Lean in Practice: Matt Smith from Shutterstock and Peter Bell of Skinnio

We're jazzed to hear from Matthew Smith, the Director of New Products at Shutterstock, and Peter Bell, most recently CTO of Skinnio.

We'll try to start things promptly at 7pm.

First up, we'll hear from Matt. For those of you who have been interested in hearing how a larger company is putting lean concepts into practice, you will really enjoy hearing Matt share their practices and lessons. We got to hear him speak at the recent NYC LeanCamp and immediately pinned him down to share his story with this group!

 

Next we're going to focus on Peter's lessons learned from his recent startup and talk about the dangers of "vanity learning", pivoting gone ADD, finding a balance between code testing and speed of learning, and other great topics. 

 

Speaker Bios

Matt is currently the Director of New Products at Shutterstock, where he leads the company's video, mobile, and new product strategy. Previously he was a Senior Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world’s leading expert network, where he built and ran the company's survey business. He is a business and strategy expert with a focus on product management, with over ten years of experience building media and technology companies. He approaches all challenges from the same angle: understand the long-term strategy, understand the value, and break things down to simple ideas.

 

Peter Bell is an experienced startup technologist. He was the CTO of Skinnio (a seed-funded startup based out of Dogpatch Labs), co-organizes New York's CTO School, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences on topics such as agile/lean software craftsmanship, ruby, nodejs, NoSQL, etc. He is also currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson. 

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  • Joaquin V. Roca

    Everyone was very friendly and the content was interesting and relevant.

    April 21, 2012

  • Jack Alvo

    Enjoyed it very much. Good networking opportunity. Matt was interesting, Peter was too technical.

    April 18, 2012

  • Maria Moratis

    it'd be great if there were any material to take away, although not a very 'lean' thought...

    April 18, 2012

  • Han Gu

    very useful, atmosphere was great. It was a bit stuffy, and hot in the room, and sometimes difficult to hear the speaker or people's question.

    April 17, 2012

  • Don'Angelo Bivens

    Great speaker w/ practical insights.

    April 17, 2012

  • Maria Campbell

    I showed up at the location and saw that the lobby was closed off. I looked around the corner to see if there was any other entrance, and nothing leaped at me. I subsequently walked home, and only received a checkin notification on my meetup app after I had already returned. That's when I noticed the comment on the meetup board about the change in entrance location to the building. I never had been notified via email about it, so I didn't know to check. FYI. I'm sorry I missed the meetup, because I had been looking forward to it for a while.

    April 17, 2012

  • Roy Paar

    tons of great info on lean startups and common practices in action

    April 17, 2012

  • Jean Barmash

    Both speakers had great things to share.

    April 16, 2012

  • Omar Isaac

    Hey guys, We're collabrative group of entrepenures; launching many projects, looking for partners, cofounders etc. join us: CapitalOfCreativity.com, see u there;-)

    April 16, 2012

  • AndresG

    Hi all,

    Logistical note: The front lobby is under construction. So use the entrence on Crosby Street. We will be on the 9th floor. Look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

    April 16, 2012

  • Peter Bell

    Update, I'm now Senior VP of Engineering at General Assembly, so looking forward to bringing LS lessons into the Eng team @GA as well as continuing to teach classes there.

    April 16, 2012

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