Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Bob Dame, Executive Director, Year Up Boston





    

Bob Dame, Executive Director, Year Up Boston


1. Why Boston?
Boston is a vibrant, diverse city with a lot to offer in terms of opportunities and culture.

2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your NewCo session?    
Inspired    

3. If you could have a beer with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?    
Abraham Lincoln    

4. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?    
Cheerios - it does the job.

About Year Up BostonYear Up envisions a future in which every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Want to learn more? Visit the Year Up Boston offices and meet their leaders on April 27, 2016 during the inaugural NewCo Boston Festival of Innovation!

Session Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Title: Year Up - proven diverse talent in sales, IT, and accounting (and, coming soon, programming!)


Learn More & Register at bos.newco.co

Monday, April 25, 2016

Barriers and New Pathways: Exchange with the U.S. Air Force : April 22, 2016


MassTLC non-defense companies were invited by the MA Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to join discussions at a U.S. Air Force Innovation Forum on April 22nd at the Boston location of the Cambridge Innovation Center.

The Air Force is initiating a series of forums to engage with non-traditional innovative tech companies and to understand how they can work to incorporate this innovation into their “business plan” in the future.  The launch of this series took place in Boston last week and attending were Governor Baker and the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.  Secretary James chose Massachusetts for the initial session as a jumping off point for a series of regional forums the Air Force is holding across the country - all aimed at accessing America's intellectual capital.

A variety of non-traditional defense companies attended the forum and participated breakout sessions discussing strategies and potential paths forward.

The Air Force in Massachusetts employees tens of thousands of people and adds billions of dollars annually to the Massachusetts economy.  At this forum the Air Force discussed key efforts currently underway to access technologies from non-Defense companies, and they listened to our industry partner’s ideas, interests, and experiences.

A new Commonwealth partnership to help companies match their products and services to federal agency needs and programs, and to educate companies on quicker and simpler pathways to doing business with federal agencies was also announced.



Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James with Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Founder of Hydroswarm Inc. (underwater drone intelligence)

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Steven Conine, CEO & Co-Founder, Wayfair









Steven Conine, CEO & Co-Founder, Wayfair



1. Why Boston?
It is the best city in the USA!  

2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your New Co session?    
Inspired

3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you and why?    
10 - You're either a 1 or a 10 not sure where a middle amount of weirdness gets you :)

4. What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on?    
Caddy Shack

5. What business would you love to start?    
Wayfair

6. In the past few months, what is the smallest change you made that had the biggest positive result?    
Switched from lagers to IPAs

About Wayfair: Wayfair offers a zillion things home. With one of the world's largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods, including more than seven million products from over 7,000 suppliers, Wayfair helps people find the perfect product at the right price. Our extensive selection and superior customer service coupled with the convenience of online shopping, make it easier than ever before to find exactly what you want for your home at a price you can afford.

Want to learn more? Meet Steve and the Wayfair team on April 27, 2016 during the NewCo Boston Festival of Innovation!

Session Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Session Title: Technology Innovation in eCommerce


Learn More & Register at bos.newco.co

Saturday, April 23, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - William Brah, Founder, Venture Development Center








  


William Brah, Founder, Venture Development Center



1. Why Boston?
Learn something new every day. 

2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your NewCo session?

Inspired. 

3. What trophy do you want on your mantle?

Giant check from AT&T, Samsung or Panasonic

4. In the past few months, what is the smallest change you made that had the biggest positive result?

Wrote a personal take on a business topic, and got lots of likes. 

5. What book do you think everyone on your team should read?

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

About the Venture Development Center: The VDC opened in 2009 with one simple goal in mind: to make it easier for exceptional entrepreneurial teams with important ideas - no matter what university they attended - to take the strategic step from their university setting to a more commercial environment where they can obtain the data required to secure investment and launch their companies. Today, we are proud to be launching some of the best startup companies anywhere, and to be stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts.

Want to learn more? Visit Will and the VDC team inside their office on April 27, 2016 during NewCo Boston!

Session Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Session Description: Nowhere else in the city will you meet a group of 28 year olds, who within one year raised $500,000,000 to write suicide message to cancer cells. Scientific American selected SQZ Biotech as 1 of the top 10 World Changing Ideas. Join SQZ and the VDC for an in-depth and focused look at the simple device that is changing the world.



