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Would you want to join innovative startup founders, renowned writers and top leaders in startups and media at the FORWARD by EllisX Conference? Here’s is your chance.

We’re launching FORWARD Fellows to give a limited number of exceptional people who are making a positive impact in the world the opportunity to attend FORWARD by EllisX as our guests. Whether you are creating amazing companies, writing informative newsletters, hosting engaging podcasts or creating social change, we’d love to have you. You’ll be gathering with other bold entrepreneurs and media industry leaders from around the world in an unforgettable day of networking and informative content. …


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This time of the year typically involves cocktails at rooftop bars, stunning city views, vacations in quaint European countries, or relaxing on the beach with a book. While the first three may be off limits this year, reading is one pleasure we can still enjoy. Most entrepreneurs we know are voracious readers, so we decided to round up a list of books that will make Summer 2020 more enjoyable and productive. Whether you’re headed to the beach, the mountains or the living room, these six books are bound to offer good ideas and a dose of inspiration.

Letters from a Stoic by…


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Let’s face it: planning a great networking event is no picnic. From securing the venue to finding the right speakers and ensuring the event is well-attended, putting an event together takes a lot of work. While recently we’ve all turned to Zoom or GoToMeeting as an event venue, event planning has surely not gotten any easier.

As any event organizer knows, finding the right speakers is what takes up the most time when planning an event. Does this sound familiar?

You know the event topic. Now, it’s time to find people who can speak about it. You look through your LinkedIn connections to see if you know anyone. If yes, you contact them to see if they’re available and/or interested. Otherwise, you have to scour your second degree network to see if your friends know the right people, ask for intros and then gauge interest and confirm availability. …


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Over the last few weeks, the world seems to have come to a standstill. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak many of us are holed up at home and a number of events that took an extraordinary amount of time and effort to put together were postponed or canceled. As we’re all practicing social distancing, networking and connecting with like-minded people is harder than before. We can’t go to happy hour or engineer serendipity. However, a number of event managers have decided to help us stay connected and meet new people by moving their events online.

Virtual events are quite different from in-person events, but if you’re an event manager, going virtual presents an opportunity to bring more people together and transcend the boundaries of geography. While real-life human connection is important to effective networking, we’re quite optimistic about the power of online events to connect like-minded folks. If you are considering moving your event online, here are some of the advantages going virtual…


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We’d definitely watch these movies.

Building a startup is full of emotional ups and downs: on the one hand, people are telling you your idea sucks, there’s a lot of rejection and you often have to forego paychecks. On the other hand, once you find believers, the upside is unlimited. You can feel on top of the world and as if you’re falling into pieces…often in the same week.

With so many challenges and obstacles along the way, a startup story usually makes for a very compelling movie plot and yet, there are surprisingly few movies about crazy innovators that make it in spite of everything. …


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It’s been six months since we started EllisX with the goal of helping startups get the visibility they need to reach more users and establish themselves as thought leaders. Since June 2019 we’ve launched and relentlessly iterated on our first product, had more than 50 startups trust us, and have been over the moon every time we’ve helped our customers get exposure. And this is just the beginning!

As we begin the new year, we wanted to lift the curtain and share the why behind what we’re doing. Our purpose has always been to help startups with compelling stories and innovative products become more visible — something that is usually hard to achieve, expensive and/or time-consuming. This stems from our desire to increase meritocracy in the world by making resources more accessible and creating more opportunity for talented people who are not afraid to dream big. …


As the capital of biotech, Boston attracts talent from all over the world, and occupies a prominent place in the dreams of any life sciences entrepreneur. Yet, sometimes the path to ‘El Dorado’ seems to be paved with unexpected challenges and newly-arrived founders need to find creative ways to break into the ‘insider club’.

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Last Wednesday we got together with Deborah Zanforlin (ConquerX), Pravin Chaturvedi (IndUS Pharmaceuticals) and Allison DeAngelis (Boston Business Journal) to talk about what it means to be an immigrant founder in biotech, how to choose the right investors and why free beer is essential to startup success.


When female founders still get 2% of the venture funding available, what does it take to succeed? And what happens if the founder is also foreign-born?

Last week we got together with some kickass women who have founded successful companies in AI, retail and adtech to talk about how their backgrounds have influenced their career paths, and how being an immigrant can give you an edge in startupland.

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Left to right: Karen Marquez, Shiva Kashalkar, Bettina Hein and Bobbie Carlton

Moderated by Bobbie Carlton of Innovation Women and Mass Innovation Nights, the conversation included Bettina Hein (Pixability), Karen Marquez (RobbieAI) and Shiva Kashalkar (Green Pinata Toys). Over the course of an hour, the panelists tackled topics, such as navigating the startup ecosystem, turning their ‘outsider’ status into an opportunity and last but not least, why they chose Boston as their adopted home. Here are some of the key highlights:


Srinath Vaddepally never intended to live in the US. Growing up in India, he always imagined that he’d spend his life there and never envisioned fulfilling his childhood dream of starting a company anywhere else. However, his plans changed in the beginning of 2009 when he found himself en route to Texas.

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Srinath Vaddepally, co-founder & CEO of RistCall

Having earned an undergraduate degree in wireless communications, he had a skill set that was in demand all over the world, which led to a role at Wipro Technologies, followed by a consulting gig at Texas Instruments. …


It is no secret that immigrant are behind some of the largest and most innovative companies in the US, such as Google, SpaceX and Boston-based Cybereason. In fact, Boston has the third highest number of foreign-born founders in the US, right at the heels of Silicon Valley and New York.

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Thara Pillai, Vinayak Ranade, Sophia Lin and Itamar Zur

A room packed with more than 50 people grew silent, as Thara Pillai kicked off the conversation with Itamar Zur (co-founder & CEO, Veho Technologies), Sophia Lin (co-founder, Keel) and Vinayak Ranade (co-founder & CEO, Drafted) with these statistics. Canadian by origin, Thara has experienced the challenges of immigrating first-hand. …

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