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JeremyAllaire

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Allaire

Company: Brightcove, Previous company: Micromedia

Jeremy founded Brightcove in early 2004 with a vision for the transformation of television with the Internet and now serves

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Prior to founding Brightcove, Jeremy worked as a technologist and entrepreneur-in-residence for Cambridge, MA-based venture capital firm General Catalyst, where he worked on companies and investments in broadband media, mobile content, e-commerce software and digital identity. Before General Catalyst, Jeremy was Chief Technology Officer of Macromedia, where he helped define and launch the Macromedia MX platform for Rich Internet Applications, helping to evolve Macromedia Flash into a dominant platform for rich media applications on the Internet.

Jeremy joined Macromedia with its merger with Allaire Corporation, where Jeremy was a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. Founded in 1995, Allaire Corporation was a pioneer in using the web as an application platform, and its industry leading and award winning products power millions of websites, online services and business applications on the Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Bulens

 

 

 

 

 

Don Bulens

Company: Unidesk
Previous Company: Dell, EqualLogic

Don Bulens is a 4-time start-up CEO now leading Unidesk, a start-up creating desktop virtualization software that radically reduces the cost of desktop computing.

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Don Bulens is a 4-time start-up CEO now leading Unidesk, a start-up creating desktop virtualization software that radically reduces the cost of desktop computing. Bulens was previously CEO of EqualLogic, a data storage systems company acquired by Dell in 2008 for $1.4B in cash after achieving leadership in the fastest-growing segment of the storage industry. Bulens was earlier the CEO of Trellix, a provider of website publishing tools and was an executive at Lotus Development, where he led the creation of the channel that propelled the extraordinary market growth of Lotus Notes.

Bulens is a director and advisor to several venture-backed companies. In 2008, he was an Ernst & Young Northeast Regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” and was named Massachusetts Network Communications Council's “CEO of the Year.” Bulens holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA degree from Suffolk University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Batson

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Batson

Previous Company: Acquia

Jay is passionate about growing tech startups. Having founded three, and worked at several started by others, he's spent the bulk of his career creating value for young companies. From his engineering, product management, industry analyst, or founder / executive roles, he has learned how to help young companies discover product/market-fit, build great teams, acquire key customers to establish value, and raise the capital to accomplish all of this. Most notably, he co-founded Acquia in 2007, which was named the #8 overall (#1 software) company in the 2012 Inc. 500 list.

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Jay is passionate about growing tech startups. Having founded three, and worked at several started by others, he's spent the bulk of his career creating value for young companies. From his engineering, product management, industry analyst, or founder / executive roles, he has learned how to help young companies discover product/market-fit, build great teams, acquire key customers to establish value, and raise the capital to accomplish all of this. Most notably, he co-founded Acquia in 2007, which was named the #8 overall (#1 software) company in the 2012 Inc. 500 list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Badavas

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Badavas

Company: PlumChoice, Previous company: Constant Contact

Robert P. Badavas has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PlumChoice, Inc. since January 2012. A venture backed provider of t…

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Robert P. Badavas has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PlumChoice, Inc. since January 2012. A venture backed provider of technology services solutions, PlumChoice transforms customer relationship value for Fortune 500 companies by optimizing the benefits its people and companies expect from their technology. Mr. Badavas also has served on the Company’s board of directors since November 2010.

Mr. Badavas serves on the boards of directors of Constant Contact, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCT), a provider of engagement marketing solutions for small business, associations, and non-profit organizations, and Hercules Technology Growth Capital (NASDAQ: HTGC), a specialty finance company serving technology, life science, and clean technology venture backed companies. In addition, Mr. Badavas is the Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of Bentley University in Waltham, MA. and on the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. He is Chairman Emeritus of The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA. A certified public accountant with nine years of experience, Mr. Badavas spent his early career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Mr. Badavas is a magna cum laude graduate of Bentley University with a BS in Accounting and Finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Balter

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Balter

Company: BzzAgent, Inc.

