Episode 09: Risk Assessment


What can go wrong usually does, but that doesn’t mean it has to sink your business.  Also, if you believe necessity is the mother of invention, successfully working through risks might actually be beneficial to your business long term.

Episode #9 (Risk Assessment) is now on-the-air. The full 30-minute episode is here, featuring Bill Contente, Robert Goodof, Christopher Mirabile and Scott Allen. Click on their names below for the individual interview segments.

As a corporate lawyer and senior partner at Gesmer Updegrove, Bill Contente has provided clients with quality legal advice, practical business guidance and value-added services that drive revenue and increase profitability for 25 years. For hundreds of companies, Bill has negotiated, drafted and closed venture capital financings, angel financings and successful exits, introduced clients to financing sources and “C” level team members, and engaged in strategic discussions to keep clients focused on success.

Robert Goodof has worked as a senior equity analyst, covering chemicals, oil and gas, alternative energy, and industrial equities, with special emphasis on in depth fundamentals, valuation frameworks, and mentoring. He was selected Best of the Buy Side 1998 and 2004, and has helped to start and manage the Off Wall Street Energy Symposium, an annual conference of energy executives and public/private investors, in Jackson Hole.
Christopher Mirabile is the co-Managing Director of LaunchPad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S. Christopher is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community with more than fifty investments in start-up companies.

Scott Allen is the VP and General Manager of MS Walker. M.S. Walker is a wholesale distributor of wines and spirits based in Massachusetts since 1933. They serve retail stores, restaurants and hotels, and also manufacture their own brands of spirit products, which are marketed in 42 states. Additionally, M.S. Walker acts as a marketing agent for many of its suppliers in all of the New England States, as well as an Agency Importer of select national brands, and also as an Importer of several wine brands from regions around the world.


About Author

Gregory Stoller

Greg Stoller is actively involved in building entrepreneurship and international business programs at Boston University in the Questrom School of Business. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship, global strategy and management and runs the Asian International Management Experience Program, and the Asian International Consulting Project.

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