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The MIT Entrepreneurs Club
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the mit entrepreneurs club, aka: the e-club, in its 26th year, focuses on developing all aspects of science, engineering and technology business creation. we meet every tuesday at 6pm during fall & spring academic terms in room 56-154 ; (6pm-9pm on our summer-session sched in the concourse room 16-160, plus breakout sessions in 56-180); offer two 6-credit mit seminars on tech start-ups (tuesdays at 7-9pm in 4-402, doc's old classroom up at the edgerton center); conduct special e-club demo meetings for visiting academic, government, ngo and science, engineering, technology and policy related business groups, and k-12 schools; sponsor clinics, panels & workshops; and regularly connect through an e-mail list and our occasional newsletter ... we conduct office-hours, also on tuesdays, at 5-6pm in 4-402 [in 16-160 during summer-session] ... learn more ...

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*** FALL TERM 2014 ***

welcome to fall term '14 - we meet this term back in small lecture hall 56-114 at 6pm; our 6-credit tech seminar EC.074 meets at 7pm up in room 4-402, right after e-club. as always, and for 26 & 21 years both club & seminar meet on tuesdays * join us! ***

tue21oct: come bring your ongoing & new tech start-up cases to briefly present to visiting alum, professor dr. JEAN-JACQUES DEGROOF, phd, a belgium-based finance & technology educator & investor visiting mit this week as he researches history, cases, founders and original source material for his new book on entrepreneurship, as-practiced at the institvte * read https://mit.academia.edu/JeanJacquesDegroof * and his profile on linked-in * stay at 7pm for more as we have him also in seminar ec.074 for the evening and plan to learn more about his project while we introduce our students and their own start-up cases & research * 7pm in 4-402 ***

tue14oct: OPEN meeting today! send your case abstract and remember, NO IP! plus brief bio-sketch to e-club-officers at mit dot edu * be mit, harvard and or wellesley * don't plan to present anything mlm, stealth wax or pet rocks ***

tue07oct: case update MBadika! with founder and club president NETIA McCRAY '14 * Mbadika is an mit spin-off nfp/ngo/edu-technologies start-up focussing on africa * we'll be joined today by former club president and co- founder of mit's course-zero automation (with former club president Josh Seigel '11,'13 & currently a phd candidate (all course-2) Ted Blackman '10 (course-8) and club alum advisor Cody Daniel '11 (course-2), master chief engineer at 3Scan, where ted designs and develops software * 6pm-onward in 56-114 * with ongoing luck josh will also join us for this mini-reunion and i hope all will also join us in our tech start-up seminar ec.074 at 7pm in 4-402 ***

tue30sep: case update BOUNCE IMAGING with founder FRANCISCO AGUILAR, sloan & hks '12, harvard '05 * bounce is 3D imaging for first responders & otr leos and mil-spec * affordable, throwable 3d cameras & sensors * case reading: bounceimaging.com ***

tue23sep: was an e-club OPEN format meeting with a couple of 2nd year hbs student visitors, plus an intro of her work in advising & investing-in tech start-ups with princeton & sloan alum NINA LYTTON * in seminar ec.074 we had surprise visits from the media lab's senior scientist dr HENRY LIEBERMAN, phd, course-6 & mit-esg alum, and most recently of the media lab CHRIS `FRY' FRY, a senior software developer and computer language inventor and developer * NINA LYTTON also joined us ***

tue16sep: our newest start-up case! TESTIFIABLE.com, 6pm in 56-114 with alum founders CARA MAE CIRIGNANO (wellesley,mit,yale) & JASON ABALUCK (harvard,mit,yale) looking for critical feedback, a cto-co-founder, and a web developer plus possible otr new hires * in-depth follow-on in seminar ec.074 at 7pm in 4-402 ***

tue09sep: cases being presented today in our start-of- fall-term's OPEN format meeting include columbia & harvard alumna GALIT SCHWARTZ, founder of a new and unique combined coffee house & start-up work space to be designed & operated by physically & developmentally challenged user-clients in the boston area * potential sites include brookline, newton and cambridge *** also, KURT KEVILLE of mit's isn, and the director of special projects there, drops by to brief us on this year's 11th annual soldier design competition *** mit e-club-core & members will conduct a long moment of silence for e-club member & founder of the hope elephant project, our large animal vet in maine, best friend & good neighbor dr. JIM LAURITA, dvm, who was this morning found dead in rosie & opal's elephant barn, apparently of a fall against a concrete walkway surrounding the heated sand therapy area * further than this we know not * read the projects' pages at hopeelephants.org and on the org's fb pages * this has left us speechless ***

to schedule your presentation contact e-club officers: pres NETIA McCRAY '13, co-treasurer & officer-at-large THOMAS DELGADO '15, and or former pres JOSH SIEGEL '10,'11 (and now G) at e-club-officers at mit dot edu *** be an mit, harvard or wellesley student, faculty, staff and or alum! *** thanks! ***

archives of spring term 14 appear below ...

