Inside the Lean Founders Studio: Brett Martin and his investor Daniel Klaus

  • May 21, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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We're really excited to have a Brett Martin, the CEO and Founder of Sonar and Daniel Klaus, the CEO and Founder of K2 Labs, as guests for our May meetup. This is the first time that we'll have a founder with his investor and both are well versed in Lean Startup best practices so this should make for some very interesting discussion.

Speaker Bios

Brett Martin is co-founder and CEO of Sonar, a location-based mobile application that leverages social network data to reveal hidden connections and interests you share with the people nearby. Prior to Sonar, Brett helped found AppFund, a seed stage mobile incubator from K2 Media Labs.  Before K2, he studied early stage startups as a Fulbright Scholar in Milan, helped launch Vice Magazine's, and worked on Wall Street as an equity research associate. Brett attended Dartmouth College and grew up in Ocean City, MD.

David Klaus is an entrepreneur and investor in new media and technology companies. From April 2006 to the December 2009, Mr. Klaus has served as Chief Executive Officer of the online media company Music Nation, Inc. and Original Signal Recordings, a company he co-founded and led through three rounds of equity and institutional debt financings including Greylock Partners, Point Judith Capital, and LightHouse Capital Partners. Music Nation and Original Signal have become one of the leading independent music companies in the US with artists such as Ingrid Michelson, Butch Walker, The Bronx, Longwave and numerous others. In 2009 the company formed a venture with Universal Music Group to distribute and market its recorded music product.

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  • Amit S.

    It was a very interesting take on the limitations of the Lean Startup Approach on a Mobile Platform. I would like to see more discussion at the next meetup on evolving the Lean Startup Approach to fit mobile, and where software requirements come into play. I understand the requirements are built into the code and functions, however, after 50,000 lines - a lay person might just want to review a few pieces of paper and pictures to understand the functional requirements. Finally, a discussion on revenues and cost in regards to the Lean Startup would be great. Do "A-Players" want to play in the sandbox with other "A-Players"?

    June 4, 2012

  • Neil Anthony R.

    the sharing of ideas was good and its always a welcome to make this often with new or basic discussions on the next one. until the next meetups. Keep it up.

    May 22, 2012

  • Prashant

    Just Great!! Brett and Daniel provided great insights on What is important and what is not. Thanks.

    May 22, 2012

  • Anders H.

    My first Meetup! It was a great group with enough focus and diversity. The format of the panel was casual and allowed the panelists to express what they thought was most important. People asked good relevant questions.

    May 22, 2012

  • Michael G.

    Great panel. Thanks for organizing this.

    May 22, 2012

  • Anthony V.

    Interesting to hear how Brett networked and all the work that goes into a startup. Would have liked to hear more about the actual experiments they ran.

    May 22, 2012

  • Alan M.

    Great meet up as usual

    May 22, 2012

  • AndresG

    Logistical note: The front lobby is under construction. So enter through 166 Crosby St. See you in a few!

    May 21, 2012

  • jeanne p.

    and i had to back out too, and changed RSVP ... sadly. see you next time!

    May 21, 2012

  • Ilya

    Unfortunately, I am double-booked and can't make it tonight. Just changed my RSVP to 'No', so someone can grab it. Be sure to enjoy my pizza. :)

    May 21, 2012

  • Jordan E.

    I just changed my RSVP to 'No' to free up room for anyone who is waiting.

    May 21, 2012

  • Ben W.

    Is there a waiting list?

    May 21, 2012

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