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Transforming an Idea into a Successful Company

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


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Meeting Presentations

Paul Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Intelligent Integration Systems, Inc. /resources/Documents/Presentations/090611/davis_0.pdf

Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, CTO and VP of R&D and member of the Board of Directors, of A123 Systems /resources/Documents/Presentations/090611/Chu_0.pdf

Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder and CEO of Practically Green /resources/Documents/Presentations/090611/SStevens.pdf

Robert Adelson, Business Attorney and Partner at Engel & Schultz LLP /resources/Documents/Presentations/090611/adelson_0.pdf

Learn what it takes to transform your idea into a successful company from those who have done it. Learn from three entrepreneurs who have stepped out on their own with an idea for a product or service and had success in launching and developing their companies. This meeting will focus on things the entrepreneur did in the early days - planning, organizing and launching the venture that ultimately led to a successful venture. If you are thinking of starting or if you have already launched, learn some of the tips and traps and lessons learned from those who has already done it. Below are biographies of our three speakers who will each offer their experience starting companies and also investing in and raising money for companies (besides founding and leading companies from the idea stage onward, one speaker has also been a seed stage investor and another has been an investment banker) and our moderator, an attorney who represents startup companies.

Paul Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Intelligent Integration Systems, Inc. (www.intelligent-isi.com), which produces software and systems utilizing massively parallel processing data warehouses. He is responsible for the Company’s business development strategy, customer relationships, product marketing, and financial management. Starting in 2000, he was a principal at Seed Partners, LLC, an early-stage investment company and served on Seed portfolio company boards including Zipcar, GeneXP Biosciences, which he served as founding CEO, and Predictive Networks, which he co-founded. He was Executive VP and COO of Vanguard Automation, the leading provider of BGA interconnect systems for the semiconductor industry, and the senior company official reporting to a board led by General Electric Capital at the time of a 1998 sale to Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. that returned 70% annualized IRRs to investors. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Suffolk University.


Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, CTO and VP of R&D and member of the Board of Directors, of A123 Systems, a public company that delivers advanced rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and complete energy storage systems to power innovation in transportation, electric grid and commercial products ( www.a123systems.com ) Dr. Riley has more than 15 years of experience in technology development and commercialization in the advanced materials, portable power and superconductor industries. Prior to co-founding A123 Systems, Dr. Riley held a number of key development and management positions over an 11-year career at American Superconductor. In his most recent role, he served as senior manager in corporate engineering where he led research for superconductor wire products. Dr. Riley holds more than 40 patents and has published more than 80 papers in the field of advanced materials. Dr. Riley has a Ph.D. and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in physics and geology from Middlebury College.


Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder and CEO of Practically Green (www.practicallygreen.com), a smart, fun and easy online service that motivates people to make healthy green changes at home, at work and in their community. Previously, Susan spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president, digital for Boston Globe Media, where she ran Boston.com, one of the largest news and information sites on the web. She has previous start-up experience as co-founder and president of a venture-backed web business, Abridge Inc. Susan began her career as a management consultant. She also serves on the boards of the Center for Women & Enterprise and Xconomy.com. Ms. Stevens received her MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; a BA from Wesleyan University; and a graduate certificate in sustainable design from the Boston Architectural College.

Robert Adelson, our moderator, is a business attorney and partner at Engel & Schultz LLP, a small Boston law firm (www.engelschultz.com ), skilled in the representation of startup companies pre-funding as they launch operations. Rob began his legal career as an associate at major New York law firms Dewey Ballantine and later Weil Gotshal & Manges, before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining his present firm in 2004. Rob’s clients are (1) early stage companies, (2) independent consultants, (3) senior executives and key employees, and (4) family businesses. His main practice areas are: Business formation and finance; Commercial contracts, licensing, alliances; Executive employment, stock, options and severance; Trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets; M&A. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles published by Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech, Family Business Magazine, Genetic Engineering News, Culpepper Letter and others. Rob is Chairman of IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network and Board member of 128 Innovation Capital Group. He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation.