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David J. Powsner, Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes, Mark Thirman

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David J. Powsner, Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes, Mark Thirman

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Business topics of interest to software and other high technology start-ups.

Latest Episodes

Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law

Sanjay Manandhar, Mark Thirman and David Powsner discuss an upcoming program, to be hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Circle, on February 28, 2013, on the topic "Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law."

29 min2013 FEB 8
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Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law

Big Data is Not Just For Big Business

In this session, we are pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion BIG DATA offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group in connection with the Tufts University. The panel discussion was held on October 25, 2012, on the Tufts campus in Medford, Massachusetts Our panelists were David Dietrich and Jeanne Hopkins. David is advisory technical education consultant on big data and data science for EMC Corporation, where he recently co-developed that company's first course in those areass. David has been involved with data analytics for nearly 20 years. Prior to taking on his current role at EMC, he managed a line of analytical software products for regulating the US banking industry, and developed Software-as-a-Service and Business-Intelligence-as-a-Service offerings. He’s worked with many Fortune 500 companies, and collaborated with the U.S. Federal Reserve to develop predictive models for monitoring mortgage portfolios. Jeanne Hopki...

87 min2013 JAN 3
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Big Data is Not Just For Big Business

Angel Funding for Startups

EExcerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum in a Get Smart programentitled "Angel Investing. It's Right for Many Startups. Is it Right for Yours?" The program washosted by Nutter, McClennen and Fish, LLP, a Boston-based law firm with corporate, litigation and IP practice, and was held on October 30, 2012, at the law firm's Louis Brandeis conference center, in downtown Boston. Panelists were from Boston Harbor Angels, a Boston-based angel investing group made up ofbusiness leaders who invest in high-growth, early-stage companies. Since 2004 the group hasmade investments in companies in medical devices, IT, consumer products, business products, specialty materials, Internet, aviation, etc. In the session, you'll hear fromMic Williams, the founder and president of Boston Harbor Angels. He has been an investor for over 34 years, with investments ranging from commercial real estate to manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television ent...

135 min2012 DEC 17
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Angel Funding for Startups

Social Media for the Startup

A panel discussion on using social media for marketing the start up business, excerpted from a program offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group in connection with the Babson College Olin Graduate School of Management. The panel discussion was held on September 27, 2012, at Babson's downtown Boston campus. Panelists were Todd Van Hoosear, principle of Fresh Ground, a Boston-based Public Relations and Social Media Firm, and Matthew Growney, founder and CEO of Isabella Products, a mobile Internet device and services company focusing on consumer-products. There is more information on the program and panelists at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/software-sig-event-%E2%80%A8state-of-the-art-social-media-and-business-four-years-on/ The moderator for the program was Shirish Ranjit, a recovered entrepreneur and now software developer with the MIT Lincoln labs. Organizers for the program, in addition to Shirish, were Mark Thirman, former foun...

80 min2012 DEC 11
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Social Media for the Startup

Turning a Passion into a Business

In this session, we focus on turning a passion into a business. Our guests are Randall Levere owner and founder of Erba Cycles, Nadeem Mazen co-founder and co-owner of danger!awesome and the CEO of NimbleBot.com, and Arthur Ganson, a sculptor. Joining in the discussion were Shirish Ranjit, a former entrepreneur and now software developer with MIT Lincoln labs, Mark Thirman, director of partnerships with Vodafone and former cofounder of AirPring Networks, Sanjay Manandhar, CEO of Aerva Inc, and Dave Powsner, a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP Nadeem Mazen, Co-Founder/Co-Owner, danger!awesome, CEO, NimbleBot.com Nadeem has had the good fortune to work professionally along many of his passions: he has led education teams in innovative research, directed award-winning viral music videos, created commercial animations, programmed software, and generated digital and interactive media for Discovery, Showtime, and CNN. His next venture brings a...

95 min2012 JUL 18
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Turning a Passion into a Business

Working With Accountants

A conversation with Jeffrey Solomon and Sanjay Manandhar about working with accountants. Jeff is managing shareholder at Katz, Nannis and Solomon, based in Needham Massachusetts. A certified public accountant and a certified valuation analyst, Jeff heads up his firm's technology and emerging companies practice group. His expertise includes advising computer software and high technology companies. Sanjay Manandhar is the Founder & CEO of Aerva, a Boston-based start-up that develops platforms and applications for delivery of content on networked digital displays.Also in the conversation: Mark Thirman, a director of partnerships with Vodafone and former CEO of the high-tech startup AirPrint Networks, and David Powsner a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen and Fish, LLP. Disclaimer: This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice either on matters of law or on matters of accounting. If you have questions in...

66 min2012 JUL 3
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Working With Accountants

Insurance for the High Tech Startup

A conversation with Matthew Field, managing partner at EBS Capstone, an insurance provider based in Newton Massachusetts. Matt, a former tech entrepreneur himself, has built a career working with emerging and middle market companies on all aspects of insurance from property insurance to directors and officers insurance. Matt is interviewed by Mark Thirman, a director of parterships with Vodafone and former CEO of the high-tech startup AirPrint Networks, and Dave Powsner a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen and Fish, LLP. Download a rough transcript at Transcript A disclaimer ... The comments in this podcast are for informational purposes only. They are not professional advice on matters of law or insurance. If you have questions in those areas, consult your lawyer or insurance agent to discuss specific facts or circumstances. Finally, according to the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the material here may be considered advertising.

77 min2012 JUN 20
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Insurance for the High Tech Startup

Startup Algebra - Part 7 - Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

A seventh in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses. This session focusses on boards of directors and advisors. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and David Powsner. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelists Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon), Mark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks), andBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC) in respon t...

16 min2012 MAY 29
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Startup Algebra - Part 7 - Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

Startup Algebra - Part 6 - Compensation for Outside CEOs

A sixth in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses and, particularly, on compensation for outside CEOs. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and me. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelists Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon), Mark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks), andBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC) in respon to questions posed by...

14 min2012 MAY 22
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Startup Algebra - Part 6 - Compensation for Outside CEOs

Startup Algebra - Part 5 - More on Compensation for Early Team Members

A fifth in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses and, particularly, on compensation for early team members. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and me. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelistsBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC), Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon) andMark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks) to questions on compensatio...

12 min2012 MAY 14
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Startup Algebra - Part 5 - More on Compensation for Early Team Members

Latest Episodes

Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law

Sanjay Manandhar, Mark Thirman and David Powsner discuss an upcoming program, to be hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Circle, on February 28, 2013, on the topic "Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law."

29 min2013 FEB 8
Comments
Businesses that Push the Boundaries of the Law

Big Data is Not Just For Big Business

In this session, we are pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion BIG DATA offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group in connection with the Tufts University. The panel discussion was held on October 25, 2012, on the Tufts campus in Medford, Massachusetts Our panelists were David Dietrich and Jeanne Hopkins. David is advisory technical education consultant on big data and data science for EMC Corporation, where he recently co-developed that company's first course in those areass. David has been involved with data analytics for nearly 20 years. Prior to taking on his current role at EMC, he managed a line of analytical software products for regulating the US banking industry, and developed Software-as-a-Service and Business-Intelligence-as-a-Service offerings. He’s worked with many Fortune 500 companies, and collaborated with the U.S. Federal Reserve to develop predictive models for monitoring mortgage portfolios. Jeanne Hopki...

87 min2013 JAN 3
Comments
Big Data is Not Just For Big Business

Angel Funding for Startups

EExcerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum in a Get Smart programentitled "Angel Investing. It's Right for Many Startups. Is it Right for Yours?" The program washosted by Nutter, McClennen and Fish, LLP, a Boston-based law firm with corporate, litigation and IP practice, and was held on October 30, 2012, at the law firm's Louis Brandeis conference center, in downtown Boston. Panelists were from Boston Harbor Angels, a Boston-based angel investing group made up ofbusiness leaders who invest in high-growth, early-stage companies. Since 2004 the group hasmade investments in companies in medical devices, IT, consumer products, business products, specialty materials, Internet, aviation, etc. In the session, you'll hear fromMic Williams, the founder and president of Boston Harbor Angels. He has been an investor for over 34 years, with investments ranging from commercial real estate to manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television ent...

135 min2012 DEC 17
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Angel Funding for Startups

Social Media for the Startup

A panel discussion on using social media for marketing the start up business, excerpted from a program offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group in connection with the Babson College Olin Graduate School of Management. The panel discussion was held on September 27, 2012, at Babson's downtown Boston campus. Panelists were Todd Van Hoosear, principle of Fresh Ground, a Boston-based Public Relations and Social Media Firm, and Matthew Growney, founder and CEO of Isabella Products, a mobile Internet device and services company focusing on consumer-products. There is more information on the program and panelists at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/software-sig-event-%E2%80%A8state-of-the-art-social-media-and-business-four-years-on/ The moderator for the program was Shirish Ranjit, a recovered entrepreneur and now software developer with the MIT Lincoln labs. Organizers for the program, in addition to Shirish, were Mark Thirman, former foun...

