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  • 05 Oct 2020 9:46 AM | Millie Kwan (Administrator)

    ENET is pleased to announce that beginning with our upcoming event on Tuesday October 6, we will have virtual networking from 5:30 to 6:45pm on Grapevine, a new online networking platform developed locally in Cambridge, MA. We will continue to host the speaker panels on Zoom Webinar. Register for an ENET event on our website and you will receive links to join both the Grapevine networking session and the Zoom Webinar 1 day in advance of the event. You will also receive a reminder 1 hour before the event.

    Joining a Grapevine event requires a Grapevine account, which is free. To get the most benefits from virtual networking, we highly recommend that you create your Grapevine account in advance by going to https://grapevine.today, fill out your biographical information, add your photo, and add the URL of your Linkedin profile. That way, during the networking session, attendees can click on your photo icon and read your profile. If you don’t have an account when you join our networking session, Grapevine will step you through creating an account. 

    If you have not restarted your computer for many days, we highly recommend that you do so before using Grapevine. This will ensure that you have enough memory on your computer to process video.

    To leave the Grapevine Networking Session, please click the EXIT button on the top left. This will release Grapevine's use of your computer audio and video so that you can attend the Zoom webinar.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again at our events! 

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  • 13 Jun 2019 10:52 AM | Millie Kwan (Administrator)

    This post is contributed by Phil Strazzulla, Founder at Nextwave Hire and an eMinute Pitch alum

    It’s been over three years, but I can still remember how nervous I was to pitch in front of the ENET crowd for my startup.  I was a fresh MBA graduate, and full of the excitement that comes with a new business.

    It was little more than a PowerPoint at that juncture, along with many assumptions around how things would turn out down the line as I started to write code, and talk to potential customers about what would eventually become NextWave Hire.

    It’s really amazing to see how much that business changed over the years, and how many of the questions I was asked the night of the pitch foreshadowed what was to come with getting this new venture off the ground.

    We are so luck to live in a city with a thriving entrepreneurial community, and one where those who have had success come back to gatherings like ENET to share their knowledge with the next generation of founders.

    At NextWave Hire we were fortunate to find the product/market fit necessary to build a profitable software company that helps local businesses like Toast, CarGurus and more in their recruiting.

    Now, I’m on a new adventure with a business designed to help companies discover and buy the right software.  It’s call SelectSoftware if you want to take a look (and give me feedback – I always love people’s ideas when getting something new off the ground).

    It goes without saying, but even doing this a second time, it’s so helpful to have the support of local organizations like ENET which enable our community to continue to build and evolve.

    If you’re someone starting on your journey, I highly recommend getting engaged with people who have been there, done that so that you can avoid the various pitfalls we all seem to stumble across when building a company.  Good luck!

  • 13 Sep 2017 10:41 AM | Roger Frechette

    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.