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Tuesday, June 16 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Habits not Hype: Startup Thinking 101

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With all of the pitches, promises and promotion, it’s hard not to be a little sceptical of startup culture. But if we look past the hype, what can we learn from startup thinking? This session will introduce fundamental concepts and unpack the core approaches, key concepts, and essential tools used by serial entrepreneurs. Start thinking and acting more like an entrepreneur – wherever you happen to be.   

M J D'Elia, Head of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph Library, will give a lively presentation on the mindset of start-ups and how to bring a more entrepreneurial mode of thinking to your work as an information professional.  Karen Kreizman Reczek, Chair of the Leadership & Management Division will moderate this session.

Program Takeaways

  1. Participants will explore the merits of using prototypes and simple dashboards to test ideas and validate assumptions.

  2. Participants will learn how an iterative build-measure-learn cycle can accelerate development.

  3. Participants will consider the importance of engaging stakeholders early in the design process.

Session Presentation

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Karen Reczek

Program Manager, Standards Information Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Matthew-Jim D'Elia

Head, Learning and Curriculum Support, University of Guelph

Tuesday June 16, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
Convention Center, Room 253AB

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