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Joel G. Kinney

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Founder, Fort Point Legal. Previously Mentor, MassChallenge.

Founder, Fort Point Legal. Previously Mentor, MassChallenge.

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Fort Point Legal




Labs Ambassador WeWork Labs December 2014 - present
Judge & Mentor MassChallenge 2012 - present
Founder Fort Point Legal August 2011 - present
Partner Goldstein & Herndon, LLP December 2001 - August 2011


Northeastern School of Law Law August 1998 - May 2001
Northern Arizona University English January 1993 - May 1996

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Local
  • • Payments
  • • Transportation
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools

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Paul Cheek
They're my advisor  •  Founder, tab and Entrepreneur / Web & Mobile Developer, Stringy Code.
Rony Sellam
They're my friends  •  CEO, Segterra (InsideTracker). Previously Group President, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, I.C. Sciences Corp.
Personable, experienced, startup ninja.
Rob Ianelli
We worked together  •  Founder, tab and Founder, Brewsees Eyewear.
Joel has a vast base of experiences in many aspects of law, entrepreneurship, negotiation and overall strategy.
Ryan Selkis
They're my advisor  •  Founder and CEO, Good Benefits, Inc.. Previously Director, GiveBack@Work, GiveBack.
Joel was a great legal resource and connector for our team as we navigated the Boston startup scene as first time founders! I'd recommend w ... orking with him!
Nate Tassinari
We worked together  •  Small Business Relationship Manager, Vice President, TD Bank Group. Previously Director of Operations, Bocoup, LLC.
Joel Kinney has a great deal of experience working with entrepreneurs at various stages of development. He is widely liked by the startup c ... ommunity and is able to connected founders with a wide array of supporters and investors. Joel is a loyal partner and someone who I would have as an advisor on my next project.
Kirstin Falk
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Marketing Innovation, Charles Schwab. Previously CEO, President, COO/CMO, Red Bricks Media. University of California, Santa B
Joel is an incredibly talented lawyer who truly understands the needs of technology companies and start-ups. His advice is pragmatic and sou ... nd. He approaches everything with a calm demeanor and a realistic attitude. Joel has been a strategic advisor to me for many years and I would highly recommend him. He is also an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ed Loessi
We worked together  •  A Marketing Technologist, which means that I blend marketing messages and product ideas with the right technologies to define new markets.
Joel has a tremendous breadth on knowledge in regards to start-ups. He has very specific legal knowledge by virtue of the fact that he is a ... lawyer, however that knowledge extends to business development and growth strategy. He's worked with many start-up companies and can really bring a lot of direct input as to what it takes to grow a start-up into a successful, fundable company.
Janak Sanariya
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University and Director, East Coast Operations, RentJuice Corp.. Tufts grad.
Sometimes when you hire a specialist, you'll notice that they have a hard time communicating with you effectively. They either have a hard t ... ime explaining complex issues in their field or they have a hard time understanding the various business issues your facing. This was not the case with Joel. I really valued his down to earth explanations of the legal issues we were facing. Joel was also able to understand the business context surrounding those issues and recommend the appropriate legal strategy. I also found Joel to be trustworthy. It was clear that he placed his clients interests above his own, a rarity in this day and age. If you're in need of legal counsel, I would highly recommend Joel
Danielle Pillion
We worked together  •  Director of Data Analytics, Paint Nite. Previously Executive Director, Friends of Fort Point Channel.
Joel has a true understanding of the needs of a start-up. As a lawyer , he has advised many start-ups and allowed them to grow tremendously. ... He has a pulse on new laws and developments that affect the start up and tech community and a true resource for the community.
Mark Schinkel
First business side exec hire @LiveCirrus. First non-exec. BD hire @Carbonite (CARB). Consult/advise(d) many others.

Janak Sanariya
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University and Director, East Coast Operations, RentJuice Corp.. Tufts grad.
Janak has a deep technical background and great hands on experience in starting and successfully exiting companies. He is thoughtful, thorou ... gh and a pleasure to work with.

Doug Levin
Partner, TechCXO and Senior Advisor, OpportunitySpace. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad. NYU grad.
Doug has the amazing ability to cut through all the noise and focus on the root of any problem. He is quick to evaluate a situation and the ... carefully map out the solution.