Red Hat CEO Headlines Finale of “Startup Secrets” Workshop Series

  Red Hat CEO Headlines Finale of “Startup Secrets” Workshop Series

Jim Whitehurst Joins Michael Skok of North Bridge Venture Partners to Discuss
              Winning Business Models and Open Source Innovation

Business Wire

BOSTON -- December 4, 2013

North Bridge Venture Partners presents the final workshop of the multi-part
series for entrepreneurs, “Startup Secrets.” Join Chief Executive Officer of
Red Hat Jim Whitehurst along with entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Michael
Skok, for a deep dive on Open Source as an innovation engine and how to build
a winning Open Source business model.

What:       Startup Secrets Finale – Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
Who:            Presented by Michael Skok, North Bridge Venture Partners and
                Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat
Where:          Revere Hotel
                200 Stuart Street
                Boston, MA 02116
                (617) 482-1800
When:           Wednesday, December 4^th, 2013; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Social:         @mjskok; @north_bridge; #startupsecrets; @futureofOSS;

The Startup Secrets interactive workshopswere created for entrepreneurs,
CEOs, founders, and innovators as a way of sharing business tools that help
future leaders achieve success in building their companies.As an entrepreneur
of 20+ years, turned venture capitalist for the last decade, Michael is
passionate about empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and helping
them turn ideas into companies and those companies into market leaders. This
exciting half-day event includes:

  *Startup Secrets in a nutshell with North Bridge Venture Partners’ General
    Partner, Michael Skok
  *Insights into open source innovation with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst,
    followed by a discussion on winning business models with Michael Skok
  *Views from local, open source leaders including Acquia, Black Duck and
  *Networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs

“The past few years have witnessed the rapid adoption of Open Source –
something I fully expect to continue. If we can make the claim that software
is now eating the world, the fact is Open Source is eating the software
world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners.
“I predict Open Source will continue to lead innovation in all the major areas
where software is advancing and it will therefore continue to take more and
more of the significant component of value that would have been traditionally
assigned to proprietary solutions. Open Source is no longer an afterthought;
it’s a forethought. It’s what people think of first when they go to develop
their next project and we look forward to seeing how future entrepreneurs will
leverage this incredible technology.”

Admission to this event is free, but seating is limited. Register at

About North Bridge:

North Bridge Venture Partners and North Bridge Growth Equity are active
partners with entrepreneurs providing seed-to-growth financing for innovative
companies looking to disrupt big markets. With $3.5 billion in capital
currently under management, North Bridge partners, many founders themselves,
work with entrepreneurs to apply their expertise in the creation, operation
and scaling of market-leaders. The firm has funded more than 170 companies
creating many billions in market value. Among those firms are Acquia, Actifio,
Cool Planet, Demandware, Mavenir Systems, Proto Labs, Reval and Starent
Networks. The firm has offices in Waltham, MA and Palo Alto, CA. To learn more
about North Bridge go to


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