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Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - 2024
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Session 1 - Tuesday 1/23/2024
Session 2 - Wed 1/24/2024
Session 3 - Thurs 1/25/2024
Session 4 - Tues 1/30/2024
Session 5 - Wed 1/31/2024
Session 6 - Thurs 2/1/2024
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The course has been organized and coordinated by Joe Hadzima  and features Experienced Entrepreneur Speakers.    The Teaching Assistants for IAP January 2024: Sam Oppenheimer and Aaron Thornton. 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 New Ventures", a popular IAP course.  He also co-developed The Manager’s Legal Function course (now known as Law for the Entrepreneur).  He was 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, a S.M. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Juris Doctor law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.  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.


Speakers for this year's sessions are:

Bob Jones  
Bob Jones Author, Start-up advisor;
Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur

Bob has started four companies and served as CEO of a company that's publicly traded on the Hong Kong exchange.  His book The Start-Up Starter Kit: How to Avoid Failing in the Crucial First Two Years is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Read his bio here.
Bob Jones at his Other Job -
Sign Up for Bob's Startup Starter Kit Book Community.

Mindy Garber  
Mindy Garber Experienced Negotiator
Mindy is a co-founder and is Chief for Quality/Customer Satisfaction at Parlance Corporation, makers of speech-recognition telephony applications  LinkedIn Page
Read her bio here 

Vivian Vitale   Organizational Consultant
Human Resource Executive - Founder led companies

Vivian Vitale Ms. Vitale has over 30 years of experience in people management in high technology organizations; the last 20 years as part of the leadership teams of RSA Security, Unica Corporation,, and, most recently, Veracode.
Read her bio here.

Ken Zolot  
Ken Zolot MIT Senior Lecturer- MIT School of Engineering;
Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship, The Berklee College of Music

Ken is an active advisor to numerous organizations involved in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship, including TechStars, Deshpande Foundation, Fintech Sandbox, MassChallenge, and FIRST Robotics.   LinkedIn Page
Read Ken's Bio Here

Rich Kivel  
Rich Kivel Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur;
Venture Investor

Rich is Managing Director of GrayBella Capital LLC., a VC/PE investment fund focused on biotech, healthcare and technology companies in Europe.   LinkedIn Page
Read His Bio Here.

Julianne Zimmerman  
Julianne Zimmerman Experienced Technology Innovator and Investor
Julianne is a Founding Principal of Great Dome Associates and teaches Innovative Social Enterprises at Tufts University.   She is a 2020 Conscious Company / Kate Spade World Changing Woman.  LinkedIn Page
Read her bio here.

Steve Derezinski substituting for Charlie Tillett  
Steve Derezinski Entrepreneur, Senior Executive and Senior Advisor for technology-based ventures
Steve has been senior executive in venture-backed software and semiconductor companies, working in strategic marketing roles to place breakthrough semiconductor, MEMS, Nanotechnology and software innovations into the right early market segments. LinkedIn Page
Read his bio here.

Marina Hatsopoulos  
Marina Hatsopoulos Founding CEO of Z Corporation
Marina Hatsopoulos was the Founding CEO of Z Corporation, an early market leader in 3D printing out of MIT.    She is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and mentor and will talk about the 10 most common mistakes she has seen made by entrepreneurs.  LinkedIn Page
Read Marina's bio here.



The Teaching Assistants for 2024 are: Sam Oppenheimer and Aaron Thornton

Sam Oppenheimer

Sam Oppenheimer is a 2025 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan.   Prior to Sloan he was a co-founder of Dooka, an African B2B marketplace.   This marketplace connected Africa's largest bank and telco with their suppliers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.   Sam received a Masters in Physics from Oxford University LinkedIn Page

Aaron Thornton

Aaron Thornton is a 2025 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan.   Prior to Sloan he was Deputy Cybersecurity Department Head at the U.S. Navy, Hopper Information Services Center in Washington DC.  Aaron received a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering from Penn State. LinkedIn Page



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