Boston's Progressive Business Leaders Network, a group of CEOs "committed to socially and environmentally responsible economic growth," was down in D.C. for a one-day conference last week, talking with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and White House advisors about topics like school reform, financial markets regulation, and how healthcare reform will actually play out in the market. There's a full set of photos here that includes folks like Jim Matheson from Flagship Ventures; Jeff Bussgang from Flybridge Capital Partners; Akamai CEO Paul Sagan; ex-Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Josh Boger; Mitch Tyson of Advanced Electron Beams; and Diane Hessan of Communispace.
I asked Tim Rowe, CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center, what he said to Rep. Barney Frank when he had his ear for a few minutes. (See below.) Rowe said via e-mail that he urged Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, not to let new legislation "screw up angel and venture capital investing. They are tinkering with the most healthy economic engine we have, and I do not think they had much appreciation for the distinctions between what [the Boston private equity firm] TH Lee does and what [Cambridge-based angel investor] Bill Warner does."
Here's CommuniSpace chief executive Diane Hessan introducing a panel with Rep. Frank and Rep. Michael Capuano that talked about "financial market regulation after the financial crisis."
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.