Just sharing some photos and audio from the first-ever Momentum Summit, held last Wednesday at MIT's Sloan School of Management.
The objective was to gather some of the founders, CEOs, and senior execs from the most successful Massachusetts companies of the past decade, and have them talk about how they grew from start-up to major player. (Disclosure: I was involved as an organizer.) Speakers included TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer; Constant Contact CEO Gail Goodman; Rue La La/Retail Convergence CEO Ben Fischman; and, surprisingly, Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith, whose company filed for an initial public offering a few weeks before the event — which often means an executive opts not to speak in public until the IPO happens.
Below are slide shows of photos I shot, and photos taken by Kyle Psaty of BostInnovation. BostInnovation also had some coverage of the event. There's audio from three of the sessions, and also this live blog from Greenhorn Connect, which captures much of what went on. (The Twitter stream is here.)
One of my favorite anecdotes of the day, which I'd not heard before, involves Steve Jobs calling Akamai (on April 1st, as it happened), and expressing interest in buying the company. Akamai co-founder Tom Leighton tells that story in his session.
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