• Pitch Practice SF (June 2019)

    San Francisco

    ** We're cross promoting this event for the San Francisco Startup Events - https://www.meetup.com/sf-startup-events/ ** Are you gearing up to raise money or maybe you’re actively raising money and you just want more practice and feedback with your pitch? Perhaps you want to know how to explain your business to investors more clearly. Or maybe you want to participate in a pitch competition but you aren’t confident about your pitch. San Francisco Startups is hosting a monthly Pitch Practice event where founders can practice their pitch in front of angel investors and entrepreneurs. ** Important: You must register for this event here: http://bit.ly/2Vkzc3d ** How does it work? 1) When you walk in, you’ll register to pitch. There will be a maximum of 10 slots, which will be first come first serve at check in. 2) You will get 3 minutes to pitch your idea or startup. You can have a slide deck for your presentation. 3) Our panel of startup founders and/or investors will provide you with 3-5 minutes of feedback and tips to improve your pitch. ** Rules: • No promotional pitches. We will immediately stop you and ask you to step off stage if it turns promotional. This is for feedback from peers, not to sell to people. • The timer will be a strict cutoff, so make sure you practice and that your pitch fits in to 3 minutes before you arrive • If you’re on the panel, be nice, but honest. All pitch feedback should be constructive, but not hurtful. • If you’re a founder, don’t be sensitive. All pitch feedback is meant to help you improve, but sometimes honest feedback is not exactly what you expected or wanted to hear. ** Who should join us: • Founders who want to improve their pitch • Founders who want to observe and learn from the process • Investors and founders who want to join our panel and give feedback Join us to pitch, learn, network, and set your entrepreneurial spirit free! Please complete your registration here: http://bit.ly/2Vkzc3d

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  • The Product and Innovation Unconference - May 2019

    The Product and Innovation Unconference brings together product development, technology, and business professionals from many different disciplines to teach and learn from each other in an impromptu conference format. *** Important: *** You must purchase your ticket here (registering on Meetup is not sufficient): http://bit.ly/2U8JvSr *** Who typically attends? *** Attendees include anyone involved in creating new technology products and innovations! Many of our attendees are: • Product Managers / Product Owners • Startup Founders • Designers (UI, UX, Communication) • User Researchers • Marketers (Growth, Product, Brand) • Sales professionals • Customer Success professionals • People involved in innovation projects • Consultants and Coaches • Students *** Details *** Each month members share their knowledge in open spaces. Sessions are proposed by attendees at the start of the event and there are no pre-set topics. The unconference typically has 3 concurrent tracks and there is always something for everyone. The vast majority of the sessions are in "round-table" format, meaning that they are a discussion amongst everybody in the room. But, some people come in with a short presentation or workshop that they offer as a session. Anyone can propose a session to: • Share their knowledge • Ask for help • Discuss a topic NO SOLICITATIONS! *** Example Sessions from Past Events *** • Laura Klein, author of UX for Lean Startups - Q&A • David Bland, Founder at Precoil - What do I do with this customer development data? • Gagan Biyani & Morgan Springer, founders of Sprig - Q&A • Jez Humble, author of Lean Enterprise - Q&A • Alex Cowan, author of Starting a Tech Business - Storyboarding • Mair Dundon, UX Facilitator at QuietAction - Self Persona Workshop • Jacob Esparza, CEO of Making Friends - Lessons Learned from Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad *** Schedule *** • 6:00 pm - Doors open for food, beer & networking • 6:45 pm - Begin the UnConference! • 7:00 pm - UnConference session 1 • 7:40 pm - UnConference session 2 • 8:20 pm - UnConference session 3 *** How much does it cost? *** • $10 if you get an early-bird ticket (ends on 4/29) • $20 if you get a regular ticket (ends on 5/12) • $30 if you get a late-bird ticket *** Is there food? Drinks? Beer? *** Beer (if you're 21 or older) and pizza is included thanks to the price tag. If we get a generous sponsor, we'll upgrade and get some better food! *** Hey! Wasn't this called the Lean Startup Circle Unconference previously? *** Yes! Historically, this event was known as the Lean Startup Circle Unconference. In order to broaden the conversation and diversify the attendee base, we've decided to not merely focus the event on startups or exclusively on the topic of The Lean Startup, a popular business book that spearheaded a large movement in the world of business and product development. *** I can't make this event, how can I get on your mailing list? *** Sign up here: http://bit.ly/tpiu-email *** Tickets *** Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2U8JvSr