tue13may14: members of the mit, harvard & wellesley communities welcome to our end-of-term take-a-student-to-dinner final session of the year * hear, crit, meet & dine with our tech start-up seminar's final case discussions with tatiana smirnova (st petersburg, skolkova & mit) founder of brainselecta.com and andy yen (caltech, harvard, cern & mit) founder of protonmail.ch * 7pm-onward in 4-402 * e-club 6pm case in 56-154 tbd * rsvp and cc please ***

tue06may14: alum JEREMY SHER '99, currently a harvard divinity school candidate and e-club advisor,mentor today presents his start-up, a combined communities `third place - maker space 6 days a week with a building open all week including a cafe (which has worked well for the isbcc mosque in boston) where people could come with laptops or just to hang out plus a wood shop to make ritual objects and personal projects and a bike repair station * the goal is to make the space busy and fun * services would be open to all and religious education would disrupt currently held assumptions about what sunday school needs to be' 6pm-onward in 56-154 ***

tue29apr: CarKnow case update! with founder alum JOSH SIEGEL '11,'13, phd candidate in course-2, co-founder course-zero automation, former e-club president * 6pm in 56-154 * followed at 7pm in 4-402 by our occasional joint e-club & seminar LEGAL CLINIC FOR TECH START-UPS, with mit sr. lecturer JOE HADZIMA '73, also of H-law, sloan, more * of-counsel at the boston firm sullivan & worcester, founder of main street partners, i.p. vision, and more * if a large enough turnout we'll stay in 56-154 * case sched updates here as presenters respond to open meeting rfp ***

tue22apr: no regular e-club and no seminar class today * mit holiday - no classes * have fun and be safe everyone! ***

tue15apr: new edu start-up case with founder CHRISTIAN PECAUT in club and in seminar this evening * pecaut is a stanford alum, former p.h.s. teacher in philly, and starting in fall a masters candidate at u-chicago * welcome christian ***

tue08apr: e-club OPEN meeting this evening; seminar ec.075 to-be-re-scheduled ***

tue01apr: case update with course-6 alum STEVE SHOAP * a digital control system of hoses and valves for remotely, safely fighting wildfires * demo video at bit.ly/14J3s2g * come hear, meet & crit steve at 6pm-onward in 56-154 * nb: steve's previous presentation bits awarded patents ***

tue25mch: no meetings, seminars or office-hours this week * have fun, productive + safe so-called spring-breaks everyone! ***

tue18mch: [missing report re andy yen (harvard physics phd candidate and x-reg'd student in our tech start-up seminar ec.075) on his & co-founders' start-up PROTONMAIL.ch - (also a semi-finalist entry in the current mit 100k competition) - go-to protonmail.ch to register as a beta-tester level user * this new secure swiss-based e-mail service goes live ~14april ***

tue11mch: new case! geosocial.io, with co-founder CATHY CAO '13 (course-15) * come hear & meet cathy and share your beta-user feedback on this mit service, a potentially very-large-scale `societal utility' - GEOSOCIAL.IO - a new mit real-time, web- based, event-locator, mapping & comment service that `aims to fill the "societal information gap" in the world' * we'll meet co-founder RAFAEL MENDIOLA (course-6) on another tue, date tbd ***

tue04mch: welcome sloan senior lecturer STEVE SPEAR who will bring us 3 new start-up cases in-search-of student collaborators & co-founders * concepts include a see-to-solve real-time alert system; easing warrior re-entry; and social media marketing for the little guy * 6pm-onward in 56-154 ***

[february spring-term tuesday reports missing here]

fall-term'13 archives include:

fri06dec: go hear & meet alum JIM HAMILTON in d.c. TODAY! at the policy studies organisation's annual DUPONT SUMMIT; pdf of jim's abstract at: http://bit.ly/IHBVZO

