Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How do start-ups get big? Join us for the Momentum Summit @ MIT, June 23rd

For about a year, we've been thinking about how we might bring together the founders and CEOs of the Boston-area companies that have been most successful over the past decade at going from the start-up stage to national prominence.

That led us to create the Momentum Summit, taking place Wednesday, June 23rd at MIT's Sloan School of Management. The speaker list includes founders, CEOs, and CMOs from Zipcar, Akamai, VistaPrint, TripAdvisor, Constant Contact, and Retail Convergence (the company that runs SmartBargains and Rue La La, and was acquired last year for $350 million.) They'll be sharing the strategies that were most effective in helping their fledgling companies gain momentum. Interviewing them will be well-known local investors and entrepreneurs like Antonio Rodriguez from Matrix Partners, David Cancel from Performable, and Laura Fitton from Oneforty.

The "mainstage" sessions in the morning will be followed by a series of smaller lunch discussions and workshops on topics like working with VCs; building a strong technical team; scaling up a sales force; and getting new customers through search engine optimization.

The event is next Wednesday, June 23rd at MIT's Sloan School. The complete schedule is here.

Thanks to MIT's Sloan School of Management and Invest Northern Ireland for their sponsorship of the event, and our event partners: Cambridge Innovation Center, Mass High Tech, Mass TLC, and MITX.

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