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The Prospector

Bring on your innovative concepts, early-stage business models, and creative entrepreneurs! Venture capital investor Paul Flanagan ’86 thrives on unleashing the value in a good idea and helping to build a great company around it. And his track record speaks for itself.

As a managing director of Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures, Flanagan currently serves as a board director of six emerging companies that his firm has invested in. His other focus is seeking out the Next Big Thing(s).

Dog’s Best Friend

The Palumbos with children (from left) Morgan, age 8, named for the late Travis Morgan ’96; Autumn, 6; and Guy Jr., 5.

Penne puttanesca and a lovable boxer puppy pointed the way to a new career for Rena (Parker) and Guy Palumbo.

Married several years after their 1995 graduation, the pair moved to Washington state and settled into corporate life — Guy at Amazon.com and Rena at Classmates.com. After several years, they knew that cubicles and conference calls just weren’t their style.

Dispatches from the Sea Suite

Fourteen harbors; 70 miles of coastline; 53 aids to navigation; 3,000 moorings; and a 76-slip marina. Bob Watson ’68 manages numbers on a daily basis, but rarely from behind a desk. The assistant harbormaster of Falmouth, Mass., is typically out patrolling the waters on a Metal Shark or Boston Whaler.

It’s not a bad way to spend the summers on Cape Cod. But the seasonal job is serious business for the former Accountancy and Finance major.

Core Strength

Like the athletes who are the focus of their three-year-old company, entrepreneurs Jared Antista ’02 and Joe Lamoureux ’01 have learned to play through the pain.

“No one prepares you for the rejection,” Antista says of the cold calls to professional athletes and agents that were part of launching Go Pro Workouts. “After hearing ‘no’ from people all day, though, you finally get that one ‘yes.’"

“Playing sports taught me how to rebound fast. It’s like coming off a bad loss and seeing how fast you can get a win.”

Leader of the Pack

One week he may be in Vegas. The next, California. But for the first time in a fast-paced 40-year career, Rich Caturano ’74, MST ’85 isn’t worried about the endpoint. A yearlong appointment as chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) finds him relishing the ride.

Justin Obey '06 and Brian Shaw '06: Connecting People Through Sports

When it comes to mixing business and pleasure, Justin Obey and Brian Shaw have a can’t-miss brew for Beantown. The 2006 graduates are founders of Social Boston Sports, a company that brings together young professionals for fun and friend-making in an organized setting.

The idea surfaced during an informal chat among Obey, Shaw and two other friends. Reflecting on the difficulty of meeting new people outside a bar setting, the foursome decided to craft a solution themselves.

Investing in Diversity

Joseph C. Antonellis ’82 MBA, vice chairman at State Street Corporation, was honored by the Black Professionals Group (BPG) for his outstanding support of diversity initiatives at the firm. One of the company’s largest employee networks, the BGP seeks to make State Street an employer of choice for black professionals.

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