Winning – Startup Success Stories and Lessons Learned

September 4, 2018

Speaker Slides

Perspectives from Both Sides of the Table: Investor & Entrepreneur

Anita Brearton

Winning – Startup Success Stories

Eric Giler

Building Value In Biotech

Ulrik Nielsen

Real stories of Entrepreneurial challenges, surprises, disappointments, victories and triumph.  Learn from the experts:  founders who have had the courage and tenacity to step out on their own, and navigate the rough waters of the unknown.  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or if you are already a company founder, learn from those who have gone before you.  What they have experienced may help you avoid a pitfall or two and accelerate your own company’s progress.  Why reinvent the wheel when others willingly share their wisdom?  A question and answer session follow the presentation, and panelists are available afterwards for responses to individual questions.

We have three excellent speakers for that evening, all serial entrepreneurs including successful exits in the consumer, high tech and life sciences fields.  Each of the speakers will speak of their successes and in doing so will tell how success if measured and how different things made for success in each of these diverse fields. Our moderator is one of “Boston’s 20 top startup lawyers” and ENET chairman.

This ENET panel features 3 serial entrepreneurs and 2 of them are also active angel investors in startup companies!



6:30-7:30 PM – Registration & networking 

7:30-7:40 PM – ENET Chairman’s announcements

7:40-7:55 PM – E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:55-8:45 PM – 3 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:45-9:00 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A

900-930 PM – Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers

A question and answer session follow the presentation, and panelists will be available afterwards for responses to individual questions.  As with every ENET meeting you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterwards.


Anita Brearton, Founder and CEO of CabinetM, is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor.   Her company, CabinetM ( ) is a marketing technology management platform that helps marketers manage their technology strategy, implementation and performance.. Anita speaks frequently on marketing practices and stack building.  In addition to CabinetM, Anita is a CMS Wire monthly columnist, serves on the board of MassVentures as vice chairman, and is a member of the Golden Seeds angel group where she has invested in companies across multiple industries. Investments include Altruik, Sweetriot, Carnegie Speech, Crimson Hexagon, and FashionPlaytes to name just a few.   An experienced start-up executive, skilled at addressing the strategic operational and marketing challenges faced by high growth, early stage businesses, Anita served as the executive chairman of FashionPlaytes, an online fashion and style destination for tween girls; vice president of corporate marketing at Sycamore Networks, where she took the company from its infancy through its IPO to become a leading player in the Intelligent Optical Networking market; and worked with numerous other organizations to help shape the positioning and go-to-market strategies that enabled these companies to achieve their marketing and revenue goals. An active mentor in the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, Anita has participated as a judge in the MassChallenge and MIT 100K business plan competitions, served as board director for the Angel Capital Association and The Sunflower Initiative, and was an executive in residence at Simmons College.


Eric Giler, Chairman and CEO @ Speedy Packets ( )in Cambridge, Massachuetts. Speedy Packets dramatically improves the efficiency and performance of TCP, the primary protocol for moving content around the Internet – while maintaining end-to-end reliability and fair access. He was previously CEO of WiTricity Corporation which was founded in 2007 to commercialize a new technology for wireless electricity invented and patented two years earlier by a team of physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Mobile. Eric was the founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Brooktrout Inc., a provider of telecom software and hardware platforms, from 1984 throught to its successful IPO in 1994 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in October 2005. He is the author of over 20 patents. Eric holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He is also an angel investor.

Ulrik Nielsen was Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer @ Merrimack Pharmaceuticals from 2002 to 2015  (   ). For the past seven years, he has been part of the executive team where he is responsible for research and early development. Ulrik was instrumental in building the company’s Network Biology platform and oncology pipeline. that is outthinking cancer to ensure that patients and their families live fulfilling lives. Its mission is to transform cancer care through the smart design and development of targeted solutions based on a deep understanding of cancer pathways and biological markers. Merrimack currently has three therapeutics in clinical development. He remains on the Board of Directors of Merrimack and also Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he was previously CEO.  During 2015 to 2017, he was the Founder and past President and CEO, of Torque Therapeutics, which is applying breakthrough science to develop a new class of immune cell therapeutics. Prior to joining Merrimack, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researched the interface among biology, engineering and computational biology. Ulrik received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Copenhagen in molecular biology and trained at the University of California, San Francisco. Ulrika has also undertaken extensive executive business education, including education at Harvard Business School (PLD graduate).


Robert Adelson, business and tax attorney, partner at Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP, and Chairman of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network.  Rob has been an attorney for over 30 years specialized in business, tax, stock and options, employment, contracts, financing, trademarks and intellectual property.  Rob began as an associate at major New York City law firms before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining his present firm in 2004.  Rob represents entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies, independent contractors and employees and executives. Rob is a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and other publications. He has been named among the “Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers” by, a website that provides tools for entrepreneurs. Rob has been on the ENET Board since 2002, was Vice Chair 2005-2009, and ENET Chairman since 2009.  He was also a Co-Founder and Board member of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (2004 -2015). In 2016, he received the IEEE USA Professional Achievement award for “extreme dedication to the entrepreneurship community.” He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation. His website –

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