September 5, 2017 marked the beginning of Boston ENET’s 27th year of serving entrepreneurs from Boston, and beyond, with quality networking and educational programs. How did ENET celebrate this occasion? Given that helping and guiding entrepreneurs is in the group’s institutional DNA, it was business as usual, of course.
With 65 in attendance, Boston ENET’s 2017/2018 season went live at 6:30PM at Constant Contact’s headquarters in Waltham with “Case Studies in Extremely successful Startups” Observing the time-tested meeting model, an hour of networking was followed by a brief introduction to ENET and upcoming events, a topical panel discussion and an additional half-hour of networking.
Raj Aggarwal, Co-Founder of Localytics, presented is story of lessons learned in launching his company in 2009 and leading its growth to become, in 2017, a mobile engagement platform that supports more than 6,000 customers and reaches 37,000 apps, 2.7 billion devices and 120 billion data points monthly. Key takeaways from Raj’s presentation and the lively Q&A include – “Focus! Know what you’re best in the world at and nail it!” and the gentle warning: “It’s a roller coaster – learn to modulate”.
Raj was followed by Ralph Folz, CEO of WordStream. Ralph related his fascinating path to the leadership, and successful turnaround, of a previously troubled company. His path to the present was defined by the trials and tribulations of an entrepreneurial path and the assimilation of lessons learned along the way. Under Ralph’s leadership, WordStream has become a leading marketing tool for SME’s; a company that manages over $600M of ad-spend on Google, Facebook and Bing and that has been named Google’s fastest growing North American SMB partner in 2016 and 2017.
Rob Adelson, Boston ENET’s Chairman and Partner, Engel & Schultz, LLP, closed the formal portion of the meeting with a brief presentation of “Business & Legal Structures to be Successful”, where he outlined critical legal concepts for entrepreneurs and outlined best practices for avoiding legal pitfalls that can make or break an emerging start-up.
Boston ENET hosts two events most months, from September to June, alternating locations between Waltham and Cambridge, with attendance generally between 60 and 120. Members and non-members alike keep coming because the topics address important issues for entrepreneurs, the speakers tend to be exceptionally accomplished individuals and pricing is geared toward entrepreneurial pocketbooks. Most importantly, the Greater Boston area is home to entrepreneurs and start-ups spanning a broad diversity of business sectors, from software engineering to pharmaceuticals to bio-engineering. With subject matter that appeals to all entrepreneurs, the networking at Boston ENET events offers a uniquely diverse crowd with opportunities to make interesting cross-disciplinary connections.
With a full agenda of upcoming meetings, Boston ENET’s team of volunteers is looking forward to continuing a long tradition of entrepreneur education and support – and amazing networking. Please join us – and bring a friend.