Nantucket Conference

Over the last nine years, the Nantucket Conference has become an annual spring ritual where top technology investors and executives share new ideas, find investors and partners and debate key technology trends and financial dynamics. The tenth year program is proving no exception with speakers including Scott Durschlag, COO, Skype; Paul Ricci, CEO, Nuance; Rodney Brooks, Chairman and CTO, Heartland Robotics/Co-founder, iRobot Corp; Robert Keane, CEO, VistaPrint; and Bob Metcalfe, General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners/founder, 3Com Corp. For more information, visit www.nantucketconference.com.

Addendum 3/31/09: Nantucket Conference organizer Shayne Gilbert wrote to Xconomy today with the following news about an opportunity for a first-time entrepreneur to attend the conference free of charge.

“Highland Capital Partners is making it possible for a first time founder/CEO active in advancing the New England entrepreneurial community to attend this year’s exclusive Nantucket Conference (April 30-May 2) at no charge.  In the process, they’re also hoping to further get the word out in relevant university entrepreneurial communities on the Summer@Highland program, www.hcp.com/summer.

“In its 10th year, the Nantucket Conference is the premier gathering ground for New England entrepreneurs, investors and technology executives (full agenda at www.nantucketconference.com).  If selected, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket to attend the conference ($1,950 value).  Note, you’ll be responsible for associated travel and other expenses to attend the event.

“To be considered for the complimentary conference pass, you must be a first time founder/CEO of a New England based company.  Also, you must be committed to attending at least two days of the conference if selected.  In addition, Highland is asking all applicants to consider bringing the Summer@Highland program to the attention of a university-affiliated entrepreneur or startup that could possibly benefit from participation in the program.

“If you’d like to be considered for this opportunity, send a short blurb on your company (name, brief description, number of employees, URL) along with a paragraph on why you’d love to attend this year’s conference to highlandcapitalpartners@hcp.com.  The deadline for being considered for the complimentary Nantucket Conference ticket is April 8, 2009.  Highland will notify the recipient by April 9th.”