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Company Culture Posted Oct 19, 2017 by Bryan Grillo

Celebrating a Pearl Anniversary

In 1987, I saw my first concert: U2. Seven friends, including CHEN Partner Kev Kosh – we’ve known each other since grade school – and I drove to New Haven and descended upon the (now defunct) Coliseum. It was Wednesday, September 23rd – a school night, mind you. And U2 was on tour to support […]

Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation Posted Oct 16, 2017 by Chris Carleton

Start Me Up! Beantown Throwdown Rocks the HUBweek Dome

Entrepreneurism is thriving across our region’s college and university campuses. Friday night’s #BeantownThrowdown – the Boston area’s top multi-school student company pitch-off – shined a spotlight on it. Sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, a dozen presenters took center stage in a HUBweek Dome on City Hall Plaza to promote their ventures. Competing […]

Company Culture Posted Sep 20, 2017 by Liza Vilnits

The CHEN PR Version of “Team Building”

As I’ve boasted before, one of my favorite things about CHEN PR is the company’s “work hard, play hard” attitude. The agency life – and especially when you’re dealing with a majority of cybersecurity clients – isn’t all fun and games. Last week, for example, the Equifax breach happened. And while you’d think it’d be […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Innovation Posted Sep 13, 2017 by chenpr

Blockchain Can Save The World (and so can You)

Although not stated directly, the implicit message of last evening’s MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Innovation Series event, Emerging Applications of Blockchain for Supply Chains, is that blockchains are (or should be) everywhere. Yeah, the event was about how open ledger technology can make supply chain management more efficient, but, as panelist Dan Harple said, […]

Company Culture, Entrepreneurs, Innovation Posted Sep 5, 2017 by chenpr

Toast to Beantown Throwdown At Dewey Square Bash This Thursday

A couple weeks ago we announced the Fifth Annual Beantown Throwdown, the region’s premiere student entrepreneur pitch-off, taking place October 13 during HUB Week. This Thursday, we’ll be hosting some of our Beantown Throwdown, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and HUBweek pals as part of our sponsorship of the Boston Calling block party series that […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Innovation Posted Aug 17, 2017 by chenpr

The Beantown Throwdown: Five Years of Fun Launching Student Startups

Five years ago, in the spirit of collegial collegiate competition, CHEN PR and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge hatched an idea to pit teams of student entrepreneurs against each other. The idea was simple: give young founders a chance to put their innovations and ambitions to the test in a live setting that could […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Innovation Posted Jun 16, 2017 by chenpr

Personal Encounters with Startups in the Spotlight

Earlier this week I was at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s annual Startup Spotlight, a fun competition between thirty or so entrepreneurial ventures from Massachusetts and elsewhere in the region. The competition part of the event is to be named, by attendee vote, as the company most likely to become a unicorn, develop a […]

Events, High Technology, Innovation Posted Jun 2, 2017 by Liza Vilnits

MIT Technology Review’s 2017 Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Every year, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge (MITEF) hosts an event to highlight the year’s top ten breakthrough technologies, as predicted by MIT Technology Review editors. It’s a fascinating event with interesting speakers, engaging subjects and an inquisitive crowd. Presented by Antonio Regalado, Senior Editor at MIT Technology Review Magazine, the 2017 top ten […]

Company Culture, Cyber Security, Innovation Posted May 22, 2017 by chenpr

U.S. Cyber Czar Rob Joyce Helps Kick off MassTLC CyberMA Threat Sharing Service

Working with the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) as we do, CHEN has the chance to work on issues that transcend the typical vendor perspective. Often focused on how those issues affect the local technology and innovation community, the issues are those that affect communities across the nation and the blog. Cybersecurity is one example. […]

Company Culture, Events Posted May 5, 2017 by Doug De Orchis

Boston Calling’s Block Party Series Returns, and CHEN PR’s Back for More

If you live in or around Greater Boston, you know Boston Calling as an epic concert series that takes place downtown every Spring and Fall. The concerts attract A-list talent from every music genre—from Sia and Elle King to The Avett Brothers and Alabama Shakes. It’s a great time for sure, but the concert series […]