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IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Sloan School of Management

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Compensation and your start-up: How do founders get paid?

John Akula, Charlie Johnson

Jan/30 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM E51-149

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Compensation for the founders and early employees of start-up companies raises a variety of complex business and legal issues.  Early decisions are often made at a time when the young venture’s future is uncertain and its resources are scarce.  Access to legal advice may be limited, and key participants may have expertise that is technology-focused rather than business-focused.   Yet there are many questions that must be addressed.  How should the equity be allocated amongst the founders, board members and early hires?  How much equity should be rewarded for being the “idea” founder vs. the “implementing” founders?  How should vesting work?  How can early employees be paid with stock?  What are the tax consequences?  Are compensation issues different for a corporation vs. a limited liability company?  This workshop will address these critical compensation issues as well as questions raised by the participants.

Charlie Johnson is a partner at the Boston law firm of Choate Hall & Stewart.  He has had broad experience in advising both young companies and their investors, and has been a frequent guest lecturer in the law courses at MIT Sloan.   John Akula has primary responsibility for the law curriculum at MIT Sloan.

*All participants should feel free to leave at 4pm, but if you would like more information on any topic, the faculty will be available until 5pm. 

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: John Akula, E62-316, (617) 452-3619,

Coolnetworking 3.0: Coolhunting and Coolfarming through Swarm Creativity

Peter Gloor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This course consists of three parts, part I is the foundation for parts II and III, parts can be taken separately.

Day 1: I. How to Be an Efficient (Online) Networker

Part I is for everybody who would like to learn how they can be more efficient in their online and face-to-face networking.

Day 2: II. Coolhunting

Part II is for the power user who would like to learn how to apply Social Network Analysis to discover and predict emergent trends on the Web by mining Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, Wikipedia and the Web at large. Coolhunting means finding new trends by finding the trendsetters before anybody else, by tapping into the collective intelligence on the Web, and interpreting it through dynamic semantic social network analysis.

Day 3: III. Coolfarming

Part III builds on the basics from part II, it shows you how you can develop new trends through self-organizing teams (Coolfarming) by nurturing COINs (Collaborative Innovation Networks), and how you can better advertise your products on the Web through viral marketing using Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia. It will also introduce "virtual mirroring" to improve communication by continuously tracking and mirroring back a communication network.

This is a revised and condensed version of a distributed course, which has been taught for the last 9 years at MIT, Helsinki, Cologne, and Savannah. (

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Peter Gloor, NE25-749, x3-7018,

Jan/08 Wed 03:00PM-06:00PM NE25-749, Bring your laptop

How to Be an Efficient (Online) Networker

twenty rules for networking :

You will create a "virtual mirror" of your own communication behavior, telling you how much of a "star" or a "galaxy" you are, analyzing your own Facebook and e-mail networks. 


Peter Gloor

Jan/09 Thu 03:00PM-06:00PM NE25-749, Bring your laptop


As part of the course you will get Condor, which allows you to analyze Web sites, Blogs, Twitter, Wikipedia, Facebook and E-Mail.

Peter Gloor

Jan/10 Fri 03:00PM-06:00PM NE25-749, Bring your laptop


In this part we will use Condor to analyze organizational e-mail networks, and study interpersonal networks on the Web, Twitter, and Facebook.

Peter Gloor

Financing Capital for Capital Intensive Energy Projects

Santosh Raikar, Managing Director, Seabron Adamson, Senior Consultant

Jan/16 Thu 12:00PM-02:00PM E62-223

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 40 participants

Have you ever wondered how capital intensive energy projects are financed? What is non-recourse financing? What is meant by VPPs and tax equity financing? Please join us for an informal lunch and discussion with industry experts in Energy Finance and learn about various aspects of Project Finance including technology choice, legal aspects, and recent market trends.

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Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Energy Club, Sloan School of Management
Contact: Ethan Feuer, E19-370, 617 452-3199, EFEUER@MIT.EDU

Having more Time per Minute - An Introduction to Time Management

David Engel

Jan/21 Tue 02:00PM-03:00PM E51-145

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/20

Time is one of the most precious assets we have and we should make sure that we are spending it wisely. Time management is a broad term that includes a wide variety of techniques and systems to improve the way you approach your tasks and goals. This course will give an introduction to some of the main ideas and some suggestions where you might be able to improve your own time management system. We’ll discuss topics such as “What time management can do for you”, “Why your inbox should not be your to do list”, “What should I do next” and “How 15 minutes could save you a lot of stress”.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: David Engel, dengel@MIT.EDU

It's your technology -- Can you still patent it?

John Akula, James Lampert

Jan/23 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM E62-250

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

A key question for many businesses, and especially start-ups, is:  Can we patent our key technology?  For several decades, what life-science and computer technologies could be patented generally expanded.  That expansion strengthened patent-based business models, and was critical to many software and biotech developments, including, for example, proprietary financial and business methods, genetics and personalized medicine. In the last few years, the US Supreme Court has reversed that trend.  Where this will take us is not yet entirely clear.  But what may or may not still be patentable is critical to engineers, scientists and managers in both new and old ventures.   

All participants should feel free to leave at 4, but if you would like more information on any topic, the faculty will be available until 5.

Jim Lampert was, until his recent retirement, a partner at WilmerHale, one of the top law firms in the nation, and head of their IP practice.  John Akula has primary responsibility for the law curriculum at MIT Sloan.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: John Akula, E62-316, (617) 452-3619,

Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs

Howard Mandelcorn, Joseph Weber

Jan/22 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM E51-335
Jan/23 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM E51-335

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

This course intends to expose students to a broad range of tax issues students will encounter shortly after graduation as an entrepreneur or an employee. For a new employee, taxes are an important consideration in decisions regarding deductions and retirement savings (through employee and employer contributions such as 401k's IRAs, etc). Taxes also feature prominently in decisions with respect to stock option-based compensation. Also, tax related issues for U.S. taxpayers working overseas will be addressed. For the entrepreneur, taxes also influence a new business venture's choice of entity: Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship. Instructor: Howard Mandelcorn is a partner at the Hutchings Barsamian Mandelcorn LLP law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Arianna Vahsen-Crosby, E62-655, (617) 253-9744,

Three-tiered Conflict Management Training by Conflict Resolution @ MIT

Enrollment: See description
Sign-up by 12/12
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: See description

For the first time during IAP 2014, Conflict Resolution@MIT, in conjunction with the Sloan Student Life Office and the MIT Leadership Center, will pilot a three-tier conflict management training. With skills modules in negotiation, active listening, dealing with emotions in difficult conversations, and inter-cultural communication - among others - you'll come away with plenty of tools to help you manage the conflicts in your life and work!

The training is tiered at 16-hour, 32-hours, and 40-hour levels, and will take place over the course of two weeks. This workshop is not for credit. The dates and times are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection: Monday, January 6th through Thursday, January 9th, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Leadership: Monday, January 13th through Thursday, January 16th, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice: Friday, January 10th and Friday, January 17th, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Meets in E51-372

To apply, please click on the link here.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Libby Mahaffy, W31-310A, (617) 253-0242, lamaha@MIT.EDU