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Virtual Knowledge Assistant Work Exchanged for Donations to Philippine storm victims

Very pleased to spread the word that Leo von Wendorff, a colleague of ours at the Cambridge Innovation Center whose business is largely based in the Philippines.will, for one month,  donate all proceeds from his virtual knowledge worker business to victims of Super-Typhoon Haiya.

 

 

Leo Von Wendorff CEO, VKW Leo Von Wendorff, CEO, VKW

 

Leo writes:

Dear Friends of VKW-

Cities and Towns were destroyed.

Lives were lost.

Thousands may still be missing.

Together with you

We want to help

Recreate Communities

Let’s rebuild their Lives!

 

For one month, we are offering our Virtual Private Assistant services in exchange for your donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan via Philippine Red Cross. Let us take on your time-consuming and mundane tasks, knowing that your donation will help rebuild the lives of those affected by this terrible tragedy.

 

Please submit your project, work order or task request to Typhoon@VKWinc.com or (617) 299-1176 by December 7, 2013.

 

Typical tasks that we can handle for you:

  • Data Entry, such as data entry of all your business cards

  • Appointment settings for your business or personal event

  • Execute your social media and telemarketing campaign

  • Lead mining

  • Internet research

 

All task and pledges are subject to our review and depending on resources available.

-Your VKW Team
–Anita Harris Leo Von Wendorff CEO, VKW
Anita M. Harris is managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and marketing firm based at the Cambridge Innovation Center, in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.  HarrisCom specializes in media relations and content services for clients in health, science, technology, energy and education, worldwide. 

 

Boston’s District Hall Celebrates Grand Opening

DHALL_w_logo_and_tag_linePleased  to have attended the celebration for the opening of  District Hall–the beautiful new event center  for innovators located in Boston’s snazzy Seaport District–just across from the Institute for Contemporary Art.  Managed by the Venture Cafe Foundation–a sister organization  of the Cambridge Innovation Center (C)C)  where I work– District Hall has a large event space, conference and class rooms, a restaurant and a view of the Harbor. What I like best is its scale–it’s not a skyscraper,  is not overwhelming like the nearby convention center or the CIC in Kendall Square. It’s just a simple, welcoming  space with white board, galore.

As described on  its Web site as:

“It’s the first building of its kind in the world….

” …A dedicated civic space where the innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. Inside you’ll find open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.”

“…The result of a collaborative public-private partnership. When Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced his vision for the Innovation District, he called for a gathering space for innovators to get together and share ideas. The building was then privately funded and built by Boston Global Investors, as the first project in their twenty-three acre masterplan for Seaport Square. Operations and programming are run by the Venture Café Foundation, a not-for-profit sister organization to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). ”

Its  hospitality partners are Gather and Brew, both operated by The Briar Group. The building and the restaurant were designed by Hacin + Associates.

Without the generous support of John HancockIdeaPaint and Philips Color Kinetics, District Hall would not be the unique space it is today.”

District Hall
75 Northern AvenueBoston, MA.  02210

 

—Anita M.Harris, Managing Director
Harris Communications Group

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and market development firm.  Based in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, we provide a media relations, marketing communications, writing, crisis communications, content, marketing and social media services for companies in health, science, technology and energy. 

SynDevRx Gets $1.6M to develop drug to slow tumor growth

My Cambridge Innovation Center  lunch mates should be buying, today–having announced $1.6M in investments for their company SynDevRx,  which develops drug candidates that target an enzyme that controls the vascular cells. As reported in today’s Boston Business Journal,  Syn Dev Rx’s solution is  based on a drug developed at Judah Folkman’s lab at Children’s Hospital Boston.

According to the BBJ: “Founded in 2007, SynDevRx is developing treatments for cancer and metabolic diseases including diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease. ” The company says  its technology increases a increases the activity of small molecule drugs by about 10 times, allowing for reduced doses, lower exposure and lower risk of toxicities. The company’s lead compound, SDX-7320, is in pre-clinical development for solid tumors. 

In addition to executives Bradley Carver, CEO; James Shanahan, co-founder; and John Petersen, vice president of research and development, listed as directors on the filing are Eric Tooker, manager of Translational Accelerator LLC, a $20M biotech venture fund in Phoenix, Ariz. and Richard Love, managing partner at Translational and former CEO at both Triton Biosciences Inc. of Alameda, Calif. and ILEX Oncology Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.

