First Friday: Optimist Co’s open source cleaning products

Have you ever thought of cleaning products as a tech company? The Optimist Co’s Devin Donaldson did. Donaldson came to our February First Friday to tell us about how she created and marketed Optimist Co., a company whose open source products are disrupting the cleaning product aisle. Donaldson’s interest in making her own products began […]

First Friday: Climate Disruption

Our January First Friday meeting was a panel discussion on Climate Disruption: Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities for Cape Cod with Richard Delaney, President and CEO, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies; Paul Kirshen, PhD, Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston; and Lauren McKean, AICP, NPS Highlands Center Project Manager, Cape Cod National Seashore. The […]

Marine technology start-ups in Southern New England

Our speaker at December’s First Friday was Tobias Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – a business incubator for technology-driven companies. Along with Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,  UMass Dartmouth is part of a golden triangle of marine technology and expertise in […]

Bringing ocean technologies to the marketplace

When technologies are developed during research, do they ever see the light of day? Bringing ocean technologies from the lab to the marketplace (and how you might be a part of it) was the topic of April’s First Friday Breakfast Speaker Series, with David Knaack of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Knaack is the Director […]

July’s First Friday: buried treasure

In 2010 Tom Keyes and his wife bought an 1817 colonial in Sandwich – or at least he thought they did. At our First Friday Breakfast in July, Tom told us what he discovered about his house, and how it became an archeological site and topic of learning at Sandwich’s STEM program for middle schoolers. […]

Think global, invest local.

It’s not a bumper sticker (yet), but to think global and invest local is good financial practice according to First Friday speaker Michael A. Tyler, Chief Investment Officer of Eastern Bank Wealth Management Division. Michael began with an economic overview, saying the summer 2015 rebound was welcome, but it’s been choppy and erratic. The drivers of the […]

First Friday: from table to farm

The topic for June’s First Friday was black soldier fly larvae, because who doesn’t want to hear about fly larvae over breakfast? As one student said, “they’re not a pest fly, so they won’t land on your sandwich.” Joseph Fisher, Ann Marie Luppino, and Jack Rogers, students in the Upper Cape Regional Tech’s Environmental Science […]

John Landry’s year ahead: 2015 edition

John Landry has been addressing the Cape Cod Tech Council for so long, he’s come to think of us as “Easter with the inlaws.” Looking through his addresses from previous years, John realized that for the most part things haven’t really changed that much. But how things are being used has changed dramatically, and it […]

Algae – the new/old wastewater technology

Could something tiny be the answer to one of Cape Cod’s biggest problems? January’s First Friday Breakfast speaker, Brian Braginton-Smith, thinks it might be. Braginton-Smith is CEO of AquaGen Infrastructure Systems, Inc.  and Executive Director of the Lewis Bay Research Center, as well as being a long time Cape resident. He has seen our coastal […]

August First Friday – Snows goes mobile

Snows Home and Garden is about as old school a family business as you can get – which is why Sid Snow was the speaker at our First Friday Breakfast in August. The business was started 127 years ago by Sid’s great, great grandfather (whose home was the Orleans Inn). When Sid came home in […]