The Chicago Lean Startup Circle is a group of smart and driven high-tech entrepreneurs that have learned how to discover customers and build products they want.

Lean Startups (which can include for profit and not for profit organizations, new product/innovation organizations within larger companies and even government agencies) achieve success faster than most because they get out of the building to talk to customers, validate business model assumptions as quickly and cheaply as possible, use agile  development to decrease time to market and leverage continuous deployment to learn as fast as possible.

Our mission attracts the brightest entrepreneurs in the Midwest and beyond and help them reduce risk and find a path to success.  Our guest speakers like Eric Ries, Mike Evans, Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits and Troy Henikoff share their stories and techniques so we can all learn from each other.

Most of our previous events are recorded; you can find videos and slides from our events here.

Follow ChicagoLean on twitter and the #leanstartup hashtag

* The Lean Startup is a trademark and service mark owned by Eric Ries. *

The Chicago Lean Startup Circle is directed by Bernhard Kappe and Todd Wyder. Bernhard and Todd are the president and CEO of Pathfinder Software, where they specialize in Enterprise Innovation and medical software development.

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