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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Jul 18, 2018

Zipcar’s first investor, Jean Hammond, is Boston’s indispensable angel. Her hands-on approach has been pivotal to the success of her startup and several others. She co-founded the leading accelerator for educational technology startups, LearnLaunch. The interview was great fun and hugely instructive to me. Don’t miss it!

Here are some highlights:

  • Sal Introduces Jean Hammond
  • From Studying Biology at Boston University to Running a Food Warehouse
  • Jean Decides She Needs a Rigorous MBA – Goes to MIT Sloan
  • Moved to Edinburgh & Worked at Fast-Growing Computer Networking Startup
  • “By the time I left there [Spyder], I felt like I'd done all the different functions in a little startup and done it while growth was going on.”
  • Jean Hammond Founds AXON
  • “AXON was four years old when 3Com acquired it and had grown quite rapidly to a pretty good business, and we got a pretty good price.”
  • Jean Hammond’s Second Startup, Quarry, Suffered from Bottlenecks in Telecom Infrastructure
  • “We live in a magic world of technology today that just things you wouldn't have imagined could happen are happening every day.”
  • “First, I wish to thank listener Phillip L. 36 for this great review on iTunes”
  • Jean Hammond Becomes Zipcar’s First Investor
  • “By coming back into town and talking to everybody, I found out that I was an angel investor. I didn't even know that all of that time.”
  • This Is Why We Call Her the Indispensable Angel
  • Jean Hammond Invests Widely with Boston’s Angel Community
  • Golden Seeds & Teaching Angel Investing
  • Jean Hammond Starts the Activity that Would Lead to the Founding of LearnLaunch, the Ed Tech Accelerator
  • “Education is a really interesting industry. It's the last of the giant industries, well over five trillion globally, maybe six, to digitize.”
  • “Qstream is based on technology that actually understands how memories are fixed.”
  • “…learning science is quite clear that we need to be striving, taking a little bit harder than you took the last time.”
  • “…some of our most excited investors in the LearnLaunch accelerator are coming in from India and China and Japan because they want to be a part of these changes.”
  • Jean Hammond’s Thoughts on the Importance of Boards to Startups
  • “Being a board member for a startup is actually quite a challenging job…”
  • Jean Hammond’s Parting Thoughts
Jul 4, 2018

Timeless values of loyalty and integrity have helped Phillips Kuhl build a thriving company at the heart of one of the economy’s most innovative sectors: biotechnology. Holding more than 250 conferences per year, Cambridge Healthtech Institute or CHI, helps participants discover new perspectives on the problems they are addressing. This impressive feat requires the concerted effort of 150 talented employees whose encouragement and guidance are Phillips Kuhl’s constant concern. I really enjoyed discovering how my friend of long standing built his remarkable company.

Here are some highlights:

  • Sal Introduces Phillips Kuhl
  • “…consorting with biotech royalty…”
  • Russian Studies & Economics at Haverford
  • Reading Russian Novels to Stay Awake on the Night Shift
  • “I always knew that I wanted to work for myself. I didn't work particularly well for someone else. I'm not great at following someone else's direction…”
  • Grandmother Provided Phillips with a Model for Entrepreneurship
  • Fast Growth Got the Attention of Vidar Jorgensen Who Was Already in the Conference Business
  • The Easiest Decision: Become an Entrepreneur
  • “…one of the key lessons was figuring out who were the people that represent the buy side of that topic, who are the people that represent the sell side…”
  • “…critically valuable to have several different perspectives that are brought together…”
  • “You're going to hear perspectives that you otherwise might not be aware of…”
  • Listener BPaul2 says: "Great content. Very informative podcast for entrepreneurs to get inspired and start working in their ideas."
  • Company Crisis Number One
  • Company Crisis Number Two
  • Company Crisis Number Three
  • The Heartbreak of Having to Fire Good Employees
  • A Culture of Openness Sets CHI Apart
  • Angel Investing: SQZ Biotech
  • Savran Tech
  • Angel Investing: Glycosyn
  • What Phillips Most Appreciates About Boston