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Angel Invest Boston

Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive. I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor taking stakes in about a dozen startups per year.
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Aug 30, 2017

Ed Roberts started the scholarly study of startups. Learn from this brilliant academic pioneer and seasoned investor in Sohu.com and HubSpot about the keys to success in founding a tech company. Along the way you will be entertained and charmed by his most engaging narrative style.

He grew up in working-class Chelsea, Massachusetts. At Chelsea High, he received preparation that would allow him to explore the academic delights offered by MIT’s curriculum.

Four MIT degrees later he was on the faculty at MIT’s Sloan School of Management studying the impact of NASA’s research on the economy. From there it was a short hop to founding the study of tech startups. He also co-founded successful companies, including Meditech. His course on entrepreneurship incubated Beijing's Sohu.com and Boston's HubSpot. Ed Roberts was an early investor in both.

The oft-cited result that companies founded by MIT alums generate revenues equivalent to the 10th largest economy in the world is one of the products of his scholarship. He also delves into his work on the optimal composition of founding teams. Among the many topics covered in this bravura interview are:

  • Ed Roberts Bio
  • High School in Working-class Town of Chelsea Thoroughly Prepared Ed Roberts for Success at MIT
  • Sound Preparation from Chelsea High Allowed Ed Roberts to Explore the MIT Curriculum
  • Ed Roberts Meets Jay Forrester, Co-inventor of the Core Memory and Founder of System Dynamics
  • Research into Entrepreneurship Springs from NASA Project to Measure Impact of Its Technology
  • Ed Roberts Starts His First Company, Pugh-Roberts Associates
  • MIT Faculty Form Consulting Firms, MIT Grads Form Product Companies
  • Ed Roberts Founds Meditech
  • Engineers Debate the Need for a Marketing Person on the Meditech Team – Hired the Only Marketing Person They Knew
  • Sal Daher’s Pitch for Listeners to Give Back by Reviewing the Podcast on iTunes and Telling Others About It
  • The Most Significant Results from Ed Roberts’ Research
  • It’s Important Not to Keep Your Idea Secret but to Talk to Many People About It
  • Eric von Hippel & User Innovation
  • Ideas Are Overvalued – Person Who Has It Gets Too Much Credit – Pivots Are the Norm – Nobody Remembers All the Pivots – Example: Founders of HubSpot
  • Ed Roberts Invests in Founders, Not Ideas
  • Charles Zhang & the Founding of Sohu.com – Ed Roberts Was Surprised Charles Zhang Wanted to Return to China – Amazing Story!
  • “I’ve always focused on ground zero companies. I do not regard a ground zero company as a frightening and risky thing. I regard it as the place to be because that’s where the fun is, that’s where you can have impact and, to me, if you’ve passed my test, that you’re passionate, you’re dedicated, you’re trying to do something that seems worthwhile, you’re smart, you’re open. I’m going to be able to relate to you. Then, I don’t see it as a risky thing”.
  • Data on PhDs as Founders?
  • Why Are MIT Students & Alums So Likely to Invest in Startups?
  • 30% of MIT Alumni Go to Work for a Startup – Of Those 25% Go on to Found Their Own Company – Those Companies Outperform the Market
  • Second Companies Outperform First Companies; Third Outperform Second – Studies of Universities as Sources of Innovation – Chuck Easley Did Similar Study at Stanford

 

 

 

 

Aug 16, 2017

The collaboration of Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile, two of Boston’s most consequential super angels, is widely admired. Its most visible fruit is the success of Launchpad Venture Group, which they manage together. In this revealing interview, they let us in on how this winning collaboration came to be and what keeps it productive as it approaches the end of its first decade.

Christopher Mirabile and Ham Lord are already familiar to our listeners.  Each has been interviewed individually on earlier episodes of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. In the current episode, the two different personalities interact and give us a glimpse into what drives their working relationship.

