Monthly Program - September 13, 2011

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center - Odeum Room
Doors open for networking: 5:30 p.m.
Meeting: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for members, $15 for WPI alumni, $30 general public
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Introduction by Deirdre Sanders

Welcome by Moderator, Vic Marcus Muschiano

Keynote by Scott Kirsner

Keynote by Patrick O'Malley


The Shape of Things to Come

by Vic Marcus, Co-Moderator

Technological innovation has prompted sweeping changes in how we live and how we do business.  Businesses face the challenge of incorporating new technologies and social media into traditional business models. The WPI Venture Forum will open its 21st season on Tuesday, September 13 with two keynote speakers who will offer a revealing look ahead to the promise that tomorrow’s technologies hold for today’s business entrepreneurs.

Scott Kirsner, longtime technology reporter and “Innovation Economy” columnist for the Sunday Boston Globe, constantly asks the question, “How do innovations that matter get introduced to the world?” He will offer his view of the future projected from his research and his conversations with technology visionaries. Kirsner has written award-winning articles for Fast Company and other technology publications, and has been a regular contributor to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Boston Globe, Wired, the New York Times, BusinessWeek,, CIO, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many other media outlets. His most recent book is Fans, Friends and Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age, published in 2009.  A native of Miami, he is a Boston University graduate and was part of the management consulting team that helped the Boston Globe launch its website

Social media forecaster Patrick O’Malley will address “the what, the why and the ROI” of these tools and techniques for future business success.  O’Malley loves and lives social media. A nationally known expert on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and search engine optimization for Google, he spent more than 20 years in computer operations, programming and performance, and was vice president of operations for Northern Light, an early Google competitor.  Patrick O'Malley's web site.

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