128ICG - Tough Love – Getting the Entrepreneur to Focus on the Business rather than the Idea

When: Thu February 14, 2013 7:30 am

Organization: 128 Innovation Capital Group

Location: IBM: North Entrance, 404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451

Website: http://www.128icg.org

Ben Littauer of Boston Harbor Angels

Tough Love – Getting the Entrepreneur to Focus on the Business rather than the Idea

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Ben Littauer is a business and technology management consultant with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT. Currently he spends his time as an active angel investor, member of Boston Harbor Angels, Walnut Venture Associates, and Launchpad Venture Group. In these various endeavors he works with young companies and often finds it necessary to engage in "TOUGH LOVE." As a mentor of exciting entrepreneurs, he helps them focus on the many different aspects of creating a successful enterprise, rather than spending all their time focusing on the original idea that was the reason they started their company. 

Ben is a mentor for Mass Challenge and The Capital Network, and is on the advisory board at TCN. Recently Mr. Littauer is a judge for Mass Challenge, MITX Innovation Awards, and various academic competitions.

Mr. Littauer was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he defined the architecture for PatientSite, a system that allows patients to communicate securely with their healthcare team and view their own medical records. He was a consultant to the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium on healthcare data security projects.

Mr. Littauer was co-founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software, the leading vendor of service-level management software for messaging and Internet applications. Baranof was sold to Tally Systems in 1997.

He has worked for Cisco Systems, Tumbleweed Communications, On Technology, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Lotus, and BBN. In addition he has worked with a number of startup ventures including LocaModa.com, Zion.com, and CafeAbroad.com. He has spoken at the Open Group, The New England HIPAA Workgroup, ISSA, and numerous other conferences and events. Mr. Littauer was also an analyst with Ferris Research and Baroudi Bloor International.

Guest Moderator:

Robert A. Adelson, Esq.
Engel & Schultz, LLP

Robert Adelson has been a corporate and tax attorney since 1977. He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D.and Law Review member, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation. Mr. Adelson is a partner at Engel & Schultz LLP, a 7-attorney general practice law firm in Boston’s financial district. His main work areas for startup / early stage businesses are Business formation and capitalization; Development of company stock, options and employee benefit plans; Shareholder agreements and cross sales; Trademarks, trade secrets and intellectual property protections; Software and product development and distribution contracts; Partnerships, Joint Ventures, spin-offs, Mergers and Acquisitions; Trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property protection and licensing; Estate and Succession planning and phantom stock arrangements for family business.