PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci’s, Waltham
Real stories of Entrepreneurial challenges, surprises, disappointments, victories and triumph. Learn from the experts: founders who have had the courage and tenacity to step out on their own, and navigate the rough waters of the unknown. If you are thinking of starting your own business, or if you are already a company founder, learn from those who have gone before you. What they have experienced may help you avoid a pitfall or two and accelerate your own company's progress. Why reinvent the wheel when others willingly share their wisdom? A question and answer session follow the presentation, and panelists are available afterwards for responses to individual questions.
We have three excellent speakers for that evening, all serial entrepreneurs including successful exits in the consumer, high tech and life sciences fields. Each of the speakers will speak of their successes and in doing so will tell how success if measured and how different things made for success in each of these diverse fields. Our moderator is one of “Boston’s 20 top startup lawyers” and ENET chairman.
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 follow 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.
Eric Giler, Chairman and CEO @ Speedy Packets ( http://speedypackets.com/ )in Cambridge, Massachuetts. Speedy Packets dramatically improves the efficiency and performance of TCP, the primary protocol for moving content around the Internet – while maintaining end-to-end reliability and fair access. He was previously CEO of WiTricity Corporation which was founded in 2007 to commercialize a new technology for wireless electricity invented and patented two years earlier by a team of physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Mobile. Eric was the founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Brooktrout Inc., a provider of telecom software and hardware platforms, from 1984 throught to its successful IPO in 1994 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in October 2005. He is the author of over 20 patents. Eric holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He is also an angel investor.
Shiva Kashalkar, Entrepreneur, Founder, CEO and Head of Growth @ Green Pinata LLC. (www.GreenPinataToys.com) Since its founding in March 2015, Green Piñata has been disrupting the $22 billion toy retail market in the US. The company applies machine learning and human expertise to send kids more of the toys they like and less of what they don't. Its rental model helps parents save money and end clutter. The company has been featured by BostInno as one of the Boston's most innovative businesses, won 'Startup of the Year 2018' award from India New England, and awarded 'Audience Favorite Product' by Mass Innovation Nights. Shiva is a well acclaimed, fearless entrepreneur and a leader that specializes in bringing new products to markets . She has over 13 years of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, big data and strategy. Shiva graduated from the MBA program at Babson and is also an alumni of the WIN Lab accelerator and is a current TCN fellow. She was born in India and received her BE degree in computer science from Bharathiar University.
Ulrik Nielsen was Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer @ Merrimack Pharmaceuticals from 2002 to 2015 ( http://www.merrimack.com/ ). For the past seven years, he has been part of the executive team where he is responsible for research and early development. Ulrik was instrumental in building the company’s Network Biology platform and oncology pipeline. that is outthinking cancer to ensure that patients and their families live fulfilling lives. Its mission is to transform cancer care through the smart design and development of targeted solutions based on a deep understanding of cancer pathways and biological markers. Merrimack currently has three therapeutics in clinical development. He remains on the Board of Directors of Merrimack and also Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he was previously CEO. During 2015 to 2017, he was the Founder and past President and CEO, of Torque Therapeutics, which is applying breakthrough science to develop a new class of immune cell therapeutics. Prior to joining Merrimack, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researched the interface among biology, engineering and computational biology. Ulrik received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Copenhagen in molecular biology and trained at the University of California, San Francisco. Ulrika has also undertaken extensive executive business education, including education at Harvard Business School (PLD graduate).
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, was Vice Chair 2005-2009, and ENET Chairman since 2009. He was 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
E-Minute 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.
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.