RI Innovator Series: Zen and the Art of Starting Up a Start-up

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Take it from Chesley Chen, a rocket scientist and serial entrepreneur: the best way to learn is from those who have been there, done that. 

In Zen and the Art of Starting Up a Start-up, Chesley will share his insights and stories from his 10,000-day journey through the working world. Using real life examples, he will walk you through the start-up topics everyone asks about. These include how to:

  • Start with a great idea
  • Discover your business model
  • Create a minimum viable product
  • Really listen to your customers
  • Assemble your business from scratch
  • Lead your team
  • Raise money and generate revenue

…all while keeping your Zen.


Chesley Chen, Principal, Life Sciences, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
Chesley helps life science companies increase capital efficiency and reduce risks so they can focus on keeping people alive and well. He helps launch new ventures and advises CEOs on tough strategic decisions. Previously, he was CEO of the biotech start-up g.Root Bio, which uses AI to help high-risk cancer patients find targeted treatments. He has wide ranging experience in healthcare, life sciences, and financial services and has served on the Boards and Advisory Boards of five start-ups.

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