MIT Enterprise Forum - Innovation Series Event: Successful Exits: Practical Tips for Entrepreneurs

When: Wed February 13, 2013 5:30 pm

Organization: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Location: MIT EG&G Education Center, 34-101, 34-101 50 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139

Speaker(s): Bob Davis, General Partner at Highland Capital Partners; Brook Colangelo, SVP/CIO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Katherine Hays, CEO, GenArts; Maura FitzGerald, CEO, Version2Communications; Kent Plunkett, CEO, Skytec Group


Bob Davis, General Partner,  Highland Capital Partners, Moderates Panel of Co-Founders, CEOs and CIOs with Practical Advice for Entrepreneurs

Success.  The Big Dance.  Whether it’s a liquidity event such as an IPO, or a lucrative company sale, successfully of launching a new product or pursuing a company turnaround, most of us are motivated to achieve it and if possible, repeat it.   Success stimulates the same reward centers in the brain as food and sex so we’re programmed to go get it.  For most of us, success stems from preparation, practice, and persistence, but along the way there are valuable principles that if applied can increase the probability of successful outcomes.

February’s panel focuses on practical tips from local experts, founders and CEOs who will speak about the key actions that led to their successful outcomes.  Moderated by Bob Davis, General Partner , Highland Capital and former CEO of Terra Lycos, the panel will discuss a range of critical success factors and how each panelist applied them to achieve their goals.  Join us for insights on what worked for three serial entrepreneurs and turnaround experts:  Katherine Hays, who created a new advertising medium and network  and sold to Microsoft, Kent Plunkett, who founded an  human resources software as service start-up and led it to a successful IPO; Maura FitzGerald, who developed a brand in the PR service area and sold to a global advertising agency; and Brook Colangelo, SVP and CIO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and former CIO for the Executive Office of the President (EOP).   Although each experience is unique, there are common denominators and patterns of successful behavior that you can borrow, emulate and use to map your path to your desired outcome for your start-up, company or future venture.


Bob_Davis-headshotBob Davis, General Partner at Highland Capital Partners


brook colangelo_edt28Brook Colangelo, SVP/CIO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and former CIO for Executive Office of the White House

Katherine HaysKatherine Hays, CEO, GenArts and co-Founder of Massive, sold to Microsoft

maura fitzgeraldMaura FitzGerald, CEO, Version2Communications and co-founder of  FitzGerald Communications, sold to to Omnicom Corp

Kent PlunkettKent PlunkettCEO, Skytec Group, Former CEO of,  IPO and subsequently sold to Kenexa