Abby Fichtner




Speech Topics

Abby will share lessons learned from working with hundreds of tech startups for what’s involved in building out innovative new products that push the edge on what’s possible. Using examples from real startups, she’ll share lean and agile techniques that have been adapted to building things that nobody has ever built before. Just as important, she’ll share tips on how to find your initial users and how to very quickly validate (and iterate on!) your ideas to help you achieve product success.

 

Are you really pushing the boundaries of what can be done? In your products? Your careers? Your lives? When was the last time you challenged yourself to the point of failure? How did it feel when you did? In this talk, Harvard Innovation Lab’s previous Hacker in Residence shares what she’s learned from her own experience of pushing boundaries and those of the hundreds of startups she’s worked with.

 

What can we learn from entrepreneurs about how to take strategic risks?

What is it that makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial and what are some of the tools and frameworks that startups use to take the risk of creating things that no one has created before?

 

 

Abby Fichtner will share lessons learned from working with hundreds of tech startups for what’s involved in building out innovative new products that push the edge on what’s possible. Using examples from real startups like Facebook, Dropbox and AirBnB, she’ll share lean and agile techniques that have been adapted to building things that nobody has ever built before. Just as important, she’ll share tips on how to find your initial users and how to very quickly validate (and iterate on!) your ideas to help you achieve product success.

 

Inspiring people to break out beyond incremental improvements to truly innovate.


Biography

Abby Fichtner helps people build amazing technology and push the edge on what’s possible.

She’s been named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe, a Shaper of Boston’s Tech Scene by Mashable, Boston’s Startup Guardian Angel, and one of the Top 25 Women in Boston Tech.

Abby has been Hacker in Residence for Harvard Innovation Lab, Creator of Hack Boston, advisor for the SXSW Accelerator and launcher of Boston’s Big Data Hacker Space.

Abby’s joy is working with hackers and entrepreneurs who are building things no one else believes is possible. She’s worked with hundreds of tech startups and has taught workshops for MIT, Harvard and TechStars (to name a few). She even spent a couple of really fun years as Microsoft’s Evangelist for Startups.

A software developer by trade, Abby’s roots are a mixture of developing bleeding-edge technology for startups and coaching teams on how to develop software better. She’s extremely passionate about building communities where innovation thrives because she believes that each and every one of us is capable of changing the world.






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