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Week of December 9 2012

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What happens when you realize that your initial target markets won't pan out? With a truly innovative product, how can you tell when it is ready to launch? How do you price your product or service when there isn't anything like it available in the market? How do you recruit a team that has both...
You've heard of the Shark Tank ... Welcome to the Piranha Pond! At the Piranha Pond, Entrepreneurs seeking funding have a 5-minute opportunity to convince a panel of Investors to give them the money. Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:30 - 10:00 AM IBM ...
 
 
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Designing for mobile users takes more than just shrinking your text size and reducing web site content. Mobile developers and designers need to understand the user, the context and how to effectively and enjoyably enable them to achieve their goal. Making a mobile design intuitive, simple...
 
Big Data in MotionThe open source framework Apache Hadoop has traditionally been used for batch oriented processing of very large data sets in a distributed environment, primarily in the context of analytics. As brands begin to focus more on how to reign in and leverage the vast data assets...
Fellow web entrepreneurs and VCs gather once a week in Cambridge, MA to grab some coffee, free WiFi, and chat about what's new. Around the world, tech entrepreneurs and investors are meeting regularly to drink coffee, network and hopefully do deals. No more of the old-school "please send us your...
 
 
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Do any of the following apply to you? You’re… An innovator, whether at a startup, small business, or enterprise companyTired of building and hoping they will comeReady to launch a disruptive startup but confused about where to beginDone reading The Lean Startup but still confused about how to put...
 
Join us December 11, 2012 for “Connecting Companies with Capital” at IBM Innovation Center in Waltham. This event will bring together venture capitalists, angel investors, industry experts, and the start-up community to nurture business growth and formation. This event is made possible through...
 Early stage ventures seeking investment need to know how to target, locate, approach and close with venture capitalists, angels and strategic investors. Through an interactive panel discussion with an entrepreneur and leading area entrepreneurs, attendees learn how to maximize their chances...
 
TechSandBox is a new tech innovation center opening in Metrowest. We are holding an open call for volunteers to join our committees and help steer the direction. Six dates have been organized so far for meetups. Come check us out. Registration info on http://www.techsandbox.org/calendar.html and...
Come meet Boston Startup School's Fall Class of 2012 as they graduate into the Boston tech community on December 14th from 9AM-12:30PMProduct DesignStudents in the Product Design track are focused on user centered design techniques - learning tools like contextual research, rapid ideation, front-...
 
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This Lunch and Learn is a practical guide for anyone who would like to start consulting but is struggling to find the framework for getting started.  We’ll talk about how to position yourself in the market, which clients to target, how to grow your practice in a sustainable way and the...
Is your start-up ready to transition from seed capital to venture capital? This limited seat luncheon will provide attendees with advice on how to appeal to venture capitalists now that your start-up is off the ground. Expert advice from professionals at Bingham McCutchen will cover...
 
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RSVP at http://www.efactor.com/topcrowd2#Join us for this FREE Webinar and get exclusive insights into crowdfuning from industry's top experts. In this webinar you will learn the unique strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of crowdfunding movement. Register early to secure your...
 
Negotiation Techniques  Sarah Reed, Charles River Ventures Saturday, December 15, 2012  1pm-4pm Have you ever had trouble getting what you want? Do you agonize over whether to ask and how to ask for what you want? These are questions that everyone has whether you are negotiating a term...
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New England is arguably the world’s most concentrated center of expertise in software, medicine, and healthcare. Now the region is leading the charge into a new era in which healthcare IT—and healthtech more broadly—become deeply integrated into everything from hospitals and doctors’...
 
 
 
 
 
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Open Office Hours 3PM-5PM: Have questions about your company’s social media marketing strategy? The Social Craft’s open office hours, held regularly on the first Wednesday of the month 3PM-5PM, are an opportunity for businesses to get technical or strategic advice on social media topics ranging...
Come mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs! Find serendipitous connections, meet VCs for office hours and attend E&I-focused events. www.vencaf.com Venture Cafe alpha is an invitational prototype, with invitations extended to the entrepreneurial, innovative and creative communities...
 
 
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Dr. Jill Wittels will be holding a roundtable discussion which will cover how major corporations, venture capital funds, private equity, and private wealth funds view acquisition prospects and the differences between them. Dr. Wittels has over 30 years of management, engineering and leadership...
 
