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Trustees Ballroom, 9th Floor Boston University School of Management at 595 Comm. Ave

Startup Weekend returns to Boston, with a themed event centered around the Creative Industries, on November 15th at Boston University's School of Management! We'll be hosting a unique mix of Boston's best and brightest student and professional entrepreneurs, along with coaches and sponsors, to help turn their ideas into validated products over the course of 54-hours! If you'd like to sponsor the event, or an entrepreneur, please email us at bostonu@startupweekend.org!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Greg Selkoe

CEO and Owner, Karmaloop   |  

Greg Selkoe is the CEO and owner of streetwear retailer Karmaloop.com. He was born and raised in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Selkoe has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Selkoe started his career as an Urban Planner for the city of Boston (Boston Redevelopment Authority) before he started Karmaloop.com in 2000. Realizing the need for a global streetwear provider Selkoe started the company in his parents’ basement at age 25. Karmaloop.com has become the largest online streetwear retailer in the world, with over 500 brands, and selling in over 45 countries. Karmaloop Inc. encompasses several other websites including: KarmaloopTV.com, PLNDR.com, BoylstonTrading.com, BrickHarbor.com, MissKL.com and 5 private label clothing brands. The combined site traffic is over 8 million monthly unique visitors with an opt-in email list of 4 million. KarmaloopTV.com their wildly popular online video channel is doing roughly 4 million video views a month. Karmaloop’s YouTube channel is 1 of 100 premium channels on YouTube. The media sites cover a variety of topics through shows and interviews with the key influencers and celebrities. Greg Selkoe has been invited to speak to 2000 young people at the Generation Now Event as part of the January 2013 Inauguration of President Obama. In 2012 Selkoe was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Ecommerce Category for N.E., In 2010 Selkoe signed on to be a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2009 Selkoe was selected as one of the top 25 most influential entrepreneurs under 35 in the United States and was invited to participate in a White House summit for young business leaders.

Zach Dunn

CPO & Co-Founder at One Mighty Roar   |   LinkedIn

I build ideas and enable builders with my genetic business partner Sam. Our current vehicle is One Mighty Roar, a digital experience company in Boston. We focus on physical/digital convergence by making the "Internet of Things" mean more than a pipe dream for email on your refrigerator. I help the world's smartest brands get that extra "wow" moment from audiences, and also their marketing teams. Try to be the "fun part" of people's day.

I work with people who are uncomfortable with down time, and whose skills embarrass my own. We've built group digital experiences ranging from top industry blogs to giant debate engines approached for their own TV show.

Sam Dunn

CEO & Co-Founder at One Mighty Roar   |   LinkedIn

A design-minded & tech-focused entrepreneur in Boston. Currently building out ideas and products at One Mighty Roar, a digital experience company I started with my twin brother, Zach.

I'm proud to work with people I learn from and clients that trust us to ignore boundaries. Together we've built a popular industry blog, massive debate platform, and a platform that bridges digital and physical experiences.

Judges

Sheldon Borkin

Angel Investor at Launchpad Venture Group   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Sheldon Borkin is an entrepreneur, advisor, and member of Launchpad Venture Group. He has done three startups (two IPOs and one acquisition) and is a veteran coach of Boston Startup Weekend.

Phil Antoniades

CoFounder of Nimbit Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Phil has been President and member of the board of directors for Nimbit Inc (one of the first direct-to-fan online sales & marketing platforms), a company he co-founded and sold to PreSonus Inc in 2013.From 1996 until it was merged into Nimbit Inc. in 2005, Phil served as CEO of Artist Development Associates Inc. (independent artist support services and creator of one of the first online music retailers CDFreedom.com). Prior to that he was President and founder of the music agency, Johnny Brock Management.

Phil's other entrepreneurial pursuits include building and running a successful auto body restoration shop, a property management and real estate investment company, as well as launching the Kendall Cafe night club in Cambridge MA. Phil was also involved in the creation of the International Acoustic Underground Competition as well as the popular "Boston's Best" guitar and drum contests.

