- Free Online Webinar: Microsoft's David Mendlen on Digital Transformation
Tomorrow, Tuesday January 24th at 14:00 ET Join Microsoft GM Dave Mendlen’s Webinar on Digital Transformation. David is also the Executive Producer of the DECODED Show and was earlier the speechwriter for Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer. During his 25-year career, David built and managed billion-dollar software businesses, nurtured software development providers, and driven significant growth. Webinar discussion will include: What we need to do to be disrupters Digital transformations occurring in the media How human language is the new UI Why intelligence will be infused in all interactions How bots are the new apps Sign up for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/webinar-on-digital http://sociable.co/web/microsoft-webinar-digital-transformation/
- "Fundraising Insights Straight from the Trenches" by Tony Aguilar
Successful fundraising is hard. Every entrepreneur believes their idea deserves funding yet the process often feels like a big catch-22... no investor wants to jump in unless others have already given funds or the numbers are a no-brainer. Investors don't give out money easily so what does it take? Join us for an interactive Q&A with Tony Aguilar (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyaguilarjr), Founder and CEO of Student Loan Genius (http://studentloangenius.com/), on his recent experience getting 3 million in seed funding. • Building a compelling pitch and the path to honing it • Getting investors to help you, even if you get a "no" • Framing talks with angel investors versus institutional VCs • Generating investor momentum to close your round This is going to be less presentation and more of an honest talk so come on out with you questions! ~~ Emiliano Villarreal Tony Aguilar (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyaguilarjr) is a former professional poker player turned CEO of Austin-based Student Loan Genius (http://studentloangenius.com/) - the 401k for student loans. Investors in SLG include Gibraltar Ventures (an affiliate of Prudential), John Hancock/Manulife, Kapor Capital, Socratic Ventures, Capital Factory, and Village Capital. --- Space provided by Capital Factory. Light drinks & snacks provided. Agenda: ===== 6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing 6:45-7:00pm Announcements, General discussion 7:00-8:00pm "Fundraising Insights Straight from the Trenches " by Tony Aguilar of Student Loan Genius 8:00- ?pm Buffalo Billiards (Brazos and 6th).
- Insight to Modern Cloud-Native Development
Agenda: 5:30 - Doors open. Networking. Beer & Pizza 6:00 - Talk #1. OpenWhisk on Bluemix by Juan Pablo Genovese @Altoros 6:45 - Q&A break. 7:00 - Talk #2. Domain-Driven Design by Sergey Matyukevich @Altoros 7:45 - Q&A break & wrap-up. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Cloud-Foundry-Austin/events/230289362/
- Feb: Getting Unstuck - Solving Pressing Problems & Moving Your Venture Forward
You’re in a conflict with your teammates. User growth has stalled out. You can’t get an investor to commit. It doesn’t matter how amazing your team is, how many resources you have, or how well you understand your customers: eventually, every venture gets stuck. The question is, what do you do to get unstuck? In this interactive workshop, you will: - Share the challenges you’re facing and identify your biggest bottleneck. - Learn how to build an army of people who want to help you. - Make it easy for others (customers, partners, advisors) to help solve your biggest challenges. Trevor Boehm (https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorboehm) is a Venture Fellow at UnLtd USA (http://www.unltdusa.org/), which invests and supports entrepreneurs who are tackling our most pressing problems. He coaches teams on early-stage growth, business modeling, and user experience design. Trevor led the launch of Get Backed, a bestselling book on startup fundraising, has designed programs at the Acton School of Business, and was the founder of the e-commerce startup Penny. ** This is a different format than the regular monthly meetup so space will be limited to 60 people. It will have many group exercises & run two hours ** Space provided by Capital Factory. Light drinks & snacks provided. Agenda: ===== 6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing 6:45-7:00pm Announcements, General discussion 7:00-9:00pm "Getting Unstuck" by Trevor Boehm 9:00- ?pm Buffalo Billiards (Brazos and 6th).
- 2-Day Running Lean to Scaling Lean Workshop
Learn How to Define, Measure, and Achieve What Everyone Wants - AKA Traction (and get a copy of my next book: Scaling Lean) With my next book safely in the hands of my publisher, I'm happy to announce the first official Running to Scaling Lean workshop in Austin where I'll be sharing all new content from the book. In this 2-day workshop, you’ll learn how to focus on a single metric that all stakeholders want - aka TRACTION. Further, you’ll learn how to use this metric to build a traction model, and identify the bottlenecks or constraints holding you back. • You'll learn how to run lean. • You'll participate in interactive sessions. • And you'll apply all this to your own product. This is a PAID workshop. CLICK HERE for the full workshop agenda and registration (https://www.picatic.com/run-lean-atx) Spots are limited and there are 3 super early bird tickets. Register today (https://www.picatic.com/run-lean-atx). Can't attend in person, check out the remote livestream option.
