March 27, 2009
The Nantucket Conference was started ten years ago so that New England would have its own high-level gathering for entrepreneurs, investors, and tech execs — to spotlight what happens here — rather than always flying out to events on the Left Coast.
If you are fortunate to score an invitation or have your registration accepted, you will be among the elite few that shape the Boston start-up eco-system.
The agenda has been finalized and this year there’s an interesting mix of East and West (the COO of Skype is coming), as well as VCs from all over (Jo Tango from Kepha Partners, Brad Feld from Foundry Group in Denver, and Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital in Pennsylvania.) Plus, Robert Keane (who was at the very first Nantucket Conference in 2000) has been invited back to talk about the VistaPrint success story.
There are still a few slots open, if you would like to register to attend.
March 5, 2009
Shotput Ventures of Atlanta has recently launched with their first session this summer. Using the by now familiar formula of $5,000 per team plus $5,000 per founder in exchange for 5% – 10% of equity on entrepreneur friendly terms.
The team is a strong group of successful entrepreneurs with backgrounds in web and software technology. Certainly a viable candidate when you are applying to the list of startup accelerators built on the mold of Y Combinator. If they have a winter program, they will be even more attractive to the snow bound Boston teams.
The un-answered question is who will be the audience for “demo day”? Will Ron Conway or Sequoia be there? Ultimately the test is how many successful companies will be spawned by the program.
They are off to a good start and we look forward to seeing the companies that spring forth under the guidance of Shotput Ventures.