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Future Forward has included a series of one day (and sometimes longer) conferences:

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January 20, 2015
Catalyst |  Cambridge, MA
Table of Twelve Dinner Program
World Domination
How do you hire, acquire, create culture, design products with the goal of dominating your industry?  Our conversation leader for this dinner was Steve Kaufer, co-founder and CEO of TripAdvisor. 

Thanks to our sponsor:
IDA Ireland

February 24, 2015
Catalyst | Cambridge, MA
Table of Twelve Dinner Program
Managing a Fast Growth Enterprise Software Company
Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, led the discussion about managing a fast-growing enterprise software company.  Acquia has raised more than $100 million, have more than 500 employees, and are frequently mentioned as a near-term IPO candidate.  They've also built the company around the Drupal open source community.

Thanks to our sponsor:
IDA Ireland

June 25, 2012 | Cambridge, MA
Planting a Flag: Let's Make Boston the Nexus of Patient-Centric Healthcare
We invited all participants to introduce themselves, and bring demos of new technologies for informal show-and-tell throughout the evening. But our main focus was discussing ways that Boston can position itself as the nexus of a new approach to healthcare... what Frank Moss has dubbed "patient-centric healthcare"... developing new devices, software, and services that put the patient in control of her data, relationships with medical providers, and the management of her overall health. If Silicon Valley was the hub of the 20th century PC Revolution, Boston ought to be the hub of the next PC Revolution, developing technologies that put patients at the center of healthcare.

Conversation Instigators:

  • David Dickinson, CEO, Zeo
  • Jason Jacobs, CEO, RunKeeper
  • Joseph Kvedar, Director, Center for Connected Healthcare 
  • Frank Moss, Director, New Media Medicine, MIT Media Lab
  • David Rose, Instructor, MIT Media Lab; founder, Vitality
  • Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables; co-founder AgaMatrix

Thanks to our sponsors:
NorthBridge and Extrovertic

April 4, 2012
Evoo | Cambridge, MA
International Growth:  Setting Up Overseas Operations to Succeed
CEOS and International Executives led a discussion about the upside and challenges of starting operations (or just selling) overseas.

Speakers for this program included:

  • Peter Bauer, CEO, Mimecast
  • Rick Jensen, SVP, Constant Contact
  • Seth Shaw, SVP/Sales, LogMeIn
  • John Stuart, SVP/Global Partners, PTC

Thanks to our sponsors:
UK Trade & Investment
Hinckley Allen, and McGladrey

Additional programs have included:

Generating Awareness in a Social Media Driven World
Moderated by Ann Marie Ricard of Tier One Partners LLC, the session featured an interactive discussion with Donato "Don" Montanaro, Jr., Chairman & CEO of fast-rising online brokerage firm TradeKing (  

Designing with Purpose
Moderated by Shelley Evenson of the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center

Demystifying Investor Term Sheets
Moderated by Gabor Garai of Foley & Lardner LLP

Secrets of the Serial Entrepreneurs
Four founders and CEOs shared what they've learned about building teams, shipping product, raising money, and exits -- and talked about what they're up to now. Speakers included: Don Bulens, Former CEO, EqualLogic & Trellix Corp.; Sonia Khademi - CEO, Proxilliant Systems; Hilmi Ozguc- CEO, Maven Networks; Cheng Wu - Chairman, Azuki Systems.

Fearless Forecasts:   Market Dynamics, New Technologies, and Economic Shifts Looking forward at the tech sector, New England, and the U.S. and global economies, this discussion was led by:  Jeffrey Frankel - Professor, Kennedy School at Harvard and former member of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors;  Ross Gittell - Vice President & Forecast Manager, New England, Economic Project; Emily Nagle Green - CEO, Yankee Group ; Stephen J. O'Leary - Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking, Jefferies Broadview.

Building Billion-Dollar Companies in the Bay State
Those who joined us at this 2006 dinner participated in a free-ranging conversation about the challenges of building and sustaining billion-dollar companies in Massachusetts.  The discussion focused on not just what it takes to become an industry heavyweight, but the tension between a "good enough" exit for investors and building something to last, and the environmental conditions in the Bay State that may contribute to (or detract from) long-term growth and success. Speakers included:   John Abele - Co-founder, Boston Scientific; Chairman, FIRST;  Michael Greeley - Founder and General Partner, IDG Ventures; President, New England Venture Capital Association; George Hatsopoulos - Founder, Thermo Electron; Paul Sagan - President and CEO, Akamai Technologies

The Biggest Challenges Facing Life Sciences Companies in New England
Speakers included: Jim Mullen, CEO of Biogen Idec; Susan Whoriskey, VP, Momenta Pharmaceuticals; Julian Adams, CSO of Infinity Pharmaceuticals; and Scott Sarazen, Convergence Forum Advisor.  Our speakers addressed issues like global pricing, regulation, East-to-West migration, venture capital, and achieving success in the marketplace. In a high-energy, roundtable format, the group spoke about some of the biggest challenges facing life sciences companies in New England -- and what can be done to surmount them.

The Biggest Challenges of Entrepreneurship
The dinner conversation was led by successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists: Jeffrey Beir, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners and founder of eRoom Technology; Woody Benson, General Partner at Prism Ventures and former CEO of MCK Communications; and Helen Greiner, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, iRobot Corporation.  The host was Gabor Garai, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP.

In a high-energy, roundtable format, we talked about some of the biggest challenges every successful entrepreneur faces. We addressed issues like raising money, hiring the right people, competing against established players, managing the board, and paying close attention to customer needs.

Power, Influence, and Productivity: How the Role of the Software Company CIO is Changing
This discussion was led by Judith Hurwitz, founder of Hurwitz & Associates, Judith is widely recognized as one of the country's top software industry analysts. Denis Goulet, Vice President of Information Technology for Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Jo Hoppe, CIO of Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), also shared their insights and experiences in leadership roles within their respective software companies.

Participants shared their perspective on the following topics:  What is the best way to make the case for taking on new projects?  How can we turn our departments into a source of revenue?  How can we manage the risks of offshore development?  What are the most concrete new ways that we can boost productivity within our organization?