February 20, 2012
I heard about the "lean startup movement" from Mixergy, and found DCLSC through Meetup.
Learning from- I have a lot to learn about business in general, whether from a 20-year old or a 60-year old. Give to- I'm a hardcore technologist (Ph.D. in EE) and inventor (7 patents, many more pending), and according to some an innovator (MIT TR-100 recipient in 2003). I'm also experienced in doing R&D work for the Government. Why I'm joining- Fear of complacency: I'd like to shake things up a bit and perhaps get a swift kick in the pants...
I know how to create a new technology from scratch. Experience in minimalist hardware design, semiconductors, robotics, and "drones". Government and defense contracting. Involved in the open source hardware movement.
I am the founder of Centeye, Inc., a fabless semiconductor / robotics firm in DC that has been in business since 2000. I also organized the DC Hardware Startup meetup.
I just attended my first meetup with this Lean Startup Circle and it was excellent. I only learned about the "Lean Startup" methodology a few weeks ago, and have already dove into some of the seminal books. The one meeting I attended went a long way towards enrichening my understanding of this methodology, both by the three talks themselves and by the many discussions with other entrepreneurs during and afterwards at a nearby bar. Highly recommended. I wish I had known about this sooner.