T. J. R.


Washington, DC

Member since:

March 31, 2011


How did you hear about DCLSC?

Meetup news via web and conversations with others in the community.

What do you hope to get from -- and/or give to -- DCLSC?

I've done heavy startups (10 years back) and hope to retrain and share experiences with others in community - and make for stronger community in DC Metro.

What is your specialty (or specialties) with respect to start-ups?

Taking big idea from paper to patent to getting someone to pay for it. Not heavy tech, but heavy process as designed automated web-based processes to (for example) sell and activate cell phones.


Married very well and father of 3 high-energy kids. User of turn signals, veteran of startups (Simplexity/Inphonic­) as well as consulting (Deloitte and small federal firms). Currently Founder of CVCertify - Think "Carfax for Careers."

What T. J. R. is saying about this Meetup Group

I think it's a supportive and motivating group. I do think people can become a bit too cultish with lean principles and there is a danger there. It's not different than reading different philosophers and claiming to fully fall in line with them e.g. "I'm a Kantian." Instead a better approach is likely to borrow from Lean principles as you feel appropriate - there is certainly much to learn. But there are also no magic bullets out there either. Use Lean and learn from it. But you've also got to focus higher level on the business - and then employ whatever principles/learnings your noggin suggests might be appropriate for you as you tackle various challenges.

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