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Building a Team of All-Stars

  • 10 Feb 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag, 1000 Winter St. Suite 4000, Waltham, MA.


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Why is it that some companies with merely average products succeed, and others with phenomenal ones fail miserably?

The difference inevitably comes down to the talent of the team behind the product.

It's often said in business that A players try to hire A players but sometimes hire B players, however B players always hire C players. So how do you make sure you get A players? Have you heard: “We don’t invest in products, we invest in people!”, or “Who’s on the management team?” from investors?

Whether your company is just an idea, a startup or one with limited resources that can’t really afford a Fortune 500 pay package, your company's success will depend on your ability to attract and retain top talent. This panel is organized to help you discover what you can do to attract and retain talent in a job market that remains competitive for A players. Come sit with team building experts and listen to their insights on how to build awesome teams no matter what your current stage of business development. Bring your questions and toughest challenges to this panel to advance your entrepreneurship skill set.


Jerry Socol - Jerry is the former chief executive of Filene's and four other retail-related businesses including retail startup Brandstamp. He has experienced a range of career successes and upsets, from growing a $200 million business into a $900 million company to being fired. Jerry is an active member of Launchpad Ventures and among other pursuits helps mentor businesses with hands-on business advice and coaching.


Eli de los Pinos - Eli is a biotech entrepreneur building a company with the potential to radically improve cancer treatment. Eli has created Aura Biosciences from the ground up: from concept, through patents in her name, fundraising and incorporation, to today’s pre-clinical research and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Aura, she was Marketing Manager at Eli Lilly Oncology Business Unit. She received a magna cum laude doctorate in Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona. She completed part of her training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institute of Molecular Medicine (NY-USA) and at Georgetown School of Medicine (Washington DC). Following that she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research in London (UK) and completed the Entrepreneurship Development program at MIT.

Eli is passionate about eradicating cancer and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has recently been awarded as one of the Top 40 most brilliant talents in Boston under the age of 40, a 2010 Woman to Watch by Mass High Tech and a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland).