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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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May 10, 2017

It is rare that we hear reports from the frontiers of technology expressed so lucidly and accessibly by a real insider. This gem of an interview rewards the listener with Jay  Batson’s sensible and eloquently expressed explanations of the pitfalls of building products and companies. Jay recounts how angel investing taught him things he wishes he had known as a founder. He closes with wise words to recent college grads thinking of founding a startup.

Jay Batson started out as a land man helping oil and gas explorers secure drilling rights. Computerizing part of his work led to his first startup. This made him realize that he loved technology. He would eventually embody this passion for tech in the founding of two venture-backed companies which brought significant innovation by way of the open source movement.

Here are some of the topics included in this podcast:

  • Jay Batson Bio
  • Born to a Family of Entrepreneurs – Land Man Studying Law at Night – Tech Founder
  • Jay Batson Exits first Startup – Learns UNIX & C - Heads to Job with BBN in Boston – Massively Parallel Computing
  • Jay Batson Goes from Engineering to Product Management
  • At Forrester Research, Jay Batson Foresaw some of the Internet’s Potential
  • Desktop Internet Phone – Pingtel – SIP – Bits of Code We still Use Today
  • The Story of Acquia
  • Open Source Primer
  • Jay Batson Gets into Angel Investing
  • What Jay Batson Looks for In a Startup
  • What Jay Batson Has Learned from Being an Angel Investor
  • Technique Jay Batson Uses in Mentoring Startups
  • What Do Startups Most Frequently Not Do Well?
  • Jay Batson Relates the Story of Pingtel’s Pivot
  • Jay Batson’s Eloquent Statement of the Value of a Working Board of Directors
  • Jay Batson’s Advice to Recent College Grads Thinking of Founding a Company
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