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Summer Fireside Chat w/ Eric Ries - this Thursday!

This Thursday (tomorrow), hear from Mr. Lean himself... Eric Ries! We're thrilled to be the only public event Eric Ries is attending during his time in DC.

Eric Ries is the author of the bestselling book, The Lean Startup, and is recognized for pioneering the Lean Startup movement.

In this casual chat, Eric Ries will talk about everything lean, and will be answering YOUR questions.

While we know this is last-minute, this is a rare opportunity to have such a special guest, and we didn't want you to miss out. RSVP now!


Starting at 6:30 pm...

You’ll have 30 minutes to network with area entrepreneurs and snack on tasty finger foods provided by Pillsbury.

Kicking us off at 7:00 pm...

Eric Ries will join us for a summer fireside chat and talk about all things lean and what he's working on next. We've invited Sarge Salman, Organizer of the Baltimore Lean Startup events, to lead the interview.

Finally, at 7:45 pm...

We'll open it up to YOUR questions. Be ready to ask Eric all those smart and thoughtful questions you've always wanted to ask.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've begun posting the video footage of the meetup on the Baltimore Lean Startup YouTube channel:

    August 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Small technical glitch, Part2 being uploaded, should be available in 15 mins

      August 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome. Thanks, Sarge.

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic event! Great job to the folks who pulled it together.

    August 24, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Congratulations to Rebecca and Steph for this Lean Start-Up event! A rare opportunity to hear directly from the founder of the Lean Start-Up movement (and US CTO) was really helpful to me as I learn about this. Eric Ries was not only insightful, but I was struck by his engaging, direct and surprisingly humble communication style. I am looking forward to your next event. Great job!

    August 24, 2012

  • Geoffrey L. B.

    This meetup was truly a soulful event. Mr. Ries spoke clearly, highlighting how many different ways companies get customer development wrong, and often used himself as an example. He illustrated how even the best innovators (Zuckerberg, Parker, Jobs et al) generally have "no friggin clue" what will be valuable to a customer until they actually launch. Then in a Q&A, he ad-hoc mentored a few entrepreneurs, on the spot, and in a way that resonated with everyone else. Mr. Ries' ability to be simultaneously authoritative and humble made this a truly effective event.

    August 24, 2012

  • David F.

    excellent discussion, great bonus of guest speakers to boot

    August 24, 2012

  • Chad G.

    Great, great information. Nice room, not too crowded, Eric was generous with his time- it was great!

    August 24, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Great discussion!

    August 24, 2012

  • Brian M.

    Awesome! Eric did not disappoint and the special guest list was a bonus.

    August 24, 2012

  • Paul P.

    I'm not a fan of events where speakers pat each other or themselves on the back. Perhaps I should have read Eric's book before rather than after the event, but he could have spent a little more time explaining HOW his approach was successfully applied rather simply claiming that it was. I was listening carefully for this and didn't catch any examples, other than a few of the lean buzzwords sprinkled in for good measure.

    Same for the US CTO: I think he's doing great things, but I could have read the list of new projects on my own. It would have been useful and relevant to the event and the group if he had added a few lines explaining what specifically the lean startup methodology is doing for each of the initiatives. Thanks for organizing and hosting though--just trying to provide constructive feedback (from a time-constrained entrepreneur).

    August 24, 2012

  • Kathleen W.

    Fantastic - great, actionable takeaways. Very valuable (not to mention fun!)

    August 23, 2012

  • Lori T.

    So awesome!! Eric Ries was very personable and really addressed people's questions down to their emotions. And the bonus of the US CTO, Todd Park, being there was amazing!!

    August 23, 2012

  • Bridgette T.

    absolutely worth it....

    August 23, 2012

  • Wendy W.

    See you there. I paid but it won't move me off the wait list.

    August 23, 2012

  • Chad G.

    Hello everyone. I just searched and found this group yesterday, and am excited about the first meet up! Perfect timing.

    August 23, 2012

  • Melissa H.

    Has the Lean StartUp approach been applied to international development?

    August 22, 2012

    • David T.

      Ideologically, Lean Startup is an implementation-in-practi­ce of the idea of "effectuation"­ described by entrepreneurship researcher Dr. Saras Sarasvathy several years ago. The idea of making a series of small bets, each of which has limited downsides but higher upsides, and measuring and learning on the way, perfectly describes the entrepreneurial process. There are people applying this kind of methodology everywhere: in enterprises, first-world governments, and in the developing world. In my opinion, Lean Startup is a set of practical tools for effectively practicing effectuation, but the conceptual framework that Dr. Sarasvathy has developed is more useful for understanding the broader approach and mindset of effective entrepreneurship. http://www.semperprot...­

      1 · August 22, 2012

    • Ed F.

      One of the things I've seen work well for entrepreneurs looking for funding is to identify the eventual uses of that funding and then reach out to prospective partners, to develop strategic alliances, who could invest resources in the venture (generally the types of resources that the funding would've been used to acquire). For example, instead of creating a new distribution system, partnering with an existing effective distributor.

      1 · August 23, 2012

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