Xconomy Venture Chat on Monday: VCs Duke It Out, Startups Burst (Just a Few Tickets Left…)

9/23/11Follow @gthuang

We’re gearing up for our first Boston event of the fall: a chat with some prominent venture capitalists around the theme of “Consumers, the Cloud, and Beyond—New Rules for Innovation.” It’s happening this Monday from 6:00-8:00 pm in downtown Boston. We have just a few tickets left, so get yours today…

I know what you’re thinking. What can I learn from these guys?

Personally, I’m interested to hear what Larry Bohn of General Catalyst has to say about the changing landscape for cloud-based analytics startups—and how long it’ll be before HubSpot gets bought by Salesforce.com. I want to hear Jeff Fagnan from Atlas Venture talk about bringing more startups and talent to the Boston area—see Hopper, PowerInbox, GrabCAD, and others. And I’d like to hear Rich Levandov of Avalon Ventures talk about opportunities for consumer Web companies—and engage in a little Boston vs. New York smack talk.

Your moderator for the evening will be David Patrick, the CEO of Boston-based mobile firm Apperian, which is venture-backed, but not by any of the above investors. So I expect some good ribbing to take place. David will approach the chat from an entrepreneur’s perspective, asking the VCs deep questions about what they look for in investments, valuations, geography, competitive landscape, and so on.

And then we shall bring forth the startups (release the Kraken)… We’ve got four Boston-area tech entrepreneurs presenting short “bursts” about their company stories: Coach Wei from Yottaa, Healy Jones from OfficeDrop, Mike Salguero from CustomMade, and Fred Lalonde from Hopper. These talks are always energizing, and often the highlight of our events.

Well, the real highlight will be the networking and beer. Lots of beer (and wine). Please join us—if you dare.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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