January 15, 2007
Boston Dealmaker's Breakfast
Boston MashUp Camp
I keep having to remind East Coasters - throw events in cold climate cities (yes, Boston counts) during warm temperature months -- not January please. Regardless, I'm sorry to miss it. Schedule here and then there's registration if you can still make it.
Mashup Camp 3 will be conducted Open Space style. Interesting analogy they refer to: "Speed geeking is like speed dating. Developers and others with a technology to demo will set up stations and attendees will spend five minutes at each station before moving to the next one at the sound of a buzzer."
Principles of Open Space include:
* Whoever comes are the right people.
* Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
* Whenever it starts is the right time.
* When it is over, it is over.
* Document your session on the wiki.
December 18, 2006
Gabrielle in Boston Tonight
If in the Boston area tonight, check out Gabrielle, in from New York to play a set at the All Asia Cafe on Mass Avenue in Cambridge starting at 9 pm.
October 29, 2006
Political Bloggers Party
If on the east coast and playing in or interested in what's happening in the social media space (particularly on the political front), there is a political bloggers party in Cambridge tomorrow night, Monday, October 30 at 5 pm: Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, in Cambridge, MA.
As Dave points out, with each election cycle of the 21st century, more and more citizen journalists have been getting in on the act of covering campaigns and the stories that swirl around them. The party is an informal and social celebration to honor all those who have been blogging the vote in Massachusetts in 2006.
October 18, 2006
PopTech This Week
Sadly, I'm missing PopTech this week in Camden, an event I cherish and carve out the time for every year. Besides, who can resist Maine in October, a time when you are witness to the turning of seasons on all sides of you.
You can watch the event live here; clearly not the same but better than missing the talks altogether. It is a stellar schedule this year with Brian Eno first up, who quiets my mind on a regular basis.
I actually had a surreal dream last night, one which mixed images and people in out of context places, like dreams always do. In the dream, my schedule miraculously cleared up and suddenly I found myself in a quaint hotel on the coast of Maine and didn't question how I landed there. For another time I suppose.
October 17, 2006
2006 Mass High Tech All Stars
This year's Mass High Tech All Stars reception is next week Wednesday, October 25, 2006, starting at 6:00 pm at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.
This year's line-up includes:
Vin Bisceglia, Chairman and CEO, Broadbus Technologies Inc.
Ray Cronin, CEO, Azimuth Systems Inc.
Kedar Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, GT Solar Inc.
John Landry, Chairman and CTO, Adesso Systems Inc.
Robert Lanza, VP of Research and Scientific Development, Advanced Cell Technology Inc.
Joseph McIsaac, CTO, Reflexion Network Solutions Inc.
Richard Miller, President, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Lita Nelsen, Director, MIT Technology Licensing Office
Richard Packer, President and CEO, Zoll Medical Corp.
Pamela Reeve, Board member, Boston's Wireless Task Force
Nina F. Saberi, Founder and Partner, Castile Ventures
James D. Shields, President and CEO, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.
October 12, 2006
Upcoming ACG Boston Events
The next ACG Boston Dealmaker's Breakfast is on October 19 at Boston's Harbor Court Hotel. Tom Roberts, a managing partner at Summit Partners will present the keynote.
On November 14, ACG Boston is hosting the Boston Technology Conference at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. Funny, I try to keep tabs on some New England events given how long I spent on the East Coast, but what is so oddly uncanny is how foreign the language is after being saturated in Silicon Valley for awhile. You forget just how gray, tan and blue everything is, down to the sponsored logos (largely VCs and law firms).
A central theme is "Choosing An Exit Strategy," a common discussion in my circles; also recently covered at the IBD Network's Momentum Conference in Mountain View. Questions they plan to address include:
* What should your company and your investors consider in terms of seeking the best return?
* What are the exit alternatives in an unpredictable market?
* What are leading strategic and financial acquirers looking for?
The first panel will focus on Tech Investing & Buyouts: Who's Making Money? with moderator Charley Lax, Managing General Partner of GrandBanks Capital. Featured panelists include Mohamad Ali, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions of IBM, and Tom Crotty, General Partner of Battery Ventures.
The second panel will cover What Is Your Best Exit Strategy? with moderator Stephen O'Leary, Senior Managing Director of Jefferies Broadview. Featured panelists include Avner Schneur, President and CEO of Emptoris.
October 11, 2006
451 Group Enterprise IT Innovation Summit
The 451 Group is hosting their first client event, entitled the "2006 Enterprise IT Innovation Summit" from October 31 - November 1 at Boston's Marriott Long Warf.
Attendance at the Summit is by invitation only and primarily for 451 clients, as well as other technology industry influencers. More on the event here.
October 09, 2006
ACG Boston Women Executive Forum
October 08, 2006
New Cap Trends
My friend Joe and his wife Diane spend their time divided between the East and West Coasts, like so many of my friends. His presence at my house recently brought a bit of New England inside. My friend Susan, a native New Englander commented when she left that very same evening, "sitting next to you tonight just grounded me somehow. I'm so glad you live here."
While of course the comment made me feel good - what kind of friendly and warm comment like that wouldn't make any friend feel good, yet, the odd part about it was that I felt the same way earlier in the evening. I felt grounded merely by their presence in my home. It's a great thing.
Note Joe's hat below - perhaps you can make out the rough edges in the front of the cap. I joked as I pulled it off, "hey Joe, I can get you a new hat dear....I have a ton of baseball caps, what color do you want?" He told me it was new cap....the latest trend, a follow on from ragged jeans, many of which I now own. I thought, surely it was a Cape Cod thing only, but apparently I'm wrong. Who knew?