The Friday Five is a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's the best on-going networking events in town. I invite you to add your faves in the comments. (Note: this isn't a list of the best networking associations in town, like MITX or the Massachusetts Medical Device Council, but rather regular gatherings of a particular group of people, or around a particular topic.)
In no particular order...
- Focused on Internet and mobile innovation, Web Innovators Group offers a chance to see demos from eight or ten fledgling start-ups; this month's event happens on September 29th. It's always held in the Grand Ballroom of Cambridge's Royal Sonesta, with lots of impromptu meetings happening before and after in the lobby bar downstairs. And the event registration page offers a nice long list of who's planning to attend.
- What could be more fun than hanging out with a couple hundred chemists, genomic experts, venture capitalists, and business development execs from the local bio-pharma cluster? Biotech Tuesday is a schmooze-fest pure and simple: no agenda or speakers, just a really interesting mix of life sciences smarties from academia, start-ups, and power players like Vertex, Novartis, and Pfizer. The next two Biotech Tuesdays take place on October 13th and November 17th.
- Boston Post Mortem usually features a talk by a luminary involved in game development (this past week was Duncan Watt discussing "music as an element of game design.") It happens at The Skellig in Waltham, and the well-lubricated crowd includes game designers and programmers who work in the trenches as well as a handful of more senior game industry executives and investors.
- Cloud computing is an especially hot topic right now, and Silver Lining runs one of the newer gatherings in town. Their October 23rd event will focus on healthcare-related applications of cloud computing.
- If you're interested on the impact of technologies like Twitter, Facebook, and Ning on marketing and communications, Social Media Breakfast Boston is a must-attend event. Speakers can include CEOs like Diane Hessan of Communispace, consultants like Justin Levy of New Marketing Labs, or executives responsible for social media at big companies like EMC. To make sure you get word of upcoming meetings, sign up for the group's e-mail list and follow organizer Bob Collins on Twitter.
What gatherings do you think are worth knowing about? Add 'em to the list by posting a comment below...
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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December 9: Web Innovators Group
Demos of new mobile apps and web ventures at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Free admission; cash bar.
December 10: Fintech Demo Day
Short demos from startups in the financial technology realm.
December 11: Unpitch
Entrepreneurs and investors sit down for lunch, advice, and feedback. Entrepreneurs must apply to participate.