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Working w/ the Big League: How Startups Can Partner With Microsoft, Autodesk, Draper & more

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

at Morgan Lewis

Free - $35
Large corporations are often looking to leverage startups to transform their organization, build their innovation capabilities and offer new products and thinking. Startups can also greatly benefit from partnering with corporations to guide and/or fund their growth and networks. However, Startups are notoriously agile and adaptive while large corporations can be slow moving, bureaucratic and bound by an array of procedures and a pool of shareholders.
In this discussion we will explore how to create and manage a partnership with large corporations - what they look for, how they operate and what value they expect from working with startups. We’ll look through the obstacles and benefits these partnerships can bring and what they might mean for your startup in the short term and the long run.
Joshua Drew

Joshua Drew

Sr Technical Evangelist for Startups at Microsoft

Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft for Startups where he is responsible for the growth of Microsoft Services within the startup ecosystem in Greater Boston. Joshua can provide programs to offset the cost of tools and services for the startups. His technical background in application and cloud development using native languages and hybrid technologies allows him to help startups build and scale their products. As an evangelist, Joshua finds these startups and promotes them in 3 key areas, services & software, support and storytelling.

Joshua has been working in the digital agency field for over 15 years. Whether he was managing a team of developers or developing solutions for an engagement, his client first attitude and willingness to teach provided success in his career. During this time he has helped clients such as Delta Air Lines, Kraft Foods, Lexus Automotive, Wells Fargo, Dunkin Donuts and more, launch digital products and build brands online. Projects include eCommerce sites for Nestle Waters and Readers Digest to Facebook apps for Unilever Brands and CVS Pharmacy.

Nathan Wiedenman

Nathan Wiedenman

Director, Sembler Office at Draper

Nathan is the Director for the Sembler office at Draper - Developed from the VBCE Initiative, Sembler is Draper’s focused effort to provide support to and partner with startup companies across multiple technical domains. Draper has a wide spectrum of facilities, resources, and expertise that can be utilized by startups to mature their concepts, refine their prototypes, and ultimately get to market. Nathan is an experienced leader of large and diverse teams, with emphasis on R&D and technology programs and is focused on building new partnerships and systems for both commercial and defense applications, bridging the valley of death between concept and implementation.

Nicole Fichera

Nicole Fichera

Senior Manager, Innovation Engagement at Autodesk

Nicole Fichera is a Senior Manager for Innovation Engagement at Autodesk. She has held various roles in the building industry and innovation community in Boston, and has deep experience at then intersection of the innovation economy and the built environment. Nicole joined Autodesk in 2016 to support the launch of the BUILD Space, a 35,000 SF collaborative R&D workshop focused on the future of the building industry, and to manage relationships with key innovation partners. The mission of the Autodesk BUILD Space is to co-create a shared vision of the future with the building industry, and to engage our product and business teams with that future. Since the opening of the BUILD Space in 2016, Nicole has been building partnerships and systems to deliver on that mission, creating opportunities for Autodesk teams to collaborate with industry innovators to better understand the technologies and expectations that will inform the development of future products. Prior to joining Autodesk, Nicole launched and operated District Hall, a civic gathering space for innovators and the first building of its kind in the world. She was also the Innovation District Manager for the City of Boston, managing the City’s initiative to transform 1000 acres of underdeveloped land on the South Boston Waterfront into an urban environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

Moderated by:

Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton

Founder, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women & Carlton PR & Marketing

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women, Innovation Nights and Carlton PR & Marketing, is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional. She speaks regularly on social media, innovation communities and product launches. Previously, in addition to working with a number of Boston-area PR and marketing firms, she headed global PR for enterprise software companies PTC and Cognos (now part of IBM). Innovation Women is an online speaker’s bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women designed to help event managers gender-balance their speaker slates. Mass Innovation Nights is a social media powered new product showcase and networking event. MIN has launched almost 1000 new products which have collectively received more than $1.3 billion in funding. In 2010 she was named one of the “Ten Bostonians who have done the most for the startup community”, and in 2011 she was a recipient of a Mass High Tech All-star award. In 2015 she was named a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch.

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May 9
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free - $35
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