Dave Balter is the founder and CEO of BzzAgent, Inc. which he launched in late 2001. Previous to BzzAgent, Dave ran and sold two promotions …

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Dave Balter is the founder and CEO of BzzAgent, Inc. which he launched in late 2001. Previous to BzzAgent, Dave ran and sold two promotions agencies, and even wore a suit to work for a few years in the financial marketing industry. Since its launch, BzzAgent has been featured everywhere from the CBS Evening News to the BBC to The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and is the subject of two Harvard Business School cases. Today, across North America and the United Kingdom, BzzAgent remains at the forefront of the changing media and marketing landscape. Dave co-founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association in 2004 (WOMMA) and has authored two books on the subject of Word of Mouth, Grapevine and The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II.

In 2007, Harvard Business School dubbed Dave one of Boston's “Hottest Technology CEOs.” Dave was named to the “40 under 40” list by The Boston Business Journal and Advertising Specialty Institute, and in 2008, Dave was recognized as a Future Legend by the AdClub. Dave also sits on the advisory boards of the Wharton Future of Advertising Project, Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, Mass Technology Leadership Council, Social Media Advisory Council, FitnessKeeper, Perkstreet and the Boston Boys & Girls Club Marketing and Communications Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Conine

 

 

 

 

 

Steven K. Conine

Company: Wayfair Previous Company: iXL

Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores) is a large online retailer of Home Goods that will do over $500M in sales this year. Steve has played a variety of roles inside Wayfair

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Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores) is a large online retailer of Home Goods that will do over $500M in sales this year. Steve has played a variety of roles inside Wayfair (the business was started in his house in 2002). He focuses primarily on the technology and systems that run the business. Steve has extensive executive leadership experience in private and public technology companies.

Steve was a Founder, Member of the Board, and Chief Technology Officer of Simplify Mobile, a software company providing mobile phone management solutions to large enterprises. Steve was responsible for architecting and developing the software for this business. Simplify Mobile was sold to Tangoe, an enterprise software company offering a full telecommunications management solution.

Before starting Simplify Mobile, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer for the London Office of iXL, a publicly traded global technology consulting firm. He was responsible for London-based operations, and was involved in sales, service delivery, and operations in the UK market.

Steve also previously co-founded and served as a top executive of Spinners Incorporated, an IT services firm. Spinners provided custom application development services to Fortune 500 companies including AOL Time Warner, The New York Times, JP Morgan Chase, and Merrill Lynch. Steve was integral to the architecting and development of all of the technology solutions Spinners created. Steve led Spinners to revenue and net income growth of 300 percent per year while maintaining a 30 percent net income margin. Spinners was sold to iXL in 1998.

Steve holds a BS from Cornell University, and lives in Boston, Mass., with his wife and three young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Derby

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Derby

Company: Derby Management Previous Company:

Prior to forming Derby Management, a management consulting firm specializing in both emerging and middle market growth companies, in 1990, Jack’s background included positions

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Prior to forming Derby Management, a management consulting firm specializing in both emerging and middle market growth companies, in 1990, Jack’s background included positions as CEO of Mayer Electronics Corporation, President of CB Sports, President of Litton Industries Medical Systems, CEO of Datamedix Corporation and Executive Vice President of Becton Dickinson Medical Systems. Derby Management focuses on four services to its customers most of whom are early stage companies in a variety of industries in complex markets.

  • Sales & Marketing Optimization
  • Senior Management Coaching to CEOs and Vice Presidents of Sales
  • Business & strategic planning
  • Fundraising for early stage companies

Jack is also a professor at Tufts University’s School of Engineering where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing. Additionally, he is a Lecturer at MIT where he has been teaching classes in business planning and in sales and marketing in the Mechanical Engineering Department for 13 years.

