Shark Tank Event, Movie about Odd Animal Couples, A Monday in Kabul photo series, and Other Cool Things to See

Here are my recommendations for this week’s events to attend, movies to watch, things to read, tools to use, and people to follow:


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What You Need to Know About Founders’ Equity – Wednesday, April 2 at 6PM

This is an event led by Janene Asgeirsson and Mick Bain, start-up law experts from WilmerHale. They will dive into the most important issues relating to founders’ equity. The class will cover typical terms of founder agreements, vesting, VC expectations and more. There will be a Q&A to help you solidify your knowledge.

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 10.48.34 AMMIT / Sloan Speaker Series with Michael Parrish DuDell – Wednesday, April 2 at 7PM

As part of the Boston Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (BIEN) Speaker Series, the MIT Club of Boston and the MIT Sloan Alumni Association of Boston are hosting an event with Michael Parrish DuDell. DuDell is the author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business, the official book from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank on how to successfully launch and grow a business from concept to cash.



Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 10.20.38 AMAnimal Odd Couples – PBS documentary

This documentary was another recommendation by Khoi Vinh. After I read about it on his blog, I started watching the film on my commute to work. It made me feel warm and fuzzy, and curious to learn more about these deep relationships different species can build. It’s an enjoyable watch for all ages.




Kabul seriesMarieke Van Der Velden – documentary photography blog

My Afghan friend sent me a link to Marieke Van Der Velden’s photography blog this week and the pictures grabbed me with their colors and authenticity.  Van Der Velden is an award-winning photographer who has shot series for NPOs across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

“It’s important to talk to and show normal people on a normal day, not just right after a bomb attack,” Van der Velden told Business Insider about one her latest series on Kabul.

Van der Velden’s work ranges from assignments for NPOs like UNICEF, CARE International, AIDS Fond to publications like ELLE Magazine, KLM air cares, and others.


Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 10.55.38 AMPun Generator – a free tool to generate puns

I found out about this in a presentation about naming things that Khoi Vinh shared on his blog. Pun Generator, the creation of Tom Benner, uses an algorithm to generate and rank puns using data from Wikipedia and RhymeBrain. If you need some clever puns, you should play around with it and see what you can come up with!



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