did you hear? The australiabusinessblog.com Live crew takes a virtual trip to the northeast. On Monday, February 27 (that’s in a few days!) we’re hosting a special, expanded australiabusinessblog.com Live event focused on Boston, and you’re invited to attend. Register here for the free event.
The event starts with a conversation with Matt Caulfieldfounder and CEO of Oortand one of its investors, Greg Draconpartner at .406 companies. I’m really glad they’re on the show. Boston has long been home to security companies, and we’re going to talk about the ins and outs of the local ecosystem and why founders should look to Boston when starting a cybersecurity company. It’s a crucial topic: Startups aren’t created in a vacuum and often benefit from a frothy local community of like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs.
Greg Dracon has been with Boston’s .406 Ventures since 2007 and has been investing as a partner since 2013. He is a board member of several security companies, including Oort, KSOC, ThreatX,
Matt Caulfield brings a unique point of view to this conversation. I want to hear about his experiences founding Oort in Boston and participating in MassChallenge’s Boston program. Prior to founding Oort, he spent 10 years at Cisco, eventually leading Boston’s Innovation Team.
Questions I want to ask:
- What local resources or programs made the difference in establishing Oort?
- What is unique about Boston and why would anyone start a business in Boston instead of NYC or SF?
- Who should people in the area know and what events should founders attend?
- What is a good founder fit for the Boston area and .406 Ventures?
And I want you to ask questions too. Register here for the eventand during the interview, I ask questions to event participants.
Following this talk, australiabusinessblog.com’s Ron Miller speaks with MassChallenge CEO Cait Brumme about Boston’s deep community resources available to startup founders. Next, legendary roboticist Marc Raibert talks to australiabusinessblog.com’s hardware editor Brian Heater about why he built Boston Dynamics in Boston and explains his latest venture, leading the Hyundai AI Institute. Finally, the event will conclude with a pitch-off featuring three Boston-area startups.