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Pitch - pivot - sell - build - deliver. In 2 days.

The purpose of this meetup is to convert your ideas into functioning businesses every two weeks.

We get into the building at 10, and get out of the building at 11 to find customers. Yes, outside the building. Where exactly? Depends on the target audience that we will define prior to leaving the building.

On Saturday we will run 4 rounds of idea validation, as per lean startup methodologies. At the end of every round we either pivot with new idea/target clients or persevere.

As we persevere with something that clients want and are willing to pay for, we start building and selling. That's most of Sunday. Half of the team builds, half of the team sells.

Ask me for details

[masked] Yaroslav

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Congratulations with another successful event! The idea of removable plastic sheets is already implemented by Martha Steward who sells smaller sheets at Staples: http://www.staples.ca/en/Martha-Stewart-Home-Office-Dry-Erase-Sheets/cat_CL200017_2-CA_1_20001 . A similar idea for offices is already implemented as a special type of paint at http://www.ideapaint.com/spaces/work/ . REMOVABLE plastic with NO residual may have an advantage over paint. Do you have a specific product (very large removable plastic sheets) in mind that fits into your price model?

    May 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      MVP implies that the product is viable, i.e. capable of working successfully and feasible. Based on the information available I just expressed my concern about this product viability which is well within the lean startup model. The customers on the street will not answer this question as they assume that the product is viable (unless you really look suspicious) and have no means or time to verify this assumption. So I am leaning to consider your activity as a learning exercise rather than a real attempt to create a lean startup. As regards to your investment, $50 for two days of fun - this meetup is really a bright idea and a real example of a lean startup. Bravo, Yaroslav!

      May 30, 2013

    • Yaroslav

      We do hope to get more than learning experience from this, let's just see how it goes. We got our first customer, and it's been only 3 days into project.

      May 30, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    Thanks everybody for coming and making this happen
    Special thanks to:
    - Adrian, for the best sales pitch ever
    - French girl at the front desk for watching over our stuff while we were validating in the streets
    - Daft Punk, for the new album
    - Incubes, everybody knows why (link on the left sidebar)
    - Construction across the street, for breaking the Internet (sarcasm) And of course, if anybody want to be able to write on their walls – you know who to call ;)

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    Allright! Let's have a round of applause for our new team of creative and energetic lean business enthusiasts:
    Sina! Sarah! Adrian! Kaitelyn! John! Yaroslav!

    Over 2 very productive days we scraped 3-4 ideas that got invalidated. That was very lean and stressful :) We even had to do a second round of pitches – this time specifically for business services.

    And here’s what we figured out: all businesses want to be awesome like Google and Apple. To have a creative atmosphere with all their staff grabbing markers and drawing creative plans on the walls. LITERALLY.

    What they probably don’t know is that their boring walls can be turned into AlphaWalls (www.alphawalls.com) - so they don’t need ugly and bulk whiteboards anymore. We put a small layer of special film on their walls – and they can take out the markers, creative process can begin.

    We’re working on our first deal right now. We formed an awesome team together, probably that’s why we had so much fun.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    We're meeting at 9am at Incubes office (70 Peter street). The door will be open and there will be a sign. If you're lost - call me[masked]

    8 ppl are coming - that's about the perfect size for one team. I'm very excited :) let's make this one even better than the first one (which was really awesome)

    Last time we streamlined many parts of the lean process specific to our event - that'll allow us to save a lot of time this weekend.
    We'll use that time to dive in more detail to specifics of social media/advertisement efficiency for the project we'll work on. That was the weakest point of our process last time

    For everybody who will come we have a small assignment: think of 2 ideas you would want to work on tomorrow. That'll save some pitching time.

    As usual, coffee will be there to wake everybody up. Have a great Friday everybody, and prepare for an awesome and active lean weekend!

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Sarah F.

    Looking forward to meeting all of you attending tomorrow! Is there a room we are meeting in?

    May 24, 2013

  • John David C.

    Looking forward to it everyone! I will only be around sunday have a conflicting meeting on Sunday.

    May 24, 2013

  • Vlade

    I would love to attend but I already have plans for the weekend. Looking forward to joining you at the next meeting!

    May 22, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    We're aiming for the most realistic model possible. If it's not realistic, we pivot to new idea, no ghost-chasing. As for the implemented project, planting trees can be extremely cheap especially with all free planting events. Like KC mentioned, way cheaper than 5$.

    As for the commitment fee, I can't see how extra 10$ can be an issue. On our side it can be used to actually develop the event, get mentors come in, organize better. Last time we totally went over budget

    May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Commitment fee: Of course as an organizer you are free to charge whatever you consider necessary and I am not disputing the amount. Just in your email high percent of no show was mentioned as the only reason for increasing the event fee.

      May 15, 2013

    • Yaroslav

      Yeah you're right, I should've also mentioned that we went over budget in that message :)

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the difference between "commitment fee" and just event "fee"? Is commitment fee refundable if the person shows up at the event? If you are just concerned about no show (which is the weakest point of the meetup.com platform), you could break the $20 fee into $10 non-refundable event fee (to cover organizer's expenses) and $10 refundable commitment fee (to be refunded if the person shows up).

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yaroslav, could you please clarify this group concept: is this a pure hypothetical learning exercise or you are trying to create a realistic model? If it is the latter, then using realistic price model is of a paramount importance. It is very easy to get 100% (or more ;-) customer approval rate with unrealistically low price offer (which from my point of view is the case in your previous event).

    May 14, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    Check out the results of previous event on www.leanweekends.com

    May 12, 2013

  • Yaroslav

    Ok, here goes round two. All who couldn't make it because of mother's day, hope to see you this time :)

    May 8, 2013

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