  • Pitch Practice SF - May

    Tribe Coliving

    ** We're cross promoting this event for the San Francisco Startup Events - https://www.meetup.com/sf-startup-events/ ** Are you gearing up to raise money or maybe you’re actively raising money and you just want more practice and feedback with your pitch? Perhaps you want to know how to explain your business to investors more clearly. Or maybe you want to participate in a pitch competition but you aren’t confident about your pitch. San Francisco Startups is hosting a monthly Pitch Practice event where founders can practice their pitch in front of angel investors and entrepreneurs. ** Important: You must register for this event here: http://bit.ly/2Iyh6Tv ** How does it work? 1) When you walk in, you’ll register to pitch. There will be a maximum of 10 slots, which will be first come first serve at check in. 2) You will get 3 minutes to pitch your idea or startup. You can have a slide deck for your presentation. 3) Our panel of startup founders and/or investors will provide you with 3-5 minutes of feedback and tips to improve your pitch. ** Rules: • No promotional pitches. We will immediately stop you and ask you to step off stage if it turns promotional. This is for feedback from peers, not to sell to people. • The timer will be a strict cutoff, so make sure you practice and that your pitch fits in to 3 minutes before you arrive • If you’re on the panel, be nice, but honest. All pitch feedback should be constructive, but not hurtful. • If you’re a founder, don’t be sensitive. All pitch feedback is meant to help you improve, but sometimes honest feedback is not exactly what you expected or wanted to hear. ** Who should join us: • Founders who want to improve their pitch • Founders who want to observe and learn from the process • Investors and founders who want to join our panel and give feedback Join us to pitch, learn, network, and set your entrepreneurial spirit free! Please complete your registration here: http://bit.ly/2Iyh6Tv

  • Paypal Sr. mobile PM talks about learning from user feedback at scale

    ** We're cross promoting this event for The Product Management Speaker Series - https://www.meetup.com/SF-Product-Management-Speaker-Series/ ** This month, The Product Management Speaker Series features two talks: 1) PayPal Sr. Product Manager on "Decoding User Feedback: Data vs. Insights" 2) LaunchDarkly VP of Product on "Progressive Delivery - Not everything is an experiment" ** Important: You must register for this event here: http://bit.ly/2K4SILH Details: Saurabh Pareek - PayPal Sr. Product Manager Topic: Decoding User Feedback: Data vs. Insights "We’ve all heard of the phrase, “Customer is King” - But how do we derive insights from their needs that help us innovate? A successful Product Manager or Innovator is always listening to their customers, keeping an eye on discovering their pain points and what they really want. In this talk, Saurabh discusses the dilemma of a PM to build products at scale, looking at data (internal/external/cultural/historical/political/regulatory...) and how to translate it into actionable insights while continuing to learn by iterative testing." Bio: Saurabh is a young professional with extensive experience in product management, business strategy and growth. He’s been part of start-ups, multinational corporations, as well as the not-for-profit sector in domains including payments, e-commerce, ed-tech, media and content space where he worked & led teams to build products of great impact. Currently, he leads the Consumer Mobile Platform/App & Web Platform to deliver user delight for 260M+ customers across 200+ markets at global payments leader, PayPal. In past, was part of the initial Product team at one of India’s most known startup, Paytm during early & growth year journey of 10M to 200M+ customers. He also led product & business at Careers360 (India’s well known Ed-Tech media startup) and had his start-up stints at Technox & N3uron amongst others. -- Adam Zimman - LaunchDarkly VP of Product Topic: Progressive Delivery - Not everything is an experiment "Models for software development lifecycles (SDLC) evolve with the changing needs of developers. From waterfall, to Agile and Scrum, to continuous delivery, the goal is increasing release velocity. But, adoption of new models is always balances speed with risk. Adam Zimman discusses the history of this evolution, and the next model: progressive delivery. Exploring the differences and benefits of progressive delivery. He will focus on 'why' developers should care about this evolution. Discussing the new tools required. And connecting 'how' this model can benefit developers, operators, and business owners alike." Bio: Adam has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles from software engineering through to technical sales. He has worked in both enterprise and consumer companies such as VMware, EMC, and GitHub. Adam is driven by a passion for inclusive leadership and solving problems with technology. One additional objective is to be a part of a diverse and equitable company. Not simply an organization that accepts diversity, but one that actively pursues a more diverse and inclusive team as a imperative for building better products and services. Adam is also an Advisor for a number of startups and nonprofits. His perspective on life has been shaped by a background in Physics and Visual Art, an ongoing adventure as a husband and father, and a childhood career as a fire juggler. ** About the series ** The Product Management Speaker Series brings together product managers, designers, marketers and leaders to share their experience and knowledge around planning, forecasting, production, and marketing of products at all stages of the product lifecycle. ** Mailing list ** If you can't make this event but want to be notified about future events, please join our mailing list: http://bit.ly/skipcard-email-signup Please complete your registration here: http://bit.ly/2K4SILH