Congrats, guys!

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and digital marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA. 

HarrisCom Group to Offer MarCom Clinic August 9 2012, in Cambridge

Are your marketing materials up to snuff?

Find out at a communications clinic sponsored by the Harris Communications Group to be held from 3-5 on Thursday, August 9  at Venture Cafe in the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 4th floor, in Cambridge, MA.

At the clinic Anita Harris will present a  brief introduction  to marketing communication, which will be followed by individual meetings  to discuss participant’s  press release, marketing piece or home page.

If you plan to attend, please let us know via the comment box, below.

Individual meetings will be set up the afternoon of the event on a first-come/first to sign-up basis;  additional times will be offered should demand exceed capacity.
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR & marketing communications firm with specialties in health care, life science, tchnology, energy and education.

Downturn, VC industry, present funding challenges for startups

The economic downturn of 2008 has led to significant changes in the Massachusetts Venture Capital industry. Those changes have made it easier now than at any time in the last ten years for startups to get relatively small amounts of seed money–but more difficult  for them to obtain “A Round” or additional series funding.

That was the consensus of  three Boston area venture capitalists who spoke at the Cambridge Innovation Center on  Wednesday, May 2.

I published a full account of  the event –sponsored by McCarter-English law firm and  featuring Jo Tango of Kepha Partners, David Beisel of NextView Ventures, and CA Webb, of the the New England Venture Capital Association– at New Cambridge Observer.

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA

 

Video Highlights: Pitching for Business

Here are  video highlights of Pitching for Business-an interactive workshop sponsored by the  Harris Communications Group at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Feb. 23, 2012.

Featuring
-Tim Rowe,  venture capitalist; founder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center

Coach/panelists
-Ann Getman, principal, Getman Strategic Communications
-Aaron Niederhelman, co-founder, INNOVATE Boston
-Lisa Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
-Joe Wrinn,  communications counselor to universities

Moderator
Anita M. Harris, president, Harris Communications Group
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: 

Tim Rowe:   ” Pitching is an art, not a science”         5:39 minutes

-The goal is to find out if there’s a match
-Establish credibility
-Establish quantity
-Establish humanity
Link to video of Tim’s complete talk                       9:58 minutes

 

Ann Getman,  principal, Getman Strategic Communications  2:05 minutes

-Know your audience; avoid jargon
-Include what you do, for whom, and why

 


Aaron Niederhelman, co-founder,  INNOVATE Boston   
1:05 minutes


-Engage in a conversation

 

 

Lisa Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com        2:33 minutes

-Your pitch is an x-ray of your idea
-Slow down; write it down (with Brendan Smith, founder, Bizulu)
-Be concrete

 

Joe Wrinn, counselor to higher education       2:05 minutes

-Establish a personal connection
-Tell a story

VIDEO BY R2 Integrated

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations 3.0 firm in Cambridge, MA.


 

 

 

 

Tim Rowe of Cambridge Innovation Center and Kendall Sq. Assn to speak at “Pitching for Business” Feb. 23, 2012

The Harris Communications Group pleased to announce that Tim Rowe, founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)  and president of the Kendall Square Association, will kick off Harriscom’s  upcoming “Pitching for Business” workshop, to be held at the CIC, 1 Broadway, in Cambridge  from 3-5  on Feb. 23.

 

Rowe, who was featured in NPR’s “This American Life” as a judge of MIT’s 2009 $100K Elevator Speech Competition,  serves on the boards of several private companies. Prior to his current roles, Tim was a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo.   Tim holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In this interactive workshop, seasoned communication experts will offer tips on how to  develop and deliver a succinct, powerful pitch. We’ll then break into small groups for coaching and practice–with

Moderator:  Anita Harris, President, Harris Communications Group; former national tv journalist and
Speaker/Coaches:

  • Ann Getman, Principal, Getman Strategic Communications; former Boston chapter president, Public Relations Society of America
  • Aaron  Niederhelman, founder, INNOVATE Boston, former VP of Sales and Marketing,  SoftArtisans
  • Lisa  Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
  • Joe Wrinn, counselor to higher education, former  Harvard University News Director

followed more networking at CIC’s Venture Cafe.

RSVP by 12N  Wednesday Feb. 22. 

