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Seasons Greetings from Pathfinder Software

Twas the night before a new release of FDA guidelines Not a developer was stirring waiting on the sidelines; The keyboards were hung by the monitors with care, In hopes that interoperability soon would be there; The physicians were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Vinod Khosla danced in their heads; And UX with their wire frames, and agile scrums Had settled down with new problems but did not succumb.
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What’s New at Pathfinder: Mobile, Healthcare Innovation and the FDA

It’s been a whirlwind year at Pathfinder. Our focus on bringing innovative solutions to the healthcare space has continued to bear fruit. We’ve added Fortune 500 clients and innovative startups in the device, diagnostic and health insurance industries. Mobile Our clients continue to innovate in their use of mobile technology. Many of our projects now involve developing mobile applications on iPhones, iPad
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Lean Ideas for Healthcare Startups

Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO, gave a talk at the new healthcare startup accelerator Healthbox, and tailored his Lean Startup presentation for medical innovators. Healthbox is a new Chicago based healthcare centric accelerator program that started it’s inaugural class of ten startups earlier in January. For three months, these teams will share space and ideas in Chicago, where they will push toward the
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My Techweek Talk: Turbocharging the Enterprise Innovation Engine

The innovation engine in most companies is broken, burning large quantities of fuel, generating lots of heat and smoke, but doing precious little to accelerate company growth beyond a few sputtering lurches. Most efforts to boost innovation focus on generating or capturing new ideas. Yet for most companies, this is not where the problem lies. Instead the problem lies in determining which of those ideas can be success
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Lean Innovation in the Enterprise with Encyclopedia Britannica, Nokia and Wheels

Pathfinder’s CEO Bernhard Kappe assembled a panel for last weeks AITP Spring Technology Conference focusing on how large enterprises are employing lean startup principles to improve innovation outcomes. The panelists included: Jorgen Hesselberg, Senior Manager, Agile Enterprise Adoption, Nokia Greg Healy, Chief Product Officer, Encyclopedia Britannica Brian Chau, Director of Product Innovation, Wheels, Inc. The video
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Workshop: Faster Innovation With Lean + UX + Agile

Your job as an innovator is to discover a product and model that works before you run out of time and money. 9 out of 10 new products fail. So fail faster, fail cheaper. So use Fast Innovation with Lean + UX + Agile to iterate and pivot your product and model to success. Join us for a half day workshop on January 20th, 2012 to experience what fast innovation can do for you. Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis (UX)
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How To Do Customer Interviews

How To Do Customer Interviews. Pathfinder CEO Bernhard Kappe and Broker Savant’s Todd Wyder talk on how to do problem and solution interviews at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle. Too many entrepreneurs follow the “Field of Dreams” approach to product development. As entrepreneurs we hear a little voice in our head, and it says “if you build it, they will come”. Maybe the voice is right. Maybe it is wrong. Either
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An Interview with Eric Ries at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

In September I did an interview with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle. Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe Interviews Eric Ries on the Lean Startup. Eric was in fine form – funny, engaging, with self deprecating humor, great stories and insights. If you’re involved in innnovation, either at a startup or a large organization, I think reading the book and watching the
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SoapBox Wins the 2011 Chicago Lean Startup Challenge

Congratulations to SoapBox, the winner of the first annual Chicago Lean Startup Challenge, for an excellent presentation and execution of the lean startup ideals.  They’ve created a controlled digital space, designed to improve student engagement by breaking down the barriers students face when deciding whether or not to participate in class, that gives teachers a concrete assessment of student comprehensi
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Pathfinder Sponsored Chicago Lean Startup Challenge Announces 4 Finalists

In September of this year, Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe and Broker Savant’s Todd Wyder organized the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. It’s the opposite of a business plan competition.   Instead of creating huge documents and proformas based on assumptions, contestants spend ten weeks making meaningful progress on their business based on real market feedback. On October 1st, 146 startups answered the call, a
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