Jack is extremely active in the New England emerging and middle market business communities. Jack has been named to Mass High Tech’s All Star Team. Additionally, he was Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Vice Chair of the Smaller Business Association of New England, and is currently Chairman of the Association for Corporate Growth of Boston, the largest business association in the U.S. focused on M&A and private equity. Corporately, Jack is currently a Director at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Accounting Management Solutions, The Alliance Companies, Beacon Hospice, Brainshark Corporation, Common Angels, Research Frontiers, Rome Snowboards and Ntirety Inc. Jack has been an active board member in 10 other companies. Jack is a graduate of Boston College, the University of Chicago and the United States Peace Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desh Deshpande

 

 

 

 

 

Desh Deshpande

Company: Sparta Group LLC
Previous Company: A123 Systems, Sycamore Networks

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks and Curata.

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Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks and Curata. Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp.

Dr. Deshpande serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Dr. Deshpande holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, an M.E.from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.

Dr. Deshpande and his wife are involved in several non-profit initiatives that include support for MIT, IIT, Akshaya Patra Foundation, and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandboxes in India and USA. Deshpande co-chairs a National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship strategy with Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan and Steve Case co-founder of AOL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul English

 

 

 

 

 

Paul English

Company: Kayak

Paul English is Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of KAYAK. Before starting KAYAK, Paul was a lifelong technology entrepreneur. He co-founded Boston Light Software,

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Paul English is Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of KAYAK. Before starting KAYAK, Paul was a lifelong technology entrepreneur. He co-founded Boston Light Software, a small business e-commerce platform that was sold to Intuit. At Intuit, Paul became Vice President of technology and led small business Internet and product strategy, company-wide innovation process, and tech recruiting.

Paul was briefly an entrepreneur in-residence at Greylock, a co-founder and Director of Intermute, the founder of the World Xiangqi League, cofounder and Chairman of Mancala, Inc., Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Interleaf. He also did contract programming for the US Air Force, operations research programming for Data General, programming for a medical device company, and even some video game software and sound-effect development.

Paul is involved in nearly every aspect of our company, but he spends most of his time leading product strategy and design, customer support and recruiting. Paul is obsessed with customer feedback. (He hates bad customer service so much that he launched the www.gethuman.com initiative to help consumers fight back against bad phone systems.)

Paul received a BS and MS in computer science from University of Massachusetts. Paul regularly lectures on entrepreneurship topics at Boston-area universities, and was named Chief Technology Officer of the year by Mass Technology Leadership Council in 2009. He's also a Director at Partners-In-Health and Village Health Works, and is an advisor to JoinAfrica, FanSnap, Roost, LinkedIn, and Pixable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Erickson

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Erickson

Company: Acquia

Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with cofounders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members.

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Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with cofounders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company's open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer.

As he has done throughout a 30+ year career in enterprise software, Tom is focused on driving customer success and business strategy at Acquia, Tom also leads the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuates through extensive travel to the 11 countries and 3 US offices from which Acquia currently operates.

Prior to Tele Atlas, Tom was the CEO of Systinet, the leading company in SOA governance, which was acquired by Mercury Interactive. Tom has also had executive roles at webMethods, Baan, Watermark and MRO Software. His blend of startup and established software company experience has offered him a unique view into rapidly scaling software companies.

Tom began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS Honors degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has spent 14 years of his career living in Australia, England and France. He continues to be passionate about travel, languages, photography, and food and wines. He knows many pilots on a first name basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Friend

 

 

 

 

 

David Friend

Company: Carbonite

David Friend has been a successful technology entrepreneur for over 25 years. After serving as President of ARP Instruments, he co-founded four companies: Sonexis, FaxNet, Pilot Software, and Computer Pictures Corporation.

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David Friend has been a successful technology entrepreneur for over 25 years. After serving as President of ARP Instruments, he co-founded four companies: Sonexis, FaxNet, Pilot Software, and Computer Pictures Corporation. In 2010, David was named Ernst & Young Entreprenuer of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region. He has been featured in USA Today, Tech Capital, The Boston Globe, Mass HiTech, Fortune, Forbes and Tom Peter's best-selling management book, The Pursuit of Wow!