Link to This American Life Program on MIT Elevator Pitch Contest 

 

–Anita Harris

Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning  public relations firm specializing in strategic, integrated outreach for clients in health, science, technology and energy, worldwide. 

Harris Communications Group To Hold Free “Pitching for Business” Workshop Feb. 23

DOES YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH MAKE PROSPECTS WANT TO LEARN MORE…OR HEAD FOR THE DOOR? 

Come to a free workshop sponsored by the Harris Communications Group and find out!


WHAT: PITCHING FOR BUSINESS  WORKSHOP 

WHEN:  3-5 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012
RSVP by 12N  Wednesday Feb. 22. 

 

WHERE: Charles-Fenway Conference Rooms
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, 14th Floor
Cambridge, MA (Near Kendall Square T,  corner of Broadway and 3rd)

DESCRIPTION: In this interactive workshop, seasoned communication experts will offer tips on how to  develop and deliver a succinct, powerful pitch. We’ll then break into small groups for coaching and practice–followed more networking at CIC’s Venture Cafe.

 

Moderator: Anita Harris, President, Harris Communications Group; former national tv journalist

Speaker/Coaches:

  • Ann Getman, Principal, Getman Strategic Communications; former Boston chapter president, Public Relations Society of America
  • Aaron  Niederhelman, founder, INNOVATE Boston, former VP of Sales and Marketing,  SoftArtisans
  • Lisa  Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
  • TBA



 

 

 

Clarifying CIC Venture Cafe’s New Policy

Just spoke with Venture Cafe manager Chris Myles, who said he’ll  be providing more information about Venture Cafe’s new incarnation shortly–including the list of affiliated organizations whose members may attend without applying.   Those do include the Cambridge Innovation Center and various entrepreneurial groups…

Chris said the The Cafe’s new incarnation is not meant to be elite or exclusionary–but rather to encourage participation from the innovation community. More to follow.

 

–Anita Harris

 

Anita Harris is the founder and president of the Harris Communications Group of Cambridge, MA. HarrisCom is a strategic communications firm specializing in public relations, thought leadership, marketing communications and social media for emerging companies and research institutes in health, science, technology and energy, worldwide.   She also blogs at New Cambridge Observer.  

Update: CIC’s Venture Cafe Now Less of a Free-For-All

Note: This blog has been updated based on new information-also posted at  Clarifying Venture Cafe’s New Policy. 

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)  leaders founded Venture Cafe almost two years ago with the idea of opening  a Kendall Square restaurant where entrepreneurs and funders could walk in and meet one another over drinks or a meal.

In the economic downturn, the CIC turned that beta version into an alpha version–in which just about anyone was welcome for free drinks and networking on Thursday afternoons on the CIC’s fifth floor.

Yesterday, the CIC launched a new model in which members of the innovation community will be welcome as guests–but after three visits, anyone not affiliated with certain yet-to-be named entrepreneurial groups must formally apply to become  “contributors”… who actively aid others to pursue their innovative and entrepreneurial goals.” CIC clients and members of many other innovation-oriented groups will not need to apply.

In a letter to guests, Tim Rowe, a founder of both the CIC and Venture Cafe, and Chris Myles, Venture Cafe’s Executive Director, explain that “an analysis of the attendance of the Cafe has led us to conclude that we….have space for only 120 Contributors. As a consequence, becoming a Contributor is selective, similar to applying to a university, and is by application.  Applicants must also provide up to three references (these maybe Venture Cafe Volunteers, Contributors, or a well-known member of the innovation community…”

The new model is an “ongoing experiment,” they write,  aimed at creating “a more focused, committed core of regular attendees while preserving plenty of space and opportunity for new participants.”

As a frequent participant, I do think it’s a good idea to limit the numbers and to impose some structure on the Cafe. At times, the room gets overcrowded and chaotic;  it’s sometimes difficult to find the people one hopes to meet.   But I hope the new plan allows Venture Cafe to maintain the spontaneity, excitement, and sharing  and openness that participants have enjoyed in its earlier incarnations.

 

—Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is President of the Harris Communications Group, a  public relations firm specializing in marketing communications, thought leadership and social media for companies in health, science, and technology, worldwide. HarrisCom is located in the Cambridge Innovation Center at 1 Broadway in Cambridge, MA. Anita also blogs at New Cambridge Observer

 

 

 

 

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