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Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - 2021
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Session 1 - Tuesday 1/12/2021
Session 2 - Thurs 1/14/2021
Session 3 - Tues 1/19/2021
Session 4 - Thurs 1/21/2021
Session 5 - Tues 1/26/2021
Session 6 - Thurs 1/28/2021
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The course has been organized and coordinated by Joe Hadzima, and Joost Paul Bonsen with support from Yonald Chery.   The Teaching Assistants for IAP January 2021: Claire Victoria Beskin, Samuel Charles Lambert and Thierno Sylla. Speakers for individual days and sessions are listed under the corresponding day/session.

Senior Lecturer
Joseph Hadzima Joe Hadzima is a Managing Director of Main Street Partners LLC, a venture development and technology commercialization firm, and is President of IPVision, Inc., a Main Street portfolio company which provides intellectual property systems and services.  He was a Director of the Global MIT Enterprise Forum, with 24 chapters worldwide, from 1984 to 2009 and was Global Chairman from 2004 to 2008.  He is also a past Director of the New England chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

He was a founding judge of the MIT $10K (now $100K) Entrepreneurship Competition.  He has been a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 1984 where he teaches the " Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans", a popular IAP course.  He also co-developed The Manager’s Legal Function course in which he has been lecturing since 1984.  He is a frequent speaker for the MIT Enterprise Forum's Satellite Broadcast Series (SBS) where he has spoken about company valuation and structuring venture capital deals.   Reprints from Hadzima's popular Boston Business Journal column, "Starting Up," are available.

Joe received a B.Sc. from MIT in 1973, a S.M. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977 and a Juris Doctore law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979.  He has been involved with over 120 new ventures over the last 30 years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, lawyer and board member.  As a practicing lawyer for 17 years he was Partner, Founder and Director of the Sullivan & Worcester LLP High Tech/New Ventures Group.

Lecturer - Media Arts & Sciences

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Joost Bonsen

Joost Bonsen is an innovation ecologist studying exponential technologies and new venture dynamics across multiple scales. He serves as Lecturer in Media Arts & Sciences at MIT, teaching the Media Ventures, Development Ventures, and Revolutionary Ventures classes as well as the Understanding MIT, Future Explorations, and Nuts & Bolts of New Ventures seminars.

A former lead organizer of MIT's $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, Joost helped grow the Competition by an order of magnitude, create the Emerging Markets / Development Track, and continues to serve on the Board. He has previously served as Board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum (both Cambridge & Global), the MIT Global Startup Workshop, and the MIT Muddy Charles Pub. In the mid-1990s Joost created and ran the MIT Founders Study, the first global census to quantify the economic impact of MIT-related entrepreneurs, findings later published by BankBoston as MIT: The Impact of Innovation.

Joost is co-creator of Howtoons, producer of educational cartoons which show kids everywhere "How To" build things using everyday materials and tools. For over a decade he hosted a weekly television show called Maximizing Progress (previously High Tech Fever) creating some 500 unique interviews with inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professional service providers, and more, and has run dozens of entrepreneurial networking VentureNights at the MIT Muddy Charles Pub since the mid-1990s, as noted in The Venture Café book and The Economist.

Joost earned his Bachelor's in Bio-Electrical Engineering at MIT as well as the Sloan Fellows (then MOT Management of Technology) Master's degree at MIT Sloan and wrote his thesis on The Innovation Institute: From Creative Inquiry Through Real-World Impact at MIT.


The Teaching Assistants for 2021 are: Claire Victoria Beskin, Samuel Charles Lambert and Thierno Sylla

Claire Victoria Beskin

Claire Victoria Beskin is a 2022 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan and Co-Managing Director of MIT's $100K Competition.   In the summer of 2020, Claire did a UX & Product Management internship at an MIT start-up called Alpaca.   Prior to that, Claire worked in Management Consulting at Boston Consulting Group (2018-2020; Boston office) and in Fixed Income Securities at Goldman Sachs (2016-2018; Hong Kong office).   Claire earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College with a double major in Economics and Chinese.   LinkedIn Page

Sam Lambert

Sam Lambert is a 2022 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan and MPP Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and is Co-Managing Director of MIT's $100K Competition.   Sam has been very involved in the venture capital space, completing internships at funds such as Health Velocity Capital, Altos Ventures, and Supernode Ventures.   Prior to graduate school, Sam was a Management Consultant at Accenture in Los Angeles, focusing on optimizing operations for health insurance companies.   Sam earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California with a major in Biomedical Engineering.   LinkedIn Page

Thierno Sylla

Thierno Sylla is a 2022 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan and Co-Managing Director of MIT's $100K competition.   Prior to Sloan, Thierno was an investment specialist in the asset management division at J.P. Morgan.   Thierno was an integral part of the go-to-market efforts for J.P. Morgan's fastest growing and largest Exchange-Traded Fund.    He also contributed to building the firm's first digital investment platform, helping over 40 million active users of and the Chase mobile app gain access to financial literacy content and simple investment tools.   Thierno earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College with a major in economics and a minor in art.   LinkedIn Page

Serial Entrepreneur
Yonald Chery Mr. Chery has spent over 12 years as a high-tech entrepreneurial executive, mentor, and advisor specializing in identifying and launching early-stage concepts into running companies.

Yonald founded Virtual Ink in 1997 with his graduate school colleagues and served as CTO and as a Director until early 2001. He conceived the flagship product, Mimio, a portable retrofit pen-tracking system that records handwritten notes from a conventional whiteboard to a personal computer. The business was launched while at MIT and won $10,000 in 1997 in the prestigious MIT $50k Entrepreneurship Competition. Virtual Ink was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE:NWL).  Download the Virtual Ink Executive Summary.

Mr. Chery currently holds 12 patents in the United States, 4 patents in the United Kingdom, with several more pending in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  See an IPVision Forward Patent Landscape Map of Mr Chery's patents.

Mr. Chery often speaks about technology strategy, team-building, business plan development, and entrepreneurship and has lectured on such topics at MIT's Sloan School of Management.  Mr. Chery holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, both from MIT.



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