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Mobile Apps: How entrepreneurs are developing the money making 'picks and axes' of the future
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
Waltham, United States
What makes a successful mobile app company? How do you create value in your company? What is patent worthy? What are the options for early financing to get your business off the ground? How do you pitch an investor? How do you make your mobile app rise from the crowd? These questions, and more, will be discussed by our panel of angel investors, entrepreneurs, and media experts. Bring your own questions for our distinguished panel and learn from other entrepreneurs in the audience.
The introduction of the iPhone five years ago marked the beginning of a mobility revolution that now has dozens of smartphones and tablets in the hands of consumers around the world, all using apps to enhance every aspect of daily life. The mobile revolution has ushered in the "app'lification" of consumer technology. This digital goldrush has attracted entrepreneurs from all corners of the world. The barriers to entry for developing and selling mobile apps is low. As a result, there are hundreds of thousands of apps available in the various consumer app stores.
George McQuilken, Angel Investor & Member of eCoast Angels
George McQuilken has over 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and advising other entrepreneurs. He has been CEO at numerous companies and has led them to successful exits. He is now an active member of the eCoast Angels network, a group of like-minded investors formed in 2000. The group's focus is on early-stage companies involved with advanced technology, e-commerce, healthcare, and industrial products and services, principally located in the New Hampshire coastal region.
Johnny Monsarrat, CEO, Hard Data Factory
Johnny Monsarrat is the award-winning public speaker who founded Turbine, the videogames company that made Lord of the Rings Online and was bought by Warner Brothers for $160M. Now he is the CEO of Hard Data Factory, which produces the world's largest calendar of tech events through a free mobile app for the iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad, and Android, at http://harddatafactory.com/m/. Next year the company will launch a comprehensive Web calendar listing 10x more arts events than the Boston Globe. Previously, he set five world records for community artwork through http://wheelquestions.org/. With his MIT BA and MBA he has advised startups and given lectures on entrepreneurship for 20 years. See his inspirational lecture to the MIT $100K, "The Secret of My Success", at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltd6edIjtgg and learn how to get 40,000 Twitter followers without junk accounts at http://harddatafactory.com/c/.
Alex Bakman, Founder & President, Snappii
Alex Bakman has been a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Snappii in 2010, he founded and grew 3 companies from zero to $10+ million in sales.
Nick Zeckets, CEO and co-founder of Alumni Connection Platform QuadWrangle, Inc
Nick Zeckets is CEO and co-founder of Alumni Connection platform QuadWrangle, Inc of Boston. He is a successful business development leader with experience in the market research, mobile, advertising, Higher Education, and consumer internet industries. He's regularly called upon to speak and write about his areas of expertise.
Nick also runs sales, marketing, new product development and strategy for TRU, the world leader in Millennial consumer insights. Before TRU he built new businesses for The Nielsen Company and The Corporate Executive Board. He is an alumnus of the University of Arizona.
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The EntreTech Forum
The EntreTech Forum consists of moderated monthly panel discussions on emerging academic research and the commercialization of this technology. It was designed for those interested in technology innovation and marketing collaboration and networking with fellow entrepreneurs, business and government executives, investors, and technology researchers.
The technology-innovation presentations feature entrepreneurial and corporate accomplishments along commercialization pathways with discussions of tech transfer and technology incubation and research from universities, industry and government. The multi-disciplinary subjects of raising and utilizing different forms of capital, building alliances and structuring deals are included as part of the programming, and serve as tools for the entrepreneur and researcher to commercialize science and technology.
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