Log in

The Key to a Successful Start-up - Winning Investors with Your Pitch Deck and Presentation

  • 07 Jun 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd., 1st Floor Great Room, Waltham (Exit 28, I-95/Route 128)



Chip Hazard, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners - slides

Thomas C. Browne, President, GrowthUS Associates, LLC - slides

Stuart Nixdorff, Senior Vice President, Kopin Corporation - slides

One of the most obvious and challenging key requirements for the success of an early stage entrepreneurial company is securing funding. Our Boston ENET June 7th meeting is focused on learning how to win potential investors with the right pitch deck and presentation. It will also focus on how companies can build a value proposition which will enable an entrepreneur to raise value, a critical step prior to raising money.

The Panel is composed of several venture capitalists, some who have been in successful startups prior to their investment careers and a CEO who has led several successful start-ups, is an author, currently works with early stage companies as an adviser and who has developed webinars and a work shop to guide early stage company executives to success.

Join us for an exciting and informative evening of informative presentations and networking.


Chip Hazard, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners, http://www.flybridge.com ,

Chip is a full-time VC who thinks infrastructure software is hip, part-time family Uber driver, photographer, and dogcatcher.

Chip’s investment interests and experience broadly cover companies and technologies in the information technology sector.  Companies he has invested in at the firm include MongoDB, Mattermark, Redox Engine, Stormpath, Firebase (acquired by Google), and Stackdriver (acquired by Google). Before joining the firm in May 2002, Chip was a General Partner with Greylock Partners, a leading venture capital firm he joined in 1994. While at Greylock, Chip led or participated in numerous successful investments in the enterprise information technology field.

Prior to Greylock, he was with Company Assistance Limited, an investment and consulting firm in Warsaw Poland; and Bain and Company, an international management consulting firm. Chip received a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.

Thomas C. Browne, President, GrowthUS Associates, LLC,


T. C. Browne is an accomplished operating executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in technology-driven, growth-oriented businesses.

A 2016 Edison Awards Judge, Mr. Browne is President of GrowthUS Associates, LLC, which provides online leadership and business services to high-tech enterprises. He is also President of enAero Technologies, Inc., which incubates and patents new technologies, the most recent of which has been for “cooling fabrics” for high-performance sports apparel. TC is also Founder of LinkedIn’s High-Tech CXO Growth and Leadership Strategies Network.

Mr. Browne has previously been CEO of five high-tech venture companies spanning software, hardware, networks and services, in which the common denominator has been the efficient use of invested and harvested funds to effectively grow the business and achieve its strategic objectives. 

Prior to becoming a CEO, TC was a corporate executive as Senior Vice President and General Manager with BBN Corporation (now units of Verizon and Raytheon), which developed and deployed advanced networking and security technology for mission-critical applications, and Vice President, Corporate & Government Marketing with Sony Electronics Inc., which provides a diverse array of electronic products to Fortune 100 and Federal government customers. 

Mr. Browne is a decorated former Naval Aviator and U. S. Navy Lieutenant Commander who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master's degree in Management Science & Operations Research from The George Washington University. Connect with TC on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/tcbrowneceo.

Stuart Nixdorff, Senior Vice President, Kopin Corporation, http://www.kopin.com/

Stuart Nixdorff is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Kopin Corporation, a leading developer of innovative wearable technologies and systems. Stuart recently rejoined Kopin after two decades of entrepreneurial ventures where he is now spearheading the company’s growth into the headworn wearable eco-system.

A 20-year veteran to the business and technology industry, Stuart has developed and led multiple brands to their current successes. He has also founded and co-founded multiple companies. Mr. Nixdorff’s hand in fast growing businesses and start-ups has allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of market segmentation, customer voice, and sales strategies to launch new technologies in growing markets. His background is specifically rooted in sales, marketing, business development and CEO-roles.

Stuart’s first experiences with wearable and bodyworn computing started in 1996 when he was responsible for commercializing microdisplays into the Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and the emerging Digital Camera market. Prior to Kopin, Stuart was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wearables and Accessories for AAC Technologies, the world’s largest mobile phone acoustic component company. His role with AAC Technologies was by way of their acquisition of his company, ID8-Mobile where he served as CEO and Founder developing innovative wireless wearable consumer products for Apple and AT&T. ID8’s vision was to blend integrated innovative design, ergonomics and novel technologies around the evolving user behavior with the shift in the mobile eco-system being driven by smartphone integration. With the deep background in acoustic, imaging, display and processor technologies, Stuart has been on the forefront of many disruptive technologies, raising of over $100M in strategic financing for start-up businesses and securing several successful exits including both IPO and Strategic Acquisitions. 

He’s launched over 30 innovative products in audio and videoconferencing, digital cameras, automotive cameras, noise cancellation, integrated smart accessories, and wearables; many of which have gone on from launch to become #1 category sellers within Apple retail stores. Accolades for previous product introductions include CES Innovations, CTIA “Best of Show” and Andrew Seybold’s Most Imaginative Product.

Mr. Nixdorff received undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration degrees in marketing and international business from Shenandoah University and completed executive education programs in Innovative Product Marketing at The Harvard Business School and a Clean Technology Entrepreneur Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an active Angel Investor with LaunchPad Ventures, the largest Angel Group in the NorthEast. Some fun facts about Stuart include that he personally measured, photographed, and studied over 500 ears to attain the perfect ergonomic fit for headphone design. Looking at ears is still a habit he can’t break. On his second date with his wife-to-be, Stuart met at Comdex where he donned a circa 1997 Head Worn Computer. Despite that geeky fashion statement, she still married him. Outside of Mr. Nixdorff’s business drive, he’s a passionate athlete with over 15 years of experience in endurance events including 3 Ironman Triathlon races, and is also an avid skier, cyclist and runner.


Brigid Oliveri Siegel, Partner & Founder, Brigid Siegel Associates

Brigid is a Managing Partner and Founder of Brigid Siegel Associates, a retained executive search firm focused on high technology, biotechnology, clean tech, technology roles at universities, venture capital and private equity clients. Brigid’s  responsibilities encompass the execution and direction of a comprehensive search process from research strategy, candidate development, position and person specification through final candidate selection and offer. 

Brigid began her career in the high technology industry over 30 years ago and in executive search, 20 years ago. Prior to Brigid Siegel Associates  Brigid was a Partner at  Polachi, a Managing Director with The Onstott Group, a Senior Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and a Vice President with Fenwick Partners. She also founded and managed Brigid Siegel Associates LLC, a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in the high technology practice area. In addition to executive recruiting, her professional experience spans multiple positions in technology firms, including management, marketing, national account sales, software development and field engineering. Throughout her retained executive search career Brigid has successfully completed numerous information technology senior executive search assignments for clients ranging from emerging growth companies to multi-billion dollar corporations.  

Brigid studied at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute. Her executive search industry expertise has been cited in the Boston Business Journal, the New York Post, as well as Hunt Scanlon’s Executive Recruiting Industry Newswire. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Venture Forum for seven years.  

Pre-meeting Dinner at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci’s, Waltham, (Exit 27B, Route 128).

E-Minute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.

See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp

Reservations: ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members,$20 for non-members and $10 for students with a valid ID. No reservations are needed for the pre-meeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.