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Finding People for Customers Interviews: Panel Discussion

  • Aug 15, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Conducting customer interviews is one of the key tenants to the Lean Startup method.  But how do you get in front of that audience?

Join us for a panel discussion on Thursday, August 15 about how to strategically find potential customers to talk to about your venture.

Sitting on the panel will be Bernhard Kappe, Todd Wyder, Jeff Harrington, Colin Robertson, and more!

Jeff Harrington and Colin Robertson are the founders of Cardoona.  Cardoona is a software-as-a-service platform that helps restaurant track inventory and purchase faster, smarter, and easier from their food vendors. They were finalists in the 2012 Lean Startup Challenge and continue to build their company through Lean practices. Throughout their journey, they have conducted over 100 interviews with restaurants and chefs to build their product and have learned a lot on what to do and what not to do.

Bernhard Kappe is the founder and President of Pathfinder Software.  Trough his roles at Pathfinder, Bernhard applies lean startup principles and agile development to launch successful products. As a product of the Chicago-tech industry, he has a passion for launching successful software that makes a difference in the world and helping local startups make it big. He leads the Chicago Lean Startup Circle and the Chicago Product Management Association (ChiPMA), and teaches lean startup courses through Lean Building Blocks.

Todd Wyder is the current CEO of Pathfinder Software.  Todd has a passion for creating, launching, and marketing products that customers love.  He enjoys interviewing customers, figuring out how to use new technologies to solve their problems, developing product strategies, establishing unfair advantages, product pricing and positioning, vanquishing competitors, Agile development, creating fun user experiences, building and managing funnels, managing customer retention, social media marketing, and taking the thought leadership position.  He does all of that by testing hypotheses in a very data driven approach that is focused on the market.  He also enjoys mentoring other folks in how to create, launch, and market really great products.

Early bird tickets: $10 until 5pm on Friday, August 2nd

Regular price tickets: $15 through August 12th

After August 12th admission will be $25 per person


6:00 PM to 6:50 PM - Networking over Pizza and Beer

6:50 PM to 7:00 PM - Announcements

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Speaker and Q&A


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Timely, informative, and educational

    August 16, 2013

  • Chareen G.

    Great. The information was very helpful and the panelists were very generous in sharing their knowledge.

    August 15, 2013

  • blakeArt

    Here - good panel discussion!

    August 15, 2013

  • americanmobi

    I just created a Chicago App. Please give me your feed back. Thanks.

    August 13, 2013

  • Bahar W.

    I definitely want to attend this one, but I'm going to be in a plane. Anyone willing to share learnings from the meet up? Preso, summary, 15min phone call, email or anything you are comfortable with.....

    Thanks in advance.

    July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bahar, we are going to be live tweeting the meetup, so follow us @ChicagoLean

      July 30, 2013

  • marianne n.

    Love the mart, hope to meet next time

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Bessie

    Interviewing definitely takes finesse. Looking forward to some tips!

    July 24, 2013

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