Coffee for No Reason is a gathering that fellow journo Jimmy Guterman and I hold very sporadically, and it lives up to its name. It's a deconstructed event: no sponsors, no speakers, no welcome speeches, and (thank heavens) no trade show booths. It's simply an opportunity to descend on a coffee shop, meet some new people who toil in the salt mines of our local innovation economy, and perhaps, if you bring along a laptop, an iPad, or an actual product, to do some show-and-tell and get some feedback. Beware, though: people who are too intensely pitch-y sometimes accidentally get lukewarm latte spilled on them. (Often, there are giveaways, too: new books, stickers, t-shirts, CDs, etc. So feel free to bring schwag with you.)
We'll be joined by a dozen special guest stars from the innovation economy, including:
- Elon Boms, Launch Capital (one of the investors in Voltage)
- Fred Destin, Atlas Venture
- Laura Fitton, Oneforty
- Ric Fulop, North Bridge Venture Partners
- Jason Jacobs, RunKeeper
- John Landry, Lead Dog Ventures
- Matt Lauzon, Gemvara
- Bob Metcalfe, Polaris Venture Partners
- Eric Paley, Founder Collective
- Steve Papa, Endeca
- Katie Rae, TechStars & Project 11 Ventures
- Tim Rowe, Cambridge Innovation Center
Hope you can join us at Voltage on Friday morning, December 17th from 8:30-ish to 10:30-ish. The hash tag, if you'd like to tweet about the event, is #cfnr.
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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.
May 16 & 17: Convergence Forum on Life Sciences
Speakers from Bristol-Myers, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Biogen Idec talk about the next ten years of the biopharma business. Plus, journalist David Ewing Duncan on radical life extension. (I'm hosting.)
May 22: MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Chief information officers from Guess, Haemonetics, Intel and other companies talk discuss "architecting the enterprise of the future."
June 25: TEDxBoston
The oldest and biggest of the locally-organized TED events is back, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are free, but tough to get. Also streams on the web and airs on WBUR.