I get lots of early startups that need consulting on product definition. Most of them are not ready to hire a full time consultant. So we have created a workshop to guide entrepreneurs through the lean development process.
Fort Lewis College has asked me to teach a class in Lean Business Methods. This class will teach you the same methods taught at Stanford in their entrepreneurship program. It runs 4 Wednesdays in February from 6pm until 8pm.
Lean Business Canvas Introduction is the presentation I gave tonight to the Entrepreneurs’ Class at Fort Lewis College.
I love this topic as it makes perfect sense to me. The presentation is just 10 slides, humorous and fun.
We have all felt the rush of energy we get when we are presenting in front of a crowd. Presenting your startup dreams in front of investors can multiply that energy several fold.
A Low Fidelity Artifact is a fancy word for something that is often no more than a scribbled doodle. A Low Fidelity Artifact is an inexpensive way to capture ideas and develop a shared understanding without generating a cumbersome design document that the team is unwilling to change.
Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, in their book on Lean UX, describe how founders often operate in a “reality distortion field”. They recognize that it takes a nearly unrealistic level of confidence to form a new & innovative business venture.
Start-up Science introduction in 1 Hour: Steve Blank is the father of modern entrepreneurship. He and his Student Eric Ries have made a science of the processes involved in engineering new start-ups. Here he explains his journey and the work his Stanford MBA students do in his entrepreneurship class.
Start-up Success Literature.
There are many great books out there to guide start-up entrepreneurs. No one should invest their savings and years of their lives in a start-up without doing their homework and reading the best of these books. My Favorite author in this area is Eric Reis, because he can quote real world case studies of his own successes and failures.
How to succeed in a Startup? Certainly there are more than ten steps to building a successful start-up. There is an extensive body of literature on the subject, and some of our favorite books and articles are listed in the next post on Start-up Success Literature.