Silicon Flatirons is pleased to host Rally Software Chief Technology Officer, Zach Nies, for a Crash Course about some of the surprising science behind building successful startups. Even though building a startup is hard work with high failure risk, entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Eric Ries have popularized practices that can increase the odds of success. Following the Customer Development or Lean Startup practices will show you what to do. This talk will give you an understanding of why these techniques work, which will allow you to better apply them to your startup or scale them into your enterprise. The event will focus on high growth business based on the deep experience of a CTO from one of the Front Range's leading companies. Entrepreneurs are by nature execution-oriented and you will walk away from the talk with concrete, actionable ideas that will help you make better decisions tomorrow. The subject matter should be relevant to both entrepreneurs creating new companies and entrepreneurs reinventing existing enterprises.