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    • 01 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Inc., Reservoir Place, 3rd Floor Great Room, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA
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    PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci’s, Waltham

    Trying to build a start-up company? Trying to get a product or service to market? Trying to recruit key players? Trying to raise capital? If you face these questions in your early stage company, and run into roadblocks and unforeseen obstacles, you may wish there was someone on your side, who’s “been there, done that”, to offer useful advice. It can get lonely at the top, and a Board can offer a key supportive resource.

    Whether that Board is just an informal group of business advisors that meets with you at a restaurant once a quarter, or a board of technical or scientific advisors, or a formal board of directors, having and using a board can offer access to contacts, expertise, information, experience and advice. It can serve as a key resource at the most critical times in the life of an early stage company.

    The three speakers on the panel for this ENET meeting have all been directors, advisors and mentors to numerous companies in various life science, high tech, consumer and other product and service fields.  One of the three speakers is also an active angel investor and two have been CEOs, so they will offer both management and investor perspectives on building and serving on boards.  They will discuss recruitment and the benefits of informal advisors, more formal boards of directors, and other “sounding” boards focused on marketing.  The panel will also suggest tax, legal and compensation techniques for cash-strapped start-ups, discuss liability issues of directors, and present the investor perspective on how creation and use of a board adds value, as you seek to raise money for expansion.  The meeting moderator will be ENET chairman and Boston startup attorney Robert Adelson.

    Speakers:

    GAIL HOFFMAN, Angel Investor and Managing Director of Golden Seeds.  Gail is based in the Boston Office, and her involvement includes deal flow, membership, education, and operations. She is an active early-stage investor, mentor to entrepreneurs, and board member. Prior to Golden Seeds, Gail spent many years in private equity at Boston Ventures Management, where she focused on the communications, media, and entertainment industries. Gail earned an MBA with high distinction in Finance from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

    LESLIE WILLIAMS, BS, RN, MBA, Director, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, ImmusanT, Inc.   Leslie has more than 25 years of industry experience in healthcare, management, commercial product development and marketing. In 2010 she founded ImmusanT, Inc., which subsequently acquired the assets of Melbourne, Australia based Nexpep. She has built and led the team since inception. In 2015 Williams received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa in recognition of her accomplishments in her professional life. Prior to founding ImmusanT, she was President & CEO of Ventaira Pharmaceuticals, which became a significant player in the pulmonary drug delivery market under her leadership. While President & CEO of Ventaira Pharmaceuticals, she was recognized as one of the top 100 leaders in life sciences by PharmaVOICE magazine. She served on the Boards of Hepregen Corporation and CDI Bioscience. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Capital Network (TCN) and is on the Executive Board of the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Life Science Leader as well as The Journal of Advanced Therapies and Medical Innovation Sciences. In addition, she serves as a mentor in the Boston University Kindle Program.  Ms. Williams holds an MBA from Washington University, John Olin School of Business, and a BS degree with honors in nursing from the University of Iowa. Before entering industry, she was a critical-care nurse at Duke University, Medical College of Virginia and at the University of Iowa.

    RICK WILLIAMS, Managing Director of Williams Advisory Partners, LLC. Rick has a wide breadth of experience, including medical technology, financial services, real estate, management consulting and public/private engagement developed through his wide-ranging roles as an executive and board director.  Prior to founding Advisory Partners, Rick was a founding Partner of the Newport Board Group practice in New England. He was Founder and President of The Equity Company, an award winning multifamily real estate development company. He is Chairman of the Board of Point Care Technologies and former Chairman of a quasi-public bank/VC firm providing financing to companies with limited access to conventional financing.  Rick is past President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. He was a management consultant with the global consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., working on business strategy and acquisitions and the economic and strategic impact of government policy and regulations on a broad spectrum of industries. Before that, he was a physicist with Itek Corp, where he developed space and defense related photo & electro/optical systems.

    Moderator:


    ROBERT ADELSON, business and tax attorney, partner at Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP, and Chairman of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network.  Rob has been an attorney for over 30 years specialized in business, tax, stock and options, employment, contracts, financing, trademarks and intellectual property.  Rob began as an associate at major New York City law firms before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining his present firm in 2004.  Rob represents entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies, independent contractors and employees and executives. Rob is a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and other publications. He has been named among the “Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers” by ChubbyBrain.com, a website that provides tools for entrepreneurs. Rob has been on the ENET Board since 2002 and Chairman since 2009 and is also a Co-Founder and Board member of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (2004 -2015). In 2016, he received the IEEE USA Professional Achievement award for “extreme dedication to the entrepreneurship community.” He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation. His website - www.ExecutiveEmploymentAttorney.com


    Agenda:

    6:30-7:30 PM - Registration & networking

    7:30-7:40 PM - ENET Chairman's announcements

    7:40-7:55 PM - E Minute - Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

    7:55-8:45 PM - 3 expert speakers on the night's topic

    8:45-9:00 PM - Audience / Speakers Q & A

    900-930 PM - Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers

    A question and answer session follows the presentation, and panelists will be available afterwards for responses to individual questions.  As with every ENET meeting you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterwards.

    eMinute: eMinute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

    Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.

    See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp

    Reservations: ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members and $20 for non-members. No reservations are needed for the pre-meeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.


    • 15 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Ave., West Building, 13th Floor, Boston, MA
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    Entrepreneurs’ need to fund their business.  There many options available from self-funding to crowd sourcing to grants to venture capital investors, and everything in between.  Every option has its benefits and drawbacks. Which one is right for your company?

    • How do you select the option for funding your business?

    • How do you prepare for the barrage of investor questions?