  • The Product and Innovation Unconference - April 2019

    The Product and Innovation Unconference brings together product development, technology, and business professionals from many different disciplines to teach and learn from each other in an impromptu conference format. *** Important: *** You must purchase your ticket here (registering on Meetup is not sufficient): http://bit.ly/2TzypKz *** Who typically attends? *** Attendees include anyone involved in creating new technology products and innovations! Many of our attendees are: • Product Managers / Product Owners • Startup Founders • Designers (UI, UX, Communication) • User Researchers • Marketers (Growth, Product, Brand) • Sales professionals • Customer Success professionals • People involved in innovation projects • Consultants and Coaches • Students *** Details *** Each month members share their knowledge in open spaces. Sessions are proposed by attendees at the start of the event and there are no pre-set topics. The unconference typically has 3 concurrent tracks and there is always something for everyone. The vast majority of the sessions are in "round-table" format, meaning that they are a discussion amongst everybody in the room. But, some people come in with a short presentation or workshop that they offer as a session. Anyone can propose a session to: • Share their knowledge • Ask for help • Discuss a topic NO SOLICITATIONS! *** Example Sessions from Past Events *** • Laura Klein, author of UX for Lean Startups - Q&A • David Bland, Founder at Precoil - What do I do with this customer development data? • Gagan Biyani & Morgan Springer, founders of Sprig - Q&A • Jez Humble, author of Lean Enterprise - Q&A • Alex Cowan, author of Starting a Tech Business - Storyboarding • Mair Dundon, UX Facilitator at QuietAction - Self Persona Workshop • Jacob Esparza, CEO of Making Friends - Lessons Learned from Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad *** Schedule *** • 6:00 pm - Doors open for food, beer & networking • 6:45 pm - Begin the UnConference! • 7:00 pm - UnConference session 1 • 7:40 pm - UnConference session 2 • 8:20 pm - UnConference session 3 *** How much does it cost? *** • $10 if you get an early-bird ticket (ends on 4/01) • $20 if you get a regular ticket (ends on 4/15) • $30 if you get a late-bird ticket *** Is there food? Drinks? Beer? *** Beer (if you're 21 or older) and pizza is included thanks to the price tag. If we get a generous sponsor, we'll upgrade and get some better food! *** Hey! Wasn't this called the Lean Startup Circle Unconference previously? *** Yes! Historically, this event was known as the Lean Startup Circle Unconference. In order to broaden the conversation and diversify the attendee base, we've decided to not merely focus the event on startups or exclusively on the topic of The Lean Startup, a popular business book that spearheaded a large movement in the world of business and product development. *** I can't make this event, how can I get on your mailing list? *** Sign up here: http://bit.ly/tpiu-email *** Tickets *** Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2TzypKz

  • The Product and Innovation Unconference - March 2019

    The Product and Innovation Unconference brings together product development, technology, and business professionals from many different disciplines to teach and learn from each other in an impromptu conference format. *** Important: *** You must purchase your ticket here (registering on Meetup is not sufficient): http://bit.ly/2Ne4265 *** Who typically attends? *** Attendees include anyone involved in creating new technology products and innovations! Many of our attendees are: • Product Managers / Product Owners • Startup Founders • Designers (UI, UX, Communication) • User Researchers • Marketers (Growth, Product, Brand) • Sales professionals • Customer Success professionals • People involved in innovation projects • Consultants and Coaches • Students *** Details *** Each month members share their knowledge in open spaces. Sessions are proposed by attendees at the start of the event and there are no pre-set topics. The unconference typically has 3 concurrent tracks and there is always something for everyone. The vast majority of the sessions are in "round-table" format, meaning that they are a discussion amongst everybody in the room. But, some people come in with a short presentation or workshop that they offer as a session. Anyone can propose a session to: • Share their knowledge • Ask for help • Discuss a topic NO SOLICITATIONS! *** Example Sessions from Past Events *** • Laura Klein, author of UX for Lean Startups - Q&A • David Bland, Founder at Precoil - What do I do with this customer development data? • Gagan Biyani & Morgan Springer, founders of Sprig - Q&A • Jez Humble, author of Lean Enterprise - Q&A • Alex Cowan, author of Starting a Tech Business - Storyboarding • Mair Dundon, UX Facilitator at QuietAction - Self Persona Workshop • Jacob Esparza, CEO of Making Friends - Lessons Learned from Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad *** Schedule *** • 6:00 pm - Doors open for food, beer & networking • 6:45 pm - Begin the UnConference! • 7:00 pm - UnConference session 1 • 7:40 pm - UnConference session 2 • 8:20 pm - UnConference session 3 *** How much does it cost? *** • $10 if you get an early-bird ticket (ends on 3/04) • $20 if you get a regular ticket (ends on 3/18) • $30 if you get a late-bird ticket *** Is there food? Drinks? Beer? *** Beer (if you're 21 or older) and pizza is included thanks to the price tag. If we get a generous sponsor, we'll upgrade and get some better food! *** Hey! Wasn't this called the Lean Startup Circle Unconference previously? *** Yes! Historically, this event was known as the Lean Startup Circle Unconference. In order to broaden the conversation and diversify the attendee base, we've decided to not merely focus the event on startups or exclusively on the topic of The Lean Startup, a popular business book that spearheaded a large movement in the world of business and product development. *** I can't make this event, how can I get on your mailing list? *** Sign up here: http://bit.ly/tpiu-email *** Tickets *** Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2Ne4265

