As founder and President of 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 companies deliver more from their innovation pipelines. He leads the Chicago Lean Startup Circle, the Chicago Product Management Association (ChiPMA), and the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge, the top startup competition based on lean startup principles.
When he's not a leader in the Chicago-tech world, Bernhard's an expert giver of piggyback rides and tickle monster to his two little girls. In a cook-off, he would win hands down with his mean recipe for coconut salmon. He's a native speaker of English and German, and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Bernhard's likes include music from and travel to the far corners of the earth, languages, his iPad, and salsa dancing. He can be dazzled with obscure facts and figures. His dislikes include balut and people who sing off key, so you will never catch him watching American Idol.
Bernhard attributes everything he knows to running into a wall (not literally, but he believes that experience is the best teacher.)