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And on wednesday night I spoke to the NYC Lean Startup Meetup with the help of Giff who interviewed me. Eric and his fellow lean advocate Steve Blank have both written at length about the methodologies associated with the lean startup approach. But the most interesting part of the discussion on wednesday night for me was when Giff asked me about a comment I had made that "you need more than a lean methodology, you need a lean culture."

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Lean Startup and Lean Analytics in the Enterprise

Instigator Blog

It’s clear that Lean Startup is shifting from startups to the enterprise. There’s still a lot to learn amongst early stage entrepreneurs, and a lot of discussion that’s needed around implementing Lean Startup, but attention has definitely shifted to applying the framework in large organizations. Alistair and I have been looking at how Lean Startup and Lean Analytics are working in the enterprise. Don’t call it Lean Startup.

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Trending Sources

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad class taught at Stanford , Berkeley, Columbia , Caltech and for the National Science Foundation. Experienced entrepreneurs kept finding that no business plan survived first contact with customers.

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The History of Lean Planning

Up and Running

Lean Planning is a concept that we introduced back in 2012 as an evolution in business planning. We proposed Lean Planning as the next step in business planning. But, where did Lean Planning come from? Here’s a quick history of how we developed Lean Planning.

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The Lean Entrepreneur is here

Startup Lessons Learned

Last May, I shared the news that long-time Lean Startup advocates Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits were working on a new book called The Lean Entrepreneur featuring illustrations by FAKEGRIMLOCK. LitMotors approach to using Lean Startup to create a new vehicle category.

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Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

Lean Startup is about experimentation and learning. Over the last few years as Lean Startup has grown in popularity, many startups went to raise money with the mantra, “We’re lean!” Lean was (and is) a breath of fresh air for startups and investors, shining light on the harsh realities of building companies. Lean Startup got watered down and pivot got bastardized. That’s where Lean comes in.

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Lessons Learned Launching a Lean Startup Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is a Lean Startup accelerator. I believe it’s one of the first of its kind, with a very heavy focus on customer development and a rigorous Lean Startup process. We’ve learned a lot launching a startup accelerator, and particularly one focused on a Lean Startup methodology.

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Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Business of Software Blog

He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation. Since opening in 2015 they now support a community of more than 1000 innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, academics and students. The Startup Way.

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Lean Startup vs. Visionary Entrepreneur

Grasshopper Herder

There is an ongoing misconception that creating a company under a lean startup approach is incompatible with a big entrepreneurial vision. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Lean startup startup vision

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Lean Government

Startup Lessons Learned

TLDR: Two things: 1) Uncle Sam (and I) want you to be an entrepreneur inside the US Federal Government as a White House Innovation Fellow. 2) All video from the SXSW Lean Startup track is now available for free. Second, it was the day after the first SXSW Lean Startup track, and I was exhausted. Later that day, Todd Park presented a keynote at the SXSW Lean Startup track.

The Lean LaunchPad Goes to High School

Steve Blank

While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation , the question we get is, “Can students in K-12 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?” They both attended our latest Lean LaunchPad Educators Class.

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Taxonomy of the Lean Startup Anti-Pivot

Grasshopper Herder

Sometimes pivoting describes how entrepreneurs adapt to customer feedback. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Investment Lean startup Pitching anti-patterns lean startup pivot pivotSometimes it's an annoying buzzword, grating to the ears.

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Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad ® class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts.

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The Air Force Academy Gets Lean

Steve Blank

Todd Branchflower took my Lean LaunchPad class having been entrepreneurial enough to convince the Air Force send him to Stanford to get his graduate engineering degree. Here’s what we’ve noticed so far: In typical Lean Launchpad classes, students apply as teams with their own idea.

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Analysis Paralysis (and Blaming Lean Startup)

Instigator Blog

Lately, I’m getting more and more feedback from entrepreneurs that Lean Startup is holding them back. Entrepreneurs blame the Lean Startup process. For starters, I’ve written about the pace of Lean Startup before, because at certain stages it does feel slow. Secondly, it seems that entrepreneurs are genuinely struggling with how to run good experiments. You’ll make decisions on imperfect data (even following Lean Startup).

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What’s wrong with the lean startup methodology?

The Next Web

For the uninitiated, the Lean Startup methodology is a practice for developing products and businesses based on ‘validated learning’, getting customer feedback quickly and often. Entrepreneur lean startup

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The Challenging Pace of Lean Startup

Instigator Blog

We’re seeing a lot of early exits, which can be great for the entrepreneurs and early investors, but even these startups take a long time. When it comes to the Lean Startup process, it’s even harder. The first instinct most entrepreneurs have after they’re struck by some crazy inspiration isn’t to write down hypotheses, assumptions and tests for a Minimum Viable Product. The Lean Startup methodology is much more tempered and focused. Tweet.

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Top 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Pivot a Lean Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen. Every entrepreneur faces the challenge in developing a product of deciding when to pivot and when to persevere.

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Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. Lean startups try to spend as little money as possible. Truth: The Lean Startup method is not about cost, it is about speed.

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The Lean Startup Book is here

Startup Lessons Learned

The Lean Startup Book is done. If you've been waiting for a comprehensive account of the Lean Startup and how it can help you achieve dramatically better business results, this is it. We got together all of the Lean Startup meetup organizers that were in town for SXSW.

