It's great to see a third Boston-based venture capital firm joining the Open Office Hours Movement, Siemens Venture Capital.
Open Office Hours is a grass-roots initiative aimed at bringing down the barriers that typically separate early-stage and first-time entrepreneurs from getting good advice, or capital, from more established entrepreneurs, execs and investors.
Anupendra Sharma of Siemens Venture Capital notes that his group typically makes investments in smartgrid technologies, water, wind, solar, diagnostics, imaging, healthcare IT, manufacturing software, lighting, and transportation. (The same sectors that the German parent company operates in.) They're planning three Open Office Hours dates at their Back Bay offices. Sharma writes:
When: 2nd Fridays from 10-11:30 AM for the next three months (Dates: Dec 11, Jan 15, Feb 12)
Who: Anupendra Sharma, Eric Emmons and Andrew Jay, Partners @ SVC Boston office
How: Email Tina Gibson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Send Tina a) short description b) short pitch you can run through in 20 minutes / she'll have it ready to go so email it to her in advance c) names of who may attend d) what are you looking for / asking for help with. We'll provide coffee. Plan to be here for 30 minutes. If we can go longer, we will.
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