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Building Superior Teams: Key to Growth and Funding for your Startup Company

  • 03 Mar 2009
  • 7:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Bay Colony Office Park, Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000, Waltham, MA

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Meeting Presentations:

Beth Marcus, CTO, SVP & Founder of Zeemote, Inc., Presentation 

George Simmons, Investor, Cherrystone Angels and LaunchPad, Head Coach, Derby Management, Presentation

Gregg Stone, Manager, Kestrel Management and Investor, Launchpad Venture Group, Presentation

Robert A. Adelson, partner at the Boston law firm Engel & Schultz, LLP., Presentation

Building superior teams is the key element to growth and to funding of a startup company, and never more so than in the current difficult economic environment. 

When investors consider your business, it’s often said the three things they focus on are “management, management and management.”  Investors invest in people, and it’s the people the management team that must have the skills and dexterity to succeed where others have failed.  Seldom is a business plan carried out precisely on plan – there are pitfalls, changes, choices to be made.

Superior teams have the right combination of energy, drive, knowledge, experience and creativity.

Superior teams also have experience and trust from having worked together. How do you build that superior “A” team?  How do you retain that management team so you can build a scalable business and achieve funding and commercialization?  How do you build superior teams in hard economic times when you are short of funds?  These are important questions you need to answer if you envision building a business – or if you already are building a business -- a commitment to excellent management is just as essential as functional expertise. 

Join us for a panel presentation by experienced leaders who have led numerous startup companies and investors who’ve invested in startups based on management.  The panel will offer war stories and lessons learned from those who’ve been there and have the scars to prove it.  They will offer different approaches and strategies to selecting and building the management team for your startup company, reducing attrition and retaining your team through to a successful exit.


Panelists:

Beth Marcus, CTO, SVP & Founder of Zeemote, Inc. 

George Simmons, Investor, Cherrystone Angels and LaunchPad, Head Coach, Derby Management

Gregg Stone, Manager, Kestrel Management and Investor, Launchpad Venture Group

Moderator: Robert A. Adelson, partner at the Boston law firm Engel & Schultz, LLP. See Page XX.