In addition, Phil is an accomplished musician and producer, working professionally from age 14 and continuing to tour the world today with many artists. Comfortable with audiences, Phil is a great presenter and has taught master classes on artist's survival in the music business.

Phil received his BA from Berklee College of Music.
He also spent several years at UC Berkley studying Humanities.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Peter Russo

Executive-In-Residence/Senior Lecturer, Strategy and Innovation Department Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Programs – ITEC Boston University School of Management   |   LinkedIn

Peter Russo is an Executive in Residence who teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategy and is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) at the Boston University School of Management. ITEC is a research institute that functions as a multi-faceted resource for students and alumni who are interested in technology commercialization and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more information, see the website: http://bu.edu/itec.

Professor Russo teaches courses at the MBA and Executive level, directs entrepreneurship activities of ITEC, and serves as faculty advisor to the students concentrating in Entrepreneurship at the graduate level. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Executive MBA Program.

Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Professor Russo served as the CEO of Data Instruments, a Massachusetts technology company (currently Honeywell Data Instruments). He also serves as advisor and board member for a number of commercial and not-for-profit organizations. He received his M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1980 (where he was elected a Baker Scholar) and a B.S. degree from the Montclair State University in 1974.

Beth Goldstein

Beth Goldstein, Director, New Venture Competition, Boston University   |   LinkedIn

Beth Goldstein runs the university’s annual New Venture Competition and teaches entrepreneurial marketing at the School of Management. She is the Faculty Director for BU’s Online Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship program and the BU Urban Business Accelerator Program. Beth has more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience, runs her own marketing consulting and training firm, Marketing Edge Consulting Group and is the author of two books: The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (McGraw-Hill) and Lucky By Design. Goldstein has a BA in economics and sociology from Brandeis University and an MBA from Boston University School of Management.

Ralph Shao

Co-Founder and CTO, The Tap Lab   |   LinkedIn

Ralph is a mobile game developer based in Boston, MA. Ralph started a company called The Tap Lab after graduating from Boston University. At The Tap Lab, Ralph and his team are busy developing their location-based gaming platform. As CTO, Ralph leads development efforts and also contributes to design, user experience, and architecture.

Ralph has experience with web-based and native mobile technologies, focusing on iOS and Rails, and user experience design.

Katelyn Friedson

Mobile Product Manager, Experience Designer at Care.com   |   LinkedIn

I am passionate about exceptional people, products and extremely early-stage startups that have more questions than answers. I lead mobile design and development initiatives at Care.com, a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects families with childcare. Prior to Care, I spent the past 6 years working for various startups NYC. I specialize in new product development, user experience design and product positioning. I'm always looking to meet new, fantastic people (developers, designers,fellow product peeps) --or anyone who's exceptionally passionate about beuilding beautifully designed, easy-to-use products.

Turner Bohlen

LinkedIn

Turner is a senior at MIT studying physics with a concentration in computer science. Over the past two years he has directed and advised StartLabs as well as founded and run the first Spokes America project. During past summers he has worked as a software engineer with LiveLoop and a small group called Factory. With a persistent interest in video games, art, and design, Turner has also had his hand in some more obscure projects, such as Psychobunnies.

Joss Poulton

Customer Operations at HubSpot   |   LinkedIn

Joss Poulton works on the Business Operations team at HubSpot, a venture-backed Inbound Marketing software company in Cambridge, MA. His focus is on Customer Experience Operations, enabling employees to access customer data within Salesforce.com and improving customer experience through operational and process improvements. Joss also spent a year at HubSpot as a Consultant, working with marketing teams to craft and execute an online marketing strategy involving SEO, CRM integrations, Lead Generation, Social Media, and Analytics.

Joss sits on the Board of Trustees for the Providence Animal Rescue League, advising the 30-person, 100 year-old organization on IT infrastructure, online marketing, and budget. He holds a BSBA in Entrepreneurship, Finance, & Business Law from Boston University's School of Management.