[some tuesday reports missing here]

sun17nov: e-club new start-up case founder alum JIM HAMILTON's National Spent (nuclear) Fuel Collaborative launches $250k fundraising campaign via e-club regulars, core, advisors & friends club lists this morning * see http://spentfuel.org for mission statement, backgrounders, who's-who & latest news & support, and how to donate! ***

tue05nov: INDIEGOGO! an indiegogo workshop session in e-club with Bre DiGiammarino * 6pm in 56-114 * includes pizza dinner & refreshments * `revealing the secrets to successful crowdfunding; learn how to set up your campaign, grow your network of supporters and bring in support to build your product, launch your business, while getting the most out of the indiegogo platform' ***

tue29oct: special session on managing in diversity with e-club president Netia McCray '12 (course-17) founder of Mbadika.org - tonight's case update - 6pm-onward in 56-114 ***

tue22oct: OPEN meeting today! bring your sci, eng, tech start-up ideas & updates and help demo the e-club for visiting JOHN HAYDEN, founder, toronto's n100 $100k tech start-up competition * see n100.ca * 6pm in 56-114 ***

sun20oct: SEAN COLLIER FUND T-SHIRT SALES! at the e-club table at the final MIT FLEA/SWAPFEST of the season! starts in just a few hours - open 9am-to-2pm - bring your checkbooks! make checks payable to `THE SEAN COLLIER FUND' * plus e-club & seminar office-hours 6am-2pm * plus bern dibner titles! new, out-of-print, on the history of science, engineering & technology, plus our own art & craft * book, art & craft sales benefit the activities of the e-club ***

tue15oct: mit holiday - sleep just a bit more, maybe ***

tue08oct: course-2 alum FREDERICK MOORE '13 returned to expand on his intro last week of work he and partner course-2 JEREMY deGUZMAN '14 have been doing in 3D prototyping for the future manufacturing of rare, sometimes- impossible-to-find antique motorcycle parts * a name for this new enterprise has yet to be chosen * 6pm-onward in 56-114; no office-hours & no formal sem ec.074 this evening * new sci, eng & tech start-up project briefings invited at all e-club case presentation sessions - just show up! first pref for mit students, then faculty, staff & alums; others not harvard or wellesley by pre-filter & invite ***

tue01oct ... FREDERICK MOORE '13 at 6pm * in seminar at 7pm alum JIM HAMILTON, tpp, founder of SPENTFUEL.ORG, a nfp research & education policy foundation the mission of which is to increase the probability of doing something with this country's spent nuclear fuel * this is a policy start-up challenge, not a technology project ***

tue24sep: e-club & seminar go on a field trip over to KEN ZOLOT's class (founder's journey 6.933) in 32-123 qt 7pm to hear & meet EBEN UPTON, creator of RaspberryPi ***

tue17sep ...

tue10sep: e-club OPEN meeting with several new people & new projects! ***

fall-term'13 bits, notes & updates follow:

e-club office-hours, club start-up presentations, feedback & crit sessions & discussions return on tue10sep at 5 & 6pm in 56-114, and our 6-credit tech start-up seminar EC.074 at 7pm up in doc edgerton's old classroom at the edgerton center room 4-402 * an updated listing of returning & new, incoming student officers & alum advisors plus new incoming & returning student & alum cases to-be-posted here over the next couple of weeks, plus many new readings! * for seminar details see course EC.074 on the reg's pages and on the edgerton center courses page * looking forward! ***

news from summer-session '13 ...

tue20aug: the mit e-club & our seminars are on-break! NO e-club office-hours, NO regular tuesday session & NO seminar today-thru-reg-day-tue03sep! ... a safe & sane balance of summer everyone! *** be seeing you all on tue10sep! ***

tue13aug: summer-session'13 is, alas, completed and our 28 visting singaporean u/g engineering students have returned to sg and their home base, s.u.t.d. campus for start of their own new term ***

[review of our final summer-session presentations and discussions of tue06aug with e-club sloan student members incoming & returning, plus a sloan fellow member, plus parting words from our sutd students go here] ***

on tue30jul the e-club started on the early side at 5:30pm in 16-160 with a special session new case start-up presented by alum JEREMY SHER '99 (see more below under tue16th) on another of his current efforts: an online gay dating site in-part-response-to the perceived failures of all else available to this particular market cohort ***

at 6:30pm we heard from sutd students discussing their views on their experiences at mit this summer and on what they've learned about creating tech start-ups since they've been with us for 7 weeks ***

at 7pm-9pm our guest presenter was alum JONATHAN NAIMON '83, (course-17-a, physical-biology) founder & president of LIGHT GREEN ADVISORS - see: lightgreen.com ... (more as tuesday nears) plus, we may also enjoy a surprise visit from a quite interesting if hard-to-sched mit alumna (tba)a who served as assistant director of the mit t.l.o. for many years and who is a world-class expert in i.p., patents & licensing and the funding of mit start-ups ***

