Before the holiday parties start crowding the calendar later this month, here are five events worth knowing about this week and next:
- David Vieau, CEO of the latest Massachusetts company to go public, A123 Systems, delivers one of the keynotes at the MIT Venture Capital Conference this Friday, at the Westin Copley Place. Tickets are $400 (student tix were $35, but they're sold out.)
- Also happening Friday is what'll likely be one of the biggest tech parties of the year. It's at the Cambridge Innovation Center, which ten years ago opened its doors as Cambridge Incubator. (Invite-only, sorry.) Tim Rowe and his team there have packed the high-rise at One Broadway on the edge of the MIT campus with scads of interesting start-up companies, investors, and service providers.
- Startup Weekend begins Friday and runs through Sunday evening. Teams of techies and entrepreneurs race to prototype business concepts and build demos by the end of the weekend. It's hosted at Microsoft's Cambridge R&D center, and the cost is $75, which includes a t-shirt and seven (!) meals.
- The final 2009 editions of Web Innovators Group and Mass. Innovation Night take place on December 7th and December 9th. Both cater to early-stage entrepreneurs, mostly in tech, mobile, and Web services.
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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.