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Lessons Learned the Hard Way (That Lean Could Have Helped Us Avoid)

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Price: $20.00 /per person
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This month, we have two speakers who have proven success to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. So, why aren't they on a beach?

Learn why the founder of CareerBuilder and the founder of Evite can't stop building companies and how they have continually refined their process to create better companies.

You'll learn the exact tests and outcomes these two entrepreneurs used to find and optimize product-market fit, and how those lessons have informed their current ventures.

Rob McGovern, Founder of CareerBuilder & Jobfox, will share the five most critical lessons from his first two start-ups. John Bracken, Founder of Evite & Speek, will give an insider's look at exactly how he's been using lean startup principles for more than ten years. We'll also hear brief presentations from:

Nicolette Pizzitola, CEO of Compass Point Associates, will provide a vignette on lean communication - how to talk to customers, co-founders, and employees. "The Days of Our Lean Canvas," featuring Scott Rothrock and Jamey Jeff, will share their latest trials and success, and whether or not they've started charging for their product yet! Don't forget, we sell out every month, so it's best to RSVP now!

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Full Schedule:

Arrive at 6:15 pm...

You’ll have 30 minutes to network with area entrepreneurs and snack on tasty finger foods provided by the fine folks at Cooley LLP.

Kicking us off at 6:45 pm...

MAIN SPEAKER: Rob McGovern Founder of CareerBuilder & Jobfox, will share the five most critical lessons from his first two start-ups.

We'll have time for a short Q&A afterwards, so bring your questions for the interview portion.

Starting at 7:15 pm...

Nicolette Pizzitola, CEO of Compass Point Associates, will provide a vignette on lean communication - how to talk to customers, co-founders, and employees.

Starting at 7:30 pm...

"The Days of Our Lean Canvas," featuring Scott Rothrock and Jamey Jeff, will share their latest trials and success, and whether or not they've started charging for their product yet!

Closing us out at 7:45 pm...

MAIN SPEAKER: John Bracken, Founder of Evite & Speek, will give an insider's look at exactly how he's been using lean startup principles for more than ten years.

We'll have time for a short Q&A afterwards, so bring your questions for the interview portion.

Then, at 8:30...
We'll close up with a few announcements and then all head over to Graffiato's to eat this Top Chef's incredible food (we recommend the pizzas), drink responsibly, and generally be merry.

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Biographies:

Robert J. McGovern
Chairman and CEO, Jobfox.com

Rob McGovern is a 20-year technology and media industry veteran with a passion for helping people with their careers. Prior to his role as founder and CEO of Jobfox, he was the founder and CEO of CareerBuilder.com, one of the world's largest online career sites. While at CareerBuilder he grew it to be a profitable $150 Million company with over 400 employees. Rob is the author of a best selling career book: Bring Your 'A' Game: the 10 Career Secrets of the High Achiever, and has delivered his career advice to national television audiences on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Lifetime. Earlier in his career Rob was often the youngest executive where he worked. Before setting out to start CareerBuilder he was Vice President and General Manager at Legent Corporation, the world's 7th largest software company. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Hewlett Packard Company, where he rose through the sales and marketing ranks in both the US and Europe.

John Bracken
CEO, Speek.com (http://speek.com/)

John Bracken is a business development executive and product visionary who has a passion for consumer communications and online media products. John has played key roles in several of our generation’s most-influential web products, including Evite, AIM, and Patch.com (http://patch.com/). Prior to serving as CEO of Speek, John worked as a business development executive at AOL where he supported the expansion of the AIM Network to hundreds of 3rd party products and the growth of Patch.com (http://patch.com/) to become the fourth largest local media web property in the US. As an entrepreneur, John was a co-founder, COO, and business development executive of Evite.com (http://evite.com/), a website that remains the leader in its category. In his early career, John worked as a technology and telecommunications consultant for Booz Allen and the San Francisco Consulting Group.