A Series of Irrational Acts - Lessons Learned from 3.1 Silicon Valley Startups

by Alex Bangs | at Minnebar 18 | 9:25 – 10:10 in Challenge | View Schedule

Joining a startup is in many ways an irrational act - and yet it can be a very rewarding experience. Alex Bangs has been a founder and CTO/CIO across three Silicon Valley startups – and just started another. In this session, he’ll discuss lessons learned from the rollercoaster ride of creating and growing startups, and tips for people who are thinking of joining or founding a startup. Topics will include founding teams, financial realities, timing and luck, nurturing a mission-driven culture, learning and the pit of success, scaling yourself, having a life, and engaging with the community.


Alex Bangs

Alex Bangs is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities after spending over two decades in Silicon Valley. He is Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer for a new digital health startup, and advisor to multiple startups in healthcare and life sciences including software, devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Previously, he has been a company founder, and the CTO/CIO for three startups involved in life sciences and healthcare. He has developed systems including a simulation platform for pharmaceutical R&D, an analytics platform for healthcare providers, an app for people living with rheumatoid arthritis, and a data science and modeling organization focused on fighting infectious disease. Before getting into healthcare, he developed software for analytical decision making and robotics, including the world’s first robot bartender.

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