Diane Hessan | CEO, Startup Institute
Each year, the Nantucket Conference brings together a small group of creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, and executives. There are several reasons why the Nantucket Conference is a must-attend gathering.
First, there are unique opportunities for exchanging ideas and networking in a relaxing, informal environment. We acknowledge that much of the value of the Nantucket Conference comes from impromptu hallway conversations, serendipitous seatings at lunch, and walks around town. Nantucket is a place for having fun, doing business, and making new connections.
Second, sessions on Nantucket elicit the kind of real-world war stories and insight that you don’t hear at any other conference. We limit the use of PowerPoint and forbid blatant company pitches. Also, since there is precisely no difference in the caliber of people on stage and those in the audience, there is always plenty of opportunity at each session for interaction and debate.
Not your cookie-cutter conference
Finally, this isn’t an event produced by a conference company that churns out dozens of cookie-cutter events each year. Nantucket is organized by a group of people — our Advisory Board — who actually work in the technology space every day.
The Nantucket Conference has forged stronger connections between the talented people building technology companies, the people funding those companies, and the people making technology decisions at larger, more established organizations.
If you’ve attended the Conference before, we’d like to invite you back. If you haven’t, we invite you to find out what makes the Nantucket Conference so special. But no matter which group you’re in, we suggest that you register early, as we are strictly limiting the size of the event, and the vast majority of last year’s attendees indicated that they plan to return.
About the Organizers
The Nantucket Conference is one of three high-level gatherings produced by Future Forward Events, LLC. The other two conferences are:
Future Forward: The New England Technology Summit
Future Forward, www.futureforward.com, brings together New England’s forward thinking corporate technology decision makers with the region’s top entrepreneurs who are delivering ground-breaking technology. Future Forward gives CIOs and other C-level executives a snapshot opportunity to learn about what’s in the pipeline for new technology and it gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn more about the key challenges facing today’s executives in large corporation. Past participants have included John Watkins, CIO of Fairchild Semiconductor, Terry Connor, CIO, Liberty Mutual, Doug Schwinn, CIO, Hasbro, George Colony, CEO of Forrester Research, Helen Greiner, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of iRobot and Marina Hatsopoulos, former CEO of Z Corp. Supporters of the program have included Deloitte and Touche, Microsoft and Foley & Lardner.
Convergence: The Life Sciences Leaders Forum
Launched in 2004, Convergence, www.convergenceforum.com, brings together high-level life sciences players from around the Northeast to discuss and debate the most pressing topics of interest to the industry – topics like forging strong corporate partnerships; attracting funding from private and public sources; building successful research organizations; streamlining product development and approval; understanding the coming convergence of biology, software, and medical devices; and staying ahead of regulatory changes. Past speakers have included Robert Langer, ScD, Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, MIT, Dean Kamen, President, DEKA Research, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Henri Termeer, CEO of Genzyme.
The Nantucket Conference asks those of its participants and moderators who are journalists or bloggers to adhere to our “off-the-record” policy.
Feel free to blog, photograph, Tweet, or otherwise report about the Nantucket Conference. However, there may be instances where a speaker requests that something be kept “off-the-record,” and we ask that you respect this by not including these comments in any of your coverage or commentary. If you’d like to label any posts or Twitter messages, please use #ACK2016.
A limited number of press passes are issued each year, and by accepting a press pass to the event, the conference organizers expect that the recipient will adhere to this policy.
Gray Chynoweth, Technology Executive & Board Member, SilverTech
Shayne Gilbert, President, Future Forward Events LLC
Brent Grinna, Founder & CEO, EverTrue
Marina Hatsopoulos, Director, Angel Investor, Windy Street Inc.
Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economy Columnist, Boston Globe
Aaron Lapat, Managing Partner, Park Square Executive Search
Rebecca Liebman, Co-founder and CEO, LearnLux
Scott Miller, CEO, Dragon Innovation Inc.
Alyssa Stern, Vice President, Future Forward Events LLC
James Chung – Founder and President of Reach Advisors
Scott Cohen – Founding Managing Partner of Financial Media Holdings Group, Inc.
