2022 & 2021 Events & Things
A few Events....
-In June 2021 Jack and his wife, Jan, donated $10m to Tufts University naming the Derby Entrepreneurship Center@Tufts
- Our prior pre-Covid Annual CEO Dinner was a birthday celebration for Jack in March 2020. We then did virtual check-ins every 6 months and just finished our first live event in June 2022 with our close friends at the MIT Endicott House. Spectacular event, discussion and location!!!
-We conducted a 2 day "Entrepreneur's Boot Camp" in May 2020, in April & September 2021, and in May 2022 with Next Corps & Luminate Rochester NY entrepreneurs.
-We conducted virtual Sales Management Boot Camps in May, June & October 2020 and February, June 2021 and March 2022.
- Jack continues to be an active Tufts professor in his two core courses in Marketing and in Sales.
- And he continues as a senior instructor at MIT teaching business planning and marketing
- In 2020, even with the pandemic, we completed 31 business and sales planning meetings.
- In 2021, we completed a total of 35. In 2022, so far through June, 18
- In 2020, we worked on 66 sales and marketing projects. In 2021, 59. In 2022, 31 so far.
- By December 2020 we had participated in 28 webinars on Sales or Marketing. In 2021 we did 34 including Forbes. For 2022 so far there have been 9 as of June.
- In January 2022, Jack presented to IEEE's ENET on "The New Rules of Sales in '22
- In April 2022, Tufts officially opened the Derby Entrepreneurship Center@Tufts
- On April 14th, Jack was the keynote speaker at the Financial Executive International's Boston Chapter Annual Academic Awards Program discussing "Entrepreneurship for the Rest of Us"
Episode Six | Part One: Jack Derby
Episode Six | Part Two: Jack Derby
Jack received the ACG Boston Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2019
Editing our publications:
You can also find and download our new 2022 editions of "Writing the Winning Sales Plan" and "Writing the Winning Marketing Plan.
For the 18th year, "Writing the Winning Business Plan" has been used at MIT in its Management in Engineering course, and for the fifth year at Singapore University of Technology & Design.
Mass High Tech-Jack's Advice to Entrepreneurs
A 20-something launching a new tech company may bring great ideas, energy and dedication to their startup. However, they can always benefit from the experiences of those who have gone before them. So, Mass High Tech invited a handful of experienced members of the New England innovation community to share their own bits of advice to young entrepreneurs.
To set the stage, each person was told, “Imagine that you are talking to a 22-year-old new college grad who has a social media or software startup still in the ‘Mom’s Basement mode.’” They then answered two questions.
Question No. 1: What do they need to know about building and running the company that isn’t taught in school?
Jack Derby, President of Derby Management, co-founder and General Partner of Converge Venture Partners, a Mass High Tech All-Star, and past chairman of Common Angels, the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Association of Corporate Growth. A Professor of the Practice at Tufts of Marketing, and of "The Art & Science of Sales". Director of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center and the Cummings Family Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tufts. MIT Lecturer in Management in Engineering in Marketing and in Business Planning
“In my years of coaching, running and venture investing in technology companies, I have never had a company fail because the technology did not work. Sure, there were twists and turns, but ultimately it got worked out. Having said that, I have seen plenty of companies fail, and they primarily failed due to weak management, and specifically CEOs who did not hire people better than themselves in their own respective specialties.
Lesson #. 1: strong, flexible, passionate and highly skilled management counts more than anything else. Sure, people mouth these words, but they don’t often teach the tactics of what this actually means.”.
Lesson #2: Success in any business is about success in Sales!
Question No. 2: Why should they feel confident in today’s business environment?
“Three things: One, there’s (a lot) more equity money available and being invested than last year. Two, the market for social media and capital efficient software is excitingly buzzy, and there’s significant talent available. Three, the support mechanisms in Greater Boston for startups are at a more robust level than I’ve seen in 30 years, so there’s no excuse for not getting experienced assistance.”