Learn More & Register at bos.newco.co

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Betsy Weaver, Ed.D., CEO, President & Founder, UbiCare







Betsy Weaver, Ed.D., CEO, Prisident & Founder, UbiCare


1. Why Boston?
I grew up in the suburbs. I wanted my family to grow up in a heterogeneous city and Jamaica Plain is perfect.

2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your New Co session?

Inspired ... I hope!

3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you and why?

Probably a 6. I'm a visionary ”the good, the bad and the ugly of it." 

4. What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on?

Most recently, Spy with Melissa McCarthy. 

5. In the past few months, what is the smallest change you made that had the biggest positive result?    
Repeating the following every day: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." Also, remembering that the key to good business is to treat others the way I want to be treated.


6. If you could have a beer with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?    
These three people (followed by links to their talks that you should watch): 


Scott Galloway 

Sally Kohn 

Karen Armstrong


7. What did you miss in the interview for the worst hire you ever made?    
I was too impressed with credentials and not with what they could prove they'd already accomplished.

8. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Oatmeal with fruit and nuts healthy, high protein and low calorie. 


9. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?    
Bette Midler. She's smart, sassy and a good business woman. 

10. What book do you think everyone on your team should read?    
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

About UbiCare: We work in healthcare because we care. We joined forces with forward-thinking hospitals and partners to evoke “patient engagement” long before it was the buzzword it is now. We form meaningful, long-term relationships between hospitals and patients because it's the right way to care for people. It's the kind of care we want as patients, and the kind we want for everyone. Our end goal is Making Us All Better – and we live by this mission.

Want to learn more? Visit Betsy and the UbiCare team inside their office on April 27, 2016 during the inagural NewCo Boston Festical of Innovation!


Session Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Session Title: You Can't Change the World Without Disruption



Learn More & Register at bos.newco.co

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Kevin Wiant, Executive Director, Venture Cafe Foundation / Roxbury Innovation Center






Kevin Wiant, Executive Director, Venture Cafe Foundation / Roxbury Innovation Center



1. Why Boston?
Venture Cafe started in six years ago to connect the innovation community by managing spaces and programs for gatherings.  Venture Cafe was awarded the opportunity to run the Roxbury Innovation Center by the City of Boston in 2015.  The Roxbury Innovation Center is focused on local economic development in the Roxbury neighborhood.



2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your New Co session?
Connected



3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you and why?
Ten (assuming ten is the highest ranking)



4. What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on?
All episodes of Star Wars



5. What business would you love to start?
We are doing what we love to do now



6. What trophy do you want on your mantle?
No trophy, just the satisfaction of having created great new companies and jobs



7. In the past few months, what is the smallest change you made that had the biggest positive result?
Opening the Roxbury Innovation Center



8. If you could have a beer with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
Way too many options here, we operate as a team



9. Whats is your superpower?
Connecting others to create great companies



10. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
You really don't want to have me sing



11. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Granola - lots of options, its crunchy, and diverse



About the Roxbury Innovation CenterThe Roxbury Innovation Center is a civic experiment that will support local economic development by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. The Venture Café Foundation runs the Roxbury Innovation Center as a mission-driven not-for-profit gathering and event space. The space is positioned as a platform: a local space that will be available for many groups to provide programs that support innovators, entrepreneurs and business founders. In addition to working with many programming partners–like our flagship programming partner, SkyLab, with their Educate-Activate-Incubate bootcamp approach–Venture Café also produces programming to activate the space and connect the innovation economy.


Want to learn more? Visit Kevin and tour the Roxbury Innovation Center on April 27, 2016 during the NewCo Boston Festival of Innovation!

Session Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Description: Learn how a neighborhood innovation center will help to increase local economic development in this Boston neighborhood with the highest unemployment rate.