David has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is an active supporter of music and the arts in Boston. He is a trustee (emeritus) of the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Yale University and attended the Princeton University Graduate School of Engineering where he was a David Sarnoff Fellow. He is an avid marathoner, distance cyclist, windsurfer, and hiker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Giler

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Giler

Company: WiTricity Corporation

Eric Giler is the Chief Executive Officer of WiTricity Corporation of Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. WiTricity Corp. was founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology

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Eric Giler is the Chief Executive Officer of WiTricity Corporation of Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. WiTricity Corp. was founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology for wireless electricity invented two years earlier at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Prior to WiTricity, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Mobile, the world’s leading mobile music service from 2006 until its acquisition by LiveWire Mobile in early 2008.

Eric was the founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Brooktrout Inc., a leading supplier of advanced hardware and software products for system vendors and service providers in the electronic messaging market, from 1984 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in 2005. Under Eric’s leadership, Brooktrout grew to over $150M in annual revenue, and had a successful IPO in 1992.

Eric serves on the boards of directors of Soundbite Communications in Bedford, Massachusetts and Muse Research in Menlo Park, California. In addition, he serves as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, is on the President’s Advisory Council for Berklee College of Music, and is a Corporation Member of Partners HealthCare. He is the author of eight 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Ganot

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Ganot

Company: Gazelle

Israel Ganot is the co¬founder, president and CEO of Gazelle. But it's the intangibles he brings to the company – his passion for recycling and reCommerce, his devotion to customer service,

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Israel Ganot is the co¬founder, president and CEO of Gazelle. But it's the intangibles he brings to the company – his passion for recycling and reCommerce, his devotion to customer service and his personal touch with employees that make the difference. Israel was born in Peru, raised in Israel, and came of age in America, where he's spent two decades in online and offline retail. During six years at eBay and PayPal he was instrumental in the company's expansion to Europe, Latin America and Asia. Israel also served as Director of Finance & Operations at eBay UK Ltd., helping to scale that local business to $300 million. From Gazelle's start, Israel's intent has been to unlock the value in everyday objects and help the world rethink what it means to buy, own and sell electronics. Since he became President and CEO in 2008, Gazelle has grown into America's largest reCommerce service, with more than 1 million electronic trade¬ins. Boston Business Journal chose him as Emerging Leader for its Best Green Practices awards in 2012 and Ernst & Young named him a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for his early accomplishments at Gazelle. Israel has been quoted as a reCommerce expert in Forbes, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.S. from the Stern School at New York University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Goodman

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Goodman

company: Constant Contact

Gail Goodman is CEO of Constant Contact, a leading provider of email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals and online survey tools for small organizations.

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Gail Goodman is CEO of Constant Contact, a leading provider of email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals and online survey tools for small organizations. She is also the author of “Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Wins In a Socially Connected World.” Gail has led the company from pre-product, pre-funding to more than 450,000 customers, more than $200m revenue run rate and an IPO (CTCT) in October 2007.

Along the way, she learned a variety of lessons on customer/market fit, reaching and converting customers at a low price point, conversion and retention from free trials, building and scaling teams, executive team management and alignment, balancing strategy and execution, building and managing the board and financing both VC and public. Gail is a first-time CEO and is still learning as it goes in building a world-class company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Griffith

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Griffith

Company: Zipcar

You can drive a Zipcar forward, backward, left or right, but Scott Griffith – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zipcar – has taken Zipcar straight up.

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You can drive a Zipcar forward, backward, left or right, but Scott Griffith – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zipcar – has taken Zipcar straight up.

Since taking the wheel in February of 2003, Scott steered Zipcar to first place as the world’s leading car sharing network. In the fall of 2007, Scott led Zipcar’s merger with Flexcar, managing the integration of the company fleets, technology and membership base under the Zipcar brand and service. In 2010, Scott navigated the successful acquisition of London-based Streetcar, the UK’s fastest growing car club, in an effort to expand the benefits of car-sharing throughout the UK and globally. Most recently, in April 2011, Scott led Zipcar through a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) to become publicly traded company on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "ZIP."