    • How do you create a support infrastructure to obtain the best outcome?

    The panelists have deep experience in consulting entrepreneurs, seeking funding and funding start-ups.  Our discussion will offer guidance in the funding process and practical suggestions in preparing for the process.  Listen to our speakers share their stories from a 360 degrees purview for early stage funding and advice on avoiding funding pitfalls.

    Agenda:

    6:00-7:00 PM - Registration & networking

    7:00-7:10 PM - ENET Chairman's announcements

    7:10-7:25 PM - E Minute - Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

    7:25-8:15 PM - 3 expert speakers on the night's topic

    8:15- 8:30 PM - Audience / Speakers Q & A

    8:30 - 9:00 PM - Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers

    Panel:

    Raymond Chang is a serial entrepreneur and the managing director of NXT Ventures, an early-staged investment fund based in Boston. He is also a Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management, and an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. 

    Raymond founded GigaMedia, the first broadband internet company in Asia. In 1999, GigaMedia received US$35mm strategic investment from Microsoft, and in 2000, the Company went public on NASDAQ and raised US$280mm, one of the largest IPOs for Internet company prior to 2000. In 2007, Raymond founded Luckypai, a leading TV shopping company in China and raised venture financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, DT Capital, Intel, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs. In 2010, Luckypai was sold to Lotte Home Shopping for US$160mm. From 2012-2013, Raymond served as the CEO of New Focus Auto, the largest automobile after-sales service company dual-listed on Hong Kong & Taiwan exchanges, (US$1 Billion in market cap). In 2013, Raymond completed a US$160mm investment from CDH Capital, a leading Chinese private equity fund. In 2000, Raymond was selected by FORTUNE as one of the twenty-five Next Generation Global Leaders Under 40, (5/2001), and by BUSINESS WEEK Asia as one of Asia’s 20 most influential new economy leaders in the 21st century, (7/2000). He was also featured as a panel speaker at World Economic Forum in Zurich, Switzerland in 2005. 

    Raymond also participates in various social, charity, educational, and Christian faith organisations. He Co-founded Shanghai West International Fellowship, was the Former Treasurer/Elected Board Member of Shanghai American School, and a member of Young President’s Organization-Shanghai. He is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, Hub Angels, CEVG, and a mentor at Techstars Boston. He also serves on the Board of The Skating Club of Boston. Raymond received his BA from NYU, MBA from Yale, and MPA from Harvard JFK School of Government.

    Dr. Lissy Hu works with leading health systems and accountable care organizations to optimize post-acute care outcomes.  She serves as the CEO and Founder of CarePort Health which enables healthcare providers to enhance post-acute outcomes and costs by guiding patients across the care continuum and tracking their recovery in real-time.  In 2016 CarePort was acquired by Allscripts to extend its breadth as the largest connected acute and post-acute provider network in the industry. Dr. Hu, an in-demand speaker and thought leader, has previously led sessions at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Harvard Business School, Case Management Society of America, HIMSS Population Health, Medical Group Management Association, Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, and SXSW among many others.  Dr. Hu and CarePort received a certificate of special congressional recognition for outstanding contribution to Massachusetts. CarePort has been named “10 Boston Healthcare Tech Companies to Watch” by VentureFizz and “Best Patient Relationship Management Solutions” by MedTech.  CarePort is a past winner of the Harvard Business Plan Competition. Dr. Hu is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, where she was a recipient of the Kaplan Life Sciences Award, and holds a bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University.

    Chuck Goldstone is a renowned authority on communications and has helped organizations tell better stories and tell their stories better. He has brought together the art and science of influence, the impact of story, and the power of visuals and mnemonic devices to move audiences to decision.

    He was founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of !deaworks/!deaCorporation of America, Chuck Goldstone Communications, Presen+Suasion™, and CommInLaw™.

    As communications strategist, author, concept catalyst, and consultant, he has the ear and trust of senior management in some of the planet's most prestigious domestic and global firms. As a consultant, he has helped organizations in nearly every discipline unleash the creative assets of executives. 

    Chuck has written and directed nearly 1000 programs for clients, reaching millions of viewers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has taught at some of New England's most respected colleges and universities and holds an M.Ed from Boston University. He is author of a soon-to-be-published book on business communications, story, and organizational persuasion.

    For more than ten years, Goldstone was a nationally recognized commentator on Public Radio International's Marketplace, heard on over 400 stations, and is still a popular radio and TV guest and keynote speaker. He is an author, business columnist, storyteller, humorist, author of This Book Is Not a Toy: Friendly Advice on How to Avoid Death and Other Inconveniences (St. Martin's Press). His business communications writings have appeared in national magazines and he is a national blogger on business communications and new employee communication.

    Moderator:

    Daniel Skiba, President & CEO GOT Interface

    Human Machine Innovation. Orchestrating the design and manufacturing of Leading-Edge Products and Delivering Industry Leadership. As a Product Development and Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award winning products to the international market.




    Refreshments: Snacks and soft drinks.

    Reservations: ENET meetings in Boston are free to ENET members and $10 for non-members. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.

    Public Transportation:  Is accessible by public transportation.

    Directions & Parking Information: http://foleyhoag.com/our-firm/offices/boston/directions?fh_lang=en.



    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Inc., Reservoir Place, 3rd Floor Great Room, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA
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    Meeting description will be posted shortly.

    The incidentals:

    Reservations: ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members and $20 for non-members. No reservations are needed for the premeeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.

    Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join us for a pre-meeting networking dinner (self-pay) at Bertrucci's in Waltham prior to the start of this meeting.  Dinner at 5:15 sharp.

    eMinute: eMinute presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

    Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.  See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp