About the group

This is a group for people who want to take the business idea in their heads and start making it a reality.  

We come together to learn how to get started with a brand-new venture, how to build an idea into something real, and how to make a new startup a sustainable business. Meeting each other and building relationships with new friends is a wonderful part of every Meetup event, but we're not only about "networking." Here, we get our hands dirty and build.


About you

You want to run a startup or a small business, or have just started. You're looking for ways to get started without having to invest a ton of money upfront or to leave your day job. You want a structured way to evaluate, review and strengthen your idea. You want to make it into an incubator / accelerator, or even launch on your own. You'd love to have a strategy consultant and/or other entrepreneurs to brainstorm and problem-solve with. You're not interested in being an armchair philosopher; you want to do and create.

Please note: this group is for people who want to learn how to build their business, and not a group for people who are offering services (such as marketing, legal or workspace) to entrepreneurs.

Those services are invaluable, of course, but there are other Meetup groups geared for that. If you do offer services for entrepreneurs, feel free to reach out to me; we can discuss how you might run an event for the group, or something like that. Thanks!


About me

I'm a startup strategist. I built an incubator at Carnegie Mellon U., and designed and led workshops for over 50 talented entrepreneurs in the course of two years. I worked with entrepreneurs in San Francisco--tech and non-tech--for a couple of years. I've also been a management consultant with a large firm, and a middle school teacher in the South Bronx. I moved to in Columbus in Jan 2014, and look forward working with local entrepreneurs to get their ideas out of their heads and into the real world.

My role at the events in this Meetup group will be to share with you what I know about building lean startups. I will help you find resources, think up new approaches, and try new solutions on for size. Having a full-time strategy consultant on the team doesn't really make sense for startups. But it is important and helpful to stay in touch with people who can help you with strategy, and I hope to bring that to you through our events.


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