For his accomplishments at Zipcar, Scott was named a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2009, selected as one of Huffington Post’s 2010 Game-changers in transportation, and dubbed Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2010 Social Entrepreneur CEO of the Year. He was recently honored by nonprofit research and consulting firm Root Cause as the recipient of their first Business Innovator Award in May 2011. In addition, BusinessWeek named Scott one of its “Best Leaders of 2006,” and he was the recipient of Babson College's ELiTE Award for entrepreneurship. As a leading authority on the benefits of car-sharing and transportation issues, Scott has been interviewed by the world's top news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Newsweek, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, CBS-TV, FOX-TV, ABC World News Tonight and Time Magazine.

Prior to Zipcar, Scott held senior level positions at The Boeing Company, Information America, an Atlanta-based provider of online public record information, and The Parthenon Group, a boutique business strategy and investment firm.

Scott earned his BS in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Halligan

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Halligan

Company: HubSpot

Brian Halligan is CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot, a marketing software company he co-founded six years ago to help businesses transform the way they market their products

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Brian Halligan is CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot, a marketing software company he co-founded six years ago to help businesses transform the way they market their products. Since its founding, HubSpot has accumulated over 8,000 customers. He is a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he teaches 15.S16Entrepreneurial Product Development and Marketing. He is author of two books: Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead and Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, which is in its seventh printing, has sold more than 50,000 copies, has been translated into nine languages, and peaked at #17 overall on the Amazon bestseller list.

Brian was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New England award recipient. In his spare time, he sits on a few boards of directors, follows his beloved Red Sox, goes to the gym, and is learning to play guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Hessan

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Hessan

Company: Communispace

Diane helped found Communispace in 1999, raising nearly $20MM in venture capital, and pioneering the creation of online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights.

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Diane helped found Communispace in 1999, raising nearly $20MM in venture capital, and pioneering the creation of online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights. Since then, Communispace has managed nearly 550 communities for over 120 global clients and has won a string of awards for innovation, excellence, and culture. With 400 employees, Communispace has seen revenues triple over the last four years, and it boasts a 90% client retention rate.

Diane has spent her 30-year career helping companies become customer-focused—both as a business executive, and as co-author of the best-selling book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage. She has received many awards and citations for her leadership, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. She sits on over a dozen boards, from the Advertising Research Foundation to the Boston Philharmonic, where she is the Chairman. Over the last 5 years, Diane has been deeply involved in the Boston startup community: mentoring people, keynoting at events, and inspiring entrepreneurs.

A graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School, she is the mother of two grown daughters and co-founder of The Sound Bytes, an a cappella group that sings about business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Jacobs

Company: The Life is good Company

Bert Jacobs is the co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is Good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes

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Bert Jacobs is the co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories. Jake, Life is good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering. In 1994, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, Bert and his brother John officially launched Life is good. Today, Life is good products are sold by over 4,500 retailers nationwide, and in 30 countries worldwide. Bert, John, and The Life is good Company are living proof that “Optimism can take you anywhere.” Believing that consumers are already overwhelmed by too much “noise” in the marketplace, Life is good has never spent a penny on traditional advertising of its products. 100% of the company’s growth is attributable to consumer word-of-mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

John McDonough

Company: T2 Biosystems

John McDonough joined T2 Biosystems in 2007. Prior to joining T2 Bio, John was President of Cytyc Development Corporation and had responsibility for designing and executing Cytyc Corporation’s acquisition

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John McDonough joined T2 Biosystems in 2007. Prior to joining T2 Bio, John was President of Cytyc Development Corporation and had responsibility for designing and executing Cytyc Corporation’s acquisition and investment strategy for growing the company from a single product company with revenue of approximately $300 million in 2003, to a company with revenue of approximately $750 million from multiple products in 2007.

