What to Expect: Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

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Register Here for the April 6 MIT Enterprise Forum event at the George Washington University Business School (starts at 6:30 PM, Duques Hall Room 453) which explores lessons learned in scaling operations.

Not only what went right, but what went wrong. Which risks were recognized, and which ones weren’t? How were the problems addressed?

  • By attending this program, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn about three successful start-up companies, explore their technology, and meet the CEOs who are leading them to market.
  • Entrepreneurs will gain important insights straight from CEOs who can look back and share their experiences running high-growth startups.

You will meet successful CEOs of startups including James Quigley, CEO of Canvas, Cherian Thomas, Founder and CEO of Spotluck Inc. and Todd Walrath, founder and CEO of CareSave Technologies which is doing business as Homecare.com. Each CEO will present their technology and company to the audience of MBA students and faculty, MIT Alumni, entrepreneurs and service providers that cater to the entrepreneurial community in DC).

Audiences at MIT Enterprise Forum events are a key part of our programming. We have found that live polls useful at our events. We will poll the audience electronically with the following 4 questions for each company:

1. Do you find the value proposition compelling? (yes, no, not sure)
2. Do you consider the business model to be viable and scale-able? (yes, no, not sure)
3. Would you buy stock or invest in this company?
4. Would you like to work at this company?

The CEO presentations are followed up with a moderated discussion with the Dean GW Business School – Linda Livingstone. During the break, we will again solicit the audience for questions. Dean Livingstone will use the audience questions to guide the conversation and Q&A with the audience.

AGENDA

6:30 – 7:00  Networking and registration

7:00 – 8:00  Program– 3 CEO presentations

8:00 – 9:00  Panel discussion and Q&A

9:00 – 9:30  Post-event networking

 

Growing Pains – Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

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We often learn about the startup that achieved phenomenal growth in the first few years. Most of the articles and talks focus on success factors. Helpful stuff, but this program goes deeper by exploring lessons learned in scaling operations. Not only what went right, but what went wrong. Which risks were recognized, and which ones weren’t? How were the problems addressed?

  • By attending this program, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn about three successful start-ups companies, explore their technology, and meet the CEO’s who are leading them to market.
  • Entrepreneurs will gain important insights straight from CEO’s who can look back and share their experiences running high-growth startups.
  • Bring your concerns and questions, because we’ll cover everything – from product innovation to technology to finance to development to staffing to customer support.
  • No topic about startups is out of bounds. Our speakers and panelists reveal do’s and don’ts you can’t afford to miss.

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Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

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In front of a packed room of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore held its first event of 2016, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, hosted by the Kogod School of Business at American University on February 18th.

The event featured networking and pizza, followed by Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures, who gave real-life best practices on pitching from an experienced investor who has invested in start-up companies. His talk was followed by a lively Q&A from the audience of entrepreneurs. Continue reading Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

The MIT Enterprise Forum’s Event ~ Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap Hosted By Kogod School of Business At American University

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Full Program For Thursday, February 18th :

6:30 PM Registration and networking
7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
8:00 – 8:10 Break
8:10 – 8:20 Agora VR Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
8:30 – 8:40 Budget Referee Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
8:50 – 9:00 Babel Health LLC Pitch Deck/Presentation
9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking

Emceed by Andrew J. Polcha and Andrew Rudin

Expert Panel:

Randy Domolky, Clayton Depue and Andrew Tucker

Avoiding Sandtraps

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Jonathan Aberman
Jonathan Aberman

I had a few minutes to speak with Jonathan Aberman, one of our experts for our upcoming event, Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, Feb. 18th at American University. As an investor, you see many deals, meet with few and invest in an even smaller group.  Much easier to pass on a deal, so catching an investor’s interest is critical.

Jonathan will speak to the best ways to do that while not driving a potential investor away. He will explain the all important difference between venture investors and angel investors and what it means to an entrepreneur. His session will be interactive so there will be opportunities to get specific answers to your questions.

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The Kogod School of Business At American University Is The Place To Be On Feb. 18th

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Andrew J. Polcha CEO of WORLDPIPE.tv

The MITEF event on Feb. 18th is shaping up to being an exciting evening. I, as other members of the Chapter Executive Committee (CEC), are so excited to have our organization’s first event for 2016 at American University. First, I want to give a big THANK YOU to the Dean of The Kogod School of Business at American University, Dean Carmel for him welcoming The Forum and for hosting our event on February 18th. Also, I am thrilled that Dean Carmel has agreed to be part of our evening’s program; kicking off the event with opening remarks. I also am honored to be playing the part of co-emcee with my friend Andy Rudin.

Things have changed for the evening’s schedule/agenda. Please note the new schedule as follows:

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Fundraising and Pitching to Investors – Meet Our Experts

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Learn about fundraising from some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the DC area at the MIT Enterprise Forum’s first 2016 Mentor Event, Pitching to Investors, featuring Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures. This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

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Having A Great Investor Pitch Deck Is SO Important To Any Size Organization

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Andrew Polcha, CEO of Worldpipe.tv
Andrew Polcha, CEO of Worldpipe.tv

Register here to learn about how to create and deliver a funding pitch.

This is good advice for any stage of company. If your investor presentation is bad – you likely won’t get your funding. Funding to a company is important – it’s like oxygen; you can’t breath very well without it. Now, managing a company is like running a foot race. If you are a startup, pre-revenue/early stage, the founders or management hopefully have a good pace set running their venture or company. For me, I equate running my ventures like running a marathon; if I run them like I were running a 1000 yard dash – I will surely never make it over the finish line.

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Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

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Register here to learn about how to create and deliver a funding pitch.

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Matthew Falls, Chairman

This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

Attendees will get firsthand insight from an investor with experience funding early-stage companies.  They will learn what to include in a pitch deck and what to leave out. They will understand why it’s vital for their accounting estimates and projections to add up, and how anomalies are discovered.

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