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"Startup Secrets: Turning Products into Companies" - presented by Michael Skok

Hi everyone, 

Our second Meetup this month is a super interesting and relevant presentation by Michael Skok on how to turn your product into a company!

This presentation offers a framework designed to help founders and entrepreneurs bridge the product-company gap. It is filled with lean principles and will show how to validate ideas, design a product to go-to-market and create a successful business model. Michael Skok is an engaging speaker and the presentation will be filled with highly relevant and useful information. We can't recommend signing up for this presentation enough!

Michael Skok is a serial entrepreneur of more than two decades turned investor for more than a decade and now he is also mentoring, continuously learning, and teaching entrepreneurship. He is one of the founding partners of Underscore.VC Prior to that he was a GP at North Bridge Venture Partners. He has created ventures with founders, and invested in many great entrepreneurs who went on to build billions of dollars of value focusing on large market opportunities such as eCommerce and Big Data. Prior to becoming an investor, Michael was an entrepreneur and CEO in the software business for 21 years. Michael founded and recruited teams that attracted over $100m in private equity for investments in multiple software companies ranging from Enterprise Big Data & Analytics (AlphaBlox - acq by IBM) to Security & Consumer products (Symantec UK - NASDAQ:SYMC) while spanning the Workstation, PC, Client Server & Internet eras.

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  • Annie S.

    I have a company and we are going to organise a unique event in September. But we need the help of specialists Could you please suggest me anybody?

    September 6

  • Richard B.

    Thanks for setting the Meetup with Michael. Michael gave great insight and fostered good conversations.

    August 31

  • Tom D.

    Great presentation Michael. I found that your insights could easily apply beyond the software business model.
    By the way, I noticed your extensive use of the term 'early adopter.' Never let your customer know that you are calling them early adopters. I learned this the hard way.

    August 31

  • Josafat M.

    Great talk, one of the best

    August 31

  • Bob F.

    Great insight

    August 30

  • Jerrold M. S.

    A really great talk with many insights for software companies. Unfortunately it seems that the fundamental rapid iteration principle of Lean Startups does not apply to products that can kill people if misdesigned, such as medical devices, particularly those that are implanted in the body. FDA regulations require a thorough review of each change in the product before it is tested in people. While many medical devices can be tested first in animals, our revolutionary cure for a major women's disease can not as there is no animal whose urethra is the same size, and empties the same way, as a woman's.

    1 · August 30

  • Shane C.

    This was definitely my favorite one so far...Keep up the great work!

    1 · August 30

  • Aaron Olusola B.


    August 30

  • Basel F.

    Hey everyone,

    There was an error on my part. The email said 7pm but it is actually going to take place at 5pm. Sorry!

    1 · August 23

    • Serena

      Are there any food provided? Just want to make sure that I am prepared with not an empty stomach till 8pm

      August 29

    • Kiran B.

      5 is a bit early. Will likely be a bit late getting there

      August 30

  • Jerrold M. S.

    Does anyone use the lean startup model for a medical device hardware company? If so, how do you rapidly iterate the MVP while staying legally compliant with FDA regulations? Eric Ries did this for the housing of a CT machine at a medical trade show, but I don't know if you can do this for an implanted device, where such iterations may kill the patient.

    August 23

  • Richard S.

    Seems to be an much needed group.

    August 23

  • Joe B.

    The web page says 5pm but the email said 7pm....

    August 23

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