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2005-06 Event Season

The Getting to Market Panel Series are panel discussions focused around particular industries to help student and faculty entrepreneurs turn their visions into new businesses.

Events begin with brief introductions. In the first half of the session, panelists answer audience questions related to their background and experience. In the remaining time, they collaboratively work through startup ideas provided by the audience. Some sessions may focus more on teaching students about a topic, while others may be more in-depth case studies.

Spotlight Event Content

Panelists will be posted here as they are confirmed, so check back regularly.

Spring 2006

Jan 25Early Stage Venture Capital

VC and its role in early stage companies, focusing on screening and selecting VCs. Ken Morse, Founding Team Member at 3COM and 5 other technology ventures; Eric Benhamou, multi-startup veteran and former CEO at 3COM.

Fall 2005

Nov 15Venture Capital

George Conant, Chairman and CEO of Merlot Communications; Amir Nashat, Principal at Polaris Ventures; Steven Wardell, Principal at Apeiron Partners.

Nov 01Startup Failures

Justin Lancaster, Attorney at Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin and Lebovici and former Chairman and CEO of Geosoftware, VP of Business Development at Molecular Mining Corp, and Executive VP of Sales and Business Development at Molecularware.

Spring 2005

May 21Cold Fusion Colloquium (Visit our program and logistics Web pages)

CF Speakers include Brian Ahern; Robert Bass; Scott Chubb; Talbot Chubb; John Dash; Peter Graneau; Peter Hagelstein; Keith Johnson; Yeong Kim; David Nagel; Robert Rines; Ken Shoulders. Moderated by Mitchell Swartz, Research Scientist at Cold Fusion Times and JET Thermal Products.

Mar 15Energy & Transportation

Tim Healy, Co-Founder and CEO at EnerNOC; Mitchell Swartz, Research Scientist at Cold Fusion Times and JET Thermal Products; Berl Hartman, Co-Founder of E2 New England and former Senior VP at Blanc Otus; Tod Hynes, Director of Alternative Energy at Citizens Energy.

Mar 01Intellectual Property Law (View presentations & TLO overview in pdf)

Robert Blasi, Associate and William Schnoor, Partner at Goodwin Procter; Stephen Brown, Ambassador at the TLO; John Preston, President and CEO of Atomic Ordered Materials and Founder of the TLO, $50K and E-Center. Moderated by Joe Hadzima, Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School.

Feb 15Software

Larry Bohn, Managing Director and Hemant Taneja, Principal at General Catalyst Partners; Jesse Vincent, Founder of Best Practical Solutions; Ian Eslick, Founder of Silicon Spice and Researcher at the Common Sense Computing Group and Genesis Project; Yonald Chery, President and CEO of Mok3 and Founder and CTO of Virtual Ink. Moderated by Michael Cusumano, SMR Distinguished Professor at the Sloan School.

Fall 2004

Nov 23BioTechnology (View Joe's presentation in ppt)

Anthony Sinskey, Co-founder of Metabolix and Professor of Microbiology; Bill Swiggart, Principal Corporate Attorney at Swiggart Agin; Duncan Greenhalgh, Associate at Testa Hurwitz Thiebeault; Amir Nashat, Principal at Polaris Ventures; Robert Rubin, Professor of HST and Director at MIT Partners. Moderated by Joe Hadzima, Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School.

Oct 19Wireless Communication

Kevin Wiant, Founder and Managing Director of Harborway; David Lowry, IP Attorney and Software Engineer at Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels; Howard Levin, Telecommunications Attorney at Rich May; Ron MacNeil, Principal Research Associate at the Media Lab and former Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department.