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  • Driving business value through experimentation and metrics

    Shopify San Francisco

    Note: We're cross promoting this event for the Product Management Speaker Series Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Product-Management-Speaker-Series The Product Management Speaker Series brings together product managers, designers, marketers and leaders to share their experience and knowledge around planning, forecasting, production, and marketing of products at all stages of the product lifecycle. ** Important ** Purchase your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2tjQtJi ** This month's speakers are: ** Govind Wakhlu - Director of Product at Turo ** Topic: "The role of experimentation, creativity & judgement in generating business value" In this talk, Govind will discuss: - Taking ownership of challenging metrics - Structuring product teams around metrics to deliver on business goals - As an individual PM, identifying the levers to have the highest impact - Methods of generating the idea set to drive impact - Setting up a testing framework to test rapidly - What to do when a test works really well - What to do when a test works really poorly Bio: Govind has 10+ years of experience in Product leadership. He has worked at several companies across the USA and Asia. Previous to Turo he was a Senior Produt Manager at Blue Shield of California, and prior to that led product and co-founded a funded startup. ** Anjali Vaidya - Senior Director of Product at AdRoll ** Bio: Anjali is a product and business executive with experience growing businesses from $0 to $100M (Google Mobile Ads), $100M to $1B (Yahoo Gemini), and $1B to $XB (Yahoo Gemini). She is an award-winning team leader and semi-regular public speaker on product management and product culture. Food: Pizza and drinks will be provided at this event Purchase your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2tjQtJi Note: We're cross promoting this event for the Product Management Speaker Series Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Product-Management-Speaker-Series

  • The Product and Innovation Unconference - February 2019

    The Product and Innovation Unconference brings together product development, technology, and business professionals from many different disciplines to teach and learn from each other in an impromptu conference format. *** Important: *** You must purchase your ticket here (registering on Meetup is not sufficient): http://bit.ly/2MmqglO *** Who typically attends? *** Attendees include anyone involved in creating new technology products and innovations! Many of our attendees are: • Product Managers / Product Owners • Startup Founders • Designers (UI, UX, Communication) • User Researchers • Marketers (Growth, Product, Brand) • Sales professionals • Customer Success professionals • People involved in innovation projects • Consultants and Coaches • Students *** Details *** Each month members share their knowledge in open spaces. Sessions are proposed by attendees at the start of the event and there are no pre-set topics. The unconference typically has 3 concurrent tracks and there is always something for everyone. The vast majority of the sessions are in "round-table" format, meaning that they are a discussion amongst everybody in the room. But, some people come in with a short presentation or workshop that they offer as a session. Anyone can propose a session to: • Share their knowledge • Ask for help • Discuss a topic NO SOLICITATIONS! *** Example Sessions from Past Events *** • Laura Klein, author of UX for Lean Startups - Q&A • David Bland, Founder at Precoil - What do I do with this customer development data? • Gagan Biyani & Morgan Springer, founders of Sprig - Q&A • Jez Humble, author of Lean Enterprise - Q&A • Alex Cowan, author of Starting a Tech Business - Storyboarding • Mair Dundon, UX Facilitator at QuietAction - Self Persona Workshop • Jacob Esparza, CEO of Making Friends - Lessons Learned from Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad *** Schedule *** • 6:00 pm - Doors open for food, beer & networking • 6:45 pm - Begin the UnConference! • 7:00 pm - UnConference session 1 • 7:40 pm - UnConference session 2 • 8:20 pm - UnConference session 3 *** How much does it cost? *** • $10 if you get an early bird ticket • $20 if you get a regular ticket *** Is there food? Drinks? Beer? *** Beer (if you're 21 or older) and pizza is included thanks to the price tag. If we get a generous sponsor, we'll upgrade and get some better food! *** Hey! Wasn't this called the Lean Startup Circle Unconference previously? *** Yes! Historically, this event was known as the Lean Startup Circle Unconference. In order to broaden the conversation and diversify the attendee base, we've decided to not merely focus the event on startups or exclusively on the topic of The Lean Startup, a popular business book that spearheaded a large movement in the world of business and product development. *** I can't make this event, how can I get on your mailing list? *** Sign up here: http://bit.ly/tpiu-email *** Tickets *** Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2MmqglO

