Drive 2018 Sponsor Spotlight

Meet the Drive sponsors from our last conference!

In March 2019 we caught up with Drive sponsor CBRE

What does your firm do?

CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including advisory and transaction services, project management, property management, property leasing, strategic consulting and development services. We are focused on providing our clients with any resource necessary to achieve their goals and maximize real estate as an asset.

What does your work with startups look like?

CBRE specializes in partnering with emerging technology and other startup companies that require intelligent, strategic real estate and facility plans to help promote and support the growth of their business. We understand that the role of the workplace has changed and that the basis for making real estate decisions has evolved as well. For startups, we help them focus on strategies that drive employee engagement, customer satisfaction, organizational performance, product innovation, lifestyle balance and talent recruitment and retention.

What is one common piece of advice you and your team give startup clients?

CBRE’s approach with all clients is one that is people-driven and client-focused – we know that to maximize real estate as an asset for our partnership, we must take a holistic approach to real estate strategy. Specifically for startup clients, CBRE advises that they invest their time in a holistic, fact-finding process to truly understand their own needs and objectives as a whole and then use this information to create and implement the most effective strategy.

Why did you decide to sponsor Shoobx Drive?

We were excited to sponsor Shoobx Drive because we have a strong belief in the value proposition that Shoobx provides to entrepreneurs.

What part of the event did you think was the most useful for startups?

We thought that the closing remarks by Will Herman were the most useful for startups.

Where can startup founders go for more information about your services?

Startup founders can go to http://www.cbre.us/people-and-offices/affiliate-offices/boston to learn more information about our services.

In February 2019 we caught up with Drive sponsor Goodwin

What does your firm do?

At Goodwin, we use law to achieve unprecedented results for our clients. Our 1,000 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigations and world-class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. We partner with our clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility and ambition. To learn more, visit us at www.goodwinlaw.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

What does your work with startups look like?

Goodwin partners with startups to help grow their business and realize their potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

What is one common piece of advice you and your team give startup clients?

A common piece of advice that our team gives startups is to familiarize themselves with the industry they are entering and the needs of the customer. This is key to creating company goals and modeling the operations of the company in order to achieve these goals.

Why did you decide to sponsor Shoobx Drive?

Shoobx is a terrific platform at the forefront of innovation in how clients and lawyers interact; a number of our clients have found the platform helpful in streamlining the corporate formation and administration process. It is important for Goodwin to continue being a thought leader and ongoing contributor in the startup space and we look forward to growing our great relationship with the Shoobx team.

What part of the event did you think was the most useful for startups?

The panel discussion on “Keeping Your Startup Operations Running Smoothly” was one of the most useful for startups. It not only gave them insight into what it takes to run a startup but also when to call in the experts. It was also beneficial to hear different perspectives from the panelists who came from a law firm, a late stage venture company and a financial institution. Chris Comparato, CEO of Toast, reminded everyone that when startups seek legal work earlier, it is easier and cheaper. The closing remarks by Will Herman, Author of The Startup Playbook, were also noteworthy. He told listeners that the execution of an idea matters more than the idea itself.

Where can startup founders go for more information about your services?

Goodwin developed Founders Workbench, a free online legal advisory resource, to help entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organizational challenges commonly faced by startups and emerging companies. With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we share the entrepreneurial spirit of startups and continuously work to meet the needs of our clients at every stage of development. We look forward to helping the next generation of companies succeed in the global marketplace.

In January 2019 we caught up with Drive sponsor TriNet

What does your company do?

TriNet (NYSE: TNET) provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.

What does your work with startups look like?

We have been partnering with startups for over 30 years and we support thousands of small businesses nationally. In addition to the work we do to help startups attract and retain talent and remain compliant in an ever changing regulatory environment, we also strive to understand their business and their growth strategy and align our services and technology to add value and help them address the most critical needs facing their business as it relates to HR.  In addition to the startups we support we also have have hundreds of VC and Private Equity clients and we love to create value by connecting our VC clients with innovative startups and vice versa.

Whether or not a startup is right for TriNet, we always try to provide value by connecting companies with great resources in our network including bankers, lawyers, fractional cfo’s or resources like Shoobx.

What is one common piece of advice you and your team give startup clients?

It is common to see startups waiting to address issues in their business operations until it becomes a problem. We always advise our clients to seek advice early and lean on experts before something becomes a problem. I think startup founders will save themselves a lot of time, money and aggravation by being proactive in addressing issues whether they are HR related or in any other aspect of the business. There are always people willing to provide some helpful advice, especially if they’ve been through it before!

Why did you decide to sponsor Shoobx Drive?

We heard great feedback from the 2017 Shoobx Drive program and we love the focus on helping entrepreneurs fuel and grow their business. The content and mission of the conference are really well aligned with TriNet and types of clients we support. We are glad we did it.

What part of the event did you think was the most useful for startups?

We really enjoyed the panel discussing funding options to fuel your startup. The discussion provided some insight into an investors decision making process and it also shed some light on alternative funding sources for startups outside of the traditional VC channel.

Where can startup founders go for more information about your services?

We have teams in every major US city or you can check out trinet.com we also have a strategic partnership with WeWork and you can usually find a TriNet colleague at a WeWork near you hosting pop-ups.

In December 2018 we caught up with Drive sponsor Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton

What does your firm do?

MBBP is a Boston-area law firm focused on Corporate and IP law as well as litigation. We help clients start, run, grow, protect and profit from their business ventures. As advisors, we partner with clients in establishing a path to their success, guiding them through every phase of the business life cycle.

What does your work with startups look like?

Michael Jabbaway’s practice at MBBP is focused primarily in the areas of emerging and growth technology companies, venture capital, M&A transactions, and corporate governance.  As a member of the Corporate team, Michael advises technology and other emerging companies through each stage of growth, counseling founders, management teams and boards on pre-incorporation and formation matters, corporate governance, employment matters and strategic commercial transactions, equity and debt fundraising activities, and mergers and acquisitions. Given his work representing venture capital investors in connection with venture and growth equity investments in operating companies, Michael brings a particularly unique perspective and expertise when advising early and growth stage clients on the fundraising process.

What is one common piece of advice you and your team give startup clients?

Be smart about using legal services, but not cheap. Leverage the technology available, including platforms like Shoobx, to keep your legal costs isolated to the expertise of your counsel while avoiding the historical inefficiencies at some of the firms resistant to leveraging the available technologies.

Why did you decide to sponsor Shoobx Drive?

Shoobx has become an integral part of the startup community in Boston and beyond. Its platform and resources are propelling a number of our firm’s clients. Doin what we can to help with that effort only strengthens the robust tech community in this area.

What part of the event did you think was the most useful for startups?

Not only were all the panels terrific but the networking piece of the day was quite fruitful with some of Boston’s most important players in tech accessible for conversation and feedback.

Where can startup founders go for more information about your services?

You can find additional information about Michael and the firm on its website: http://www.mbbp.com/attorneys/jabbawy_michael

Also check out Michael’s legal blog where he provides insights to founders, investors and others navigating the ecosystem: www.mikejabbawy.com