Topics covered include:

  • Christopher & Ham’s Remarkable Collaboration
  • How They Connected
  • Division of Labor
  • Lucky to Have Jody Collier as Operations Manager
  • Complementary Skills & Creative Tension
  • What They Enjoy in Working Together
  • What Motivates Christopher and Ham
  • How Christopher & Ham Differ in their Investing
  • Gene Gregerson, an Engineer’s Engineer & Mobius Imaging – Astonishing Feat of Entrepreneurship
  • Blind Spots: How Having a Partner Helps Avoid Them
  • Integrity in the Founding Team is Essential – Due Diligence Screens Out Frauds
  • Geographic Focus Makes It Possible to Add Value
  • Dos & Don’ts for a Winning Collaboration
  • How Ham and Christopher Work Things Out When Problems Arise
  • Co-CEOs Raise a Red Flag but Can Work
  • Trends Christopher & Ham See
  • A Business Semyon Dukach Would Like!

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Aug 16, 2017

The collaboration of Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile, two of Boston’s most consequential super angels, is widely admired. Its most visible fruit is the success of Launchpad Venture Group, which they manage together. In this revealing interview, they let us in on how this winning collaboration came to be and what keeps it productive as it approaches the end of its first decade.

Christopher Mirabile and Ham Lord are already familiar to our listeners.  Each has been interviewed individually on earlier episodes of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. In the current episode, the two different personalities interact and give us a glimpse into what drives their working relationship.

Topics covered include:

  • Christopher & Ham’s Remarkable Collaboration
  • How They Connected
  • Division of Labor
  • Lucky to Have Jody Collier as Operations Manager
  • Complementary Skills & Creative Tension
  • What They Enjoy in Working Together
  • What Motivates Christopher and Ham
  • How Christopher & Ham Differ in their Investing
  • Gene Gregerson, an Engineer’s Engineer & Mobius Imaging – Astonishing Feat of Entrepreneurship
  • Blind Spots: How Having a Partner Helps Avoid Them
  • Integrity in the Founding Team is Essential – Due Diligence Screens Out Frauds
  • Geographic Focus Makes It Possible to Add Value
  • Dos & Don’ts for a Winning Collaboration
  • How Ham and Christopher Work Things Out When Problems Arise
  • Co-CEOs Raise a Red Flag but Can Work
  • Trends Christopher & Ham See
  • A Business Semyon Dukach Would Like!

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Aug 2, 2017

Writing software never seemed like work to young Ham Lord. In high school and then in college, coding is what got him rolling with his other courses; he loved it. This passion, and the happy coincidence of being at the right place (Brown University) at the right time (early 1980s) led to a brilliantly productive career in computing and entrepreneurship.

Ham’s early work in computer graphics would eventually lead to innovation in applying 3D imaging to the creation of new molecules. Later he helped build software with applications in medicine, oil & gas exploration and engineering analysis. He even did work that presaged today’s drone technology.

After 16 years as a software engineer and entrepreneur, Ham cashed in his chips and began a hugely consequential career as one of Boston’s super angel investors. He was the engine behind the relaunch of Launchpad, one of the country’s most respected angel groups. In a frank and accessible interview, Ham discusses the workings of this group, talks about companies that excite him and addresses current trends in the ambit of angel investing.

Topics covered include:

  • Ham Lord Bio
  • Ham Lord Discovers His Love of Computer Programming
  • How Ham Lord Connected with His First Job After Brown
  • Building a New Display for the F-14 Navy Jet
  • Why Ham Lord Founded His First Startup
  • AVS Rises from the Ashes of Stellar
  • Ham Lord’s Transition from Software Development to Marketing
  • After 16 Years Building Startups Ham Lord Takes a Sabbatical Year & Starts Investing
  • Ham Lord Discovers Angel Investing
  • Ham Lord Relaunches Launchpad
  • Ham Lord & Christopher Mirabile Get Together
  • What Does Ham Lord Look for in a Startup?
  • The Ones That Got Away
  • Ham Lord’s Favorite Pivot Story
  • Ham Lord & Cambridge Trust
  • Ham Lord Talks About Launchpads’ Early-stage Track, the Catalyst Program
  • Two Companies in the Machine Learning Space – Netra.io & Smartvid.io
  • Seraf-investors.com & Seraf Compass
  • Trends: Professionalization of Angel Investing & the Angel Capital Association

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