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How to Build a Lean Startup

Limited resources mean you must work smarter, not harder.

Spending lots of money at the very beginning is typically not a good thing.

This event will cover lean methods and techniques:

• validating ideas

• business model generation

• customer and product development

• developing your revenue model

• how to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

• lean startup marketing

• and much more... 

Did you spend months developing a product... then launched and got very few customers? 

Do you have a business that's not growing? 

If you answered "yes"... or would like to avoid those situations... you must attend this meetup!

D.K. Smith is the managing director at the Brooklyn Innovation Center. Their accelerator program gets startups through the seed stage, which typically means getting you to the point where you've built something impressive enough to raise money from later stage investors. Startups in the accelerator are eligible for funding from Brooklyn Innovation Center and a cohort of outside angel investors.

D.K. began helping startups after years of providing due diligence and Internet asset analysis to angels and venture capital firms. He's a serial entrepreneur who founded and sold two companies. D.K. has worked in ecommerce, digital marketing, SEO/SEM, and web-business concept development since 1999.

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  • Michael B.

    Very informative and provocative presentation and discussion.

    January 13, 2014

  • Paulius

    It was great and inspiring talk from D.K. He has a lot of marketing expierence and he shared some fundamental approaches on how to star building a lean startup.

    Some notes from the talk

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      Couple of revisions to notes... move "Learn & Get Data" to just above "Rebuild and Pivot." Not sure what "Is anyone care finding popular products......" means. Send me an explanation by email for review/revision.

      January 12, 2014

  • Amanda S.

    Thank you so much, D.K.! I really enjoyed hearing your insight on Lean Startups. Here is my blog post about the event: Hope to see you again soon!

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      Your post is a good synopsis of what I wanted to convey. Thank you for the shout-out!

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Ajay

    Good talk from D.K. Suggestions for future talks:
    1. How to make a good proposal. What are the questions that angel investors want answered.
    2. What are the basics around company formation? Trademark? Copyrights? How much money should one expect to put forward before seeking angel investing.

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      1. topic was covered in last November's meetup. 2. Bring legal questions to upcoming event with attorneys. Q2. You should invest enough money to build a viable product and company... there's no dollar amount answer to your question.

      January 11, 2014

  • D.K. S.

    Great to see everyone and meet new members. Thanks for all the "feel better" emails... my voice is just about back. Presentation deck and info on "Build a Lean Startup" intensive workshop will be sent to attendees by email.

    January 11, 2014

  • Jennifer W.

    Great overview of Lean concepts. Not in-depth (that's for another presentation) but DK hit the important points - customer development and minimal viable product (and how doing the former will inform the latter) and that the start-up process is all about iterating and pivoting. DK is an engaging presenter with lots of business experience, a passion for creative thinking, and no shortage of topics to discuss and stories to share.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • diana v.

    Great account of first-hand examples showing how necessary the lean approach is to starting your business. Looking forward to the next!

    January 9, 2014

  • Alex L.

    Great first meetup and definitely hit on a lot of issues I'm encountering as I try to build my first product. Looking forward to the next one!

    January 9, 2014

  • Caleb F.

    Good use of time. Don't need to come with an idea to learn something useful. Bring a note pad and an open mind and D.K. will set you on the right path. Glad I went!

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Elisha

    Really interesting

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great learning hub for entrepreneurs, thanks D.K!

    January 8, 2014

  • Brendan O.

    OK it now says one spot available but I still cant confirm :-(

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do I register?

    January 8, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      Registration is closed... we're at maximum capacity.

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello D.K, Does registration is closed ? If not, I'd like to attend this meetup. Thanks

    January 7, 2014

  • Winton W.

    I'm sorry, but is registration closed? I don't see anywhere to pay the fee. Thank you.


    January 7, 2014

  • Brendan O.

    I just moved to Brooklyn and would like to attend. I would love to buy a ticket if someone isn't able to go.

    January 7, 2014

  • Rachel Marie Brooks A.

    I would like to attend. When will this be held?

    November 23, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      Just sent you a PM...

      January 3, 2014

    • Jeffrey

      Is there any open spot ?

      January 7, 2014

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