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Entrepreneurship Series: Lean Startup 101

  • Apr 16, 2014 · 6:45 PM

“Lean Startup” is more than just a buzzword. It’s a philosophy that provides entrepreneurs – existing and aspiring – with methodologies and processes to minimize failure and increase the odds of success in starting a company. 

The premise of the concept is to validate the riskiest parts of your business from the start with market research and testing, allowing entrepreneurs the opportunity to tune their concepts and validate their business model. Besides minimizing the amount of capital required, it also saves time and resources while providing insights into customer behavior.  The lean startup methodology further utilizes tangible metrics to inform key business decisions with the ability to pivot and iterate quickly.

Lean Startup methodologies are changing the way all businesses - large and small - are planning and executing. By the end of the class, you’ll understand:

• The principles of the Lean Startup process

• Strategies to collect feedback from potential users

• How to implement lean startup methodologies in your company

• How to build minimum viable products (MVP)

• Specific next-actions to take with your company

A laptop computer is optional. A notebook/tablet to take notes is encouraged. 

Related: The next Lean Startup Machine event will likely be June 22-23rd - mark your calendar! Read what Sarah Henry and Lindsay Ifill have said about past events. 

About the teachers: 

Yasmine Mustafa founded 123LinkIt in 2009, a blog advertising company in Philadelphia that was acquired in late 2011.  Besides coaching both Lean Startup Philly events, she used many of the lean startup methodologies to conduct market research, collect feedback, and built a user base. She is working on her second startup, a software/hardware solution to empower safety among women and is implementing the same processes. Yasmine is also the Leader of Girl Develop It Philly which she started to enable her to become a more knowledgeable technology founder. She blogs at and be found on Twitter @myasmine.

Anthony Gold has been a CEO, board chairman, sales lead, marketing executive, company advisor, startup investor, and engineer.  He has run very large as well as small businesses and is a huge champion of lean startup methodologies – requiring any company for which he’s an investor to implement lean startup concepts.  In his blog, Anthony’s Desk, he shares his experiences and insights helping both young professionals and seasoned executives in their careers.

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  • Lindsay I.

    Hey, all! I'm just letting you know that earlybird tickets for the Lean Startup Machine Philly are on sale and all of you awesome ladies get an extra 30% off the ticket price.

    The event will beat Drexel June 20-22. Don't worry: It's not one of those all-nighter kinds of things.

    I can't stress enough how amazing the LSM experience is - and how much I'm hoping you can attend! The link:

    The code: leanladiesphl

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Signed up. Thank you! With this early bird the ticket was reduced to $87.50

      1 · May 15, 2014

    • Lindsay I.

      Awesome, Linda!!

      May 15, 2014

  • Leslie

    Excellent. It challenged some very common assumptions that I had learned about what I might need to do to start up my business, and it gave me ideas and tools that could help me find the path to success without breaking the bank.

    2 · April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will you please tell me where the downloads for notes are located?

    April 17, 2014

    • Yasmine M.

      Hi Linda, we just sent it out along with the survey!

      April 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Got it. Thank you!

      April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 17, 2014

  • Monique

    Thank you Yasmine and Anthony.
    Great workshop! It has further fueled my enthusiasm for starting my own business, BUT in a manner in which I can test my ideas (assumptions) at low cost, lower risk and in a timely manner. I believe I can also apply these principles to my current line of day work. We're an Agile shop on the road to continuos development and improvement.

    I'm looking forward to the upcoming Lean Startup Machine workshop... and the self defense jewelry.

    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Thank you ladies - it was a pleasure teaching the theory behind Lean Startup and how to apply the lessons in your various initiatives.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely agree. Everything Andrea said below. thank you

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • andrea w.

    Both presenters were knowledgeable, personable, well-qualified, good speakers, thank you

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Hi Matt, yes this class (and all GDI classes) are open to men. Obviously it's a women-empowered learning environment, but it is a very open organization. I'm teaching tonight's class with Yasmine Mustafa. Join us if you are available.

    April 16, 2014

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