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Week of June 29th

Submitted on Jul 07, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
  Greetings from MC, everyone. This past week, innovation and health trends particularly piqued our interest. Want another reason to be remorseful about your morning routine and ensuing lack of movement in the office cubicle all day? In other news, visionary entrepreneurs attack macro...
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Jules Pieri’s One Rule for Making Big Decisions

"No regrets"

Submitted on Jul 06, 2015 • by Julia Barry, MassChallenge Marketing
For Jules Pieri, the process of making a tough decision requires one essential step: the firm and deliberate conviction to abandon all regrets about the potential consequences of that decision.  

Here's What We've Been Reading

Week of June 22nd

Submitted on Jun 30, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
  Top o’ the morning to you, folks. We have a true hodgepodge of reads for you that we have unearthed over the past week.  In the world of music streaming there are a number of big players fighting for supremacy over the ever-expanding market of online listeners and the easiest...
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MC Boston 2015 Boot Camp: Day Two

#MCBootCamp15

Submitted on Jun 29, 2015 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
On Friday, the 2015 Boston finalists continued to hit the ground running with Day 2 of Boot Camp!    Day Two's program consisted of:   A lesson in branding and "overdoing it" by Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor An onboarding into the Lean Canvas framework by...
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Finalist Interview Series: LearnLux

The inside scoop from our 2015 finalists

Submitted on Jun 29, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
Now that our class of 2015 finalists has moved in, well, we want to showcase them to you! Last week you heard from Resilient Coders and this week you'll hear from LearnLux co-founder Rebecca Liebman--here's what she had to say:

On Diversity at MassChallenge

Supporting Minority Entrepreneurs

Submitted on Jun 26, 2015 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
Impact has no bias. At MassChallenge we’re dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs have the resources they need to make an impact and succeed immediately, no matter the privilege assigned to them based on their ethnicity, geography, or gender. Diversity is important because the best ideas...

MC Boston 2015 Boot Camp: Day One

#MCBootCamp15

Submitted on Jun 26, 2015 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
On Thursday, the MassChallenge Boston 2015 program was officially kicked off with #MCBootCamp15! Boot Camp is an action-packed orientation for 128 of the highest companies in the world to fully acclimate them into the global innovation ecosystem.

Crafting the Pitch: 5 MORE Tips on how to impress the Discerning Investor

In case you haven't had enough...

Submitted on Jun 24, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
  In retrospect, I realize that providing a mere 5 tips on crafting a great pitch was quite miserly. The reality is that there are infinite ways to appropriately expound on your company with the only true constraint being the immutability of father time. Thus, presenting each business...
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Finalist Interview Series: Resilient Coders

The inside scoop from our 2015 finalists

Submitted on Jun 22, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
We're extremely excited that the 2015 MassChallenge Boston finalist move-in week is upon us and now it's time to catch up with the founders to learn more about their compelling stories, what they're hoping to gain from the MassChallenge program and how they're making an impact on...

Announcing 2015 Boston Scholarship Winners

Submitted on Jun 19, 2015 • by Maya Hauer-Laurencin, MassChallenge Partnerships Manager
This afternoon, Autodesk , Cydan Development , The John W. Henry Family Foundation , Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Microsoft announced the MassChallenge 2015 Finalists that will receive funding through the Boston Scholarship Program.

New strides for female entrepreneurs

Recent statistics show there is hope for narrowing the glaring gender gap that has long afflicted the startup industry

Submitted on Jun 19, 2015 • by Julia Barry, MassChallenge Marketing
In light of Ellen Pao’s loss in a gender discrimination lawsuit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins, it would appear we are making little progress to eradicate the male domination that is all too prevalent in business and tech. Fortunately, however, a bit of good news has emerged recently...
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Here's What We've Been Reading

Week of June 8th

Submitted on Jun 18, 2015 • by James Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
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After an extended hiatus, we’ve renewed our weekly series of delectable topical tidbits hand-picked by the MassChallenge team. Not all of these pieces are breaking news, rather, they represent compelling accounts of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in action: from dizzying valuations to...
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Crafting the Pitch: 5 Tips on how to impress the Discerning Investor

Submitted on Jun 11, 2015 • by Jamie Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
This post serves as a supplement to my prior post: “ Hitting the Wall: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Your Investor Pitch ” by providing tips on what should be included in your presentation to potential investors.

5 Common Mistakes to avoid during Investor Presentations

Don't hit the wall!

Submitted on Jun 01, 2015 • by Jamie Maynard, MassChallenge Marketing
Making a great first impression is critical to traction when presenting to investors who have heard hundreds, if not thousands of qualified entrepreneurs pitch their companies. While the “proverbial” perfect pitch is rare, avoiding these common pitfalls is instrumental in...
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