Founder Dialogues XII- Paul English, CEO and Co-Founder of Blade, October 30th, 2014

We’re excited to announce that Paul English, CEO and co- founder of Blade and former CTO and Founder of Kayak, will be sharing his success story at Founder Dialogues XII on October 30th, 2014 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

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Paul English is CEO and Founder of Blade and KAYAK, a company which will co-found 2-3 consumer technologies startups each year in Boston.

Previously, Paul was CTO and Co-founder of KAYAK, and previous to that Paul was President of Boston Light Software, an ecommerce company sold to Intuit, where Paul then served as VP Technology.

Paul is a Director of Partners In Health and Village Health Works, both organizations providing quality health care to populations of extreme poverty.

Paul was briefly an entrepreneur in-residence at Greylock, a co-founder and Director of Intermute, the founder of GetHuman, the founder of the World Xiangqi League, cofounder and Chairman of Mancala, Inc., Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Interleaf. He also did contract programming for the US Air Force, operations research programming for Data General, programming for a medical device company, and even some video game software and sound-effect development.

Paul received a BS and MS in computer science from University of Massachusetts. Paul regularly lectures on entrepreneurship topics at Boston-area universities, and was named Chief Technology Officer of the year by Mass Technology Leadership Council in 2009. Paul has been an advisor to LinkedIn, ELERTS, FanSnap, Roost, and Pixable.

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Founder Dialogues XI – Jeff Seibert & Wayne Chang, Co- Founders of Crashlytics, March 11th, 2014

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We’re excited to announce that Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang, co- founders and of Crashlytics, will be kicking off the 2014 series and sharing their success story at Founder Dialogues XI on March 11th, 2014 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

Registration: Open to the public.

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Serial-entrepreneurs Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang have successfully collaborated to fuel the future of mobile development in Boston’s back yard. These two young entrepreneurs co- founded the mobile crash reporting startup Crashlytics, which was acquired by social networking giant Twitter in January 2013 for nine figures. Both have spent the last two decades immersed in building and creating innovative technologies.

Jeff discovered his passion for entrepreneurship and programing at a young age, founding Arios Software while in high school in Baltimore, MD. He later went on to gain experience at Apple in both marketing and engineering capacities. In 2007, Jeff co-founded Increo and served as its COO and lead architect until its acquisition by Box in August of 2009. He subsequently oversaw the integration of Increo’s document preview and annotation technologies into the company’s cloud-based content platform.

Wayne is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, hacker, and angel investor. wayne has been passionate about technology from a very young age, writing his first software program on Apple lle at age 7. In college, he founded peer-to-peer file sharing platform i2Hub and was instrumental in the early stages of many top technology companies including Napster and Dropbox. He also serves as a mentor for TechStars, Extreme Startups and MassChallenge. Wayne is passionate about the user experience and building relationships with developers to help influence the future of mobile development. 


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FD X: Steve Papa of Endeca, February 26th, 2013

A special thank you to Endeca‘s founder and former CEO, Steve Papa, for sharing his fascinating founder journey with the Boston community.  

Steve provided the Founder Dialogues X crowd with a unique glimpse into his firsthand experience being immersed in a rapidly advancing technological ecosystem.  He founded the enterprise software company Endeca in 1999 and was its CEO until it was Oracle’s 6th largest acquisition ever on announcement in 2011. Endeca pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade, and made it an industry standard online. 

Endeca’s name stems from the definition “serendipitous discovery” which symbolizes Steve’s breakthrough realization that organizing data, much like merchandise organization in physical stores, could increase a company’s revenue by 30% or more.  In 2003, Walmart.com became powered by Endeca and the legitimacy of the company’s success became tangible.

Thanks to returning and new participants, your contributions helped raise funds for BUILD BostonBUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.  The Founder Dialogues event series is dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurial success within the Boston startup community.  Please stay tuned for the announcement of our next speaker soon.  Our vision is to showcase local successes and inspire the Boston community to build the next generation of great startup success stories.

We hope you enjoy Steve’s story in the video capturing FD X along with the photos below.  Feel free to tweet any thoughts or comments using #fdialogues.

FD IX: Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot, October 22nd, 2012

A special thank you to HubSpot‘s co-founder and CTO, Dharmesh Shah, for sharing his incredible founder journey with the Boston community.  