the e-club & seminar took a break on tue23jul to afford our 28 visting sutd students some >4pm overtime in the lab & shop with mit-sutd instructor course-2's charles guan ***

on tue16jul we hosted alum MARK HESSLER '87, physics & creative writing (21-a) and harvard school of education '89, conducting his always exciting occasional e-club theater arts & stage craft workshop for improving presentation & demo skills, followed by alum JEREMY SHER '99 (currently a harvard divinity school candidate & serving as the resident advisor at mit's PIKA independent living group) presenting his views on ethics, conflict & dispute resolution for tech start-ups ***

previously on tue09jul in club & seminar we enjoyed updates from former club president JOSH SIEGEL '11,'13 & '16 (phd expected) co-founder of course zero automation, cloudcar, carknow, and more * see www.mit.edu/~j_siegel * and DAVID EPSTEIN, bard college of simons rock, founder & former pres of javanet, rcn-internet, ceo connecticut telephone, broadvoice, hartford car & driver, free conference pro, and epstein associates,ig * see www.linkedin.com/in/daveeppy ***

on tue02jul13 in club our sutd students & mit regulars welcomed mit's DAVID SHRIER for his talk & discussion: "Stranger in a Strange Land: Corporate Entrepreneurship" & a pilot financials clinic *** on tue25jun we enjoyed new e-club case BIO-BEHAVIORAL DIAGNOSTICS, with co-founder dr NIKOS FOURLIGAS, phd, of tufts university & mclean hospital; later in seminar we enjoyed JOE HADZIMA '73 leading our occasional TECH START-UP LEGAL CLINIC ***

our ongoing 8 week summer-session this year is devoted to hosting 28 visiting singaporean undergrad engineering students from the singapore university of technology & design - the s.u.t.d. - first e-club introductory case session meets tue 18 jun at 6pm in 16-160; a non-credit version of our tech start-up seminars meets immediately after at 7pm-9pm in 56-114; all members of the mit, harvard, sutd & wellesley communities welcome to all sessions! ***

recently -> wed12jun - the e-club hosted the annual n.e. avios chapter meeting & talk with alum dr. DARYUSH MEHTA, phd: TOWARD THE DETECTION OF VOICE DISORDERS USING A SMARTPHONE PLATFORM * details at events.mit.edu * early-bird f2f chat & networking 5-6:30pm, talk & discussion 6:30p–8:30p in 3-333 * co-organised with e-club advisor & alum nancy gardner, msvs'81, senior vui-designer, more ...

at graduation mit welcomed alum DREW HOUSTON '05, this year's commencement speaker! drew was active in the club and seminar, and went on to found dropbox * search terms for more and read http://ow.ly/lLYCv ***

recent news - tue14may * all welcome THOMAS SOHMERS, our youngest regular member at 17 (active since ~13) and winner of a 2013 thiel 20-under-20 $100k 2-year fellowship! come warmly congratulate thomas in this special meeting at 6pm in 56-154, hear him relate his mit-isn soldier design competition experiences working under e-club advisor captain kurt keville (usma;mit;mit) and his thiel competition experience, and describe his new summer project

NEW! during summer-session'13 the club will help mit host 28 visiting singaporean s.u.t.d. u/g students, offering them our generally fun, informal presentation & practice venue with new tech start-up case founders to hear, meet & crit every week, and in additional depth after every meeting in our summer-session version of our tech startup seminars at 7pm * come join us this week and help programme a very busy summer! summer office-hours, 5-6pm & club meeting, 6-7pm happen in room 16-160; tech startup seminar, 7-9pm back in small lecture hall 56-114 ***

regular, weekly, tuesday meetings any-term start at 6pm * default location 56-114 * come share your science, engineering, technology, bio-x, pharma or med start-up thinking and help generate constructive feedback and crit for others' new or ongoing works *** welcome! wellesley & harvard students, and other members of those communities! ***

to schedule your presentation contact e-club officers: pres NETIA McCRAY '13, co-treas & officers-at-large THOMAS DELGADO '15 and or former pres JOSH SIEGEL '10,'11 (and now G) at e-club-officers at mit dot edu ***

