Zen and the Art of Starting Up a Startup

5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom

In his talk, Zen and the Art of Starting Up a Startup, Chesley Chen shares true stories from his 10,000-day journey through the working world. Using real life examples, he will walk you through startup topics such as how to start with a great idea, discover your business model, create a minimum viable product, go listen to your customers, assemble your business from scratch, lead your team, generate revenue, raise money, and make money… all while keeping your zen.

Speaker: Chesley Chen, M.S., M.B.A., Principal, Life Sciences, CLA

About the Speaker:

Chesley Chen, M.S., M.B.A., is Principal, Life Sciences, at CLA, the nation’s 8th largest outsourcing, consulting, accounting, and wealth advisory firm. Prior to CLA, he was CEO of biotech startup g.Root Biomedical Services, Inc., which incubated at the Harvard iLabs. Chesley has wide ranging experience in healthcare, life sciences, and financial services working with companies that include Goldman Sachs, Safety Partners, Health Dialog, Good Measures, CIGNA, and Hughes Aircraft Company. He has served on the Boards and Advisory Boards of five startups. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT (yep, rocket science), and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


This session is targeted to Health & Life Sciences ventures teams in the i-lab’s Venture Program. For team leads in the i-lab Venture Program, it’s best to register through the i-lab portal here or through the program calendar. Otherwise you can register below.

Zen and the Art of Starting Up a Startup
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