• No. CA Entrepreneurship Conference
  • No. CA Entrepreneurship Conference

    On February 13, 2014, the MIT Sloan School of Management hosted a conference, MIT IMPACT: Making Innovation Real, in San Francisco with over 150 alumni and guests attendance. This half day conference, led by Bill Aulet, SF’94, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Fiona Murray, Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, highlighted the MIT Innovation Initiative, which is designed to enhance the innovative spirit and entrepreneurial drive of the people of MIT. MIT and the Sloan School of Management, with their traditions of combining rigor and relevance, are uniquely qualified to lead conversations, research, and development in this area. Attendees participated in discussions that engaged their intellect, broadened their perspective, challenged their preconceptions, and ignited their imaginations.
  • 12:00 noon

    Registration

    12:30 pm

    Welcome Remarks
    David Schmittlein
    John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

    12:45 pm

    Luncheon

    The MIT Innovation Initiative

    Fiona Murray
    Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

    1:15 pm

    Disciplined Entrepreneurship
    Bill Aulet, SF ’94
    Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

    1:45 pm

    Panel Discussion: Educating the Next Generation of Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurs
    Moderator: Bill Aulet, SF ’94
    Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

    Panelists:
    Freddy Kerrest, MBA ’09, COO & Co-Founder, Okta
    Rene Reinsberg, MBA ’11, GM/VP Product, GoDaddy
    Shireen Taleghani, MBA ’13, Co-Founder & CEO, 6Sensor Labs

    2:30 pm

    Coffee Break

    3:00 pm

    Keynote Address: The Future of Entrepreneurship and the Role of the University
    Mitch Kapor
    Founder, Lotus Development

    3:45 pm

    Panel Discussion: From MIT to Exit
    Moderator: Bill Aulet, SF ’94
    Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

    Panelists:
    Anil Dharni, MBA ’06, COO, GREE International, Inc.; Co-Founder, Funzio
    Sanjit Biswas, SM ’05, Co-Founder & former CEO, Meraki; GM/VP, Cisco Cloud Networking Group
    David Samuel, SB ’94, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital

    4:30 pm

    Panel Discussion: Funding Startups – Past, Present & Future
    Moderator: Christian Catalini
    Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

    Panelists:
    Aileen Lee, SB ’92, Founder, Cowboy Ventures; Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    Kevin Laws, MBA ’96, COO, AngelList
    Rich Wong, SB ’91, SM ’92, Partner, Accel Partners 

    5:15 pm

    Rocket Pitches

    Moderator: Christian Catalini
    Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management 

    Panelists:
    Brint Markle, MBA ’14, Co-Founder & CEO, AvaTech, Inc.
    Gabriel Blanchet, SB ’14, CEO, Grove
    Christina Qi, SB '13, Managing Partner, Domeyard, LLC
    Thea Koullias, SB '13, Founding CEO, Jon Lou
    Mike Reynolds, MBA '14, Co-Founder & CEO, Cardinal Wind
    Shireen Taleghani, MBA '13, Co-Founder & CEO, 6Sensor Labs
     

    5:45 pm

    Closing Remarks
    Bill Aulet, SF ’94
    Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
    Fiona Murray
    Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship
    David Schmittlein
    John C Head III, MIT Sloan School of Management

    6:00 pm

    Cocktail Reception with Showcase of Student Companies

    • David Schmittlein
      David Schmittlein

      John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
      Professor of Marketing

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    • Bill Aulet
      Bill Aulet, SF ’94

      Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
      Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

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    • Fiona Murray
      Fiona Murray

      Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship
      Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
      Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
      Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan
      Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative

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    • Mitch Kapor
      Mitch Kapor

      Founder, Lotus Development
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    Welcome Remarks

    David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

    The MIT Innovation Initiative

    Fiona Murray, Co-Director, MIT Innovation Initiative; Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management; Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

    Disciplined Entrepreneurship

    Bill Aulet, SF '94, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

    Panel Discussion: Educating the Next Generation of Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurs

    Bill Aulet, SF '94, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

    Keynote Address: The Future of Entrepreneurship and the Role of the University

    Mitch Kapor, Founder, Lotus Development, Co

    Panel Discussion: From MIT to Exit

    Moderator: Bill Aulet, SF ’94 Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Panelists: Anil Dharni, MBA ’06, COO, GREE International, Inc.; Co-Founder, Funzio Sanjit Biswas, SM ’05, Co-Founder & former CEO, Meraki; GM/VP, Cisco Cloud Networking Group David Samuel, SB ’94, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital

    Panel Discussion: Funding Startups - Past, Present, and Future

    Moderator: Christian Catalini, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Panelists: Kevin Laws, MBA ’96, COO, AngelList Aileen Lee, SB ’92, Founder, Cowboy Ventures; Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Rich Wong, SB ’91, SM ’92, Partner, Accel Partners

    Rocket Pitch: AvaTech, Inc.

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Brint Markle, MBA ’14, Co-Founder & CEO, AvaTech, Inc.

    Rocket Pitch: Grove

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Gabe Blanchet, SB '14, CEO, Grove

    Rocket Pitch: Domeyard, LLC

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Christina Qi, SB ’13, Managing Partner

    Rocket Pitch: Jon Lou

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Thea Koullias, SB ’13, Founding CEO

    Rocket Pitch: Cardinal Wind

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Mike Reynolds, MBA ’14, Co-Founder and CEO

    Rocket Pitch: 6Sensor Labs

    Moderator: Kyle Judah, Program Coordinator, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Pitch by: Shireen Taleghani, MBA '13, Co-Founder & CEO

    Closing Remarks

    Bill Aulet, SF ’94, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Fiona Murray, Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship;David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management