After finding his passion for computer programming, Dharmesh decided not to return to India and to pursue his calling in the US.  A self-proclaimed startup addict, Dharmesh tells his stories of serial entrepreneurship and angel investing. HubSpot is a company to watch and its success is not surprising given its founder’s work ethic, attention to detail and drive.

HubSpot provides inbound marketing software that helps businesses attract, convert and engage customers on the web.  The company has over 8,000 customers and is a two-time member of the Inc. 500.  Based in Cambridge, MA, HubSpot continues to grow and has been listed year after year as one of Boston’s Top Places to Work.

Thanks to returning and new participants.  The Founder Dialogues event series is dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurial success within the Boston startup community.  Please stay tuned for the announcement of our next speaker soon.  Our vision is to showcase local successes and inspire the Boston community to build the next generation of great startup success stories.

We hope you enjoy Dharmesh’s wit in the video capturing FD IX along with the photos below.  Feel free to tweet any thoughts or comments using #fdialogues.

FD IX from Founder Dialogues on Vimeo.

As always, a special thanks to Greg Joyce of Willoughby Films for his video talents.  We would also like to thank VisibleGains and VentureFizz for their continued support.  Ian Holmes kindly joined Nathalie Bishop in photographing and organization for the event.  Also, a big thank you to Microsoft for providing the space for Founder Dialogues.

Save the Date: Founder Dialogues VII – Russ Wilcox Founder of E Ink, January 23, 2012

We’re thrilled to kick off the new year with our announcement of Russ Wilcox founder of E Ink as our guest for Founder Dialogues VII on January 23, 2012 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

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Russ Wilcox co-founded E Ink Corporation in 1997 to launch an electronic paper display technology invented at the MIT Media Lab.  As CEO he led the company through six years of rapid growth from $1 million to $160 million in revenue.  Under his leadership E Ink scaled up its processes and shipped tens of millions of displays, notably for popular eBook devices such as the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader, and B&N Nook.  After selling E Ink for $450 million, he traveled around the world with his family for twelve months, returning recently to rejoin the Boston startup community.  Russ graduated with honors from Harvard College and was a Baker Scholar at the Harvard Business School and is a co-inventor of twenty-five issued patents.  He is a 2009 Mass High-Tech All-Star and Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year. 

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FD VI: Niraj Shah & Steven Conine of Wayfair November 8, 2011

Niraj Shah & Steven Conine, co-founders of  Wayfair (FKA CSN Stores) gave the Boston startup community an inside look into how a $500+ million home goods online retailer was born.  Niraj hit the nail on the head when he said that “Boston has a lot more going on than you would think, there are not enough self-promoters.”  FD VI told the story of these modest founders by showcasing Wayfair, whose success is anything but modest. 

Below you can learn about Niraj and Steve’s college-old friendship, their thought process while looking for a start-up opportunity (they even considered acquiring an ecommerce site for birdhouses), as well as their current successes. These guys are far from done with innovating, as Steve candidly shared, “we treat our business like a marathon, not a sprint.”  

We feel incredibly fortunate to have all these incredible founders join us for the Founder Dialogues event series.  We extend our gratitude to Niraj and Steve for sharing their story with us.  As always, thanks to returning and new participants.  We will be announcing the next speaker for the new year soon so stay tuned. 

Please enjoy a video and photographs capturing the event.

A special thanks to Tyler Magnin, VisibleGains and VentureFizz for producing the video of this event.  Dale Davidson kindly volunteered his time to capture the moments and photograph.  Also, a big thank you to Microsoft for providing the space for Founder Dialogues.

Save the Date: Founder Dialogues VI – Niraj Shah & Steven Conine of Wayfair (fka CSN Stores), on November 8, 2011

Founder Collective is thrilled to announce Founder Dialogues VI on November 8, 2011 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

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We’ll be kicking off Fall with both Wayfair (FKA CSN Storesco-founders, Niraj Shah & Steven Conine, of the $500+ million home goods online retailer.  Come join us to learn about how Niraj & Steve bootstrapped the second largest online housewares and home furnishings retailer in the US today with over 3 million items from 5,000 brands and until this year had no venture capital investors.

Wayfair employs over 800 people in the US, Canada, Germany, UK, Ireland, and Australia, and goes to market using a number of brands including Wayfair.com, All Modern, Joss & Main.

This will mark the first time that Founder Dialogues invites two founders to speak candidly of their path to success.  Moderator Eric Paley sees this as a unique opportunity to dive into the important co-founder relationship that is crucial to building a company.

