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Startup Curious

startup curious Track - Startup Boston Week
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Ready to connect with your peers from all different backgrounds and industries? Grab your free ticket for Startup Boston Week 2024 on Sept 9th - 13th today! 

All sessions are available BOTH in-person at Suffolk University and virtually. 

DATA DISCO: DESIGNING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL FOR SUCCESS 

Perfect for: folks who are early in their data careers or founders who are looking to learn more about harnessing the power of data

Get your data dashboards ready and let’s get groovy, uh, we mean, let’s create a business model! As a new data analyst or business owner, you have a lot of data that you’ll need to wade through - and it’s important to understand what data points matter the most now, in 1 year, in 3 years and in 5 years. 

 

During this panel, discuss how to choose a data-driven business model that fits the size and stage of your startup and: 

 

  • Which types of data are the most valuable to your business model 

  • How to leverage real-time data to drive business decisions 

  • The common challenges to look out for from adoption a data-driven approach 

 

We’re excited to explore the world of data and business models with you - bell-bottoms and headbands are optional.

CREATING YOUR FUTURE: SAFE AND SOUND OR DESTINATION UNKNOWN 

Perfect for: folks who are thinking about first steps in their career or are currently decades into their career and contemplating a change

This session is perfect for folks debating on a career change or graduating school and figuring out what’s next. Embark on a journey of self-discovery as we explore the age-old debate: Should you join a startup or a corporate company?

 

During this panel you’ll learn from others who have been in your shoes before, specifically diving into: 

 

  • How to approach the decision-making process of joining a startup, from evaluating personal goals to assessing risk tolerance

  • The unique benefits of joining a startup

  • Potential watch-outs when considering a startup

  • Advice they would give to someone who is currently debating joining a startup verse larger company 

SOLVING PUZZLES OR CHASING SHADOWS: UNRAVELING THE RIGHT PROBLEM TO CRACK! 

Perfect for: founders and product managers that have an idea for a startup but aren’t sure if it’s “the one” to focus on

Join us for an interactive session where we delve into the journey of starting a company, from idea generation to execution. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and figure out if you have a viable startup idea on your hands!

 

During this session we’ll dive into: 

 

  • How to validate your startup idea 

  • Understanding if the company idea you have solves a “real” problem with a paying market 

  • Strategies for navigating the decision-making process of persevering and pivoting

BRAND BOSS: MASTERING YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL IDENTITY 

Perfect for: everyone - from students to startup operators to founders - who are looking to build their personal brand

It’s time to focus on building a personal brand as a founder. In today's competitive landscape, establishing a strong personal brand is essential for standing out and gaining credibility in your industry.

 

Within this session, we’ll dive into: 

  • The “why” behind building a personal brand 

  • Strategies for defining your unique value proposition, identifying your target audience, and crafting a compelling personal brand story

  • Practical tips and actionable advice on leveraging various platforms and channels

 

Whether you're just starting your entrepreneurial journey or looking to elevate your existing brand, this session will provide you with the insights and strategies you need to build a powerful personal brand that sets you apart as a founder and entrepreneur.

YOUR PART-TIME POWERHOUSE: WHEN AND WHERE TO UTILIZE FRACTIONAL TALENT 

Perfect for: people ops leaders and founders interested in learning more about fractional talent - and for folks interested in potentially building out their own fractional talent practice

Let’s chat about fractional leadership and its implications for startups. Fractional leadership refers to hiring part-time or temporary leaders to fulfill specific roles within your organization, offering flexibility and expertise without the commitment of a full-time hire.

 

So how do you know if bringing a fractional leader into your startup is the next best step? Well, that’s what this session is for - to help you find out! 

 

During this panel, we’ll dive into: 

 

  • The advantages and potential risks associated with utilizing fractional talent

  • How to mitigate these risks to ensure a successful partnership

  • How to assess whether a fractional leader is the right fit for your startup

  • What an effective onboarding practices for fractional talent look like 

BREAKING BARRIERS: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES AS UNDERREPRESENTED FOUNDERS 

Perfect for: underrepresented founders who are looking to build out their support network - and folks who are looking to support underrepresented founders through their actions

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the underrepresented experience in the venture capital and startup world; understanding the unique challenges and perspectives of underrepresented individuals is essential for fostering a more equitable and inclusive ecosystem.

 

During this session we will discuss: 

 

  • How underrepresented founders can uniquely support one another in entrepreneurship 

  • How to put the concept of “lifting as we climb” into action and actively practice this in our daily lives and interactions within the startup ecosystem 

  • Building a support system as an underrepresented founder

  • Strategies for finding and nurturing supporting networks of fellow underrepresented founders 

MIND YOUR INTELLECTUAL P'S AND Q'S: SAFEGUARINDG YOUR STARTUP BRAINCHILDREN 

Perfect for: anyone who is thinking about starting their own company

Let’s dive into the considerations and challenges of starting your own company. Join us for an enlightening discussion that will equip you with the knowledge and insights you need to navigate the exciting yet complex world of entrepreneurship.

 

During this session we’ll discuss: 

  • You were inspired to start a company from your current full-time jobs work - where is the line of what you own versus what your full-time job owns? 

  • What other additional legal implications should you keep in mind when leaving your full-time job to start a company in a similar space?

  • Can you approach customers you worked with, with a past full-time job, for your new startup? 

  • And so much more!

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain invaluable insights and practical advice for starting your own company. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or already on the path to entrepreneurship, this session will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in the dynamic world of startups. 

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Startup Boston Week is where the whole startup community gathers - all industries, all startup departments and all bootstrapped and funding stages to gather.

Nazma Rosado Track - Startup Boston Week

Meet Nazma Rosado! Nazma is our Startup Curious Track Lead for Startup Boston Week 2024. This is her first year on the Startup Boston Organizing Team.

 

Some fun facts about her: the TV or movie character that they feel best describes their personality is Monica Gellar from Friends, and the thing she is most likely to be famous for is bringing positive change. Look them up and connect with them on LinkedIn.

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