It’s the city where Facebook and Dropbox were born. It’s a city with top universities like Harvard and MIT, and one of the highest rates of venture capital investment in tech companies. It’s also the city where, in 2011, a StartOut chapter was established. Boston is brimming with entrepreneurial activity, as many startup founders have strategically chosen this urban gem for their home.
While frequently overshadowed by well-known hubs like San Francisco or New York, large groups of tech startups flock to centralized areas like Kendall Square and the Innovation District, infusing the city with a high level of entrepreneurial activity. Directly tied to Boston’s vibrant startup ecosystem is the thriving financial and educational institutions the historic city has to offer.
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Programming Board Chair
James Lopata, co-founder of innerOvation™ LLC, is an entrepreneurial coach and consultant. He provides leadership solutions for results-driven pros at startups large and small. He holds degrees from Miami and Harvard Universities. He’s also a Zen meditation geek.
Programming Board Chair
Kevin Aries is a technology professional bringing new, startup products to market. Recent products hail from hyper-growth companies in Hungary, Czech Republic and Ireland. An active Boston-native, Kevin can be found running through Boston’s Castle Island or with family in the suburbs.
Daniel Heller founded The Welcoming Committee, an LGBT events and travel company. Daniel has a background in strategy consulting, product management, and LGBT rights and holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Joe Martinez is a corporate partner at the law firm Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. He works with entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, and emerging companies from formation through liquidity event and is active in the Greater Boston venture capital community.
Mike Schultz is a business law associate in the Boston office of Foley & Lardner LLP. In his practice, Mike counsels both start-up and established businesses on a wide range of day-to-day legal and business issues, including corporate formation, angel and venture capital financings, private placements of securities, and initial public offerings. He also counsels clients in connection with various strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, business unit divestitures and subsidiary dispositions. Mike is a member of Foley’s Private Equity, Venture Capital and Transactional Securities practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Emerging Technology industry team. Mike is a graduate of Michigan Law School, with a Masters in Accounting and Bachelors degree in Business Administration, both from the Ross School of Business at the Universit y of Michigan.
Sean Horrigan is the founder of PR Guy, a contemporary consultancy that helps small to midsize business owners grow and prosper through powerful PR, strategic social media and better branding. Sean holds a M.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College.