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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 […]

Entrepreneurs, Opinions Posted Oct 17, 2016 by chenpr

Reliably Positive

Last week I recalled advice given to me by an early mentor who told me, “In this business talent is nice, but reliability is what matters.”   I pass by an example of “reliability is what matters” nearly every day on my way home that seemed worth sharing.   Gary sells the Spare Change News […]

Cyber Security, Entrepreneurs, Events, High Technology, Innovation Posted Aug 12, 2016 by Kayla Krause

Black Hat: the Aftermath and the Possibilities

As my colleague Jennifer wrote in her recent blog, last week was an exciting and eventful one for us—and especially our clients attending and presenting at Black Hat USA 2016. For Team CHEN the weeks leading up to the show are packed with scheduling press meetings, coordinating announcements and planning presentations. When Black Hat finally […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Innovation Posted Jun 9, 2016 by chenpr

The Once and Future IoT

In May, following the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s Connected Things 2016 event, I scribbled some thoughts about my experience with embedded systems the Internet of Things and how what’s old is new again. This isn’t a rehash of those thoughts. I had the occasion to attend another IoT event in Boston. This one was […]

Entrepreneurs, Events Posted Jun 7, 2016 by chenpr

Boston Entrepreneurs Shine at MIT Enterprise Forum 2016 Startup Spotlight

Last night CHEN PR attended the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s 2016 Startup Spotlight to watch 30 innovative young companies vie for the evening’s awards such as Company I Want to Have a Beer With, Future Unicorn and Most Likely to Develop a Cult Following. The aspiring business moguls, representing a cross-section of the region’s […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Innovation Posted May 9, 2016 by chenpr

Connected Things: The Past and Present of IoT

Years ago I worked with a company that was a pioneer in what was then known as system-on-chip networking. NetSilicon had made its mark connecting office printers to desktop computers via LAN. For all you kids out there, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to print a document from your computer you […]

Company Culture, Entrepreneurs, Opinions Posted Nov 24, 2015 by chenpr

Lessons From the Field: a Conversation With Networking Expert Van Allen

(This post originally appeared at Recruiter.com) When you are a networker, you meet a lot of other networkers. If you meet enough networkers, you tend to meet some that do it well — and these people can definitely teach you a thing or two. If you’re lucky, some of those connections will turn out to be […]

Entrepreneurs, High Technology, Public Relations, Social Media Posted Oct 29, 2015 by Kayla Krause

Simple SEO Strategies to Turbo-Charge Your Next Press Release

Wiring a press release is a relatively standard procedure for public relations teams at most organizations. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go through the process with you but rather, I’d like to share some interesting tidbits I recently learned after sitting in on a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) workshop call with a client. The […]