The MassChallenge start-up competition threw a party this evening for all of the entrants — and the wider entrepreneurial community — on the unfinished 13th floor of One Marina Park Drive on Fan Pier. The beer was by Sam Adams, the food by Strega in the North End, the views by developer Joe Fallon, who was mingling in the VIP room.
Among the folks I chatted with: Dave McLaughlin of Boston World Partnerships... Christopher Mirabile of Race Point Capital...Olivier Boss of the Cambridge biotech start-up Energesis Pharmaceuticals, developing drugs for obesity and diabetes...patent attorneys David Feigenbaum of Fish & Richardson and Melissa Hunter-Ensor of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge...Kabir Hemrajani of RiotVine...and Michael Raybman of WaySavvy Travel, a fascinating travel-planning site getting ready to launch its beta this summer.
A few pics...
Andrea Dacayanan of 1Fastbite, an online ordering and reservations management system for restaurants, wanted me to use the more serious photo I took of her. That one was mysteriously erased.
MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne (left) and Fallon Company CEO Joe Fallon (blue shirt with tie.)
Kayvan Zainabadi, founder of Instant Nightlife (left), with Tom Hopcroft of the Mass Tech Leadership Council and Anna Uritsky of Vestify. Instant Nightlife is a Web site and iPhone app that helps clubgoers share information about what's happening at Boston clubs, like how long the line is outside the door, how many people are on the dance floor, and what the male/female ratio is like. It currently covers clubs in the Theater District, but Zainabadi says it'll soon expand to the Faneuil Hall area and Allston-Brighton. Uritsky says that Vestify will help entrepreneurs raise money online from individuals who may not have the net worth to be accredited investors; they're still waiting on SEC approval to launch it.
Angel investor John Landry of Lead Dog Ventures has a look at the Instant Nightlife app.
Joe Caruso of Bantam Group with Amit Kanodia of Lincoln Ventures. Caruso, an angel investor and start-up advisor, is working on a project to designate a week in October as Bostion Region Entrepreneurship Week, or BREW. (Yes, beer will be involved somehow.) You can join a LinkedIn group to keep up with the initiative.
Michael Gaiss of Highland Capital Partners with Landry.
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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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