Two days of Ideas, Insights, and Conversation
OCTOBER 24 & 25, 2019
UMASS, Mt. Ida Campus
777 DEDHAM STREET, NEWTON, MA
Great ideas drive business.
The Authors and Innovators Business Ideas Festival is a unique opportunity to take your business knowledge to the next level.
This two-day event is jam-packed with insights, idea exchange, and thoughtful, intelligent conversation. You will learn from business book authors, innovators, and top business minds as we engage in discussions on a variety of topics.
2019 Featured Books
Keynote Conversation: 21st Century Survival
Fundamentals for Business Success in Today’s Landscape
Co-Founder, Foundry Group
Thursday, Oct. 24 / 5:45 pm
Being an entrepreneur and building a sustainable company is hard work, even with funding
…and especially now.
Join us for a lively conversation with Brad on all the fundamentals of building a successful company in today’s competitive landscape. We’ll talk about marketing original products and services, developing a team, raising money from investors, and staying sane – all while building a company that can thrive
in the 21st century and beyond!
Meet our esteemed authors and business innovation thought leaders
THURSDAY, OCT. 24
5:00 pm / CHECK-IN AND WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION
5:45 pm / KICK-OFF CONVERSATION
BRAD FELD, CO-FOUNDER, FOUNDRY GROUP and TECHSTARS
6:15 pm / BOOK SIGNING
DO MORE FASTER: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
by BRAD FELD
5:00 - 7:00 pm / INNOVATORS' SHOWCASE open
FRIDAY, OCT. 25
7:30 am / CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION BEGINS
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING
7:30 am - noon / INNOVATORS' SHOWCASE open
8:15am / Build a Team that Embraces Change, Disruption, and Dignity
HEIDI GARDNER, DISTINGUISHED FELLOW, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Author: Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos
DONNA HICKS, Weatherland Center for International Affairs, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Author: Leading with Dignity
GERALD KANE, PROFESSOR, BOSTON COLLEGE
Author: The Technology Fallacy
DEVON MCDONALD, PARTNER, OPENVIEW VENTURE PARTNERS
MEREDITH MCPHERRON, VENTURE PARTNER, GLASSWING VENTURES
9:00 am / Break
9:30 am / Retain Your Edge and Evolve for the Future
DAN ALBERT, JOURNALIST and AUTHOR, N + 1 MAGAZINE, COX AUTOMOTIVE
Author: Are We There Yet?
TOM DAVENPORT, PROFESSOR, BABSON COLLEGE
Author: The AI Advantage
JONATHAN GRUBER, PROFESSOR, M.I.T.
Author: Jump-Starting America
JOYCE SIDOPOULOS, CO-FOUNDER, MASS ROBOTICS
10:15 am / Break + QA with Brad Feld hosted by BOSTINNO
11:00 am / Success through Strategic Innovation
STEPHANIE CRIMMINS, CEO, VOLVO CAR MOBILITY
KAREN MILLS, SENIOR FELLOW, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Author: Fintech, Small Busines & the American Dream
JULES PIERI, CO-FOUNDER and CEO, THE GROMMET
Author: How We Make Stuff Now
GARY PISANO, PROFESSOR, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Author: Creative Construction
11:45 am / CLOSING THOUGHTS AND NETWORKING