We had an excellent and successful event on Aug 17th at Next Jump @ 1 Kendall Square (link), a an awesome space in Cambridge. As usual, Cambridge (and Kendall Square in particular) never disappoints as it is a hub of startup innovation, intellect, and passion and reflects the core values that DukeGEN Boston wants to foster. Our discussion on startup culture similarly fit with this theme. There were 87 RSVPs for the event and about 50 people attended (we counted!). Tasty apps (not the mobile kind) and beer was kindly provided by Next Jump (Duke alum Greg Kunkel hosted us). A great night of networking ensued and a number of students, both undergrad and at the MBA level were in attendance. It was a very diverse crowd! At 7pm, the space opened up for networking, and at 745PM I gave some brief remarks welcoming everyone and introduced our organizers, who each said a few words. Chandra Jacobs ’04, Chris Wolfington ’96, Jason Ethier ’10, Michael Kurdziel ’11, Greg Kunkel ’04. Jason gave a 1 min pitch on his startup, Dynamo Micropower, that is currently fundraising through an Indiegogo campaign. His Boston startup is developing a high efficiency natural gas micro-turbine for use in distributed energy systems. We conducted a brief poll and the audience was split: 1/3 are currently in startups, 1/3….