Harvard iLab - How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor

When: Tue November 06, 2012 6:00 pm

Organization: Harvard Innovation Lab

Location: Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02163

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4292537094

Getting the Best From/With Your Mentor with Richard Dale

There are more an more opportunities for young startups to be introduced to great mentors (and some not-so-great ones). Whether in a framework like the Harvard i-lab, or Techstars or Y-Combinator, mentorship is now more available than ever before. This presentation looks at how to get the best from those mentoring relationships, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some opportunities to embrace.

Richard Dale is Managing Director ofBig Data Boston Ventures, a new VC fund that invests in early stage big data companies. Richard’s proven leadership abilities combined with deep technical and operational expertise provide a platform to advise entrepreneurs in building solid technology companies. Richard is a well-regarded mentor to founders of early stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as other startups including many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge, and HealthBox Boston.

Previously Richard was a Principal at Sigma Partners and before that was a co-founder at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials which went public and later was sold to Oracle.  Prior to that Richard worked in a series of management and technical roles at leading technology startups in the Boston area.

Richard blogs at http://venturecyclist.blogspot.com