When: Tue September 02, 2014 5:00 pm

Organization: Boston ENET

Location: Constant Contact, 3rd Floor, The Great Room 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA


Real stories of Entrepreneurial challenges, surprises, disappointments, victories and triumph.  Learn from the experts:  founders who have had the courage and tenacity to step out on their own, and navigate the rough waters of the unknown.  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or if you are already a company founder, learn from those who have gone before you.  What they have experienced may help you avoid a pitfall or two, and accelerate your own company's progress.  Why reinvent the wheel when others willingly share their wisdom?  A question and answer session follows the presentation, and panelists are available afterwards for responses to individual questions.

We have three excellent speakers for that evening, all serial entrepreneurs with successful exits in the consumer, high tech and life sciences fields.  One of our three entrepreneur speakers has authored a well known book on entreprneurship, one is also a senior lecturer on entrprneurship at Harvard Business School and one also works as a principal and investor in a major Boston venture capital firm.  Our moderator is one of “Boston’s 20 top startup lawyers”  and ENET chairman.



Janet J. Kraus, CEO, Peach,, a women’s intimate apparel company,  and  Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. A Yale graduate and two time business founder, with two successful exits, Janet has been involved in every stage of the entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.   In 1997, Janet co-founded Circles, a concierge and events company which grew to be a $60 million company, with nearly 1000 consultants, before being  sold to Sodexo in October 2007.  After Circles, Janet led Spire, a company designed to create social resource sharing platforms specializing in travel and leisure. Janet sold Spire to Perfect Escapes in 2010.  Janet is a recipient of Boston's 40 under 40 and was a finalist of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Circles was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce. Janet sits on advisory boards of six start-up companies and The Capital Network (TCN).


Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Ph.D,  is New Ventures Principal at Flagship Ventures, where he focuses on inventing technologies and starting breakthrough companies within Flagship VentureLabs.  As one experienced in start-up founding, leadership, serial entrepreneurship, Geoff is an Inventor, founder and entrepreneur of breakthrough life science and sustainability ventures that help address global challenges, create large markets, and provide significant value to society. He is a founder of the companies Symbiota, Seres Health, Pronutria, Sienna Labs, Nanopartz, and others, and has served as President at Symbiota, Chief Technology Officer at Seres Health, and VP Product Discovery at Pronutria.  In Seres Health, Geoff led the discovery of the first clinically-validated microbiome therapeutic, and the build-out of its discovery platform. In Pronutria, Geoff built the first platform to discover a new class of therapeutic proteins that deliver tailored amino acid combinations to treat a variety of muscle and metabolic diseases. He has been named an inventor on over 100 patents and applications and received more than 20 awards and honors for entrepreneurship and innovation, including the prestigious Lemelson-MIT student prize. He was awarded a Ph.D. from MIT; a M.S. from UCSD; and a S.B. from MIT.


Bernd Schoner, VP Business Development, ThingMagic Division, Trimble Navigation  is the author of the The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide:  How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success (McGraw-Hill, May 2014). In his book Bernd provides the reader with a complete life cycle guide to technology entrepreneurship and tells the story of ThingMagic, the tech startup he cofounded after graduating from MIT the dot-com bust, navigated through market crises and internal turmoil, and the global financial meltdown intact, and eventually sold it to a multibillion-dollar, multinational public technology company ( During his time at ThingMagic Bernd served in various positions including Managing Partner of ThingMagic LLC where he managed the operations including customer acquisition, customer management, and technical operations,and later President of ThingMagic Inc. where he was at various times responsible for engineering, development, manufacturing, international sales, key account sales, and business development.. Bernd holds masters degrees in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen and in industrial engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris. He earned his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory in 2000.  


Robert Adelson, business and tax attorney and partner at the Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP (  ), and Chairman of IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network.  Rob has been an attorney for over 30 years specialized in business, tax, stock and options, employment, contracts, financings, trademarks and intellectual property.  Rob began as an associate at major New York City  law firms before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining his present firm in 2004.  Rob represents entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies, independent contractors and employees and executives.    Rob is a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and other publications. He has been named among the “Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers” by, a website that provides tools for entrepreneurs. Rob has been on the ENET Board since 2002 and Chairman since 2009 and is also a Co-Founder and Board member of the 128 Innovation Capital Group. He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University,  LL.M. in Taxation.



Andrew Snyder, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Targanox, Inc., a Cambridge, MA startup biotechnology company focused on discovering targeted therapeutics to offset the effects of reactive oxygen species.  As part of the initial startup team, Andy was responsible for setting up the biology laboratory, co-developing the proteomics platform and conducting screening assays to identifying targets and inhibitors.  Andy completed his post-doctoral training in cancer biology at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA and was a NRSA NIH/NCI individual award recipient.  Andy holds a Ph.D. (Molecular and Cell Biology) and a M.S. degree (Environmental Molecular Biology) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Andy began volunteering with ENET in 2014.

Our regular, first-Tuesday-of-the-month events are free to members and $20. to non-members. Venues and pricing for special events, such as the July Boston Harbor Cruise, are posted separately.
Time and Location(s): 

Pre-meeting Self-pay Dinner:

5:15 PM
Bertucci's Restaurant
475 Winter St., Waltham, MA (exit 27B off Route 128)

This is a "pay-as-you-go" dinner


Meeting & Presentation

7:00 - 10:00PM


Constant Contact, 3rd Floor, The Great Room

1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA

(From the north: Exit 28 off Route 128 / I95 onto Trapelo Rd. Take first right into driveway)

(From the south: Exit 28B off Route 128/I95 onto Trapelo Rd. Cross over highway, take first right after interchange)

Once in the complex, head back toward the highway, turn left, and park in front of the building. Entrance is below the large clock that faces the highway.

Public Transportation Option

For those who wish to attend the ENET Waltham meeting via public transportation, there is an option available to arrive at the meeting.

There is a shuttle bus service by the private 128 Business Council from Alewife subway station on the MBTA Red Line to 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham.   You would need to arrive at the bus stop at 525pm.  You want bus #142 for the Alewife (AWF) – Route A.  This bus leave Alewife at 530pm and reaches 1601 Trapelo Road at 623pm.  The one-way fare is $5.00 for this private shuttle ride.

The last shuttle from 1601 Trapelo Road back to Alewife leaves at 725pm.  So assuming you stay for the full ENET meeting which typically ends 930pm you will have to find a ride back or call a taxi to take you back to Alewife station.

For more information on the shuttle service, go to

No reservations are needed for the dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.