July is Lean Canvas planning month. As a short exercise at the breakfast, entrepreneurs will review their lean canvas with the group. We will share how to fill it out and take advantage of it. It's not a requirement that you fill out the complete canvas--in fact if it's your first time it's recommended that you just focus on Customer, Problem, and Existing Alternatives. Attendees have to chance to compare notes on their plan and get feedback.
Here are three ways you can fill out a Lean Canvas
- Free App: Use the free version of Leanstack available at https://leanstack.com/welcome
- Google Doc: Make a copy of https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OrM6LluI938MwED1aoLYnpbHTuGbhQeNI8bJ7WoCjkQ/edit (under File menu "Make a Copy") This can also be saved as a Word File.
- PDF: https://icteuu.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/lean-canvas-poster.pdf
For some background on the Lean Canvas see Ash Maurya's "Why the Lean Canvas vs. Business Model Canvas" https://blog.leanstack.com/why-lean-canvas-vs-business-model-canvas-af62c0f250f0
Like any complex project launching a successful business is a number of decisions, experiments, mistakes (hopefully affordable losses if you are managing the risks correctly), and small wins that accumulate and compound. The goal for this exercise is to allow you to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, and then make a few small adjustments and perhaps plan an experiment or two as a result.
The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Now in our 13th year in Silicon Valley.
Space is limited — Please RSVP.
For more information about the group visit bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/)
Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own coffee;