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May Meetup: Learnings from Year One of My Lean Startup

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”
~Albert Einstein

One of the common questions with Lean Startup is "does it work for real entrepreneurs or is it all hype"?

Fail fast, test hypotheses, and minimum viable product are all common rally cries of Lean but how much of that really translates into making a difference for a startup? Especially if you’re a first-time entrepreneur and new to lean.

In this meetup Blake Garrett, founder of sxtyscnds', is sharing the ups & downs of diving into lean during the first year of building his company.

He’ll discuss insights into the difficulties of deciphering how much validation is needed, when to persevere or pivot, and how a simple experiment saved him from rolling $40k on a MVP. Plus, what it’s like to go from a full-time job to being a full-time entrepreneur bootstrapping your product.

Join us for what promises to be a honest account of how Lean Startup is more than just following a text-book and how Blake is validating the road that lies ahead.

 

Pizza and drinks provided by OtherInbox. Conference room provided by Capital Factory.

Join us afterwards at Buffalo Billiards for drinks.


Agenda:
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6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing


6:45-7:00pm Announcements, General discussion, Pizza


7:00-8:00pm "Learnings from Year One of My Lean Startup" - Blake Garrett


8:00-8:30pm Q&A / Wrap-up


8:30 - ?pm Buffalo Billiards (Brazos and 6th).


Please RSVP as space is limited!

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  • Blake G.

    Removing my rsvp so someone else can be confirmed.

    May 15, 2013

    • Ted

      Hey Blake, I missed this mtg, did you have a link for the presentation anywhere that I might look at? Thx!

      October 9, 2013

    • Blake G.

      Hey Ted - Glad to hear from you. I could email it to you but honestly, it's pretty outdated now. I work out of Capital Factory and would be happy to meet there for coffee/lunch sometime to walk you through it and subsequent learnings.

      October 9, 2013

  • Roger L. C.

    Enjoyed the presentation, @Blake. Authentic and engaging.

    @Miguel, thanks for sharing the link about testing the important qualities of names. I should note that the author biased his experiments by making all of the choices descriptive names. It would have been interesting to benchmark the results against one or more incongruent, non-descriptive names.

    I've actually written quite a bit about this issue. One of my blog entries is here: http://blog.cauvin.org/2005/11/why-nondescriptive-naming.html.

    Founders instinctively gravitate towards the most generic, descriptive names. And even many self-proclaimed experts on branding also recommend such names.

    However, if you're going to build a brand, congruity theory and the world's most respected marketing experts (Al Ries and Seth Godin) argue for names that challenge a prospect's preconceived associations.

    May 21, 2013

    • Blake G.

      Thanks Roger! Of course the assumption is that the product is strong to start. Did a little research on best-sellers on Amazon for tools to see the relationship between brand and product -- pretty incongruent (http://goo.gl/ZPNul­). Also looked at the top 25 apps in the appstore (http://goo.gl/qDu8p­) to see the app name relationship to product. Seems to be a mix but big brands like twitter (a good example itself) created vine which obviously doesn't convey the product while faceobook went with "facebook messenger". Definitely an interesting exercise. The reason we named Mr. Dad on Pregnancy what we did was to enhance the brand of the author and to use "Dad" to differentiate from all the pregnancy apps.

      May 22, 2013

    • Roger L. C.

      A couple more sources of info on naming products:

      http://adage.com/arti...­

      http://blog.cauvin.or...­

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Very good case study that I think would appeal to every entrepreneur. Would be neat to have Blake back in a couple of years to hear what he's learned since tonight.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Blake G.

      Really appreciate that Bill. I hope the learning continues to get faster! Would obviously love to come back further down the road. Thanks for your questions and engagement.

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to hear stories from the trenches. Awesome.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Blake G.

      Awesome to meet you Chris and thanks for posting the pic!

      May 22, 2013

  • Trey

    Great speaker with real time/life examples. Thank you!

    May 22, 2013

    • Blake G.

      Thank you Trey - will definitely be in touch about growing biz dev!

      May 22, 2013

  • Lill G.

    Wow!  What a fantastic job Blake did of covering all the details of the highs and lows of his first year.  Great to hear his thought process and how what didn't work turned into what did work.  How refreshing to hear the story of his journey told with such authenticity.  I appreciate his transparency and humility.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Miguel F.

    Hey- this might help inform the naming question that we discussed in the meetup- test it!

    great post from a Justin Wilcox in Seattle

    http://customerdevlabs.com/

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Blake G.

    Thanks for providing that info Bill! If there's any topics you all would be interested in please feel free to throw them out here and I'll hit upon them if I can provide any value.

    May 14, 2013

  • Estephania

    Ill be out of town.

    May 10, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Sxtyscnds tagline is: We turn content into social, snackable, mobile games.

    1 · May 10, 2013

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