The speakers were (from left):
- Michael Simon, CEO and co-founder, LogMeIn
- Scott Griffith, CEO, Zipcar
- Gail Goodman, CEO, Constant Contact
- Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder, WayFair (formerly CSN Stores)
- Colin Angle, CEO and co-founder, iRobot
- Paul English, CTO and co-founder, Kayak.com
- Matt Lauzon, CEO and co-founder, Gemvara
My opening request to the speakers: tell us about one decision you made that you think was crucial in helping your company evolve from a small start-up into a major player. The audio was recorded on my iPhone, so you may need to adjust the volume here and there. Photo at right is from Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital, who was in the front row.
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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