 
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Don’t let the big billboards at our sports cathedrals fool you:  in Boston, beer is an incredibly entrepreneurial business.  With an estimated 1200 new breweries opening this year, the craft beer industry is on pace to expand by a third, and here in Boston, we’re in the thick of a...
So you want to learn to write apps for the iPhone and iPad?  Look no further!  This group is for both existing and wannabe iPhone developers to share in the learning process of writing great apps for the platform of the next decade. Looking for iPhone/iPad talent in the Boston area?...
 Want to learn the secrets of how to sell to higher education institutions? Come learn from John Hope, Director of Consultative Sales and Ben Rey, Associate of Consultative Sales at Eduventures, both of whom have extensive experience selling to this market. Eduventures as a whole has a...
 Come learn from Greg Schwanbeck, a high school Physics teacher, and Ben Courchesne, a high school English teacher, about what technologies they are currently using in their classrooms (hint: many), how they evaluate new technology before incorporating it into their curriculum, and...
When you have a great business idea, you’ll need money to get it off and running. Funding will help you with product development, personnel, and office space—but how do you get your hands on that money? Nick Ducoff, VP of Content at Boundless, will walk you through the processes of securing funding...
December 13th featuring Phil Beauregard, CEO of Objective Logistics, who will give his perspective on entrepreneurship on the South Coast and advice for entrepreneurs The event begins at 5:30 p.m., at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall...
Ideastorm is a high energy, lightly structured brainstorming event that connects entrepreneurs. This week’s challenge question is called Holidays 2.0. Holiday shopping is tedious, expensive, and stressful. What products or services can we create to make it easier to get gifts for friends and...
 
 
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Product Management 101 and the Search for Product-Market Fit Instructor: Jeff Bussgang  Startup product management is both an art and a science. The class will cover best practices in product management as well as tactics to achieve product-market fit.  You'll Learn: The skills...
Come and hangout with other android enthusiasts. All skill levels welcome. Just getting started and need help setting up your environment? Come and we can help you out. Trying to start writing an app and need some advice. that's cool too. Just want to come and chat with other people about...
Eric Prud'hommeaux, W3C, will discuss the Linked Data Platform that is currently being standardized within the W3C to facilitate the use of semantic web technology for building applications that make use of semantic web technology and Linked Data principles.  If the audience is feeling...
 UXPA Boston is pleased to invite you to our December monthly meeting at. Please RSVP - some of our hosts will not admit attendees not on the list due to security reasons. Due to security regulations, you must arrive prior to 7 pm to be admitted to this event. User Research on the Cheap:...
Our December program combines the best of both worlds: (1) interesting insights from both emerging and established entrepreneurial ventures in the MetroWest/ Worcester area and (2) engaging, productive networking – perfect for the holiday season! The program will consist of a brief pitch and...
We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. As we step further down the path of responsive design we begin to expose new and exciting problems, which help define the future of user experience on the Web. Problems centering around asset management (like images) have...
 When it comes to startups, SVB's Dan Allred has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here's the deal - it's all about the numbers. Many entrepreneurs bite of more than they can chew with sophisticated business models. Others drown in vanity metrics. In this class, Dan will take you...
Join the NSTC for our annual “Meet-Mingle & Jingle” Holiday event at the lovely Tupper Manor - Wylie Inn and Conference Center, on the grounds of Endicott College in Beverly Farms. Meet new people and reconnect with old friends.
Mass Innovation Nights is a monthly product launch party designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product...
Larry Ullman at Boston PHP! If you're a web developer using PHP, there is a good chance that you own or have read one of Larry Ullman's books. He's the author of over 23 books including the one Boston PHP uses for our Percolate! self study program. We're excited to have Larry join us as a...
 Even if content strategy isn’t your job, content’s probably your problem--and probably more than you think. If you have a message to deliver and want it to ring true for your target audience, there's a lot to consider. You can deliver that message through various channels and content...
 In this class, we'll look at the exciting and brand new web technologies Mozilla, Opera, and Google are working on right now which will literally transform the web in 2013. From face recognition, to image and audio processing, to webAPIs we'll show you demos and capabilities of the latest...
When your application runs in the Windows Azure cloud, how do you understand what you have in the cloud - and when something goes wrong, how do you diagnose it? In this talk, Todd Mancini of Microsoft will help you understand how to answer these challenging questions, which fall into the...
Free entry!  Find Boomer is hosting a Networking session for Tech / SaaS / Cloud focused Start-Ups at Julep Bar on Thursday 13th of December from 6.30pm - 9pm.This networking session is for Start-Ups in these industries:- Cloud, App Development, Big Data, Internet, Web Development, Software,...
 
 
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This meeting's topic is "Elastic Database Scalability: Making your MySQL data tier flexible and adaptable to system demand with ParElastic" by Amrith Kumar, CTO of ParElastic.   Abstract: Conventionally relational databases are inflexible and application developers are required to configure...
Sencha GXT is a JavaScript front end that is written in java but compiled to JavaScript. It is built on the google get framework and has solid server communications protocols such as asynchronous call as well as RPC. However instead of using the get front end library it has it own rich UI...
Boston Globe Innovation Economy columnist Scott Kirsner curates and hosts this evening featuring some of the world’s top innovators in robotics and bionics. Featuring: Colin Angle, Co-Founder & CEO, iRobot Hugh Herr, Founder and CTO, iWalk Charles Grinnell, CEO, Harvest Automation...
Writing Your First Android App Morgan Bickle, Co-founder and CTO of Kinvey Tuesday, December 11th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Thinking of launching an app in Android? This intermediate-level class will walk students through the process of building an Android app that goes a few steps beyond "Hello...
 
  Are you at a large company that wants to get involved with Data Science? Are you at a startup this is looking to build or sell analytic offerings? Are you a researcher who is interested in working with tech companies as a Data Scientist? This session is for you! Student Takeaways:...
 
 
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