Prior to Wayfair, Niraj and Steve co-founded Simplify Mobile, an enterprise software company focused on mobile device management, which was sold to Tangoe, and Spinners, an Internet consultancy, which was sold to iXL. At iXL, Niraj was the COO and a board member, and Steve ran the operations in the United Kingdom.

We look forward to hearing Niraj and Steve’s story and believe it will continue our series of inspiring Boston entrepreneurial success stories from home.

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FD V: Andy Ory, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Acme Packet June 29th, 2011

Andy Ory, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Acme Packet, shared with us his incredible journey which ultimately lead to his building a $5 Billion market cap public company right here in the greater Boston tech community. Andy offered incredibly valuable insight on how to build an extraordinary business from the ground up.  His story provided both a realistic picture of the many ups and downs of a founder, but also great inspiration.

Founder Collective wishes to extend our thanks to returning and new participants of the Founder Dialogues event series.  We will be announcing our next speaker in the weeks to come but hope that you will enjoy reliving Andy Ory’s incredible story.

Here you will find a video and photographs capturing the event.  

A special thanks to Skip Bensley, VisibleGains and VentureFizz for producing the video of this event.  Of course, a big thank you to Andy for inspiring all of us.

Save the Date: Founder Dialogues V June 29th 2011, featuring Andy Ory of Acme Packet

Founder Collective is very excited to announce Founder Dialogues V on June 29th, 2010 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

We’ve heard complaints that the tech community in Boston doesn’t build big companies; that we sell too early and don’t swing for the fences.  Founder Dialogues was created on the premise that these complaints are questionable and the problem is that we don’t do enough to tell our success stories.  Andy Ory is a shining example of this.  In the past 10 years, he’s created a $5 Billion market cap public company right here in the greater Boston tech community. Let’s pause for a moment and digest that – $5 Billion. Wow that’s a big company!  

Yet so few people know Andy’s story or know much about Acme Packet.  June 29th we’ll explore how Andy built such an extraordinary success.

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Andy Ory, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Acme Packet, has graciously accept our invitation to be our next showcased founder.  Under Andy’s leadership, Acme Packet pursues its mission to enable service providers and enterprises worldwide to unleash the power of interactive voice, voice, and unified communications over IP networks.

 

During Andy’s decade-long tenure, he has spearheaded Acme Packet’s growth from a young startup pioneering a new product category and technology called session border control to today dominating that category and delivering an expanding product portfolio that is fueling a new paradigm in communications – session delivery networks.

 

With more than 20 years of telecommunications and computer industry experience, Andy’s ability to guide Acme Packet successfully as it implements its innovation is borne out in numbers.  The company was ranked NASDAQ’s 2010 #1 performing stock for companies with a valuation of $1 billion or greater.  More than 1,300 customers in 105 countries have developed over 12,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 30 of the Fortune 100.

 

Prior to co-founding Acme Packet, Andy was the founder, CEO and chairman of Priority Call Management, which produced network-based solutions that allowed service providers to offer prepaid calling, enhanced messaging and one-number services.

 

We look forward to hearing Andy’s firsthand accounts of yet another Boston success story!

Andy Palmer, Parallel Founder March 21, 2011 at the Microsoft NERD Center

 A special thanks to returning participants of the Founder Dialogues event series and a warm welcome to new participants.  In true New England fashion, we did not let the snow affect attendance.  Founder Collective hopes to continue the growth of this important series showcasing local founders. 

Andy Palmer, Parallel Founder, spoke of his unconventional start into the start-up world and brought thought-provoking insight to Founder Dialogues IV at the Microsoft NERD Center.  Valuable take aways from FD IV : Andy’s push for more of a founder culture in Boston; Defining Andy’s role and value as a parallel entrepreneur involved in several projects; And Andy’s own personal attachment and pride to each company he is/ was involved in.  

Here you will find a video and photographs capturing the event.  As you will see, “Boston needs 1st time CEO’s and for them to be as successful as possible, as fast as possible… The rules have changed but the passion is still there”.    

A special thanks to Tyler Magnin, VisibleGains and VentureFizz for producing the video of this event.  Of course, a big thank you to Andy for motivating all of us.

As always, please feel free to post any comments.  We continually try to improve your experience at these events so any feedback is greatly appreciated.