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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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Feb 28, 2018

Since its publication in 2011, “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries has determined how startups are built. The idea is that little can be known up front about what customers really want, thus a series of cheap and quick experiments are in order. Minimally viable products (MVPs) are slapped together and put in front of trial audiences with the goal of having them “fail fast”. This rapid experimentation may lead the startup to change directions repeatedly. These changes in business direction have come to be called pivots.

Now a team of experienced product people are challenging some aspect of the Lean Startup Method. Among those voices are Geordie Kaytes, Radhika Dutt and Nidhi Aggarwal. They have seen the problems that blind adherence to the Lean Startup Method can bring, such as aimless and unproductive pivoting. They propose a rebalancing towards a more deliberate approach. In our interview Nidhi, Geordie and Radhika tell us what drove them to fashion this new approach to product creation.

Radical Product can be found at: Radical Product Website

Feb 28, 2018

When Sid Satish saw his first surgery he was struck by the contrast between the advanced technologies in use side by side with ancient practices such as the negotiation over how much patient blood has been lost. He saw an opportunity to apply technology to create an informed calculation of blood loss. This was in 2011, now this technology runs on iPad Pros and is in use at 30 hospitals.

 

Here are some highlights from this eye-opening interview:

 

  • Siddarth Satish’s Bio
  • Got Hooked on Entrepreneurship from Business Plan Competitions at UC Berkeley
  • Gauss’ Device & Software Scans the Operating Room to Estimate Blood Loss – Too Cool!

[The Product Is Called Triton and Has Been Adopted at 30 Hospitals and Used on 100,000 patients Already]

  • How Gauss Got Started
  • “…we've had a few of our health systems study the delivery of the system and find that it has clinically impacted blood transfusions, made them more efficient, it has led to a significant increase in the recognition of hemorrhage, which is the problem we're trying to solve….by almost 400 percent.”
  • “When you're trying to change an entire field and trying to change the way that medicine is ultimately practiced with a completely new perspective, it takes re-imagination both on the technical front, but also on the clinical front, on the customer-facing front.”
Feb 14, 2018

Invest Alongside Boston's Leading Angels in Our Syndicates

Learn More Here: Angel Invest Boston Syndicates

Guest: Semyon Dukach, Super Angel, Founder & VC - "The Energizer"

When Semyon Dukach’s family came to America as refugees from the Soviet Union, they had a hundred dollars to their name. Semyon is now one of Boston’s most consequential super angels. Along the way he founded a couple of startups himself and made some remarkable angel investments that put him in a position to be helping founders with money and time. He has a knack for encouraging founders during the tough times. He’s done some fascinating stuff, like being a member of MIT’s fabled blackjack team, more recently he headed up Techstars in Boston. Now he’s raised a venture fund, One Way Ventures, focused on working with immigrant founders.

Don’t miss this inspiring interview. Topics covered include:

  • Sal’s Announcement of the Angel Invest Boston Syndicate
  • Sal’s Intro of Semyon Dukach
  • Semyon Dukach Bio
  • The Moment Semyon Dukach Figured Out What He wanted to Do in Life
  • Semyon Dukach’s Immigrant Story
  • One of Semyon Dukach’s Adventures on MIT’s Fabled Blackjack Team
  • The Satisfaction of Helping Out Customers in Significant Ways
  • Semyon Dukach’s Tremendous Pivot Story
  • Semyon Dukach’s First Angel Investment
  • Some of Semyon Dukach’s Favorite Startups – Wanderu, Quanergy & Lovepop Cards
  • Semyon Dukach’s Leadership at Techstars Boston
  • Semyon Dukach’s Advice to Startups Applying to Techstars
  • Why Are Immigrants So Over-Represented Among Founders
  • How One Way Ventures Came About
  • About Eveline Buchatskiv, Semyon’s Partner in One Way Ventures
  • Semyon Dukach’s Advice to Angels & Founders
Feb 14, 2018

Invest Alongside Boston's Leading Angels in Our Syndicates

Learn More Here: Angel Invest Boston Syndicates

Shiva Kashalkar of Green Piñata Toys

The toy industry is hard for new comers. Building a subscription business in the toy industry is doubly hard. Despite the obstacles, Shiva Kashalkar and her company, Green Piñata Toys, are starting to get traction. They report 50% organic growth month over month with 90% monthly retention. The secret of their growth has been the creation of an algorithm to predict from the first delivery, what toys will be of most interest to their customer’s children. Listen to this engaging conversation with a dynamic young founder who is beginning to see green shoots in her startup.

Feb 14, 2018

Invest Alongside Boston's Leading Angels in Our Syndicates

Learn More Here: Angel Invest Boston Syndicates

Shiva Kashalkar of Green Piñata Toys

The toy industry is hard for new comers. Building a subscription business in the toy industry is doubly hard. Despite the obstacles, Shiva Kashalkar and her company, Green Piñata Toys, are starting to get traction. They report 50% organic growth month over month with 90% monthly retention. The secret of their growth has been the creation of an algorithm to predict from the first delivery, what toys will be of most interest to their customer’s children. Listen to this engaging conversation with a dynamic young founder who is beginning to see green shoots in her startup.

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