For 10 years, I ran Cyrus Innovation, a 50 person Agile consultancy in NYC. On January 9th, I exited. On January 10th, I asked myself "What's next?" I had a million ideas and couldn't figure out how to make sense of it all. I decided right then and there to use Lean Startup to guide me in finding my next career move. Several months in, I can't imagine doing a job search any other way. In the past 2 months, I've been a startup founder for a services company, a CEO at a company (for 3 days), retired, an advisor, and a startup founder for a product company. This is all true, and I did it intentionally, well most of it. The key was I intentionally tried to fail hypotheses and pivoted fast. I'll share with you my successes, my failures and the lessons I learned along the way.
Debbie Madden is a seasoned executive and an entrepreneur. For 20 years, she has guided tech companies and created strategic plans that result in year over year profitability and efficiency. Her focus is on creating scalable processes that enable sustained growth. As the CEO of Cyrus Innovation, she grew the company into a profitable, close-knit family of over 50 employees. Cyrus landed on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list 5 years in a row, and was Crain's NY Best Places to work in 2012. Debbie is now exploring her next venture.