Learn More and Register at bos.newco.co

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Lou Shipley, Founder, Black Duck Software








Lou Shipley, CEO, Black Duck Software


1. Why Boston?
Boston is a tech hub and a worthy rival of Silicon Valley for overall leadership.

2. What’s the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your NewCo session?
Fascinated

3. What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?
Monthy Python & the Holy Grail

4. What trophy do you want on your mantle?
The Stanley Cup

5. What book do you think everyone on your team should read?
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Want to learn more? Visit Lou Shipley and the Black Duck Software office during NewCo Boston on April 27, 2016! Watch the short video below!



Session Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Session Description: We look forward to an interactive discussion that will be led by Lou and other executives on how we are transforming Black Duck by changing our market focus from open source compliance to open source security where the opportunity for customer acquisition and revenue growth is much greater; and by embracing and perfecting a high-velocity sales model pioneered in Boston that is the envy of and being copied by Silicon Valley. 

Learn more about NewCo Boston and purchase tickets here: http://bos.newco.co/

Monday, April 18, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Tom Erickson, CEO & Co-founder, Acquia








Tom Erickson, CEO & Co-founder, Acquia


1. Why Boston? 
Acquia's founders are pan­Atlantic. Boston is an ideal location for building a global company.

2. What’s the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your New Co session?
It's amazing that a company like that can be built based on free, open source software.

3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you and why?
7. I have conventional attributes like love of family, travel, food, wine and photography. But I should have been a hippie. I still use an email address with the domain twohippies.com

4. What business would you love to start?
A non profit to help underprivileged / underexposed youth get in to STEM

5. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. A song for dreamers.

6. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
One of my sons would play me. They would have the best insight into the complex being that I am

About Acquia: Acquia provides the leading cloud platform for building, delivering, and optimizing digital experiences. Global organizations use the Acquia Platform to create a single, powerful digital foundation for delivering world-class customer experiences. With the Acquia Platform, organizations can realize the vision of personalized, contextual, and real-time customer engagement for the right person, at the right time, on the right device. These experiences can be easily deployed and managed at scale, for one to thousands of sites, driving transformative business results at breakthrough speed.


Want to learn more? Meet Tom Erickson and the Acquia team during NewCo Boston on April 27!
Session Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Learn more about NewCo Boston and purchase tickets here: http://bos.newco.co

Saturday, April 16, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Noah Wilson-Rich, Founder, The Best Bees Company





   





Noah Wilson-Rich, Founder, The Best Bees Company


1. What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on?    
James Bond

2. What business would you love to start?    

A green rooftop business

3. In the past few months, what is the smallest change you made that had the biggest positive result?    

Patience

About The Best Bees Company: The Best Bees Company is a full-service beekeeping operation with headquarters in Boston. We deliver, install, and manage beehives for residences and businesses in select markets nationwide.





Want to learn more? Meet the Best Bees team & get a firsthand look at their operations during NewCo Boston on April 27, 2016!

Session Time8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Session Description: Festival goers will see what it takes to run a beekeeping operation. We will have hundreds of honeybee-packages on site, preparing to be installed at homes and businesses throughout New England. The tour of our space will allow visitors an opportunity to help build bee boxes and frames, as well as see the technology behind our new SmartHive system.


Learn more about NewCo Boston and purchase tickets here: http://bos.newco.co


Thursday, April 14, 2016

NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts - Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute








Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute


1. Why Boston? 
Brilliant people, collaborative business environment, gorgeous city with a great baseball team -- and it keeps me young.

2. What's the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your New Co session?
Enlightened

3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you and why?    
2 - I think I am fairly normal, other than the fact that I have an uncanny ability to find typos.

4. What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on? 
When Harry Met Sally.  I'll have what she's having.

5. What trophy do you want on your mantle?
Best Mom

6. What did you miss in the interview for the worst hire you ever made?
I missed that she was lying to me for the entire 45 minutes.

7. What's your spirit animal?
I have actually had a shaman do this for me, and my spirit animal is a beaver.  Don't laugh.


About StartUp Institute: We’ll help you leverage your passions and build the technical skills, culture skills, and network that will launch you into the innovation industry in the areas of web development, web design, technical marketing, or sales and account management.


Want to learn more? Meet the StartUp Institute team during NewCo Boston on April 27, 2016!


Session Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Title: Hiring for Culture Fit: How to Find Top Talent & How to Be the Talent

Learn more about NewCo Boston and purchase tickets here: http://bos.newco.co/