IEEE Foundation

Trends and Innovations in Early Stage Technology Funding

6:00 pm
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Trends and Innovations in Early Stage Technology Funding

Entrepreneurs need to fund their business.  There are many options available from self-funding to crowd sourcing to grants to venture capital investors, and everything in between.  Every option has its benefits and drawbacks. Which one is right for your company?

  • How do you select the option for funding your business?
  • How do you prepare for the barrage of investor questions?
  • How do you create a support infrastructure to obtain the best outcome?

The panelists have deep experience in consulting entrepreneurs, seeking funding and funding start-ups.  Our discussion will offer guidance in the funding process and practical suggestions in preparing for the process.  Listen to our speakers share their stories from a 360 degrees purview for early stage funding and advice on avoiding funding pitfalls.


6:00-7:00 PM – Registration & networking

7:00-7:10 PM – ENET Chairman’s announcements

7:10-7:25 PM – E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:25-8:15 PM – 3 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:15- 8:30 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A

8:30 – 9:00 PM – Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers


Raymond Chang is a serial entrepreneur and the managing director of NXT Ventures, an early-staged investment fund based in Boston. He is also a Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management, and an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. 

Raymond founded GigaMedia, the first broadband internet company in Asia. In 1999, GigaMedia received US$35mm strategic investment from Microsoft, and in 2000, the Company went public on NASDAQ and raised US$280mm, one of the largest IPOs for Internet company prior to 2000. In 2007, Raymond founded Luckypai, a leading TV shopping company in China and raised venture financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, DT Capital, Intel, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs. In 2010, Luckypai was sold to Lotte Home Shopping for US$160mm. From 2012-2013, Raymond served as the CEO of New Focus Auto, the largest automobile after-sales service company dual-listed on Hong Kong & Taiwan exchanges, (US$1 Billion in market cap). In 2013, Raymond completed a US$160mm investment from CDH Capital, a leading Chinese private equity fund. In 2000, Raymond was selected by FORTUNE as one of the twenty-five Next Generation Global Leaders Under 40, (5/2001), and by BUSINESS WEEK Asia as one of Asia’s 20 most influential new economy leaders in the 21st century, (7/2000). He was also featured as a panel speaker at World Economic Forum in Zurich, Switzerland in 2005. 

Raymond also participates in various social, charity, educational, and Christian faith organisations. He Co-founded Shanghai West International Fellowship, was the Former Treasurer/Elected Board Member of Shanghai American School, and a member of Young President’s Organization-Shanghai. He is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, Hub Angels, CEVG, and a mentor at Techstars Boston. He also serves on the Board of The Skating Club of Boston. Raymond received his BA from NYU, MBA from Yale, and MPA from Harvard JFK School of Government.

Dr. Lissy Hu works with leading health systems and accountable care organizations to optimize post-acute care outcomes.  She serves as the CEO and Founder of CarePort Health which enables healthcare providers to enhance post-acute outcomes and costs by guiding patients across the care continuum and tracking their recovery in real-time.  In 2016 CarePort was acquired by Allscripts to extend its breadth as the largest connected acute and post-acute provider network in the industry. Dr. Hu, an in-demand speaker and thought leader, has previously led sessions at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Harvard Business School, Case Management Society of America, HIMSS Population Health, Medical Group Management Association, Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, and SXSW among many others.  Dr. Hu and CarePort received a certificate of special congressional recognition for outstanding contribution to Massachusetts. CarePort has been named “10 Boston Healthcare Tech Companies to Watch” by VentureFizz and “Best Patient Relationship Management Solutions” by MedTech.  CarePort is a past winner of the Harvard Business Plan Competition. Dr. Hu is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, where she was a recipient of the Kaplan Life Sciences Award, and holds a bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University.

Chuck Goldstone is a renowned authority on communications and has helped organizations tell better stories and tell their stories better. He has brought together the art and science of influence, the impact of story, and the power of visuals and mnemonic devices to move audiences to decision.

He was founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of !deaworks/!deaCorporation of America, Chuck Goldstone Communications, Presen+Suasion™, and CommInLaw™.

As communications strategist, author, concept catalyst, and consultant, he has the ear and trust of senior management in some of the planet’s most prestigious domestic and global firms. As a consultant, he has helped organizations in nearly every discipline unleash the creative assets of executives. 

Chuck has written and directed nearly 1000 programs for clients, reaching millions of viewers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has taught at some of New England’s most respected colleges and universities and holds an M.Ed from Boston University. He is author of a soon-to-be-published book on business communications, story, and organizational persuasion.

For more than ten years, Goldstone was a nationally recognized commentator on Public Radio International’s Marketplace, heard on over 400 stations, and is still a popular radio and TV guest and keynote speaker. He is an author, business columnist, storyteller, humorist, author of This Book Is Not a Toy: Friendly Advice on How to Avoid Death and Other Inconveniences (St. Martin’s Press). His business communications writings have appeared in national magazines and he is a national blogger on business communications and new employee communication.


Daniel Skiba, President & CEO GOT Interface

Human Machine Innovation. Orchestrating the design and manufacturing of Leading-Edge Products and Delivering Industry Leadership. As a Product Development and Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award winning products to the international market.


Refreshments: Snacks and soft drinks.

Hosted by the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network

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