John came to Cytyc after serving as co-founder, CEO and president at SoundBite Communications, a customer communications company which went public in 2007. Previously, he was COO of Direct Hit Technologies, an Internet search engine company that was successfully acquired in January, 2000, for over $500 million, and CEO and President of Workgroup Technology, a publicly held company that developed and marketed product development management solutions. John also spent 10 years with Easel Corporation where he held the role of CFO, COO and then CEO of a start-up company that grew into a publicly held company in 1990 and which was acquired in 1995.

John is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Solace Therapeutics, a medical device company focused on the development of non-surgical, office based treatments for common bladder disorders. John was a member of the Board of Directors for Interlace Medical, a developer of medical devices for treating gynecological diseases, which was acquired by Hologic, Inc. in January, 2011. John was also a member of the Board of Directors of CRi, a developer of optical imaging systems for biomedical research and molecular-based drug and diagnostic development. CRi was acquired by Caliper Life Sciences in December, 2010.

John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Papas

 

 

 

 

 

Art Papas

Company: Bullhorn

Art Papas is CEO of Bullhorn, the world's largest recruitment software company. Bullhorn's Software as a Service solutions are used by more than 200,000 recruiters at 5,000 companies in over 150 countries.

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Art Papas is CEO of Bullhorn, the world's largest recruitment software company. Bullhorn's Software as a Service solutions are used by more than 200,000 recruiters at 5,000 companies in over 150 countries. Art co-founded Bullhorn in 1999 and has led it since then. Early funding came from Highland Capital Partners, General Catalyst Partners and GE Asset Management. Bullhorn was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2012. He is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Staffing Association, Portfolio Science Inc. and Career Collaborative, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on helping to end working class poverty. Art is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

David Patrick

Company: Apperian

With over 25 years of senior executive experience in the software industry, David brings a tremendous wealth of experience in enterprise products and organizational growth, and has a track record of success

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With over 25 years of senior executive experience in the software industry, David brings a tremendous wealth of experience in enterprise products and organizational growth, and has a track record of success in creating and growing technology companies.David has an extensive background in the software industry. Most recently, he was CEO of xkoto, a cross platform enterprise database virtualization software company which was acquired by Teradata. Prior to xkoto, David was VP & General Manager at Novell, where he managed the $450 million division that included Novell’s SUSE Linux and Netware operating systems, collaboration products and a number of emerging open source technologies. David joined Novell in 2003, as part of the acquisition of Ximian, a leading Linux and open source software company, where he was President and CEO.

Before Ximian, David served as President of worldwide sales and operations for The Learning Company—an $800 million consumer software company acquired by Mattel in 1999 — and as President of worldwide sales and operations at Mattel Interactive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Priebatsch

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Priebatsch

Company: SCVNGR/LevelUp

Seth Priebatsch was born in Boston, MA at the age of 7. At the age of 12, he founded his first web start-up. It failed gloriously, achieving profits several times those of Twitter.

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Seth Priebatsch was born in Boston, MA at the age of 7. At the age of 12, he founded his first web start-up. It failed gloriously, achieving profits several times those of Twitter. After completing his freshman year at Princeton (the official requirement to achieve the term dropout), Seth took a "leave-of-absence" to pursue SCVNGR. The goal? To build the game layer on top of the world. As Chief Ninja of SCVNGR, Seth is solely responsible for corporate acquisition of all Nerf-based technologies. An avid supporter of blood drives, Seth consistently donates plasma for use in large-screen televisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Savitz

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Savitz

Company: Data Point Capital

Scott Savitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Data Point Capital, an investment fund focused on the internet.

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Scott Savitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Data Point Capital, an investment fund focused on the internet. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line.

Scott is Chairman of Smart Lunches (www.smartlunches.com), a fast growing internet meal service for schools, daycare and camps. He also serves on the boards of Bluestem Brands, Kitsy Lane, Jebbit, Vee24, and MITX, and serves as an Advisor for Olejo Stores and On The Spot Systems, Inc. He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Co-Chair of 12 X 12.

Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young's New England Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Selkoe

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Selkoe

Company: Karmaloop, Inc. / Karmaloop TV

Greg Selkoe is the Founder and CEO of Karmaloop.com, one of the world’s largest and most- respected online retailers of “streetwear” (footwear, apparel and accessories). The company is a natural extension of his lifelong interest

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Greg Selkoe is the Founder and CEO of Karmaloop.com, one of the world’s largest and most- respected online retailers of “streetwear” (footwear, apparel and accessories). The company is a natural extension of his lifelong interest in “global concrete culture” – fashion, graffiti, hip-hop and electronic music, street art, and breakdancing (the latter remains a hobby to this day). Greg founded Karmaloop in 2000 at the age of 25, following three years as an urban planner for the City of Boston. Soon afterwards, he entered Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy in 2005. When the company began, Selkoe had no retail or business experience, and Karmaloop was run out of the basement of his parents’ Boston home.

Since those early days, under Selkoe’s leadership Karmaloop.com has experienced consistent and, more recently, explosive growth on its way to becoming a hugely successful, multi-platform e- commerce site, lifestyle network and a global epicenter for “Verge Culture” (fashion- and tech-savvy 18-34 year-olds known as the first generation to “grow up on the internet”). Karmaloop.com reported 2011 revenues of $130 million, showing 81% growth over 2010’s impressive mark of $72 million.

Greg Selkoe’s unwavering dedication to building community, fostering culture, and driving innovation has not only led to the success of Karmaloop.com and Karmaloop TV, but also fuels and informs contributions he makes to a wide variety of philanthropic organizations. Greg sits on the board of the Kanye West Foundation, works with the Boston Public Health Commission on its youth anti-violence programs, and during the 2008 presidential campaign was a spokesperson for Vote for Change and helped to register young voters in partnership with Declare Yourself. He is the founder of the Future Boston Alliance – a group dedicated to improving cultural life in Boston and retaining local creative talent – and is involved in organizations including: Kidult Youth Conference; Youth Design; the Boston Ballet; Friends of the Public Garden; the Emerald Necklace Conservancy; the Institute of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Fine Arts; the Animal Rescue League; and UNICEF. In 2009, Greg was invited to the White House as one of America’s “Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35.”

Selkoe is one of the nation’s leading experts on youth marketing, culture, retailing and social networking trends. He has appeared as a guest on TV networks including Fox Business, Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and he and Karmaloop.com have been featured in high-profile national print media such as USA Today, Entrepreneur and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. Greg has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post since early 2010.

In addition to his Master’s in Public Policy from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Selkoe holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Rollins College in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dharmesh Shah

 

 

 

 

 

Dharmesh Shah

Company: HubSpot

Dharmesh is the founder and CTO of HubSpot. HubSpot provides marketing software for small businesses. The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has raised over $50 million in venture capital, has over 5,000 customers

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Dharmesh is the founder and CTO of HubSpot. HubSpot provides marketing software for small businesses. The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has raised over $50 million in venture capital, has over 5,000 customers and 260 employees. Dharmesh is the co-author of "Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs" published by Wiley in October, 2009. The book has been one of the top 20 marketing books on Amazon for over a year. He also authors OnStartups.com, a popular startup blog with over 200,000 members in its online community. He is an active member of the Boston area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 20 startups and a frequent speaker on the topic of startups and internet marketing. Dharmesh has a B.S. in Computer Science from UAB and an M.S. in the Management of Technology from MIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niraj Shah

 

 

 

 

 

Niraj Shah

Company: Wayfair

Niraj Shah is the CEO and co-founder of Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores). Before Wayfair, Niraj was CEO and co-founder of Simplify Mobile

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Niraj Shah is the CEO and co-founder of Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores). Before Wayfair, Niraj was CEO and co-founder of Simplify Mobile, an enterprise software company which was sold in 2001. Prior to that, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Greylock Partners, COO and a member of the Board of Directors at iXL, a publicly traded global technology consulting firm, and the CEO and co-founder of Spinners, which was sold to iXL in 1998.