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Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 1 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the first half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since we taught the first 10 teams in the Stanford Lean LaunchPad class. The 2012 Stanford Lean LaunchPad Presentations.

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How Kevin O’Connor, and FindTheBest Got Lean

Steve Blank

It’s been fun watching a 20th Century entrepreneur learn new tricks as he builds his next startup, FindTheBest using Lean Methodology. We’re both serial entrepreneurs. Lean Start-up Connection: Business Model Canvas. Lean Start-up Connection: Customer Development.

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Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 2 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Next week the Lean LaunchPad class will be taught to 25 teams for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. One mentor (VC or experienced entrepreneur) per team.

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The Lean Stack – Part 1


I attribute the entrepreneur’s, often unbridled and singular, passion for the solution as the top contributor to this failure. For starters, I strongly advocate redefining the “true product” and “real job” of an entrepreneur.

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Lean startup methodology is brilliant but confusing

The Equity Kicker

I just read two articles which beautifully illustrate the brilliance and challenges with the Lean Startup methodology. They were part of Steve Blanks Launchpad class at Stanford and followed lean principles to great effect.

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Big Idea vs. Lean Idea

Seeing Both Sides

But what is less obvious to me, and therefore I assume many others, is how to distinguish between a Big Idea that simply starts small -- consistent with Lean Startup methodology -- as compared to a Small Idea that will always remain a Small Idea. To be clear, I am a lean startup acolyte.

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Lean Business: Unleashing the (task) Force

crowdSPRING Blog

A key aspect of Lean Management is to work effectively with limited resources and small teams. Related posts: Lean Marketing tips: business card as selling tool. Lean Business: Pivot Point.

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Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls

Grasshopper Herder

Corporate Startup Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Change Management Entrepreneur Guest Post lean startup teamsGuest Blogger Valerie Vacante writes, "Avoid these three common pitfalls when pursuing corporate innovation.".

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The Lean Startup Book Tour

Startup Lessons Learned

At 11:45am I'll be honored to share the stage with two great entrepreneurs: Introducing The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries with case studies, Intuit’s Scott Cook and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom And in the evening, the book launch party is also part of Disrupt. lean startup

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Lean Business: Pivot Point

crowdSPRING Blog

This iterative cycle is at the heart of the lean approach to business and the pivot is one aspect of it. Related posts: Lean Marketing tips: business card as selling tool. Lean vs. Mean – Small Business and Responsibility.

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Lean analytics

Google Ventures

The Lean Startup is all about a constant cycle of learning. Alistair Croll has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s the co-author of the best-selling book Lean Analytics. By measuring and analyzing as you grow, you can validate whether a problem is real, find the right customers, decide what to build, and how to monetize it. In this workshop, Alistair Croll talks about finding the One Metric That Matters to your startup right now.

Lean Startup Implementation Lessons

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. The Lean Startup Conference was founded four years ago to bring together real entrepreneurs who have applied Lean Startup techniques and have useful advice to share with each other. For the details, here’s Ivory: Running Lean author Ash Maurya seconded Ivory’s advice. Alejandro and Nikhil were listening to their customers, a theme Lean Startup constantly returns to.

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Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

Steve Blank

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. Several pockets of innovation in his agency have begun to look to startups and have tried to adopt lean methods.

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 8, 2008 The lean startup Ive been thinking for some time about a term that could encapsulate trends that are changing the startup landscape. After some trial and error, Ive settled on the Lean Startup. I like the term because of two connotations: Lean in the sense of low-burn. But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste.

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Lean Business Tips: Marketing Channels on the Cheap

crowdSPRING Blog

Lean Business Tips: Hiring Contractors for Fun and Profit(ability). Startups and small businesses face a steep learning curve when it comes to online marketing. The options are rich, the ROI can be cruel, the capacity investment can be significant, and the results can often be questionable.

I prefer Effectuation to Lean Startup (sorta)

The Startup Toolkit

Lean Startup punts on the question of how to choose an idea by claiming that first, the founder “has a vision”. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s based on the only proper academic study into what makes repeatably successful entrepreneurs successful.

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Announcing the 2016 Lean Startup Week Program

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Jennifer Maerz, contributing editor of Lean Startup Co. The Lean Startup team has been hard at work finalizing the details of this year’s Lean Startup Week. Each year, we bring you new case studies from Silicon Valley startups (and beyond), government agencies, and global enterprise companies, along with expert advice from seasoned entrepreneurs and newcomers alike. In the evening, we’ll have a Halloween-themed Lean Startup Night happy hour.

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Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students Lean Startups

Steve Blank

While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, “Can students in K-12 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?” — Teaching students to think like entrepreneurs not accountants.

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Episode 9: Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry | The Bcast

Up and Running

This week Peter and Jonathan talk to Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, about lean business planning, strategy, tactics, specifics (milestones), and the forecast. Listen to Episode 9: Show notes: What is Lean Planning? Lean Business Planning by Tim Berry – (31:21).

Lean Marketing Tips: Public Speaking

crowdSPRING Blog

We often think of marketing as advertising, but in lean marketing that is only one component of an effective plan. Related posts: Lean Marketing Tips: Public Relations and Focus. Lean Marketing: Public Relations strategies for small businesses and startups.

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