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Entrepreneurship Panel

When: Tuesday, November 8th, 4:30-6 pm (with reception to follow)
Speakers: Bettina Hein (CEO, Pixability), Daphne Zohar (Manager/Founding Partner, PureTech Ventures), Prof. Rosalind Picard (co-founder of Affectiva, Inc.)
Moderator: Laura Ring 
Description: Do you want to work in academia? Do you want to go into industry? What does it take to start a successful organization in either or both? Entrepreneurship is not only about new businesses, but also about innovation and leadership. Join us for a panel with three successful entrepreneurs, all from very different fields: Dr. Rosalind Picard - academic entrepreneur at MIT, Ms. Daphne Zohar - serial entrepreneur and biotechnology venture capitalist, and Ms. Bettina Hein - entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Pixability. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Laura Ring, former VP of Castile Ventures.  After the panel, join the panel members for a small reception, where you will be able to interact with panelists and fellow graduate women!

Speaker Bios

Bettina Hein is the Founder and CEO of Pixability. Pixability helps small and medium-sized businesses increase sales by using video. Bettina is a repeat entrepreneur based in Cambridge, MA. Prior to Pixability she co-founded Swiss-based SVOX AG in 2001. SVOX was sold to Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. In 1996, Bettina was the initiator of START, an organization that advances entrepreneurship among college students. In 2000, START received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Bettina is also the founder of the SheEOs, a network for female CEOs and founders of growth companies. Bettina holds a Masters of Science degree from MIT where she was a Sloan Fellow, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen. She is also a frequent speaker on the topics of video marketing and entrepreneurship.

Daphne Zohar is the founder and managing partner of PureTech Ventures, a Boston-based venture creation firm specializing in translating breakthrough research from top tier academic institutions into therapies that will impact human health and well-being. PureTech's senior partners include entrepreneurs and leaders from the highest echelon of pharma, biotech and academia. In 2010, Ms. Zohar was recognized by Fierce Biotech as one of the "Top 10 Women in Biotech," by BioWorld as one of 28 leaders predicted to be the "movers and shakers" of the biotechnology industry over the next twenty years, and by the Boston Globe as one of the "Top 15 Innovators." A successful entrepreneur, Ms. Zohar created PureTech and assembled a leading team to help implement her vision for the firm. She sits on the Boards of Directors of PureTech Ventures, Enlight Biosciences (a technology development company whose backers include leading pharmaceutical companies), Follica Inc., Libra Biosciences, Vedanta Bioscience, Mandara Sciences (where she is Founding CEO), Karuna Pharmaceuticals, Tal Medical, and Satori Pharmaceuticals. She also sits on the Technology Development Fund Advisory Board at Children's Hospital Boston and is an Editorial Advisor to Xconomy, a national technology news blog.

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, ScD, is founder and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab, co-director of the Things That Think consortium, and leader of the new and growing Autism &Communication Technology Initiative at MIT. In April 2009, she co-founded Affectiva, Inc., where she serves as chairman and chief scientist. Dr. Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctoral degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. Prior to completing her doctorate at MIT, she was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. In 1991, she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty, where she became internationally known for content-based retrieval research, for creating new tools such as the Photobook system, and for pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video. She is the author of the award-winning book Affective Computing, which was instrumental in starting a new field by that name. She has authored 200 scientific articles and chapters and also holds multiple patents. In 2005, she was honored as a Fellow of the IEEE.

The moderator, Laura Ring, is a tax advisor at WTAS, a full service individual and business entity tax compliance and consulting professional services firm.  Prior to joining WTAS, Laura was the VP of Strategic Relations for Castile Ventures, an early-stage IT venture capital firm, where she focused on the firm's interactions with the entrepreneurial, business, and investment communities. Ms. Ring is a seasoned executive with a track record of success in multiple industries – high tech, non-profit, associations and financial services.  She has served as the Executive Director of Massachusetts Networks Communications Council, the Association for Corporate Growth, and The Application Service Provider Industry Consortium (now Comptia). Ms. Ring also co-founded an entrepreneurial venture which was the first on-line broker of services to growing companies. For the non-profit sector, she served as the Director of Development for both Junior Achievement and for one of Maine’s largest group homes for children, Good Will Hinckley. Earlier in her career she launched and served as the Director of the High Tech Services Group at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), where she advised early-stage high tech companies on financing strategies, business operations, team formation, capital foundation and marketing concepts. She was also a financial analyst for Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Ring holds an MS (MBA) in Management with a concentration in Operations and Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, a Master’s in Tax from Suffolk, University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Ring has served the community as a member on the MIT Enterprise Forum Start-up Committee, MassTLC’s Programs Committee and the boards of the New England Children’s Foundation and the International Institute of Boston.

The Entrepreneurship Panel is sponsored in part by: