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.
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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