Past Meetup

Back to Basics: Getting Started with Lean Startup

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Price: $20.00 /per person
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This is the first of a series of joint events with Design Thinking DC ( Welcome to our DT:DC friends!

It's back-to-basics night at Lean Startup Circle. This is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to get started with Lean, but doesn't know where to begin. If you already know what you're doing, come to reexamine your assumptions, refresh your perspective, and hear stories from entrepreneurs who are putting Lean into practice.

We'll start with a quick overview of customer development interviews, product pitches, and the concierge method, and then dive into some personal examples with our awesome speakers.

RSVPs are open!

Free pizza and beer will be provided by Capital One Labs at this event.



6:30 pm

Arrive to meet awesome peeps, and grab a beer and a bite to eat.

7:00 pm - Teague Hopkins, Founder, THG will offer:

• a brief overview (or refresher) of Lean Startup theory and process

• problem exploration interviews, product pitches, and the concierge method

• common myths about lean startup and why you shouldn’t fall for them

Teague is the founder of THG, and has taught lean startup for organizations including Lean Startup Machine, TechStars, and The White House. He has guest lectured or keynoted at George Washington, Georgetown, George Mason, and Wesleyan Universities. He developed games and curriculum materials to teach entrepreneurship for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program as a Fischer Fellow with Babson's Serious Games Initiative. Teague holds an MBA, cum laude, from Babson with double concentrations in entrepreneurship and technology management and a BA in Computer Science from Wesleyan University with a focus in digital media and human-computer interaction.

Hear personal experiences from an amazing group of founders, starting with...

7:20 pm - Stephen Steinberg, Founder, Raw Athletics

Stephen will talk first-hand experiences on the benefits of starting out small and scaling up efficiently, including--

• Why making your first products by hand gives you the best chance of creating a market viable product

• When the right time to scale-up and outsource your manufacturing is, and how to do it the right way

• The right and wrong things to focus on in the beginning stages of a start-up, and how to manage your limited time and resources effectively

Stephen is the Founder of Raw Athletics (, a local DC company dedicated to helping athletes lead healthier lifestyles by developing natural products for athletes. Stephen developed Raw Athletics' first product, Vapor Fresh Sports Cleaning Spray, in his dorm room at the University of Maryland, and grew it into a best-seller on Amazon and used by professional equipment managers nationwide. You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @SL_Steinberg (, or through his blog (

7:40pm - Seda Atam, Founder, Lighthouse Global Business

Seda will tell you why INVALID is not a bad word.

• Learning from Invalid

• Building Ecosystems & ID'ing Risks

• Prioritizing: Laying the Chicken

• Hypothesis Testing Time

• VALID:What Worked, INVALID:What Didn't

Builder, leader, and Customer Development guru. Created business and products that have revolutionized customer interaction. Former Washington Redskins alum...and no, not an offensive lineman or cheerleader.

The stories continue with:

8:00pm - Anton Gelman, Founder,

Anton is the founder of, a real-time marketplace for photo and video journalism, and a hacker and media guy. The e-commerce platform enables a reporter in Libya, Syria, or Occupy Wall Street to sell their breaking news footage to the BBC or their local paper and have it published in a half-hour. Anton is obsessed with the future of media and freedom of the press. He specializes in using cutting edge web technologies and social-media strategies to bring products and campaigns from concept to market.

Anton likes to conduct deep-dives to elicit user requirements, rapidly conceive usability driven products, and apply the latest in social media and lean-development methodologies to bring the results to life. With 12 years of web experience and hundreds of campaigns behind his belt, his passion is to solve user problems with a “wow”. Anton is the DC organizer of AngelHack, a graduate of the Founder Institute, and holds a computer science degree from GWU.

8:30pm - We will head to Circa at Clarendon, next door, for drinks and discussion.