This great event was held on October 22nd and 23rd at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. We have been to this venue several times and love it.
The event encompassed two days. The first was a lecture and buffet dinner with networking. The second was lunch, then a work session with mentoring, and a job fair, followed by more networking.
The first night's lecturers were:
- Michael J. Hagen of SCVNGR,
- Jason Evanish of Greenhorn Connect,
- Aaron Gerry of Zazu
- Antonio Rodriguez of Matrix Partners, and,
- Secretary Greg Bialecki, representing the Commonwealth
On the first night, we met:
- Brian Lynn of BookBlunder,
- James Lamarche, a student at Wentworth,
- Lisa Reilly of The Yellow Brick Road Foundation,
- Luis Carrasco, a student at my alma mater (Boston University! Go Terriers!)
- Mikhail Gurevich, who is a classmate with Luis (above) and Wes (below). They are also founders of I-NVS,
- Thomas Fuller (pictured on page 7 of that link), another Wentworth student, and,
- Wesley Griswold, who is also at BU
We saw these old friends:
On the second day, there was the Job Fair. So of course we brought the hexapod with us. What, you say? Doesn't everyone bring a six-legged walking robot to a job fair?
At the job fair, we met:
- Aditya Jain, another student at my alma mater,
- Andy Marx of eHana,
- Diane Williams,
- Elaine Yuan,
- Kevin McCarthy of Pinyadda/Boston Innovation,
- Patrick Camacho of 38 Media Design,
- Robert Schuman,
- Ms. Ryan Mitchell, a Web Developer at Harvard, and,
- Spencer Frazier who is graduating from Boston College next year
We also saw these old friends:
- Cheryl Morris of Pinyadda/Boston Innovation and
- Bobbie Carlton of Mass Innovation Nights, who gave us some great information on an upcoming Steam Punk exhibition at the Charles River Museum of Industry.
We had a good time, and a lot of people seemed to really love the hexapod. We even picked up some resumes from some extremely interesting possible job candidates. Right now we are looking to fix some software development issues and would love to bring in someone with that skill set (plus other skills). We're a growing company! Come grow with us. Continue reading
We'd like to introduce the Dynamic I/O controller (DyIO)! It's our first product and, oddly enough, it's the first commercially available piece of hardware to support the Bowler Communication System (BCS). We are currently working on the final touches for supplying them to our online store, however, we have already sold to a few clients directly. For more information on the DyIO, check out the products page or if you're interested in getting one early, email firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue reading
Recently, Kevin was interviewed by The Boston Herald for their Business section. The article appeared not only online, but also in the print version of the Sunday, August 1, 2010 edition of the paper.
As the lead story.
In the article, Kevin talked about the origins of Neuron Robotics and about the development of the DyIO.
And -- in case you missed it in the article -- Kevin reveals that the DyIO is for sale. We expect to be shipping in a few months. We are, as they say, going places.
If you weren't able to attend our event or just want to relive the talk that Greg gave, check out the video of his talk.Continue reading
.... at a new part for Beyond Robotics, #NRBR.
[caption id="attachment_885" align="alignright" width="225" caption="A sneak peek at a new part for Beyond Robotics, our TEDxBoston talk"][/caption] What is it???
I have been supporting Mass Innovation Night since December of 2009. This was the first time that Neuron Robotics was there to meet and greet. Founder and President Bob Breznak and I brought our business cards and a prototype of the DyIO.
The best thing about Mass Innovation Night is that, while showcasing innovators in the Bay State it also offers an opportunity for startups, services that target startups and investors to get together in an informal and friendly setting. Thank you to IBM for the use of such a beautiful space. Major kudos to Bobbie Carlton who is the hostess and driving force behind it. Without Bobbie, there is no Mass Inno.
The number of presenters was capped at three so that the winner of IBM's Smart Camp would have a chance to present as well. Sproxil works to combat the spread of counterfeit products, particularly drugs, in developing countries. Technology can truly do a world of good and save lives as, for example, malaria patients can get the medications they need rather than a bogus dose of pressed cornstarch.
The presenters were:
- Jumper Networks, which is looking to evolve search via user tagging,
- Rate It Green (Allison Friedman, Founder), which seeks to establish and maintain a trusted directory of providers of ecologically friendly building products, enhanced with user testimonials and ratings, and
- The Buyers' Net (Satya Murti, President), a pooled buyers' service that aims to assist its members with negotiating volume discounts on everything from wine to automobiles.
But there's more than just the presenters. There are also tables, with both experts and other service providers. Among others, we saw:
- Patent attorney Miguel Danielson
- Stacie Andrews of Provado Marketing Solutions, Inc.
- Kai Rostcheck, Founder & Creator of Free Marketing Made Easy, who was very interested in the DyIO
- Founder Institute representatives Ariel Assaf and Paul Geffen and
- Scott Bailey of Mandel Communications.
It was great to see old friends Bobbie Carlton, Paul Geffen, Ben Hron and Mike Cohen of VC Ready Law, Rich Sands, Rama Nandiwada, Dave Fogel, Cynthia Gilbert (she's at Babson) and Colin Kennedy, who was also extremely interested in the DyIO. I have to admit, it's fun to show it off.
We made some new friends, too! Financial Advisor Yilmaz Rona was very informative and was interested in us, too! Kai Rostcheck and Scott Bailey were fun to speak with. Kai is in marketing so we had plenty to discuss. Scott's company helps engineers learn how to communicate better. Among others, we also befriended Robert J. Rosenberg with SMC, Tom Kennedy with The Kennedy Group, Reem Kettaneh Yared of Growthwise, Andreas Randow,William Scher with Sandler Training, and Jonathan D. Lettvin, Founder of Aneuran.
There were so many people, it was impossible to talk to everyone. Unfortunately, I missed chatting with Patent Attorney Jerry Kazanjian, Mark Sprague, Masoud Shadravan, Patent Lawyer Noah Malgeri, McCarter & English Attorney Rick Lucash, my former colleague from Hachette, Smita Desai and Steve Saltman. Next time, for sure!
The next one is July 14, Bastille Day. Mark your calendars. We will be back. Continue reading
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