Innovation Series Event: A Next Wave of Innovation with Dharmesh Shah, CTO, Hubspot

Presented by the MIT Enterprise Forum


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Stata Center, Room 32-123
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

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October 15, 2013 6:30PM–9:00PM


Serial entrepreneur Yoav Shapira interviews well-known entrepreneur and thought leader Dharmesh Shah about his views on the next wave of innovation, including: Where it will arise, what it will look like, who will participate, and how they will succeed.

In the next wave, Dharmesh says, factors that shape, determine or predict innovations will be much different than in previous waves. Culture will play a dominant role.

Key questions he answers in this session include:

  • What should the modern startup culture be?
  • How has it evolved recently?
  • Where is it headed?

HubSpot’s own culture code provides a revealing look at how one of MIT’s most successful recent startups got that way.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is starting a company, working at a startup, or trying to change the culture of their current workplace to be more like a startup: innovative, faster-moving, and more agile.


  • Registration & snacks: 6:00-6:30pm
  • Program: 6:30-8:00pm
  • After event party in the 4th floor R&D Pub 8:00-9:00pm

About Dharmesh Shah

Co-Foushahnder and Chief Technology Officer of HubSpot, Dharmesh Shah launched his first startup at age 24 with less than $10,000 in capital. That was Pyramid Digital Solutions, an enterprise software company in the financial services sector that SunGard Business Systems acquired in 2005. Altogether, Dharmesh has founded three software startups, has built and shipped over 10 commercial software products, and is an angel investor in more than 30 startups. He also writes one of the most widely followed blogs on startups — He founded HubSpot in 2006 at MIT with Brian Halligan. The company has received over $100 million in venture funding, employs over 400, and has more than 8,500 customers in 56 countries. Its 2012 revenues of $52.5 million were an 82% increase over 2011. HubSpot’s all-in-one inbound marketing software is based on the idea that traditional marketing was broken and the tools needed to do marketing in the era of search were too complex and disconnected.

About Yoav Shapira

yoavThroughout his career Yoav Shapira has been a key technology advisor to multiple successful startups. He is currently Chief Technology Officer at Happier, Inc., a 2012 software startup that applies a deep body of research in psychology, neuroscience and economics to inspire human happiness. Earlier he was Vice President, Engineering at HubSpot. His other startups include Local Motors, Elephant Design, CloudLock, and Jana.