Don't miss the inaugural Rough Draft Ventures Sketch, also know on the Twitterverse as #RDVSketch. We'll be gathering on Monday, November 11th to discuss the ins and outs of building a startup team, with a focus on local resources in Boston and Cambridge that can help kickstart your mission to build an awesome team.
Rough Draft Sketch is a monthly meetup, sponsored by Rough Draft Ventures, which pulls together university students from around the Boston area to discuss the pains and pleasures of starting and running technology startups. Each #RDVSketch features a panel of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world, all interested in helping tomorrow's leaders soak up the knowledge needed to succeed in founding new, world-changing ventures.
Free food and drinks are included at every #RDVSketch, so be sure to save that campus cash and come satisfy your tummy and your brain, all at once!
About Our Speakers
Elias Torres (@eliast) is the VP of Engineering at HubSpot, where is he focused on building the best engineering organization in Boston. Elias joined HubSpot after they acquired Performable in June 2011, where he was the CTO and co-founder. His team at HubSpot builds a distributed, cloud-based software platform for marketers that powers HubSpot's ambition to become the #1 marketing company in the world. He is obsessed with finding the best talent, sculpting company culture, and getting things done. To build a good team, Elias believes a company needs a mission worth following and an obsession with team culture.
Sarah Hodges (hodges) is the Co-Founder of Intelligent.ly a learning campus and management training solution for startups. Sarah is also the VP of Marketing for Smarterer, a Boston-based startups that quantifies professional skills in minute to drive clarity in the hiring process, and serves as a part-time Advisor to Flybridge Capital. Prior to Smarterer, Sarah worked as Director of Marketing at RunKeeper, and was part of the Carbonite team leading up to the company's 2010 IPO. What's most important in building a startup team? Sarah's philosophy on team composition is that every new hire has a tremendous impact on the overall vibe of a small team. She looks for people with passion, curiosity and tenacity in addition to raw talent. "But before I can even begin to think about recruiting, the first step is introspection - understanding our team, where we have gaps, and who will thrive in our environment and make positive contributions to our team culture," she says.
Andy Palmer (@andyhpalmer) is a serial entrepreneur based in Harvard Square and was named 2013 Angel Investor of the year by the New England Venture Capital Association. During his 20-year career, Andy has helped found, fund or advise more than 40 startups across many industries. Andy works out of a co-working space that he founded in Harvard Square: Koa Labs. Andy believes that choosing a co-founder is like getting married: Take time to get it right. Find a partner that you can trust and who complements your own strengths and overcomes your weaknesses, he advises.
About Rough Draft Ventures
Rough Draft Ventures is a student partnership investing at the earliest stage in student startups, to help them in their journey from rough drafts to products in markets. General Catalyst Partners is a co-founder and funder of our initiative. The students who are part of Rough Draft Ventures are passionate, smart, driven technologists who are already catalyzing entrepreneurial activity on their campuses.
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General Catalyst Partners
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm focusing on Early Stage and XIR/Growth investments. We are entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs.