Summer Catalyst: Week 7
启动或启动一个企业，了解基本的法律概念，知道什么时候与律师工作的时候是必不可少的。纵观他们的行程，当谈到创建合同，建立知识产权，纳入企业，或企业融资的企业家可能面临的各种法律问题。在第7周，Summer Catalystteams engaged in Lunch & Learn sessions and office hours with attorneys to help broaden their awareness of legal topics.
On Monday, the teams participated in Team Updates where they shared a quick update on their progress and discussed obstacles. Some of the asks included feedback on their websites, recommendations for marketing agencies, and connections with accountants. Their peers and advisors provided instant feedback and brainstormed possible solutions.
之后，企业家在与办公时间探索其业务的财务影响Stuart Goldstein, a Babson alum (class of 1976), CPA, and Managing Partner of Samuel Goldstein & Co.
Padriag Duna MBA ‘21 was in the Hot Seat pitchingMATR, a venture that is on a mission to end food waste by turning scraps into mushrooms. Padraig received valuable feedback from his peers during Hot Seat and in the subsequent rebuild session.
Later in the day, the teams entered a series of legal office hours with two attorneys fromMintz Edge,威尔帕金斯和Dinsh Melwani。他们更多地了解了各种法律主题luding entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing, technology licensing, and strategic alliances.
As the Creative in Residence at Summer Catalyst, I led another series of Creative Consultations. During these unique sessions, I advise entrepreneurs on a variety of creative topics including website design, content creation, photographs, videos, social media, and more. Over the summer, I’ve helped teams transform their designs, visuals, and content, while creatively solving problems.
On Wednesday, the teams attended a legal Lunch & Learn withJeremy Halpern, Partner atNutter McClennen & Fish, LLP. Jeremy specializes in startups, venture capital, angel capital, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, food and beverage, and technology sectors.
此后，企业家参加了办公室小时Ben Howe, Partner atHolland and Knight。Ben represents startup companies through various aspects of their life cycle. During office hours, he answered questions about venture capital financing, early seed investments, and initial equity rounds.
Sree Dasari ’23 was in the Hot Seat pitchingVadati，a company that reinvents the way you present by using a virtual reality technology and an advanced heart rate analysis algorithm to provide accurate feedback.
Summer Catalyst entrepreneur Padraig Duna MBA‘21 hosted a special meetup with Jeff Walker and Rajat Bhakhri about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to hiring tech talent. Here are some of their tips:
- Be careful not to give the CTO title away too quickly.
- If you need help, don’t forget to talk to your mentors and advisors to evaluate the technologist’s skills before bringing them on to your team.
Afterwards, participants joinedBob Stringer和Bob Jonesfor a Coffee Meetup to learn about why a startup failed. The entrepreneurs gained some actionable tips. One: Don’t overlook cost structure. Two: Take time to identify your specific customer segment and understand the customer needs. Three: Don’t rush to add people to the team. Four: Generate more money than you think you may need. Five: Collect substantial evidence to prove that others are willing to pay for your idea or product.