Exit Strategies: Beginning With The End In Mind with Michael Chandler and Sean Walsh

Please join us for the November 2017 meeting of the St. Louis Product Management Group, where we’ll cover Exit Strategies: Beginning With The End In Mind with Michael Chandler and Sean Walsh

This meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 7-7:45pm at The Venture Cafe Gathering at CIC

Meetings are open to everyone — there is no charge to attend. See directions and details below.

About the meeting: When starting a business, should developing an exit strategy be one of the first steps you take? If so, what implications does it have for how you structure and run your business? Serial entrepreneurs, Michael Chandler and Sean Walsh, co-founders of Xperience Lab, answer questions about exit strategies including:

  • Should an exit strategy be part of your planning process as you launch a new business?
  • If so, what factors should you incorporate into the planning process?
  • How does the exist strategy influence your operating decisions?
  • What factors influence changes in your exit strategy?
  • How do you know when it’s time to exit?

About the presenters:

Michael Chandler is an accomplished leader and entrepreneur who has worked in, built and led successful organizations and businesses in the domains of Innovation, Service Design, Business Transformation, & Customer Experience. He has helped numerous Fortune 500 organizations craft cutting-edge, cross-channel experience strategies, digital innovations, business process improvements and organizational transformations for the customer and workforce since the late 90’s. He has spent several years leading teams as a manager, executive and consultant across a number of varied industries including Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services, Biotechnology, Agriculture and Insurance. His achievements have been recognized in Small Business Monthly (SBM) Top 100 St. Louisans to Know in Business, Small Business Monthly (SBM) Fasting Growing Companies, Fast Company-Fast 50, CIO Magazine, Citi’s Presidents Club, and American Banker. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fontbonne University and began his career as a dietitian and sports nutritionist. He lives by a personal belief that life’s too short to become the master of one trade. “I work to live, not live to work all in an effort to spend time with my family, friends, children and beautiful wife.” Contact: [email protected]

Sean Walsh is the Managing Director of 1904 Labs Sean has over 30 years of leadership experience in large organizations including IBM, Accenture, Cambridge Technology Partners and Novell in addition to leading several venture and private equity backed startups and turnarounds. He has served clients in a diverse set of industries across the Fortune 500, including Communications, Software, Transportation, Manufacturing, Distribution and Financial Services. His areas of expertise include Sales, Operations, Lean Six Sigma (green belt), Software Development, Human Centered Design and Service Design.  Sean is based in St. Louis and married with 3 children. He is an avid runner having completed his 6th consecutive Boston Marathon (16 overall) in April 2017.

About the event
This meeting is part of the weekly Venture Café Gathering at CIC. Every Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00pm, The Venture Café welcomes the innovation community to “a weekly gathering of innovators and startups. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur. Each week there are roundtable discussions, information tables, office hours with thought leaders, and guest speakers relevant to the ecosystem.”

The St. Louis Product Management Group meeting will be held in the Havana Room (2nd floor) from 7-7:45pm. You are encouraged to arrive early to participate in other related events, along with networking and refreshments. Check the Venture Café calendar to see what other events are going on before our meeting.

The Venture Cafe at CIC
4240 Duncan Avenue 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63110

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Parking is available in the CIC parking lot, on the street (Duncan Ave), or in the lot on the north side of Duncan Ave across from CIC. The main entrance is closest to the corner of Duncan and Boyle.