scenes of the decision making to discover the process our panelist-investors use to choose and to invest in emerging and seed stage companies.  Whether you are planning to launch a company or you are planning the next level, a Seed or Angel investor could be an excellent funding source.  Unlike some other investment types, Angel and Seed investors are highly differentiated in their approaches.  Our panel will share their approaches to sourcing their deals (that’s you); to lead flow (how you get to the front of the line); to review process (if you have your ducks in a row); to writing the check (this is where your partnership really begins).

Norman Meisner is an angel investor associated with Launchpad Venture Group ( and Beacon Angels of Boston (, making angel investments in high tech start ups in the Boston area. Norman is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of SepSensor, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors of IAM Technology and Board observer and adviser for Copiun.  He is formerly Board observer for SmartCells, acquired by Merck, and has held Business Development and Sales Management positions at nine startups in security, enterprise software and telecommunications leading to five acquisitions and one IPO.



Sheryl Schultz, angel investor and a Managing Director, Golden Seeds, (  Sheryl is an expert in start up company dynamics, with a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by early stage businesses. During her career, she has designed and orchestrated the launch of some of the most successful companies in Massachusetts including Acme Packet, ArrowPoint Communications, Sonus Networks and Wellfleet Communications.
She recently served as Boston Forum Leader at Golden Seeds, a network of angel investors that provides early stage and growth capital to women-led businesses. Sheryl serves as a Board Director of Crimson Hexagon, a Harvard University spinout that delivers Social Intelligence from the billions of unsolicited opinions individuals are expressing online.  She is also a board advisor for both The Capital Network, Boston's leading non-profit organization providing education and community to help early-stage entrepreneurs master the entire funding process, and Connect2 Communications, a NC-based PR firm supporting technology companies at all stages of growth.


David Verrill, Cofounder, Hub Angel Investment Group. ( David helped  found two businesses in technology consulting and third party marketing in the financial services industry. His professional career began as a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston focusing on the MHC of genetically engineered mice. After receiving his master's degree from Sloan, he joined MIT's Office of Corporate Relations where he spent a decade connecting industry with research at MIT. David then became Manager of International Sales and Business Development at Xerox Adaptive Products which was sold in 1997.H was educated at Bowdoin College (AB 1983) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (SM 1987).


Timothy L. Schmidt, Director of Business Development, Jantz Morgan, Tim is a quantitative investment manager focused on environmental, social and governance factors. He is also the Co-Founder of Mambo Health Gaming ( and social media health and wellness platform. He founded Villeo Capital, a corporate advisory firm for emerging companies; was the VP of Business Development at the middle market investment banks of Capstone Partners and Trudeau & Trudeau Associates; and, was Director of Business Development Emerson Investment Management, a boutique investment advisor catering to high net worth individuals.  Mr. Schmidt began his career at Charles Schwab & Co. where he was a founding member of the Investor Education Department and the Vice President and Branch Manager. He holds a Masters in Management, Finance, in addition to a Bachelors of Liberal Art, cum laude from Harvard University Extension School.

eMinutes from October 2011

David Reynolds

Atlantic Geothermal LLC
Atlantic Geothermal LLC is raising funds to satisfy investor requirements for building a 160 megawatt (MW) geothermal power plant that is shovel-ready for development in New England, utilizing a Closed Loop Energy Mine design (CLEM). Land needs to be secured, along with equipment, insurance, labor and pre-sold electricity contracts. Seven potential sites have been evaluated for development in New England with the most-promising located in New Hampshire. Funds are requested for deposits to secure land and equipment, as well as legal fees and due diligence on site geology. We are looking for early stage funding of $500,000 that will make it possible to secure investment of $760 million to begin construction. 
The management team consists of J. David Reynolds – Founder and President, Richard W. Lowrance – Business Development and External Relations, Kevin Downey – Sales, and Melissa Loiodice Esq – Legal Counsel. David Reynolds has an extensive mining background and attended college for engineering. In addition, Atlantic Geothermal retains interest and involvement from two geothermal exploration companies, local and national environmental consulting firms, multinational firms in engineering and legal advisory, as well as seasoned professionals in alternative energy advocacy. We are presently seeking an engineer with project management experience on large-scale endeavors, such as power plants, and a business / financial advisor with experience in the alternative energy sector.
Boston Entrepreneurs Network meetings are free for members and $20 for non-members.
Time and Location(s): 

5:15 PM Pre-meeting Self-pay Dinner
 Bertucci's Restaurant
 475 Winter St., (exit 27B off Route 128), Waltham, MA ("pay-as-you-go")

7:00 - 10:00PM Meeting Presentation 
Note: Meeting at the Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000 (north entrance), Waltham, MA  Directions to the EEC at Foley Hoag

No reservations are necessary for either the meeting or dinner.