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Guy Kawasaki on Getting Your First Investment

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WPI, Campus Center, Worcester, MA


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SPECIAL Keynote Speaker: Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Apple, Best-selling Author

Topic: Getting Your First Investment, plus lots of time to answer YOUR questions

Moderators: Mitch Sanders, ECI Biotech, and Deirdre Sanders, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Ask the Experts – Discussion about what is needed for that first investment and questions from the audience:

Mark Solomon: Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
John Hession: Cooley, LLP
Brian Dingman: Dingman, McInnes & McLane, LLP
Rick Powell: Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli, P.C.
Michael Greeley: Foundation Medical Partners
John Redding: Capital Alliances LLC 


Registration & Networking
Guy Kawasaki virtual keynote
Q&A with Guy Kawasaki
Thank you to The Venture Forum Sponsors
Networking Break – Wine and Cheese Reception
Entrepreneur 1 Minute Elevator Pitch
Ask The Experts Panel

Questions for both Guy, and the panel of experts, will be generated in two ways. Some will be pulled from those submitted before the meeting, and then there will be an opportunity for live questions from the audience for both Guy and then the expert panel. If you would like to submit a question please email mitch.sanders@ecibiotech.com  and indicate to whom the question is directed.


Guy Kawasaki is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of twelve books including APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur and Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. He is a special advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple.
Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. His in-depth knowledge of the high-tech industry combined with his years of management experience enables him to address a wide range of audiences. He has spoken for organizations including Google, Nike, Audi, TEDx, Wal-Mart, Sprint, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Saturn, Stanford University, TIE, Calgary Flames, The Body Shop, MIT, Forbes, and Aveda.

Expert Panel

Brian Dingman, Partner, Dingman, McInnes & McLane

Brian is a registered patent attorney, founder of Dingman, McInnes & McLane and chair of the Firm's patent practice. He has more than 25 years of experience counseling clients in worldwide patent procurement and enforcement strategies. He also represents clients in patent infringement proceedings in federal courts throughout the United States. Brian is active in patent litigation matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He also counsels clients in pre-litigation strategies aimed at bolstering intellectual property assets, and prospectively resolving potential disputes. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1987 and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1988.

Michael Greely, General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners

Prior to joining Foundation, Michael served as founding general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital firm that managed nearly $600 million, where he led the firm’s healthcare investments. He also served on the board of International Data Group, Polaris Partners, Wasserstein Perella & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston. Michael is member of the Massachusetts Information Collaborative, the Partners Innovation Fund, Capital Innovation, and New England and National Venture Capital Associations. Recently named by the Boston Globe as the “Go-To” investor for life sciences, healthcare and medical devices and a Mass High Tech All-Star, Michael earned a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

John Hession, Senior Counsel, Cooley, LLP

John is a senior counsel in the Venture Capital Financings and Emerging Companies practice of Cooley LLP, a West Coast law firm which is a nationally recognized leader in financings, strategic alliances, acquisitions and public offerings of life science, medical device and technology companies. John helped found Cooley’s Boston office and was the former Managing Partner. John represents emerging-growth companies, principally in the medical device, life sciences, healthcare software, telecommunications and electronic commerce fields, as well as angels and venture capital funds in the investment process. John has been voted by Boston Magazine as “one of Boston’s best Start-up Company Lawyers,” and nominated in the 2004-2013 issues of Boston Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" and also “one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts.”

Rick Powell, CPA - Senior Vice President, Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli, P.C.

Rick has over 30 years of experience offering accounting, tax and advisory services to closely held businesses.  His clients range from start-ups to multi-national organizations.  He has volunteered as a coach and judge in business plan contests and has worked with several organizations in assisting them with formalizing their business plans.  Rick is Treasurer of The Venture Forum and Better Business Bureau of Central New England.  He is a member of the Finance Committee of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, VA.  He is also a board member of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.  In 2010, Rick was named to the transition team of the Massachusetts State Auditor-Elect.

John Redding, General Partner, Capital Alliances, LLC

John is a serial entrepreneur and has interests in hardware, software, systems, SaaS, Cloud, e-learning, telecomms, process control, clean energy, power electronics, security, water purification and medical devices. He has been a semi-finals judge at MIT’s $100k Business Plan Competition in the Mobile and Web/IT streams. He is also a mentor of international grad students. He is co-Chairman and Founder of Capital Alliances LLC for funding and InFedra.com for growing companies. He has an MSc EE/CS from MIT and a BSc EE/Math.

Mark Solomon, Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Mark, a past President of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), is an expert in the development and execution of effective patent prosecution strategies, as well as in intellectual property counseling, benefited by ten years of industry experience. He guides clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights in view of their business goals. Presently, Mark is the Co-Chair of the BPLA Invented Here! Committee, which works in conjunction with the Museum of Science, Boston, to identify and honor inventive New Englanders.


Deirdre Sanders, Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Deirdre has over 15 years of experience in strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and in intellectual property litigation and enforcement. She is dedicated to guiding clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights to achieve their business goals. Deirdre is a member of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) Board of Directors. She is also the immediate Past Chair for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venture Forum, and sits on the Board of the Boston Patent Law Association.

Mitch Sanders, CEO, ECI Biotech

Dr. Sanders is an expert in gene expression and protein biochemistry. He has a MS and Ph.D. from WPI with advance expertise gene expression and cell biology with postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute/MIT in protein biochemistry and microbial pathogenesis. Dr. Sanders is currently founder and CEO of ECI Biotech a peptide diagnostics company located in Worcester MA that is commercializing two blockbuster infection diagnostic products in 2014. He is also CEO and Cofounder of Lobstagen LLC in Groton CT, a company dedicated to replenishing Long Island Sound with temperature and disease resistant lobsters. He serves on several entrepreneurial boards and privately invests time and capital in local startups.


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