Live from the Café

Live from the Café

Live from the Café is recorded live at Venture Café Cambridge, where innovation is for everyone. Each episode is a recording of a keynote address, panel discussion, interview, pitch session, or other presentation hosted every Thursday at Venture Café Cambridge. Visit us online at venturecafecambridge.org or every Thursday from 3:00-8:00PM at 1 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts.... Show More

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March 17, 2020 36 min

In this feature interview, I sit down with Scott Kirsner, technology and innovation columnist for the Boston Globe, organizer of the Nantucket Conference, and founder of Innovation Leader. We discuss the current state of corporate innovation in Boston, nation-wide startup trends, and what makes the innovation so prevalent in the Boston ecosystem.

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March 3, 2020 73 min

Startups often find it difficult to understand patent claim language and to sort out complex inventorship and ownership issues on their patents. In this seminar, we will discuss how patent claims work as well as the law regarding inventorship and ownership. 

By the end of this episode you’ll be able to:

  • Read a patent claim and understand its scope.
  • Identify the factors that determine whether someone qualifies as a co-inventor or co-ow...
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    Growing your business online can mean time and money. While there is no blueprint every business can use to obtain growth or scale through digital advertising, there are several steps businesses can take to get the results they are seeking.

    In this workshop, Oliver goes over 10 steps you can take for your business to maximize its digital presence. By the end of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Develop a marketing strategy that ...
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    Melissa Withers is Founding Partner of RevUp Capital, a non-equity investment fund for B2B and B2C companies that are moving fast up a revenue-fueled growth curve. An experienced fund manager and biz builder with 100+ investments under management, With a background in customer experience and customer development, go-to-market strategy, and company storytelling, she began her career at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Rese...

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    David has spent his career in staffing and hiring, currently working as the business development manager at Experis. On February 6, David presented a Community Talk on hiring talent, answers the question, "when is the right time to utilize a hiring agency?" In this interview, David discusses the challenges of hiring in today's tight labor environment.

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    Eran is the founder of the XRHealth and the CEO of XRHealth USA Inc. After serving in the Israel airforce, Eran started XRHealth to provide more effective physical therapy and cognitive therapy treatments to people using Virtual Reality. In under three years, Eran raised funds, has hired 30 people, earned over 20 FDA approved therapies, and is rapidly expanding across the United States.

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    Jung Starrett is the co-founder of SoulCo LLC, an educational venture whose mission is co-creating learning communities for the wellbeing of all. After a career in law, Jung recognized that a critical piece of happiness and efficiency was missing from most work environments: the connection between the mind and the hands-- the soul.

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    Sometimes just chatting with others is the springboard for ideas, insight, problem-solving tools, new directions–whether getting advice from experts or learning from startups just like you. Chuck Goldstone, strategist and mentor to hundreds and hundreds of startups, fields questions, provides mentor guidance, facilitates discussion, and urges you to share ideas and encouragement. This roundtable of kindred spirits is an engaging ho...

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    In this Feature Interview, I interview Ragan McNeely, a Licensed Mental Health Clinician who is turning his attention to startup founders and CEOs. In the interview, Ragan details his professional career and explains how he started offering mental health services in the CIC coworking space in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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    December 31, 2019 1 min

    Hi everyone, this is Frank Pobutkiewicz from Venture Café Cambridge wishing you and your family a merry, joyous, and relaxing holiday season! Like you, Venture Café is taking off for the holidays so we won’t have anything to post on the Live from the Café podcast for the next two weeks. Make sure to tune back into the podcast in January for more innovation and business content. If you haven’t marked it on your calendar already, we ...

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    The following panel discussion took place during our Social Impact Connect conference night. A tech-enabled future holds both promise and anxiety as communities look at how best to prepare their workforces, often focused on STEM education. Frequently, the focus on technology and engineering experiences put too little emphasis on the core math proficiency needed to truly succeed in these fields. The panel discusses the missing “M” i...

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    The following panel discussion took place during our annual Social Impact Connect conference night. In this session, an entrepreneur, a corporate innovator, a government agency, and a nonprofit organization share their stories of making impact. While for a nonprofit the choice between profitability and impactful is clear, maintaining balance between being profitable and impactful is a challenge entrepreneurs face when launching soc...

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    In this Community Talk, Lori Lennon, founder and CEO of Thinkubator Media, outlines how to effectively communicate your business’s story in five easy steps. She shares key tips that will hone your communication strategy and help you get the buy-in you need to succeed. To learn about our upcoming community talks, please visit us online at venturecafecambridge.org/calendar.

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    The following Roundtable Discussion took place during our Mobility Innovation Night. The panel reflects upon how this year’s milestones, momentum and wake up calls will continue to shape the movement of people and goods going forward. To learn more about Mobility Innovation, please visit us online at venturecafecambridge.org/mobilityinno.

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    StartHub Founders Series are monthly gatherings where we invite a startup founder from our ‘Startup to Watch’ program to share their startup story in a conversational setting. This month’s featured startup founder is Galen Karlan-Mason, CEO & Founder at GreenChoice. GreenChoice is a data-driven platform empowering consumers to make informed food choices and leading the industry to supply food that’s good for us and the planet.

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    The following feature interview was recorded with Erik Modalh, founder of beantrust., a corporate and events coffee curation company. Erik has been a long-time member of the Venture Café community and during the interview we discuss today’s culture, the history of coffee, and Erik’s unique view of value. Enjoy!

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    November 21, 2019 12 min

    The following feature interview was recorded with Liz Stubbs and Charlie Marquart of Cambridge Spirits. During the interview, Charlie talks about the challenges of running a traditional brick and mortar retail store and the current trends in beer, wine, and spirits. Cambridge Spirits has been Venture Café’s retail partner for years, so make sure to visit them in Kendall Square on Broad Canal Way or follow them on Instagram @cam...

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    The following panel discussion took place at our Defense Innovation night at Venture Café Cambridge. The panel discusses the role of government labs in defense innovation.

    To find out more about our Defense Innovation program, please visit us online at venturecafecambridge.org/defenseinno.

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    Moderator: Dr. Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, BAE Systems, Inc.

    Dr. Scire-Scappuzzo is Sr. Dir. of Advanced Technology & Innovation and Te...

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    The following panel discussion took place at our Defense Innovation night at Venture Café Cambridge. The panel discusses how universities and defense innovators can partner to speed-up industry innovations. Each of the panelists presents their findings on what’s working and what needs to do to improve partnerships with universities.

    To find our more about our Defense Innovation program, please visit us online at venturecafecambridge...

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    The following panel discussion took place during our Energy Connect conference night. During the session, three entrepreneurs share their stories of building successful Energy and CleanTech companies.

    To read about each of the founders, please visit venturecafecambridge.org/energyconnect.

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