easy to hire just the people you know -- and sometimes they're the best
choice. But most of the time, to build a world class team you need a
world class search.
How can you do that as a small business on a small budget? These
startup veterans will show you how, in a format that begins as brief
lectures but ends with an interactive workshop where you can ask
questions and hone your skills in a supportive environment.
Learning how to find the right people to build your business, draw
investment, and inspire you to the next level could be a key to your
first company sold for $160,000,000. He was founder and CEO of Turbine,
Inc., where he built a team just on angel funding that got him a
distribution deal with Microsoft. That deal made the company, and
Turbine pioneered online video games with Asheron's Call, Lord of the
Rings Online, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. Now his new company,
Hard Data Factory, is based in the Boston Globe building and powers
their entrepreneur calendar. He manages a virtual team that spans 6
locations in 4 countries.
Johnny has a BA and an MBA from MIT, attended Brown and Harvard, and is an award-winning public speaker. See http://eventsinsider.com and http://harddatafactory.com/ .Rickland Powell
is both a recruiter and an entrepreneur. He has started or grown 16
companies, of which half have had big exits, so he knows what makes a
great team. He's had executive and board member roles at Turbine,
Sandstorm, Aware, and several other firms. When talent scouting VIPs in
his role as a recruiter, his success comes from transforming
acquaintances into real friends, thus understanding a corporation's
culture and making a far better match to the job seeker. A similar
approach leads him to maintain active relationships in the communities
of several colleges -- even to the point of joining and volunteering
for student organizations -- all the better to find job-hunting
graduating students and recent alumni. He also manages five rock bands.
is a serial entrepreneur and angel who can tell you exactly what
investors look for in a team. Howard founded Proteon, also known as
OpenRoute Networks, which was acquired by Netrix Corp in 1999, and
served as Chairman of the Board of UltraNet Communications, which was
acquired by RCN. He served as CEO and Director of Telco Systems, Inc.,
and on the boards of Marathon Technologies and Turbine. Howard has
served as the New England chapter chairman of the IEEE Communications
Society and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts
Network and Communication Council and its Chairman. He is currently a
Trustee Emeritus of the Mass. Technology Leadership Council. He also
serves as an Overseer on the Celebrity Series at The Museum of Science.
He has a BSEE and MSEE from MIT. See http://www.commonangels.com/members/howard-salwen/
Moderator: Melissa Mellen, CEO, Wild Angel Cozy Co., www.wildangelcozy.com
started her career as Marketing Manager at The Mellen Company, a high
temperature furnace manufacturing company she co-owned. For nine years
she chaired a regional chapter of the American Society of Materials
(ASM), and also chaired the ASM National Chapter Council, where she was
recognized for outstanding leadership and nominated to the Board of
Trustees. She then founded the Wild Angel Cozy Company, LLC, which
produces insulation for agricultural watering devices, specializing in
equine applications, and insulation solutions for shipping companies.
Melissa has personally designed and brought to production several popular products which are sold world-wide.