Kristen Collins – Managing Partner, KMC Partners Public Relations
Lisa DeSisto – Vice President and General Manager of Boston.com
Ralph Folz – Co-founder, President and CEOof Molecular
Laura Fitton, Inbound Marketing Evangelist, HubSpot
Michael Gaiss – Senior Vice President of Marketing, Highland Capital Partners
Alex Goldberg – Managing Director, Canary Ventures
Michael Greeley – General Partner, Flare Capital Partners
Michael Hirshland – General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
Alexander F. Kleiner, III – Founder of Frictionless Commerce Incorporated
John Landry, Managing Director, Lead Dog Ventures
Matt Lauzon – Founder, Gemvara
John McEleney – CEO, Belmont Technology Inc.
George Neble – Partner, Assurance & Advisory Business Services at Ernst & Young
Vinit Nijhawan, former Managing Director, Office of Technology Development, and Executive-in-Residence at ITEC
Patrick Rafter – Founder and Principal, Valuecasters
Scott Savitz, General Partner, Data Point Capital
Simeon Simeonov, Founder & CTO, Swoop
Alison Taunton-Rigby – CEO of RiboNovix, Inc.
Bill Warner – President, Warner Research; Founder, Avid Technology and Wildfire Communications
Meet the next generation
“The vast majority of the networking helped lead to many other connections throughout the Greater Boston area. I have had the chance to pitch several of the investors I met while on the island, all of whom have had very valuable feedback. And because I was not fundraising while I was there last year, those that I met were more than willing to stay connected over the past several months.”
— Charles Denault, Founder, Simple Charters
Each year, we make a handful of passes available to young entrepreneurs who want to participate in the Nantucket Conference.
Recipients for the 2017 Nantucket Conference were selected by our underwriters: 10X Venture Partners, BUzz Lab at Boston University, Scott Weller and UNHInnovation. Note that all finalists are responsible for lodging and transportation to the conference. If you are interested in underwriting, please contact us.
The 2017 Recipients included:
Gabriel Blanchet, Grove
Jacob Dansey, Involved
Stacy Chin, HydroGlyde Coatings, LLC
Matt Guruge, Awato
Max Miller, Redigo, LLC
Vinayak Ranade, Drafted
If you are someone who would like to underwrite a pass so that an Under 30 entrepreneur may attend, please get in touch. Underwriters may choose the entrepreneur they’d like to sponsor from the list of applicants, or they can ask the conference organizers to choose.
Continuing the conversations
Continuing the conversations that take place each year at Nantucket, Future Forward Events hosts programs in the greater Boston area throughout the year. Each program delves further into a specific topic discussed among a targeted group of executives. For more information about participating in one of these programs, please contact Alyssa Stern.
March 29, 2016
Table for Twelve dinner series: A Conversation with Brad Maiorino and Maria Cirino
Our conversation leaders are Brad Maiorino, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Target, and Maria Cirino, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at .406 Ventures. They will talk about of unsolved problems in cybersecurity, emerging threats, as well as customer adoption and deployment dynamics.
Thanks to our Sponsor:
February 22, 2016
Table for Twelve dinner series: A Conversation with John Halamka
Our conversation leader was John Halamka , CIO of CareGroup Healthcare System
who talked about how doctors, CIOs, and entrepreneurs can work together to tackle some of the still-unsolved problems and opportunities of healthcare IT.
Thanks to our Sponsor:
February 24, 2015
Table for Twelve dinner series: A Conversation with Tom Erickson
Our conversation leader was Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, who talked about managing a fast-growing enterprise software company that raised more than $100 million, has more than 500 employees, and are frequently mentioned as a near-term IPO candidate. They’ve also built the company around the Drupal open source community.
Thanks to our Sponsor:
January 20, 2015
Table for Twelve dinner series: World Domination
How do you hire, acquire, create culture, design products with the goal of dominating your industry? Our conversation leader was Steve Kaufer, co-founder and CEO of TripAdvisor.
Thanks to our Sponsor: