• Bootcamp I: October, 2010 – Cambridge

    Our October, 2010 Bootcamp I was a huge success! We had over 100 people travel both near and far to attend our inaugural event hosted by Cambridge Innovators and sponsored by Boston Private Bank & Trust Company and GesmerUpdegrove.

    Our diverse group of speakers and panelists covered a wide variety of topics geared towards start-up and growth stage companies.  Overall, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our participants.  They found the event to be informative and relevant, as well as a fun and resourceful way to network and connect with other successful professionals and entrepreneurs.


    Finance & Administration Breakout Sessions:

    1. Is Growth Killing Your Company? The Importance of Cash Conversion in the Growing Enterprise. Jonathan Iannacone, Evan CassidyVerge Advisors
    2. Building the Ideal Finance Team: The fundamentals of a solid finance function, choosing the team and more. Bob Dudley, Venture Advisors
    3. Business Plan versus Executive Summary: How to clearly present your business opportunity to investors in a concise manner, Robert Glazer, Acceleration Partners
    4. Business Growth & Risk Management:  Proactive Steps and Pitfalls to Avoid:  Time and resource saving steps to avoid common oversights and minimize unnecessary risk as your business grows. Charlie Popkin, Longwood Associates

    Strategy & Marketing Breakout Sessions:

    1. How Great Web Design Influences the Bottom Line: Tactics and case studies for getting results from your website.
      Richard Banfield
      Fresh Tilled Soil
    2. Going Social -Employing Social Media in Your Networking: Maximize your time spent and deciphering the opportunities that are out there.
      Victoria Nessen Kohlasch, Nessen Kohlasch & Associates, Inc.
    3. Getting Your Business Found in Google: What is Search Engine Optomization (SEO), how does it work for your business and how do you best measure your return on investment.
      Robert GlazerAcceleration Partners
    4. PR: Money-Pit or Brand-Builder: Seven questions to ask before taking the plunge.     
      Amy Bermar
      , Corporate Ink

    Legal & Risk Management Breakout Sessions:

    1. Choice of Entity: Positioning Your Company for Success: Key factors include avoiding liability, attracting and incentivizing team members, and raising funds from investors, at all stages of growth. Larry Gennari, Gennari Aronson
    2. Top 10 Things Every Business Should Know About Intellectual Property:
      Erik Heels
      , Clocktower Law Group
    3. Privacy Law Compliance – Blunders, Bungles and Bloopers: Review real life privacy disasters. Learn how to not end up like these guys.
      Colin Coleman
      , Innovative Business Law Group
    4. Angels, Venture and Alternative Funding Sources For Your Business: Learn about types of capital, fundamental of a term sheet and how to be ready to accept it when offered.
      Karin Gregory, Furman Gregory Deptula

    Management & HR Breakout Sessions:

    1. Managing a Virtual Team: The Trials and Tribulations of managing a virtual team – How to build a cohesive organization without boundaries. 
      Steve Schultz
      Supporting Strategies
    2. Dotting the I’s & Crossing the T’s: The Nuts and Bolts of HR for the small company.
      Amy Scannell, Insight Performance
    3. Hiring Amazing Talent: Learn how to attract the best talent to your organization refinine your interview process, and closing your top prospects. 
      David Hayes
      , Hire Minds
    4. Employee Benefits and Payroll Compliance for Startups. What every company needs to know to recruit and retain talent and keep up with the changing state and federal laws.
      Bruce Crohn
      & Rich Testa, ADP
    5. An Entrepreneur’s Advice for Success – 10 Lessons Learned: Sit with an entrepreneur who has built tech companies and will offer valuable advice from real-life failures and successes.
      Steve Snyder, Gesmer Updegrove


    Meeting Capital Needs at Any Stage: Representatives from early stage venture, private equity and small business lending communities spoke about what they look for at each stage and what can make a business stand out or get shut out at each level. Open Q&A followed.

    Moderator: Larry Gennari: Partner, Gennari Aronson

    Panelists: James Rich: Partner, Gemini Investors, Jim Brown: Exec Vice President, Boston Private Bank & Trust , Jason Henrichs: COO, PerkStreet. Matthew Witheileir: Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners