MIT Enterprise Forum - Innovation Series Event: New Year’s Resolutions for Startup Founders: What Not To Do in 2013 with Katie Rae and Jean Hammond

When: Wed January 09, 2013 5:30 pm

Organization: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Location: MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139

Speaker(s): Jean Hammond, Entrepreneur and Investor & Katie Rae, Managing Director, TechStars Boston


Failure.  Such a word.  But every entrepreneur or entrepreneurial venture is going to fail or experience a crisis – at something and sometime.  Recovering from mistakes, surviving crises, and learning from failure are requisite skills for successful entrepreneurs.  And although each entrepreneur’s experience is unique, many common mistakes, crises, and failure patterns are also totally avoidable if you know what you’re looking for.

Two of the top angels in the area, Jean Hammond and Katie Rae, have seen and weathered many mistakes throughout their years in the entrepreneurial community, and have spent several of the last years mentoring and guiding founders through the minefields of building a viable company.  Join us for a candid conversation about what they have seen and learned, and the insights that are applicable to anyone involved in a startup.

Katie Rae is the Managing Director of TechStars in Boston, and is also a founder of Project 11, a firm that invests in and assists early-stage startups.   Katie specializes in rapid product development and customer growth strategies for Internet businesses that scale.


 Jean Hammond, Entrepreneur and Investor
Jean is a successful serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the high-tech industry. She is an investor and member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group.