Martin Trust Center Speaker Series
The Martin Trust Center Speaker Series brings entrepreneurial leaders to campus to share their experiences and engage with students.
Fall 2013 Speakers
All sessions will be in E40-160 unless otherwise indicated. Lunch will be served prior to the start of each session. The sessions are limited to MIT students only (including non-MIT students cross-registered in an MIT course).
Wed 10/9, 12-1pm: Matthew Bellows, founder and CEO, Yesware
Matthew Bellows is Founder and CEO of Yesware. He brings more than 10 years of sales experience to Yesware’s goal of helping salespeople close more deals faster. Prior to Yesware, Matthew was the Vice President of Sales at Vivox, the market leader in voice for digital worlds. Previously, he served as General Manager and Board Member at Floodgate (acquired by Zynga), as Founder/CEO of WGR Media (acquired by CNET Networks), and as VP Sales and Marketing of Interstep (acquired by Flycast/CMGI). Matthew earned his B.A from Naropa University and his M.B.A. magna cum laude from The Olin School for Business at Babson College.
Yesware’s Email Tracking notifies salespeople when prospects open their messages and click their links. Custom Templates streamline responses to prospects and customers. CRM Syncing connects sales email to solutions from Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, and many others to save time and improve the quality of enterprise data. Yesware’s Reports and Analytics give salespeople unprecedented feedback about how their messages are being received. Sales managers who deploy Yesware to their teams see activity-based reports that reveal a new level of performance detail without relying on additional data entry. Yesware’s collaboration features enable salespeople and sales managers to share the most effective templates with their colleagues. Yesware was founded in 2010 and has raised $18.5 million from VC firms such as Google Ventures and Battery Ventures.
Mon 10/21, 12-1pm, E40-160: Steven Kane, founder and CEO, LuckyLabs
Steven N. Kane is a technology and media entrepreneur and investor. Presently, Steven is founder and CEO of LuckyLabs, which produces entertainment and information products and services in Internet, mobile, film and video. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of digital media, games, and consumer marketing technology developer GameLogic Inc., which was acquired by Scientific Games in 2010. Prior to GameLogic, Steven was co-founder, chairman and CEO of pioneering Internet technology, games, and database marketing concern Gamesville, which was acquired by Lycos Network in 1999. Before Gamesville, Kane was co-founder and CEO of InterLab (dba Elkay Products), the global developer of precision life-science laboratory liquid handling systems and consumables, which was acquired by CIT Group in 1994.
In addition, Steven is and has been a director and investor in many media, technology, and other companies, including Pangea Media, Conduit Labs, Rick’s Picks, Acres-Fiore Gaming, Soundbite Communications, and Leader Bank NA. Steven is active in philanthropy. Currently, Steven is a trustee of the Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston. A native of Worcester, Mass., he graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 1984.
Fri 11/1, 12-1pm: Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO, Uber
Session takes place in the Stratton Student Center, W20-407
Whether it’s founding the world’s first P2P search engine, or developing the premier enterprise content delivery system, Travis believes that every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it. He’s guided the company from a niche market in San Francisco to its global presence today. Along the way, Travis has actively invested in and advised other passionate startup entrepreneurs. Somehow, he’s also managed to rack up the second highest Wii Tennis score in the world. Game, set, match.
Tue 11/5, 12-1pm: Seth Rosen, co-founder and president, CustomMade.com
Seth Rosen is co-founder, president, and board chairman of CustomMade.com, based in Cambridge, MA in 2008. CustomMade is an online marketplace for having things custom made (like jewelry, furniture, apparel, metal work, etc). Why buy stuff at a store? Things mean way more when they are made just for you... CustomMade is backed by top-tier venture capitalists, including a lead investment from Google Ventures (the venture capital arm of Google, Inc.), Atlas Venture, First Round Capital and Schooner Capital.
In his former job, Seth was an investment banker sourcing structured debt and equity capital for large commercial real estate developers and investors. His services facilitated various investment activities, including the purchase, sale, construction, rehabilitation, or repositioning of office, retail, industrial, hotel, and multifamily properties. The average size of his transactions was approximately $35MM USD.
Wed 11/13, 12-1pm: Bob Mason, co-founder, Brightcove
Bob Mason is an investor and advisor to early-stage ventures, built upon his personal experiences being part of great founding teams that created new markets and built successful, global businesses.
In 2004, Bob co-founded Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV), a leading provider of online video services that are used by thousands of customers across the world to publish and operate media experiences across PCs, smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs. Previously, he was a founding member of the product team at ATG, an industry-leading online commerce platform. ATG went public in 1999 and was acquired by Oracle in 2011. In both roles he provided technical and product leadership for the company’s vision, strategy, and design.
Bob is passionate about the power of both for-profit and social impact entrepreneurs to better society and improve local communities. To that end he mentors other startups through TechStars Boston and contributes toward "micro-genius grants" as a trustee of The Awesome Foundation.
Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and currently sits on the WPI Department of Computer Science Board of Advisors.