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How to Apply Lean in Different & Unorthodox Ways

Hear from big companies to unusual organizations applying lean principles. From billion-dollar companies that have created innovation labs to established organizations infusing lean principles from the ground-up, learn from some of the best people leading innovation in their respective fields.

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6:30 PM

Arrive to meet awesome peeps and grab a bite to eat.

7:00 PM

Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO of ProInspire will discuss:

  • using lean approaches to develop a new program and new services and why being a nonprofit means the approach is not typical
  • how lean is being applied in the social sector
  • helping people achieve their potential for social impact

Monisha is the founder and CEO of ProInspire, a nonprofit developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing professionals, and increasing diversity. Monisha is passionate about helping organizations and individuals achieve their potential for social impact. She spent her career working in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including Arthur Andersen, Capital One, Citigroup, ACCION International, CARE, and Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha was selected for the National Urban Fellows America's Leaders of Change, is a Scholar with the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society, and served as an HBS Leadership Fellow. She has written about nonprofit leadership for the Huffington Post, Idealist, and other publications. Monisha lives in Virginia with her husband, son, and daughter.

James Patterson, Capital One Labs’ Entrepreneur-in-Residence, will talk about:

  • the notion of the "extreme user" and why you should build your products for them
  • how the Lab works at the intersection of mobile, social, and emerging payments to shape the future of banking
  • lessons learned from how the billion-dollar company uses and incorporates lean methodology
  • the ways in which the Lab is incorporating both design thinking and lean together

James serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Capital One Labs, the experimental arm of Capital One, and leads a team that is reimagining the way that more than 60 million people interact with their money. Prior to Capital One Labs, James held product leadership positions at startups Revolution Health, CarePages, and Silicon Valley-based Quokka Sports, and also led multiple products at AOL in Silicon Valley and NoVA.


Uyen Tang, the Founder and CEO of STYLECABLE will talk about:

  • how to use social media to apply lean principles and test your ideas
  • using advertising like Google Adwords to test merchandising and brand concepts pre-launch
  • where your customer's live and how to figure out their geography

Uyen Tang is the Founder and CEO of STYLECABLE, an online marketplace launching in the Fall of 2013 that supports emerging fashion designers to build their businesses and gain market exposure. Consumers can discover up-and-coming designers, become their fans and directly purchase or pre-order their designs.

Uyen’s inspiration for STYLECABLE came from her management consulting work helping clients in the luxury retail industry expand into international markets. She also advised large multinational corporations to build and improve their tech innovation practices. Prior to her work as a management consultant, Uyen was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. She served as aPolitical/Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan where she earned aMeritorious Honor Award and a Franklin Award for her contributions to human rights and the U.S. mission in Tajikistan. Uyen has her MBA from The Wharton School and BA from Tufts University in international relations and economics. She is also a graduate of the Founder Institute program and a member of the 1776 coworking space for startups in Washington, DC.

Edmund Pendelton, Director, Regional I-Corps Node at the University of Maryland will discuss:

  • how lean is being applied from the ground up in entirely new ways
  • the ways in which scientists and engineers are using lean startup principles to turn their lab work into a business
  • case studies from the first 22-teams in the NSF's I-Corps program, based on Steve Blank's famous Lean Launchpad course

Edmund is the Director of the VentureAccelerator, at the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), where he helps to create new ventures based on technology developed at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, technology entrepreneur, and angel investor. His primary business experience includes product development and management, sales and marketing, and entrepreneurship. He serves as an advisor and Board Member for several technology start-ups, and frequently serves as a mentor and coach for several domestic and international business accelerator programs.

8:30 PM

Drinks at the Hyatt afterwards!

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  • Carlos Martin del C.

    Stellar as usual. :D

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Roman

    Really enjoyed the evening, it was nice to meet so many interesting folks. I'll try to be a regular going forward.

    One question - anybody have experience with the Lean Startup Conference? It's a pricey one and I want to gauge if it's worth the investment.

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Rebecca H.

      Hi Roman! I have not been to the actual Lean Startup Conference but last year we offered a livestream simulcast of the event, and plan to do the same again this year. Could be a good option if you're looking for a significantly lower-cost option (we did it last year for $25). Hope that helps!

      August 21, 2013

  • Dennis S.

    For $20 I was networked, educated, entertained, and fed. Great presentations by all!

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Siafa S.

    My first Lean meetup.... Great cross section of speakers and audience .. Sat next to a budding entrepreneur in the 10th grade ... Looking forward to future meetups.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Ken D.

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    August 15, 2013

  • Geoffrey L. B.

    I am very much looking forward to hearing Mr. Pendleton's experiences.

    August 15, 2013

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    August 6, 2013

  • Jason

    New to the group, looking forward to the event!

    August 3, 2013

  • Hyungsoo K.

    My first DC Lean Start-up Circle event. Looking forward to it!

    July 31, 2013

  • Josh S.

    Founded, which provides venues for job recruits and recruiters to meet. Also involved is general business networking, and soon to be a more interactive website with job postings and the ability to receive resumes. Look forward to the insight from the speakers!

    July 23, 2013

  • Ibrahim D.

    Last event was great-- looking forward to this one!

    July 23, 2013

  • Nicolina

    Co-founder of a new startup, looking for execution tips and a UI expert to bring on board

    July 17, 2013

  • Manjit S.

    Looking forward to interacting with the presenters.

    July 9, 2013

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