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Win in Business by Eliminating the Silent Killers of Success, Featuring Ram Iyer

  • G-Tek Labs 28 Damrell Street Boston, MA, 02127 United States (map)



You have a great tech startup or tech for a startup. Do you believe you have what it takes to succeed in business? The business plan addresses external success factors, but is that really adequate for success? 

7 out of 10 businesses fail and most people think that ‘the other guy’ is the one who will fail. The "experts" giving advice and the people receiving the advice are the smartest ever. If the people are smart, perhaps the advice is lousy, or about the wrong "problem." Or, maybe the people fail to execute effectively. Why else might a business fail?

You will not hear regurgitated and worn ‘wisdom’ that has failed to reduce the failure rate in decades. Get practical insights from an MIT graduate who has started 4 companies, worked at Boeing and Lucent, been a VC in Silicon Valley, and interviewed billionaires, millionaires and CEO's across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He lost over a million dollars of personal money on a ‘guaranteed to succeed’ startup. From his personal successes and failures, Ram Iyer has identified the five pillars for business success (some not addressed with a business school education). Most entrepreneurs believe the myths and "follow the herd" to the 70% failure rate.

Ram has validated his insights by surveying 350 business people including 100 millionaires and others not-as-successful (Cronbach alpha of 0.9 for the statistically inclined). His findings are immediately practical and uncommon common sense.

Join us to learn how to avoid the pitfalls that cause most startups to fail!

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Ram Iyer started the Business Thinking Institute in Princeton to share his insights with individuals to succeed in business, whether as owners/founders, or as employees. He blogs regularly and frequently appears on podcasts and radio shows. He is the host of the Business Thinking Radio podcast. He is the former president of the MIT Club of Princeton and the worldwide MIT South Asian Alumni Association.

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6:00 to 7:00 - Networking over dinner, including beer, wine and dessert

7:00 to 7:10 - Announcements

7:10 to 8:00 - Eliminating the "Silent Killers of Success", Q & A

8:00 to 8:30 - More Networking

Directions & Parking:

G-Tek Labs is located at 28 Damrell St, Boston, MA 02127. Please bring photo identification and check in at our desk in the lobby to pick up your name tag. 

Public Transportation:

G-Tek Labs is a 6-minute walk from the MBTA Red line Andrew Station. Walk 4 blocks north on Dorchester Ave and turn right onto Damrell St. Walk 1 block to G-Tek Labs on your left, just after Ewer St. 

Driving directions:

Use this Google Map to G-Tek Labs. There is free parking on area streets after 6 pm, as well as free parking in the lot across from 10 Damrell St.

Upon Arrival:

This event is 21+.  Find our check-in table in the lobby and present your valid photo identification to pick up your name tag.