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Mass Innovations Night is 4 Years Old! (#MIN48)
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on March 15, 2013 0 comments
On Wednesday night, I stopped by Mass Innovation Nights for their 4-year anniversary at Lansdowne Pub in Boston. It was a change in venue from the ones I had attended before, and I was unsure how well a bar scene would work for MassInno. At 6pm, things were still on the quiet side, but I was able to find a cheerful Bobbie Carlton, who was doing pretty well for having just returned from SXSW2013 in Austin, TX. I talked to her briefly and then went to work, My goal was to check out the 10 startups, take a picture and get a 30-second sound byte pitch. The variety of companies was great, in celebration of the variety who have come through the past 47 events. I was particularly impressed with the companies that had young people working for them: Help Around Town and Thinkerdeck. The young students were very articulate and full of energy. It' good to see that some companies are doing their part to stimulate entrepreneurship in high schools. Thinkerdeck is also a social entrepreneurship company, giving a percentage of sales to support ALS. Conscious Capitalism is the way to go.

To my amazement, it took me nearly 3 hours to talk to the companies and get 30-second recordings. The conversations were riveting, and the entrepreneurs had great stories to tell. Vinod was so happy to tell me about his seashell speakers, and he even showed me version 1.0, which was partly made out of 2 fake-wood salad bowls. Version 2.0 was a clear advantage, complementing the beauty of the large shells. 

I was a little worried about the loud background noise, hoping it would not distract from the recordings of the pitches. A pleasant surprise was how the iPhone mic made the loud noise just a hum that made the event sound as lively as it was and give a little pizzazz to the pitches. The noise made the speakers project and with that came more enthusiasm.

Anyway, enough of my talk. Watch the 5 minute video below to hear for youself. Thanks, Bobbie, for another great event and your unwavering support for the startup community!

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