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Recently selected by Network World as one of the 25 most important people in communications, Howard Anderson has more than forty years of experience in high technology entrepreneurship. Howard is founding partner and Senior Managing director of YankeeTek Ventures as well as The Yankee Group, a high-technology research and consulting firm which was purchased by Reuters.

Howard is also founder, Managing Partner and a Special Limited Partner of Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Boston that specializes in investments in the latest technologies, working with companies including Akamai, Fore Systems, InfoSeek, Nextel and Qtera.

Howard's insights into the worlds of communication and entrepreneurship are much sought after. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School, he is the William Porter Distinguished Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, lecturing on salesforce management and entrepreneurship. His views have been quoted in many prestigious publications, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Fortune and Forbes. He contributes to Network World magazine and has presented keynote addresses at important industry conferences such as COMDEX and NetWorld+Interop.

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Howard Anderson is a founding partner and the Senior Managing Director of YankeeTek Ventures. He is also the founder of The Yankee Group, a high-technology research and consulting firm, where he served as President and CEO from 1970 until 2000. The Yankee Group was sold to Reuters, a New York Stock Exchange firm.

In addition, Howard is the William Porter Distinguished Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches courses on salesforce management and entrepreneurship. He is widely quoted in top business and industry publications, including The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Fortune and Forbes. He is also a contributing columnist to Network World magazine.

Howard was also a founder of Battery Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm specializing in investing in technology companies including Akamai, Fore Systems, InfoSeek, Nextel, and Qtera. He has served as a Managing Partner and a Special Limited Partner since the company’s inception.

Network World recently selected Howard as one of the 25 most important people in communications. He has presented keynote addresses at both COMDEX and NetWorld+Interop. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania.


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Howard Anderson talks to his audience about entrepreneurship, focusing not on the 75% of what he calls “lifestyle companies; if you succeed then you get a better lifestyle," but the 25% that are more profitable. Presenting an overview of the progress in entrepreneurship, he explains, “When I left Harvard Business School, they told me I should go and speak to [major companies], in reality I should have been talking to young, hot entrepreneurial companies, but they didn't want us to talk to them, mainly because they don't give a lot of money…"

Howard explains how entrepreneurship has now gained a much higher profile in institutions of learning: “Today, entrepreneurship at MIT is a hot topic; Harvard Business School has made it a required topic."

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Howard Anderson uses his vast experience of communications technology and sales to present a series of keynote speeches that are essential listening for anyone involved in these areas. Topics on which Howard speaks include the future of technology investing, sales and salesforce management, business planning and development, managing effective growth and implementing an effective sales and marketing strategy.

Speaking Topics:

  • Solving the Weakest Link: Sales
  • Implementing and Executing Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • The Future of Technology Investing
  • Managing Effective Growth
  • Sales and Salesforce Management
  • The Next Five Years
  • Why Big Companies Can’t Invent
  • Business Planning and Development




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Speaking Topics:

  • Solving the Weakest Link: Sales
  • Implementing and Executing Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • The Future of Technology Investing
  • Managing Effective Growth
  • Sales and Salesforce Management
  • The Next Five Years
  • Why Big Companies Can’t Invent
  • Business Planning and Development


Speech Excerpt


Howard Anderson talks to his audience about entrepreneurship, focusing not on the 75% of what he calls “lifestyle companies; if you succeed then you get a better lifestyle," but the 25% that are more profitable. Presenting an overview of the progress in entrepreneurship, he explains, “When I left Harvard Business School, they told me I should go and speak to [major companies], in reality I should have been talking to young, hot entrepreneurial companies, but they didn't want us to talk to them, mainly because they don't give a lot of money…"

Howard explains how entrepreneurship has now gained a much higher profile in institutions of learning: “Today, entrepreneurship at MIT is a hot topic; Harvard Business School has made it a required topic."

Interview