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Using Lean Startup To Ace Your Job Search

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For 10 years, I ran Cyrus Innovation, an Agile consultancy in NYC. On January 9th, I sold the company. 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 job. Several months in, I can't imagine doing a job search any other way. In the past 3 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, strategic advisor, and a connector. Currently, she is the CEO of Stride (, providing strategic advice and fractional CXO consulting to executives and entrepreneurs.

Debbie believes in people first. Passion, Honesty, Courage and Fairness are the 4 standards she lives and works by.

Agile and Lean Startup drive Debbie's thinking. She believes that an iterative, collaborative approach results in empowered teams and aligns individual passions with business priorities.

For the past 10 years, Debbie ran Cyrus Innovation. Most recently, as the CEO of Cyrus and grew the firm from zero into a 60 person, multimillion dollar, 5-time Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies winner, and Crain's NY Best Place to Work.