80 min2012 DEC 11
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Social Media for the Startup

Turning a Passion into a Business

In this session, we focus on turning a passion into a business. Our guests are Randall Levere owner and founder of Erba Cycles, Nadeem Mazen co-founder and co-owner of danger!awesome and the CEO of NimbleBot.com, and Arthur Ganson, a sculptor. Joining in the discussion were Shirish Ranjit, a former entrepreneur and now software developer with MIT Lincoln labs, Mark Thirman, director of partnerships with Vodafone and former cofounder of AirPring Networks, Sanjay Manandhar, CEO of Aerva Inc, and Dave Powsner, a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP Nadeem Mazen, Co-Founder/Co-Owner, danger!awesome, CEO, NimbleBot.com Nadeem has had the good fortune to work professionally along many of his passions: he has led education teams in innovative research, directed award-winning viral music videos, created commercial animations, programmed software, and generated digital and interactive media for Discovery, Showtime, and CNN. His next venture brings a...

95 min2012 JUL 18
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Turning a Passion into a Business

Working With Accountants

A conversation with Jeffrey Solomon and Sanjay Manandhar about working with accountants. Jeff is managing shareholder at Katz, Nannis and Solomon, based in Needham Massachusetts. A certified public accountant and a certified valuation analyst, Jeff heads up his firm's technology and emerging companies practice group. His expertise includes advising computer software and high technology companies. Sanjay Manandhar is the Founder & CEO of Aerva, a Boston-based start-up that develops platforms and applications for delivery of content on networked digital displays.Also in the conversation: Mark Thirman, a director of partnerships with Vodafone and former CEO of the high-tech startup AirPrint Networks, and David Powsner a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen and Fish, LLP. Disclaimer: This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice either on matters of law or on matters of accounting. If you have questions in...

66 min2012 JUL 3
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Working With Accountants

Insurance for the High Tech Startup

A conversation with Matthew Field, managing partner at EBS Capstone, an insurance provider based in Newton Massachusetts. Matt, a former tech entrepreneur himself, has built a career working with emerging and middle market companies on all aspects of insurance from property insurance to directors and officers insurance. Matt is interviewed by Mark Thirman, a director of parterships with Vodafone and former CEO of the high-tech startup AirPrint Networks, and Dave Powsner a patent lawyer and partner with the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen and Fish, LLP. Download a rough transcript at Transcript A disclaimer ... The comments in this podcast are for informational purposes only. They are not professional advice on matters of law or insurance. If you have questions in those areas, consult your lawyer or insurance agent to discuss specific facts or circumstances. Finally, according to the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the material here may be considered advertising.

77 min2012 JUN 20
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Insurance for the High Tech Startup

Startup Algebra - Part 7 - Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

A seventh in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses. This session focusses on boards of directors and advisors. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and David Powsner. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelists Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon), Mark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks), andBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC) in respon t...

16 min2012 MAY 29
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Startup Algebra - Part 7 - Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

Startup Algebra - Part 6 - Compensation for Outside CEOs

A sixth in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses and, particularly, on compensation for outside CEOs. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and me. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelists Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon), Mark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks), andBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC) in respon to questions posed by...

14 min2012 MAY 22
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Startup Algebra - Part 6 - Compensation for Outside CEOs

Startup Algebra - Part 5 - More on Compensation for Early Team Members

A fifth in our series of discussions on "StartUp Algebra," that is, on the mathematics of start up high tech businesses and, particularly, on compensation for early team members. For this, we are again pleased to present excerpts of a recent panel discussion offered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Software Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, on April 19, 2012 . The program was organized by Shirish Ranjit, Sanjay Manandhar, Chris Deschenes and me. Chris also served as the moderator. You can read more about the program, the Software Entrepreneurship special interest group and the forum itself at www.MITforumCambridge.org. The excerpts in this podcast are remarks made by panelistsBrad Rosen (Founder of Mobile device app companies Drync and Colorstripe LLC), Carm Huntress (Co-Founder of Cardvio, a web start up for greeting cards, and a chief Technology Officer of web companies Reef Partners and Audiogon) andMark Thirman (founder and CEO of Airprint Networks) to questions on compensatio...

12 min2012 MAY 14
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Startup Algebra - Part 5 - More on Compensation for Early Team Members
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