Niraj has been included in the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and has won the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Niraj is also on the board of the Massachusetts Innovation Technology Exchange. Niraj holds a BS from Cornell University, and lives in Boston, MA, with his wife and two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Simon

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Simon

Company: LogMeIn

Michael Simon has served as LogMeIn’s Chairman and CEO since its founding, and has grown the company from a single access product line used by thousands of users to a leading provider of essential cloud services

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Michael Simon has served as LogMeIn’s Chairman and CEO since its founding, and has grown the company from a single access product line used by thousands of users to a leading provider of essential cloud services used daily by millions people across the globe. After co-founding the company with Marton Anka in 2003, Simon pioneered the company’s signature freemium business model in 2004, and took LogMeIn public in 2009 – the first of two VC-backed IPOs in Massachusetts and one of eight nationally during the year.

In addition to leading LogMeIn’s day-to-day operations and long-term product and market strategy, Simon serves on the board of HubSpot, as well as the Graduate Studies Advisory Council at Notre Dame.

Prior to LogMeIn, Simon founded Uproar Inc., a publicly-traded provider of online game shows and interactive games, acquired by Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. in March 2001. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. from Washington University St. Louis, and a soft spot for athletic teams that sport an Irish motif.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Warner

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Warner

Company: Co-Flow Investing, LLC, Previews Company: Avid Technology

I love the process of starting and building great companies. In 1987 I started Avid Technology, Inc. We built a great product and a great team, and today Avid is the world leader in video, film, and music editing systems.

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I love the process of starting and building great companies. In 1987 I started Avid Technology, Inc. We built a great product and a great team, and today Avid is the world leader in video, film, and music editing systems.

In 1991 I started Wildfire Communications along with co-founders Nick d'Arbleloff, Rich Miner, and Tony Lovell. We built a ground-breaking speech-based electronic assistant that worked over the phone. Wildfire was sold to Orange, PLC in 2000. In 1999 I started FutureBoston which built advanced mapping tools that let you understand the story of a place by looking precisely aligned maps over time. This is now the Boston Atlas – a great online resource maintained by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. In 2002 I created a shared workspace called the Collaboration Space at Warner Research, in Cambridge, near Fresh Pond. I believe that shared workspaces are one key to creating the energy and relationships for startups. Now called the Brickyard Collaboration Space, it is run by the owner of the building.

Starting in 2004, and continuing to today, I began work on a book about "How to Build Your Startup From the Heart." This book is based on my experiences and on what I've learned from angel investing over the years.

In 2008, working with Tom Hopcroft and Heather Johnson at MassTLC, we created a new type of conference focused on helping early stage entrepreneurs. Called the MassTLC Innovation unConference, the most recent event sponsored 160 entrepreneurs and gathered over 600 people to help them.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Werth

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Werth

Company: PlumChoice

Ted Werth, a highly successful entrepreneur, has many years of experience in successfully leading and growing internet based service businesses

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Ted Werth, a highly successful entrepreneur, has many years of experience in successfully leading and growing internet based service businesses and is a pioneer in the technology services sector. Ted’s expertise and vision in internet business models, networking, engineering, business operations and entrepreneurship enable him to provide both a profitable business model for investors and market focused perspective for customers. He most recently founded PlumChoice, Inc. (www.plumchoice.com), a highly innovative technology enabled, services company. PlumChoice is a leader in premium technology services, and Ted led PlumChoice to market with its customer-centric, best-of-breed products and services, scaling the company to 750 employees and more than $50 million in revenue.

As founder of PlumChoice, Ted has emphasized the customer experience and critical business metrics, a strategy which led him to develop a world class technology platform and build a team that excels in customer service and technical expertise. PlumChoice has grown substantially, servicing both consumers and small businesses, with Ted as CEO and then Chairman. Prior to PlumChoice, Ted held senior management and operating roles with data networking companies such as Chipcom and 3-Com. He also led the creation and delivery of an online collaboration service and marketing portal for small businesses.

Frequently quoted in the media and the author of several patents, Ted remains the foremost expert in the technology services market. He has a BSEE from Lehigh University and an MBA from Northeastern University.