- Lean Open Office Hours w/Travis McCutcheon, Brendan Moore & Emiliano Villarreal
Do you have customer development questions? Wondering how to test demand without having a finished product? Need advice on your business model? Want to increase sign-ups with A/B testing but not sure how to get started? This month we'll do things a bit different & hold open office hours. Bring your challenges & we'll spend time talking & getting advice from the group on how to solve them via lean startup tactics. The agenda will be loose, but the purpose will be clear -- increasing your odds of success. ~~Emiliano Travis McCutcheon (https://twitter.com/webmusicguy) helps people & companies take ideas to market. He is the Principal at Leap for Mankind a product management consultancy helping companies innovate & startups succeed by putting people & experiences first. Brendan Moore (https://twitter.com/webmusicguy) is a lover of analytics, lean design, & customer development. He is the Optimization Director at Clearhead (http://clearhead.me/): The Validation and Optimization Agency where he helps innovative companies employ a/b testing, personalization & analytics in pursuit of continuous, data-driven improvement. Emiliano Villarreal (https://twitter.com/tipthefuture) is a creative scientist & co-organizer of this meetup group. He is Co-founder & Chuck Norris of Product at Student Loan Genius (http://studentloangenius.com/) - the 401k for student loans. Conference room provided by Capital Factory. Light snacks & refreshments will be provided to enjoy. Agenda: ===== 6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing 6:45-8:00pm Open Office Hours with Travis McCutcheon, Brendan Moore & Emiliano Villarreal 8:00-8:15pm Wrap-up Please RSVP as space is limited!
- Oct Meetup: Novelty - Your Innovation Rocket Fuel by Valbrains
Want to take your ideas from zero to Mars landing? Bring some novelty into the mix. Novelty is essential to innovation. New ideas jump out, new opportunities reveal themselves and you iterate more quickly and creatively, whether it’s overall strategy, validation, product features, hiring and firing or a marketing campaign. Yet, many of us give little thought to cultivating novelty in our lives. We’re too busy being stuck in monotonous adult routines or approaching challenges in the same old ways without pausing to let new inspiration in. Here’s the paradox: As an innovator, it’s your job to constantly let new thoughts and influences in. As an adult, much of your life runs on repetition and routine, both common innovation killers. How to strike a balance and reap the rewards of a novelty-rich life? Join @valbrains (https://twitter.com/valbrains) and find out. Here’s what you’ll learn: - The neurological and creativity-boosting benefits of novelty - How to recognize common roadblocks to experiencing novelty - Simple actionable steps to bust through these roadblocks and invite new ideas into your life and projects - And of course… a few more dumb jokes Val is an illustrator, entrepreneur, advisor and aggregator. She believes in efficiency, play and the power of small adjustments to make meaningful change. More at valbrains.com (http://valbrains.com/). Space provided by Capital Factory. Agenda: ===== 6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing 6:45-7:00pm Announcements, General discussion 7:00-8:00pm "Novelty - Your Innovation Rocket Fuel" by Valbrains 8:00-8:30pm Q&A / Wrap-up 8:30 - ?pm Buffalo Billiards (Brazos and 6th). Please RSVP as space is limited!
- From Running Lean to Scaling Lean Talk by Ash Maurya
Learn How to Define, Measure, and Achieve What Everyone Wants - AKA Traction (and get a copy of my next book: Scaling Lean) Cost: $25 REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.picatic.com/scaling-lean-atx Description: Whether it's getting the green light on a new venture, or securing an additional round of funding, entrepreneurs are constantly faced with the challenge of demonstrating progress to their stakeholders. The term stakeholder is loosely defined here to include anyone with a vested interest in your business idea. This could be an investor, corporate sponsor, spouse - even yourself. Remember that while ideas are cheap, acting on them can consume years of your life. Up until now, we have typically relied on two measures of progress: how much stuff we're building and how much money we are making. Both of these are unreliable proxies of progress that can lead us down the wrong path of building something nobody wants. In this talk, you’ll learn how to focus on a single metric that all stakeholders want - aka TRACTION. Further, you’ll learn how to use this metric to build a traction model, and identify the bottlenecks or constraints holding you back. For those already familiar with Running Lean (not a prerequisite to attend): The big epiphany in Running Lean was viewing your business model (not your solution) as the product. This talk will focus on how you measure the output of a working business model through additional thinking processes like the Theory of Constraints, Jobs-to-be-done, and Systems thinking. This talk previews content from my upcoming next book: Scaling Lean. You’ll receive a hardcopy of the book delivered to you when it comes out early next year. REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.picatic.com/scaling-lean-atx -- Ash Maurya Author of Running Lean and Creator of Lean Canvas
- Lean Applied: Product Portfolio Kanban by William Baxter:
How do lean principles and practices apply at the multi-product portfolio level? Successful agile & lean adoption at a large company requires more than just rolling out good practices for teams… projects span multiple teams, resources are allocated globally across competing initiatives, team innovation in UX and technical architecture have global implications, and teams need support beyond a command-and-control approach. In this interactive workshop you will learn & implement simple portfolio kanban to better coordinate a product portfolio. The focus is on techniques and principles you can adopt immediately in your own workplace, even if you're not quite a large company yet. This workshop is geared for people who work in a setting with multiple products or product lines, with more than one implementation team. William Baxter (https://www.linkedin.com/in/wbaxter) is a recent NY transplant who helps client companies build high-performance product cultures. He coaches teams and management in agile & lean practices to foster strong customer focus and continuous learning. ** This is a different format than the regular monthly meetup so space will be limited to 35 people. It will have many group exercises & run two hours ** Space provided by Capital Factory. Agenda: ===== 6:30-6:45pm Sign-in and socializing 6:45-7:00pm Announcements, General discussion 7:00-9:00pm "Product Portfolio Kanban" by William Baxter 9:00- ?pm Buffalo Billiards (Brazos and 6th).