Momentum Summit @ MIT Sloan School

Info and registration here.

How do small start-ups with a brilliant idea turn into big businesses?

The Momentum Summit explores that question with a series of in-depth conversations and strategy talks from notable local founders and CEOs.

It’s a chance to hear from innovative leaders about what they’ve done that has truly moved the needle, in terms of product development, technology, sales and marketing, and team-building. Our 2010 event featured Constant Contact chief executive Gail Goodman, Steven Kaufer, co-founder and CEO of TripAdvisor, ZipCar CEO Scott Griffith, Rue La La founder Ben Fischman, VistaPrint chief marketing officer Trynka Shineman, and Akamai co-founder Tom Leighton. Each speaker at the Momentum Summit is interviewed by a fellow entrepreneur or investor. You can see photos and hear audio from the 2010 event here.

Who’s it for?

The Momentum Summit is geared to entrepreneurs and CEOs, as well as senior sales, marketing, and business development executives. We hope you can join us for this special event on Wednesday, March 23rd. (The Twitter hash tag for the event is #mosum.)

Produced with the support of the MIT Sloan School, The Momentum Summit takes place in Kendall Square at MIT’s Tang Center. It begins with breakfast and networking at 8:00, and wraps up with interactive lunch discussion sessions on topics like effective search engine optimization and search engine marketing strategies; crafting partnerships that make strategic sense; working with investors; raising your company’s profile using blogs, Twitter, and social media; and building and managing a high-octane sales force.


8:00 – 8:45 AM Registration, breakfast, networking

8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome and introductions

9:00 – 9:45 AM Kayak co-founder and CTO Paul English, in conversation with Jeffrey Bussgang of Flybridge Capital Partners: Creating a Product People Will Love to Use, and a Company Employees Will Want to Work For

9:45 – 10:15 AM Carbonite co-founder and CEO David Friend, in conversation with Maria Cirino of .406 Ventures: How We Became the Fastest-Growing Business in Boston, and the Fastest-Growing IT Services Company Nationally (According to the Most Recent Inc. 500 LIst)

10:15 – 10:30 AM Networking break

10:30 – 11:15 AM Speaker TBA

11:15 – 11:30 AM Networking break

11:30 – 12:00 PM HubSpot co-founder and CEO Brian Halligan: How You Can Generate Massive Marketing Momentum

12:00 – 12:30 PM Swipely and Tellme co-founder Angus Davis, in conversation with Lee Hower of NextView Ventures (formerly of LinkedIn and PayPal): Lessons Learned About Scaling B2B and B2C Companies

12:30 PM Wrap-up and Announce Lunch Discussion Groups

12:30 – 2 PM Lunch Discussion Groups

Our lunch discussion leaders will include Adam Medros, VP of product at TripAdvisor; Michael Feinstein, vice president of sales and marketing at Digital Lumens; John Landry of Lead Dog Ventures; Matt Douglas, CEO of Punchbowl; Performable co-founder David Cancel; Sean Lindsay, chief technology officer at Viximo; and Rob Weisberg, chief marketing officer at Zipcar.