Building Start-up Teams that Create Wealth

What does it take to build an A-Team that is essential for building a successful early stage company?  Mark Suster, one of the most incisive observers of the local Venture Capital community believes this:

I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. My rationale is simple: everything goes wrong and only great teams can respond to competitors, markets, funding environments, staff departures, PR disasters and the like.

– How to Configure You Start-up Team

And to help you get that edge that increases your chances of building that start-up team for successful launch of your business we are pleased to host John Wentworth of the Wentworth Company, a firm with a track record of helping companies recruit the right talent.  John operates one of the most progressive and durable recruiting operations in the country since 1984.  He will discuss his Quantitative method used to find the right person with the right skills.  You will learn:

1.       How to apply quantitative human capital management to making rational human decisions.

2.       How to think about your job and how to break it up into pieces that might be delegated to new staff.

3.       What principles might guide us in deciding what gets delegated first, second, etc.

Ensolve PetroLiminatorRick Penny, COO of EnSolve Biosystems will update us on the development of their new EnScrub oil water separator that is undergoing test down in the Port and discuss EnSolve’s strategy for selling to the maritime industry.  The EnScrub is a specialized biofiltration system that eats the hydrocarbon waste from effluents created by sulfer oxide scubbers (like those used to clean the exhaust from shipboard diesel power plants).  This PortTech client is a leader in the development of portable biotreatment systems.

And we’ll have another installment of Brandzing’s guide to building brand equity by Rick Plumley.  Brandzing is a graphic design, brand identity and marketing communications firm that delivers the best bang for your marketing buck!  For 25 years, Rick has been helping business owners and organization leaders to increase their market share by providing them with marketing materials that deliver the best value and return on their investment.

And we’ll have the usual assortment of great networking, special announcements and a couple of surprises about the future of PortTech!  Join us on Tuesday by registering today for the February PortTech Forum.