July ILSC Meetup

Greetings everyone! Let's celebrate all life on Earth being slowly eradicated by a vengeful sun god with a Meetup!

First, Dustin Sapp is going to present his experiences building Tinderbox, a proposal management SaaS app. Dustin and team built an initial version of Tinderbox in a hurry, working with customers throughout the process to fine-tune the MVP. He'll be talking about his journey toward a sellable product, and maybe tell a joke or two. (Dustin, you are telling a joke or two, right?)

Next up, center square Anthony Panozzo will be talking about Rails Themes, a product that lets you use beautiful CSS templates with your Ruby on Rails app. He'll have a business model canvas and be looking for feedback.

Finally, Richard Lamb will give a quick review of the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge (http://chicagoleanchallenge.com/). He was there for the kickoff session at the end of June, and will be iterating on his product over the next few months.

Pizza and drinks will arrive at 6pm, and we'll get started around 6:30.


Remember that July 21st is our first ILSC Desperately Seeking Validation event. Details will be provided at the July Meetup, but here's the summary:

  • 11am-6pm(ish)
  • Brainstorm ideas, come up with a plan to validate, then do it!
  • Debrief afterwards and come up with better strategies for next time

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed hearing Dustin's presentation and the Q&A after, and appreciated everyone's feedback on RailsThemes. Thanks!

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of great insight, especially from Dustin's presentation.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speakeasy was a nice change of scenery. But the fans in the lecture hall were obnoxiously loud. I'd like to see a sound system installed at some point.

    July 19, 2012

  • Josh C.

    Fantastic group of speakers last night. Glad to see the business model review shift away from "Have you thought of..." to "What experiments could you run to validate..."

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone asked for the beginning Prezi link to be posted. Here it is! http://prezi.com/e_tshqr_dmmz/indianapolis-lean-startup-circle/

    Also, Desperately Seeking Validation event for Saturday information is at http://desperatelyseekingvalidation.com/blog/

    July 19, 2012

  • Richard L.

    Thanks for the questions, comments, and feedback. For those who'd like to review (or missed it) the slides can be found at: http://0.qrkx.net/LttM6y

    July 18, 2012

  • Richard L.

    qrKinetix has been accepted to participate in the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge, a 14 week challenge to develop a startup using Lean techniques. We're going after the $75,000 in prizes! At the July ILSC meetup we'll provide a brief overview of the Challenge lessons learned,and how we're progressing. Looks like there will be over 200 people at the kickoff/bootcamp tomorrow. http://chicagoleanchallenge.com/

    June 29, 2012

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