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Wednesday, October 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Ultimate Product-Market Fit: When Founders Build Product for Themselves LIMITED

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An unlikely story - two teachers-turned-tech directors built a software platform for a school district just north of Cincinnati.  Not entrepreneurs.  Just two people trying to make their lives easier and free up the time for a lot of teachers so they could focus on the kiddos.  This led to a startup called Abre.

The biggest challenge for any startup isn't sales.  It isn't understanding finance and accounting.  And its not marketing.  If the product doesn't fit the marketplace you intend to serve then all the other things don't matter.  But for Abre, the product-market fit was built into the proposition.  The product was initially designed to make the jobs of the two co-founders easier and better for their internal customers, teachers.  That "fit" has translated to over 100 other schools adopting it and over 500,000 monthly active users in less than nine months of operations.  Now they spend their time focusing on all those other challenges as the fast growing startup grows up.  

This panel style Q&A will reflect on those critical early decisions and experiences like "why open source it?", "how did you decide to start the company?" and "what have been the biggest challenges in leaving the school for a startup?"

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Damon Ragusa

CEO, Abre
The education management platform built for improving outcomes and unleashing the potential of everyone in the Learning Community.

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Chris Rose

Chris Rose is the Co-founder and VP of Product at Abre.  He is responsible for developing and driving Abre’s overall product strategy.  Chris was most recently the Associate Technology Director at Hamilton City Schools.  Prior to that he was a high school math teacher.  An accomplished... Read More →
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Zach Vander Veen

Zach Vander Veen is the Co-Founder and VP of Instruction for Abre.io.  Zach’s role is to always maintain the voice-of-the-buyer in everything Abre does - since he was, up to very recently, the actual buyer.  He held the role of Technology Director at Hamilton City School District... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202