Boston TechJam ‘block party’ returns to City Hall Plaza on June 11

What other after-work shindig features baggo, beer, live bands, startup pitches, and TripAdvisor’s owl mascot riding a mechanical bull?

The annual TechJam block party returns to City Hall Plaza on June 11, and this year organizers expect it could grow to nearly 4,000 attendees. (Last year’s attendance was north of 3,000.) That makes TechJam, now in its third year, Boston’s biggest annual gathering for the local tech tribe.

 

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The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders, it’s about the team that grows with the company because if that’s not right, the nascent company probably won’t succeed.

 

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Boston TechJam: Beer, live music, and tips on how to be a successful startup

The Boston TechJam, now in its second year, is an effort by the city’s tech companies and industry groups to promote the local “innovation economy.” And the boosterism was certainly front and center, including on the event’s website. Would-be attendees were told that “Massachusetts has the world’s greatest concentration of entrepreneurs, emerging and leading tech companies, top-tier academic institutions and students, world-class venture capitalists, incubators, and an eco-system of supporting service providers.” For good measure, the online notice proclaimed, “There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest challenges.”

 

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An epic day for Boston’s tech community, from TechJam to BostInno in the Seaport

Thursday will go down as one of the best examples of all that is right in the Boston tech and innovation community and made clear that the momentum that everyone in the “Innovation Economy” has been talking about for a couple of years now is, in fact, very real.

About midday yesterday, miles apart, the Boston TechJam officially kicked off with the “Pitch Contest Heard ‘Round the World” in a packed Faneuil Hall, and local media company Streetwise Media began its BostInno State of Innovation conference at the Westin in the Seaport. Both events were heavily attended, with many folks trekking back and forth between City Hall Plaza and the Innovation District, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

 

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Sharalike, rival to Facebook ‘Look Back’ videos, wins Boston TechJam

Sharalike, a Cambridge-based mobile app that allows users to design slideshows similar to Facebook’s “Look Back” videos, was the winner of a startup pitch competition event held in Boston on Thursday .

Sharalike will receive a package of prizes including a session with SHIFT Communications to help with their messaging and elevator pitch, a free month of co-working space, $250 towards a General Assembly class and personal training with George Foreman III, according to a TechJam spokeswoman.

“We’re very happy,” said founder and CEO Aymeric Vigneras about the win.

Sharalike was one of six New England startups that participated in the competition.

 

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Boston TechJam: Entrepreneurial Spirit at Its Best

I don’t know how big Mark Lorion and Christine Nolan thought this celebration of entrepreneurial success would get, but the two co-founders of Boston TechJam have to be thrilled at what they’ve built in just two years time.

Thursday afternoon things kicked off at “The Pitch Heard ‘Round The World” at the Faneuil Hall Building, where six companies pitched their product to a room full of curious minds. Mixed in with the pitches were inspirational speeches from 5 highly successful Boston entrepreneurs – Richard Doyle, Harpoon; Brian Kalma, Blade; Andy Miller, Constant Contact; Susie Kim, Aquto; Donna Levin, Care.com.

The Tech Talkers stepped up to lend their advice and knowledge and share some key insights to their success. One unanimous piece of advice was to focus on people; build the right team for your company!

 

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BOSTON TECHJAM: AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A TECH PARTY

If you don’t have plans today after work, head on over to City Hall Plaza in Boston for the 2nd Annual TechJam Block Party. It’s an event that gives anyone who loves tech or innovation the opportunity to see what’s coming out of Boston that will hopefully, one day, change the world. You should come and check it out. I’ll be there, find me and say hi! I got a chance to to speak with Christine Nolan, one of the co-founders of the event, who also works closely across the tech community through her role as director of communities at MassTLC.

 

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Boston Tech Jam to bring brightest minds, best inventions to the city

Boston Tech Jam to bring brightest minds  best inventions to the city

Watch Boston TechJam founder Mark Lorion and Sherry Handel, chief operating officer of Energy Harvesters on NECN

Thursday there is a great opportunity to see into the future with the “Boston Tech Jam,” where innovative companies get to share their ideas.

One of the features is a shark-tank-style competition for the best new idea.

Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston Tech Jam, and Sherry Handel, chief operating officer of “Energy Harvesters,” who has one of the products competing for the top prize, joined us for more on the fun event.

Lorion said 3,000 will be going to Boston City Hall and 75 companies showing off their inventions.

He said the judges look for promising business model, the team’s ability to execute the idea, and a variety of other factors.

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Startups Will Showcase Their Inventions During the ‘Pitch Heard ‘Round the World’

A music, tech, and innovation festival this week will give six area startups looking to grow their business a chance to stand before some of the top venture capitalists in the city and pitch their ideas.

On June 12, the second annual Boston TechJam, which bills itself as a networking opportunity void of the stodgy practices usually seen at tradeshows, will feature 75 booths where companies will set up shop under small tents and showcase their businesses to the public, as bands play in the background.

“Networking is a major motivator of people attending and people exhibiting. For some it means a job search, for others it means selling their product,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston TechJam.

 

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Highlights from BetaBoston

Boston TechJam on the plaza

Last year, a group of startup folks, including Apperian’s chief marketing officer, Mark Lorion, and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam. Thanks to last year’s success, TechJam, taking place this year on Thursday, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the tech scene.

The event will feature a “Shark Tank”-esque pitch contest, the “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,’” where six early-stage companies will present to a panel of venture capitalists. This year’s panel features Chip Hazard, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners; James Geshwiler of CommonAngels; Project 11’s Katie Rae; and Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst and Rough Draft Ventures.

 

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