Spire’s Denver Startup Week Sessions

Spire Digital
Sep 5, 2018

For over 20 years, we’ve helped startups bring big ideas to market. WIth 120+ successful exists for startup clients and 150+ new products launched, we’ve committed wholeheartedly to the Denver startup community.

Denver Startup Week brings an important opportunity to, not only connect with Colorado’s best and brightest, but also share what we’ve learned developing lean software for startups. This year, we’ll present two sessions led by 3 of Colorado’s best public speakers. See you there!

 

Doing Good With Design Thinking

TUESDAY 9/25
12:00PM — 1:30PM

Dave Maren, VP of Strategy
Yaniv Kanif, Founder of Achroma

Spire Digital and Pledge 1% present the second annual Doing Good With Design Thinking interactive panel discussion. Last year’s break-out session featured a fascinating story about how design thinking is being used in Southeast Asia to stop the intractable problem of pandemics. We then looked at how the same principles could be applied to a social problem in our own backyard, homelessness. This year’s session will explore an intractable problem: discrimination. Whether getting a loan or a latte, the issue pervades society. With a focus on race, gender, religion and orientation bias in technology, we’ll look at how a human centered-approach to innovation can make real change and, in many cases, real profits. Featuring some of the top minds in both entrepreneurship and design thinking, this session will motivate, incite, and ignite.

 

Process is Not a Dirty Word

TUESDAY 9/25
1:30PM — 3:30PM

Nick Coppolo, Chief Product Officer

The ubiquitous image of the startup delivery team is one of product people, designers and developers running fast and loose, fueled by passion and great coffee. All too often these teams suffer from “groupthink paralysis” and the death spiral cocktail made up of poorly communicated requirements, arbitrary timelines, quality issues and a lack of predictability.

For startups and with cross-functional teams, a mature software design and development process, one that compliments the unique needs of an early stage venture can dramatically increase capital efficiency and speed to learning as well as lower the costs of goods.

Spire Digital’s Chief Product Officer discusses the tactics, roles, and responsibilities in Spire’s particular flavor of Lean software development, tailored to suit a Lean product development process.