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The Entrepreneur's Journey: A Conversation with Ham Lord, Joe Mandato, & Christopher Mirabile

by Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship

Lecture Entrepreneurship Student Life Digital Event

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

1 PM – 1:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us on April 7 at 1 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Case Western Reserve University Entrepreneurship Series for a Roundtable Discussion with Hambleton Lord, Joseph Mandato (MGT ’04), and Christopher Mirabile. They will be discussing the book they co-authored, The Entrepreneur's Journey.

The Entrepreneur's Journey is a collection of stories about startup companies and the entrepreneurs who built them. It is organized into five themes focused on the challenges of driving customer awareness, the importance of founding teams, the hurdles of investing in hardware products, the fateful role timing plays in the outcome of startups, and the difficulties startups face getting acquired.

Lord, Mandato, and Mirabile have been founders, senior management team members, or board members for over three dozen early stage companies. Collectively, they have decades of startup investing experience in hundreds of companies. They have combined their collective wisdom and startup experience in one concise volume, filled with fascinating narrative stories of these startups and their founders.

This conversation will be facilitated by Marisa Katz (CWR '21), who is pursuing her BA in Economics and MSM-Finance.

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We will also be broadcasting this roundtable and future roundtables to LinkedIn Live on CWRU Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's LinkedIn page.


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Joe Mandato

Managing Director

DeNovo Ventures

Joe Mandato (MGT ’04), a member of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, is Managing Director of DeNovo Ventures and a co-author of The Entrepreneur's Journey. He is a committed and experienced, mission-driven leader and investor with a history of delivering operational excellence and superior results in a diverse set of circumstances and organizations. He has a passion for disruptive innovation—both products and processes—developed by great, young teams of passionate and driven executives and leaders. He is an engaged board member and teacher, and he enjoys advising companies and leaders on executive development, governance, product launches and sales development.

His experience and interest revolves around the life sciences and Software as a Service (SAAS) across industries. He served as CEO of several device companies, including Cilco AG, Gynecare Inc, Insound Medical, Ioptex Research, and Origin Medsystems. He was also a member of the founding management committee of Guidant Corporation (acquired by Boston Scientific) and led two of its operating units.

He has invested in numerous private and public companies, including Align Technologies, A Company Orthodontics, Axogen, Hansen Medical, Intuitive Surgical, InSound Medical, nCourt, TearScience, WaveTec Vision Systems, and others.

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Ham Lord

CEO & Co-Founder


Ham Lord is an active member of the Boston entrepreneurial community. In the early part of his career he was on the founding team of three software companies: MicroChem Technologies, Polygen and Advanced Visual Systems. In 2000, Ham joined a small angel group and became one of the region’s most active angel investors. Since 2002, Ham has been at the forefront of developing best practices for angel investing.

Seraf is his latest company with the explicit goal of bringing a new level of professionalization to the angel investment asset class through startup investing software and angel investor education. Ham regularly publishes articles and eBooks on all aspects of early stage investing and has co-authored several books including Fundamentals of Angel Investing, Angel Investing by the Numbers, and Leaders Wanted: Making Startup Deals Happen which are available at

In addition to his role as a Co-Founder of Seraf, Ham is the Chairman of Launchpad Venture Group, an angel investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Through his involvement with Launchpad, Ham has built a personal portfolio of 50+ early stage investments. In addition, he is a board member or board observer for Cambridge Trust, Qstream, and Repsly.

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Christopher Mirabile



Christopher Mirabile is the Chair Emeritus and Public Policy Chair Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool Seraf. He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S. As a full-time angel investor and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community, Christopher has personally made more than 65 investments in start-up companies. He was named one of the "Top Angel Investors in New England" by Xconomy. Christopher is a columnist for, an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson's Olin School of Business, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies and non-profits. Christopher has served as a public company CFO and General Counsel with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.

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