Leading a Lean Startup: a fireside chat with Eric Ries and Hiten Shah

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader

Join Eric Ries and Hiten Shah in a fireside chat discussing leadership in a lean startup context.

  • Is lean startup just a collection of tactics such as smoke tests and the ubiquitous monosyllabic metric system AARRR? Or is there more?
  • After you read the book or a blog, how do you actually get your team to implement lean? How do you teach it? How do you scale it beyond the co-founder team?
  • How do you know which lean tactics are appropriate for your startup? How do you improve upon them? How do you find a good lean startup mentor?
  • How do you become a lean startup leader?

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  • Tristan Kromer

    Yes, you should be able to see the video here: http://www.justin.tv/leanstartu...­

    July 10, 2012

  • Misha Chellam

    Did anyone video tape this event?

    July 9, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Anyone have any more photos from this event?

    June 21, 2012

  • Bianca Weishäupl

    congrats, very well organized, great interview!

    June 8, 2012

  • James

    Great presentation -- keep the quant analysis coming, Eric!

    June 7, 2012

  • Lukas Fittl

    Excellent conversations afterwards - fireside chat could have been longer though, with room for the audience questions when the specific topics were discussed (e.g. engines of growth).

    June 7, 2012

  • Preston Smalley

    Great talk by Eric, very motivating! My only wish was that it was longer and Hiten had a chance to speak more. I was so fired up about Lean Startup that I took a moment today to share some lessons learned so far on my blog: http://b.prestonsmalley.com/pos...­

    June 7, 2012

  • Elina Razdobarina

    Eric is a great speaker. It was very interesting to hear about his interest in How Do We Develop New Generation of Leaders who build sustainable companies.. very current topic indeed.

    June 7, 2012

  • Steve Chipman

    Simply amazing insights from Eric. Hiten did a great job of moderating.

    June 7, 2012

  • salvael ortega

    awesome

    June 7, 2012

  • Alden

    Well organized, good venue, and food and drink to boot. Looking forward to the next event. I vote for an upgraded fireplace!

    June 7, 2012

  • Andra

    Amazing speakers! Eric Ries enthralled with details about innovation accounting. Hiten Shah knew what to ask!

    June 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pure awesomeness

    June 7, 2012

  • Bill Stephens

    Eric is a great speaker with a lot of great insight.

    June 7, 2012

  • Amy Thibodeau

    Great talk and well organized. The rapport between Hiten and Eric was also really good, which really makes or breaks this kind of talk.

    June 7, 2012

  • Lyle McKeany

    Upgrade to virtual fireplace pro next time! In all seriousness, the event went exceedingly well. I met some tremendous people from all over the world, met both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and learned a ton from Eric and Hiten. Thanks again for organizing Tristan and thanks to Votizen for hosting at their very cool office.

    1 · June 6, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Thanks everyone for attending and putting up with all the technical issues.

    The stream will be available at http://www.justin.tv/leanstartu...­ and we'll try and edit down the space at the beginning.

    We need to try for continuous improvement, so any suggestions are appreciated. What can we do 5% better?

    (We already figured out to use Eventbrite for ticketing next time.)

    June 6, 2012

  • Sergio Arroyo

    I love his book and I hope to attend the next one !

    June 6, 2012

  • Oskar Boethius Lissheim

    Hands down the best meetup I've ever been to, and the best keynote to boot. Eric Ries thanks for being so totally humble and awesome at the same time.

    June 6, 2012

  • Steven E

    I've been having similar issues where I click on the email announcing openings, I see a spot, I register, and I still show on the wait-list. I hate posting here as I know it will end up in everyone's email. Please fix the issue and add me to the issues list.

    June 3, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Duncan Ariey from meetup.com support who is asking anyone who is encountering RSVP issues to contact them. I have also forwarded a list of people reporting issues directly to meetup.com.

    I realize this is very frustrating (for me as well) and now reports of people paying and then being summarily moved to the "not going" rsvp list which has started happening today.

    I would advise not changing your waitlist position as perhaps this is part of the new issue.

    Waiting for meetup to respond.

    June 3, 2012

  • Onno Faber

    The way i eventually did it was changing the waiting list position. It feels like you are removing yourself from the waitinglist, but you can actually rsvp after that.

    June 3, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    This seems to be an issue with meetup and is not configurable by me. :(

    I've emailed support to inform them of the issue. My apologies on their behalf. I understand that is extremely frustrating.

    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I keep getting meetup emails that there are new spots available, but when clicking on the link I am still on the waiting list.. can you help?

    June 2, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Hi Josh,

    I mean to say that the venue should seat everyone comfortably but that in the event anyone is happy for any reason I will refund the money. The paypal charge is about 60 cents, but I will happily refund that as well if anyone has a serous issue with that, the seating, the heating, or whatever.

    Even if someone wants a refund for whatever reason, they can still stay as there should be plenty of standing room and beer.

    This is complete satisfaction or your money back.

    May 30, 2012

  • Guillaume Decugis

    Hi - Been trying to take the 1 spot left but meet up keeps me on the wait list...

    May 30, 2012

  • Josh Susser

    OK just checking what this update means. It sounds like those of us who signed up right away could show up and find people who were on the waiting list arrived early that night so we don't get a decent seat, and if we're not happy we get told to go away and you keep part of our money? If that's not the case you may want to clarify. If that is the case, you may want to rethink how you are managing the event.

    May 30, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    I'm assured that we can fit 100 + standing room within earshot (though probably not LoS) so I'm going to increase the ticket count to 95 for the moment. (Saving 5 for camera guys, etc)

    In the event that anyone is unsatisfied with their seat (read: behind a pole) I will refund their ticket minus paypal fees.

    For those who still find themselves on the wait list, please note that thanks to the generous folks at Justin.tv we will be streaming the event at http://justin.tv/leanstartupcir...­

    May 30, 2012

  • Stephen Reed

    Everyone is in town for the Agile SF conference I guess, hope the venue can be increased, all the way from NZ

    May 22, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Hi Tom,

    The space can actually hold much more but in the interests of caution, I'm waiting to do a test setup of the chairs prior to increasing the count. This should be next week.

    May 22, 2012

  • Lyle McKeany

    Wow Tom. I feel lucky to be in at this point. Seems a second event, at the very least, is inevitable.

    May 22, 2012

  • Tony Wasserman

    I confirmed that the Giants aren't playing at AT&T Park that evening.

    May 15, 2012

  • Lisa Winter

    Great location, Tristan! Looking forward to this event

    May 15, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Ok, location now posted. If the location is inconvenient, no worries. I am happy to offer a refund.

    May 15, 2012

  • Tristan Kromer

    Yes, sorry. Location is in SF. Will be deciding on the venue in the next couple days.

    May 15, 2012

  • joel bowman

    When will a location be announced

    May 14, 2012

  • Raymond St. Martin

    Wouldn't miss it. This is perfect timing. See you all there. Cheers - Raymond

    May 12, 2012

  • James

    Same question. I want to attend, but reluctant to commit to cost without knowing at least approximate location.

    May 9, 2012

  • John Shapiro

    Is the location going to be in SF?

    May 8, 2012

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