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  • Lean Startup Circle Unconference - January 2019

    ** Important: You must purchase your ticket here (registering on Meetup is not sufficient): http://bit.ly/2SZISdJ ** ** About the UnConference ** The Lean Startup Circle is a monthly event that hosts speakers and/or an unconference to discuss topics related to startup movement popularized by the book The Lean Startup. Each month members share their knowledge in open spaces. Sessions are presented by members of the community and there are no pre-set topics. The topics and facilitators are determined at the event by the attendees. The unconference typically has 3 concurrent tracks. Members facilitate sessions or present and attendees attend sessions they are interested in. The vast majority of the sessions are in "round-table" format, meaning that they are a discussion amongst everybody in the room. ** Who typically goes to these events? ** This isn't an event just for startup people! There are a large variety of people who typically attend: • Product Managers and Product Management leaders • Engineers • Designers • User Researchers - • Founders - • Growth Marketers - • Corporate Innovation folks • Consultant / coaches ** Schedule ** • 6:00 pm - Doors open for food, beer & networking • 6:45 pm - Begin the UnConference! • 7:00 pm - UnConference session 1 • 7:40 pm - UnConference session 2 • 8:20 pm - UnConference session 3 Example Sessions from Past Events: • Laura Klein, author of UX for Lean Startups - Q&A • David Bland, Principle Advisor at Neo - What do I do with this custdev data? • Gagan Biyani & Morgan Springer, founders of Sprig - Q&A • Jez Humble, author of Lean Enterprise - Q&A • Alex Cowan, author of Starting a Tech Business - Storyboarding • Mair Dundon, UX Facilitator at QuietAction - Self Persona Workshop • Jacob Esparza, CEO of Making Friends - Lessons Learned from Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad Anyone can propose a session to: • Share their knowledge • Ask for help • Discuss a topic • NO PITCHES OR SOLICITATIONS! Beer, pizza (or perhaps something better if we get a generous sponsor), and a good hang with great people is included thanks to the price tag. *** Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2SZISdJ ***

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  • Corporate Innovation Speaker Series - January 2019

    Yelp Corporate Headquarters

    ** IMPORTANT ** You must purchase a ticket for this event here: http://bit.ly/2SB86z3 ** We're cross promoting this event for the Lean Startup Circle: Corporate Innovation Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/Lean-Startup-Corporate-Intrapreneurship The Corporate Innovation Speaker Series brings together executives from the Valley’s largest corporations, professors from the world’s top universities, venture capitalists, and disruptive startup founders. These events bring you engaging content focused on corporate innovation and technology growth opportunities. This month's presenters are: - Barry O'Reilly - Author of Unlearn, Founder of ExecCamp - Kai Haley - UX Designer at Google - Sabrina Braham - Executive Coach at Braham & Associates Barry O’Reilly works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek not to fear the future but invent it. He has been an entrepreneur, employee, and consultant. After several startups, his focus shifted towards the enterprise, where he has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation. Barry is the author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and co-author of the international bestseller Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Kai Haley is a UX designer leading the Design Relations team at Google. She is one of the lead trainers for Sprint Master Academy and has spent the last 2 years training over 200 Sprint Masters across Google’s diverse product areas. She is passionate about design thinking and inspiring the UX community to effectively utilize Design Sprints for speed and innovation. Her UX expertise has been centered on creating monetization opportunities, most recently on the Search Ads Team, and prior to Google, on the Yahoo! Front Page. She earned a Masters Degree in Design from CCA, where she focused on sustainable design. Sabrina is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, Certified Mentor Coach and the founder of Braham & Associates headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sabrina specializes in consulting, executive coaching, Women’s Leadership Initiatives, assessments and trainings for executive & leadership development, team building, change management, performance improvement, and conflict resolution in teams or between employees by increasing emotional intelligence to help clients dissolve blocks to higher profits and productivity since 1978. Purchase a ticket for this event here: http://bit.ly/2SB86z3

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