How to Find, Select, and Build Your Co-Founding Team

February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Draper Laboratory, Hill Building
70-1/2 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Entrepreneurs’ Network, Cambridge Meeting

Meeting location – Draper Laboratory, Hill Building, One Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA 02139. The entrance is called One Hampshire St but is actually, on Broadway. Attendees must arrive at Draper Labs before 7pm. Entrance will be locked after 7pm.

Are you a hacker? Or are you a hustler? Success in startups requires both. Some of the most successful founder teams are two-person teams (Wozniak and Jobs among them) where one founder (the hacker) is more technical and the other (the hustler) is more business oriented. The hacker is a problem solver who can make the technology work to meet the needs of customers, and do it efficiently. The hustler is a team builder who can orchestrate marketing, sales and operations. Sometimes teams have three, four or even more founders, but that can get unwieldy and decisions often gravitate toward two leaders in the group. Most common are single founders and they too can be successful (Zuckerberg, for example), but it’s important that the single founder quickly build a core team to fill in the gaps that aren’t his strengths.

In this meeting, an expert panel of three well recognized serial entrepreneurs and co-founders from tech and life science fields will take up co-founders and core team issues such as

How do you find co-founders? How do you recruit a core team?

As you build and maintain your team, how do you protect your interests? If someone leaves the team, can you get all or most of their stock back? Other issues include relations with past employers, ownership of IP, keeping trade secrets, etc.

How do you manage the expectations of founders, core team as well as investors?

Hope to see you then!


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

A question and answer session follows 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.


Greg Erman is the President and CEO of EmpiraMed, Inc., a company that has developed a patient engagement software platform called the PRO Portal to capture Real World Evidence and to execute Outcomes Based Contracts and Quality Improvement Intervention Programs. In his career, Mr. Erman has been a cofounder of nine different startup companies, and President and CEO of 6 companies. He has worked on commercializing about 250 medical academic research projects over a 10-year period, raised about $100M in venture capital, and successfully grew businesses to about $20M in annual revenue with 150 employees. Each of Mr. Erman’s three VC-backed ventures successfully exited to large public companies and generated returns up to 12X investment.

Emily Bernard co-founded PlacePass with Ethan Hawkes in 2016, after decades of traveling and working in the hospitality industry. PlacePass is a team of entrepreneurs, travelers, and tech geeks with the mission of enabling people to easily search, compare, and book great things to do in any destination. Previously, Emily Bernard was a Vice President at Foreign Policy magazine (FP) in Washington, DC where she led the international media sales team and established an in-house nation brand consulting practice. Prior to Foreign Policy, Ms. Bernard served as Special Assistant to the President at America Abroad Media, a non-profit that produces radio and television programming on international affairs.

Kerri Garbis is President and co-founder of Ovation Communication LLC, a communication skills consulting firm specializing in presentation skills, business writing skills and building strong relationships. A unique firm, Ovation’s communication expert trainers are working, professional actors. Ms. Garbis is a Business Etiquette Expert, certified by The Emily Post Institute, and an Emotional Intelligence Expert, certified by The Hay Group. She ensures that every Ovation consultant delivers the highest level of client-focused professional training. A professional actress since childhood, Ms. Garbis began her studies in voice and theatre at The Baltimore School For The Arts before earning her BFA in Musical Theatre. Kerri’s first book, Presentation Skills for Managers, is available now from McGraw-Hill.


Jane Obbagy is the founder and Managing Director of Obbagy Consulting, a firm specializing in providing environmental strategy services. As an executive, Ms. Obbagy works with private sector leaders, Boards of Directors, multi-stakeholder advisory boards, and community representatives to implement sustainable business strategies and enhance environmental and social (ES) governance practices. Prior to establishing the firm in 2015, Ms. Obbagy was and continues to be a business entrepreneur. She has mentored emerging consulting practices to scale for growth, expansion, or leverage buyout.


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 and Chairman since 2009 and is 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 –


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Is accessible by public transportation, to the Kendall Square stop on the Red Line.

LOCATION: Draper Laboratory, Hill Building, One Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA 02139. The entrance is called One Hampshire St but is actually on Broadway. Attendees must arrive at Draper Labs before 7pm. Entrance will be locked after 7pm.


Pizza & soft drinks

COST AND RESERVATIONS: Free to ENET members and $10 for non-members. Members & non-members, pre-register for the meeting online, until midnight the day before the meeting. Go to – If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register and pay at the door.

PARKING: There is a public parking lot across the street from Draper. Also, $10 parking is available after 6pm at Yellow Garage and Blue Garage