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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Jan 11, 2017

Ralph Wagner recalls his journey of self-discovery that led from failure in engineering to incandescent success in marketing and sales. The man who could not do calculus or write code excelled at identifying and exploiting opportunities created by computer technology. In this interview one sees that Ralph’s captivating personality is firmly ballasted by good sense and common decency. It is made evident how his interest in people was vital to the success of his many ventures.

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Topics we touched on:

Success after flunking calculus


Apple Computers

Kurzweil Learning Systems, Ray Kurzweil


KeyFile, Jim Stenzel

Bob Moll, Moll Associates

Arthur D. Little

Meditech, Ed Roberts, Neil Pappalardo

Michael Mark, Interleaf

Steve Watson, Computerland

Visicalc, impact of the first spreadsheet software available on a personal computer


Steve Gaal, TA Associates

Tony Helies

Walnut Venture Associates, Jim Massarelli, Data General

Julian Lange, Visicalc, Software Arts, Babson College

Microsoft Excel, Lotus 123

Eyal Shavit, Software Development Corporation, Underware, Brief, Barry Bycoff, Netegrity

Stefan Mehlhorn, Permessa, Collego, Loop Pay

Jay Singh, Dan Levin, Doron Gan, Tod Loofbourrow, ViralGains

Kendall Tucker, Polis, David Solomont