Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Wed, 09/22/2010 - 7:49pm
Last night at a reception at the E-Center for MIT student leaders, the new Fall 2010 EIRs were announced and introduced. Along with holdovers Jean Hammond and Brian Halligan, new EIRs Jeff Behrens (Life Sciences), Albert Brunett (Intellectual Property), Suzanne Oakley (Finance) and Vijay Manwani (Serial Entrepreneur and Proud Geek Entrepreneur) were welcomed. You can find bios and videos on each at the web address below as well as instructions on how to sign up for office hours effective immediately. These people were carefully chosen this year based on the experience last year and the demands of the students in classes and extracurricular activities. The program is open to all students at MIT from the five schools and provide conflict free, no cost and expert advice on the difficult challenges students face at the very earliest stages of birthing a company and getting it going. The EIRs offer advice over the course of the semester during their office hours to many companies. As companies progress, they can take utilization of MIT Venture Mentoring Service which can provide more indepth and longer term assistance for student projects and new venture ideas that achieve escape velocity.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Wed, 09/22/2010 - 7:35pm
At the EIR Reception last night at the MIT E-Center, there was a lot of buzz last night about the new Linked Data Ventures Class led by Tim Berners-Lee and Lalana Kagal (as well as K Waterman, Katie Rae & Reed Sturtevant). Apparently, TBL gave a great technical and passionate lecture and then went back and was coding in class while the others were talking. Lalana followed it up with a deep dive into Linked Data and how it works and what is expected of people in the class as far as programming and started to teach people how to program. This was followed up by a guest speaker from Best Buy who alternatively spoke about the technology and the business of how to make a great LD app.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 4:24pm
Pedro Santos stopped in the ECenter today and reports the following new good news for his start up Oscomp which provides enhanced recovery from natural gas well through utilization of new proprietary compression technology -- on top of all the good news from last year before he graduated like winning approximately $100K in business plan awards before he graduated - not bad for a engineering wannabe from Rochester Institute of Technology:
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 1:19pm
Fiona Murray, Assoc Director of the E-Center and a Sloan Faculty member who focuses on commercializing university ideas, and teaches iTeams and entrepreneurial strategy is scheduled to testify to the Congressional Committee of Science and Technology on Thursday. The committee hearing will explore the current state of research on science and technology policy and how this informs the Federal government’s role in better targeting federal research investments.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 8:49am
It is great to see E&I Jen Novak featured on the Sloan landing page for her entrepreneurial ambitions and how MIT can is a wonderful platform to realize these dreams. Jen was a leader last year on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Silicon Valley Study Tour and the Under-CFO (Chief Fun Officer) getting great leadership from the Top CFO, Amanda Peyton (by the way, AP blog has moved fromhttp://savemefrombschool.com/
even though she had something ridiculous like 25K followers on her old one).
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 8:00pm
"This technology can do so much, we hope you'll figure out what it should do." That was what Ash Martin heard from the lead researcher on the Digital Aperture project in his Innovation Teams class last fall. Unfortunately, there was no magic bullet market or application after I-teams, but that didn't stop Ash and current PhD candidate, Tom Milnes, from entering the MIT $100K with a medical imaging application of their technology and becoming wild card semi-finalists in Products and Services. In May, they founded Viztu Technologies, a start-up using advanced computer vision software to reconstruct 3D models, and Ash secured his place as #15 of the Magic 40.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:59am
In the October copy of Entrepreneur Magazine which is just hitting the newstands now (strange to say that in this digital world), there is a great article title "Guru & Grads" featuring professor Ed Roberts and his students Ric Fulop (A123), C.J. Johnson (3Play Media), Josh Miller (3Play Media) and Brian Shin (Visible Measures). It talk about how their experience in the class room and at MIT help prepare them for success upon graduation -- when they founded companies. You can find the article here
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:57am
In a day full of news, we were extremely happy and proud to hear about Sloan Fellow alum, iTeams Grad, New Enterprises grad and tireless worker, Shahid Azim had successful raised $1.6M for the company he started out of the iTeams class. His countless hours at the E-Center and enthusiasm to push through even when the situation seemed bleak seem now all to be worth it as he has found his way through to the other side of funding and he now has the "dry powder" to implement his plan.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:22am
Justin Steinman's Boston Sloan Entrepreneurs Breakfast Club this morning heard from Scott Stern about the current state of the art in acadamic research in the area of entrepreneurship. Very interesting talk and discusion on what is working and what is not. This very focused group of entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who are 0-10 years out of MIT and deeply interested in entrepreneurship was started by Justin and his colleagues in 2009. This group gets together once a month on the second Friday to discuss topics of interest to the group on how to build a business.
Submitted by Aulet, Bill on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:51am
We heard about Amanda Symonds yesterday, today we also note that #11 of the Magic 40, Iker Marcaide is tearing it up winning the HIT (Hothouse of Innovation and Technology) Barcelona Startup Entrepreneurship Competition. There is a very clear value proposition and a market and Iker is making it happen with excellent detailed execution.
Nice video Iker.
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