Ted Tieken

Founder and CTO, SittingAround.com   |   LinkedIn

Ted co-founded SittingAround in 2010 to make it easier for parents to find babysitters. At SittingAround Ted's primary focus is on the product and technology - UI/UX and the full web stack. While his first passion is technology, he also loves strategy, market sizing, oxford commas, and crafting outstanding presentations. Prior to SittingAround, Ted was a top-rated consultant at McKinsey and before that studied economic development at Harvard.

Phil Antoniades

CoFounder of Nimbit Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Phil has been President and member of the board of directors for Nimbit Inc (one of the first direct-to-fan online sales & marketing platforms), a company he co-founded and sold to PreSonus Inc in 2013.From 1996 until it was merged into Nimbit Inc. in 2005, Phil served as CEO of Artist Development Associates Inc. (independent artist support services and creator of one of the first online music retailers CDFreedom.com). Prior to that he was President and founder of the music agency, Johnny Brock Management.

Phil's other entrepreneurial pursuits include building and running a successful auto body restoration shop, a property management and real estate investment company, as well as launching the Kendall Cafe night club in Cambridge MA. Phil was also involved in the creation of the International Acoustic Underground Competition as well as the popular "Boston's Best" guitar and drum contests.

In addition, Phil is an accomplished musician and producer, working professionally from age 14 and continuing to tour the world today with many artists. Comfortable with audiences, Phil is a great presenter and has taught master classes on artist's survival in the music business.

Phil received his BA from Berklee College of Music.
He also spent several years at UC Berkley studying Humanities.

Erica Swallow

Founder of Deliverish   |   LinkedIn

Erica Swallow is the founder of peer-to-peer delivery app Deliverish, a student partner at Rough Draft Ventures, and a current MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Passionate about collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, Erica is also a technology journalist and international speaker, having spoke about her work at conferences and events across the world, including WOMMA Summit in Las Vegas, Social Marketers Summit in Prague, Social Media Brasil in São Paulo, and SXSW in Austin. Erica’s work has been published in a number of esteemed outlets, including Mashable, CNN, Forbes, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post.

Erica previously served as the director of community for tech startup Contently, where she managed online and offline community building. She also previously managed the highly successful supported content program for tech news site Mashable and assisted in developing and implementing the social media marketing strategy for The New York Times. Erica also has experience working on a number of inspiring projects with amazing people at TechStars, WeHostels, Saatchi & Saatchi, and New York University.

Erica is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing.

Phyllis P. Speen

Event Coordinator at IBM Innovation Center   |   LinkedIn

Skilled in #Business Development, #Sales skills and tackling new arenas. Strengths: People, Resources & Deal #facilitating, #Sales training, #Coaching/Mentoring/Teaching, #Account Management skills & Event coordination.

Industry expertise includes: Manufacturing, Warehousing, Marketing, Outsourced Services, Social Media, Digital Technology, Technology ,Document and Print Management, Consulting, etc.
Specialties: When you need connections or resources for people, services, businesses, strategic vertical building... I'm the resource and relationship connector dubbed a #human"Linkedin".

Personal Desire: See "SALES" Business development skills 1)accepted and respected career option
2) incorporated and taught in College Business programs. #Evangelist and proponent for "sales" ! Mentor and support College Sales Clubs and Competitions.

Mentor & Coach Start ups including : Babson College, MassChallenge, Enterprise Venture Center @ Salem State, South Shore Innovation Center., Northeastern University, Wentworth College, Boston University School of Management, UMassBoston . Involved is Sales Competion Judging: Babson College, MIT Sloan Sales Competition, Boston University, etc.

Juliana Nazaré

Student Partner at Rough Draft VC   |   LinkedIn

Juliana is a senior at Olin College of Engineering and a student partner at Rough Draft Ventures. For the past year, she has worked part-time at Startup Institute on the rapid development of technical curricula. This past summer, she worked on computer science research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and has previously interned at AMD and Mozaic Design. At Olin, she helps run The Foundry.

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