readings for any term tech start-up seminar (6-credit EC.074 & EC.075) always begin with _THE ATLANTIC CABLE_ by BERN DIBNER * all articles, columns & papers on tech start-ups & related topics by our faculty advisor senior lecturer JOE HADZIMA '73 at joe.hadzima.net * much more on joe's nutsandbolts.mit.edu site * LOUIS BRANDEIS' OTHER PEOPLES' MONEY (1914) * the mit alum class news section of every issue of TECHNOLOGY REVIEW for leads to many newly founded mit start-ups * there's no required textbook, but we do a metric ton of reading! *** see you in class! ***

one special new non-profit education & research start-up case last year and ongoing: THE HOPE ELEPHANT PROJECT in the town of HOPE, MAINE! with founders dr. JIM LAURITA (dvm) and TOM LAURITA, plus an array of collaborators from maine high school students to world-class large animal rescue specialists, advisors, fundraisers and more; come visit our elephants ROSIE and OPAL! during any of our e-club rural retreat working weekends at rockport harbor or brooks village and we'll visit these two of our first adoptees! ***

to sched summer-session additional office-hours contact e-club-officers at mit dot edu *** you may also find us at THE MIT FLEA (3rd sunday, 6am-2pm, april-thru-october) ***

e-club page design by david sirkin '92,'92,'98,'00 - currently at stanford *** first-ever e-club web page designed by joost bonsen '92,'06, now a lecturer at the media lab ***

send comments, suggestions & crits to rdshydur at mit dot edu ***

TECH START-UPS AT MIT

our spring 6-credit seminar, formerly sem.095, now in its 21st year, is currently offered under new course number EC.075: Starting Up New Technology-Based Business Enterprises at MIT * (2-0-4) [P/D/F] Tue 7-9p in 4-402 * with our faculty advisor senior lecturer JOE HADZIMA, and myself, e-club co-fndr & co-dir RICHARD SHYDUROFF, an affiliate instructor at the edgerton center; read more and about all edgerton center courses & seminars at http://edgerton.mit.edu/subjects/seminars * nb: this is, technically, an u/g seminar, but all graduate students are welcome to take our course for-credit with permission of their advisors * limited seats for listeners! *** during fall-term'14 we offer part-1 of `tech startups at mit' - now re-numbered EC.074 (formerly seminar ec.s02; earlier sem.089) and bearing the new title: THE START-UP EXPERIENCE at MIT * 6-credits (2-0-4) tue7pm in doc's old classroom 4-402 - ref the Edgerton Center, new course also numbered ec.074 * our ongoing thanks to prof KIM VANDIVER, asst reg WAYNE JOHNSON and his staff, the ec's outreach co-ordinator AMYFITZ, and dean DONNA FRIEDMAN for all their help making this happen! and to the Committee on Curriculum for its decision to keep the e-club's start-up seminars going on a for-credit basis! *** IAP '13! every january for 25 years our faculty advisor JOE HADZIMA '73, founder of, among other mit spin-offs IPVISION (see below) offers his 3-credit class: NUTS & BOLTS OF NEW VENTURES/B-PLANS, 15.S21, formerly mit course 15.975; details at: nutsandbolts.mit.edu * it meets on tue-wed-thu nights during the last 2 weeks of iap, thus e-club meetings are -re-sched'd around those dates * the nuts & bolts calendar, req's and syllabus are at: nutsandbolts.mit.edu * joe also offers us his patent analytics visualisation software to try at the site: see-the-forest.com easily reachable via this widget /
*** promised end-of-term updates coming include: late rave reviews, with tons of pictures, covering our 3 recent PETER MUI '86 FIXIT CLINICS, kindly hosted by the mit EDGERTON CENTER, with invaluable guidance by the ec's great technical instructors TONY CALOGGERO and ED MORIARTY '76 - should be up over the mem day weekend; also a review of the club's first independently launched IPO, with alum, club member and advisor SEMYON DUKACH founder of SMTP.COM - which may be followed on the otcbb.com site - watch SMTP *** are you an mit student or otherwise affiliated with CSAIL? request membership in the new CSAIL ENTREPRENEURS group! * regular, weekly, friday meetings are at 2pm in stata-by-gehry up in the STAR ROOM (aka: the 32-D463 seminar room) * search terms or send mail to ALBORZ GERAMIFARD afg at mit dot edu for particulars and or look for the group on fb *** for this plus related occasional news and intel, read your e-club at-least-weekly postings and irregularly published newsletter! learn who's presenting what and when in tuesday 6pm e-club meetings; stay up-to-date with our seminar cases and readings and special events and retreats heads-ups! plus, late (often very late) reminders of related on-campus happenings, and more ***