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Occurred Oct 22: Eric Ries: Lean Startup for Growing Companies

--->NOTE: The date is incorrect - this occurred on October 22. 


Speakers: Eric RiesAri GesherWyatt Jenkins

Lean Startup methods are obviously applicable among young companies and teams that are looking to reduce uncertainty for new products. Once you've hit product-market fit, though, it's tempting to shift out of the learning mode and focus fully on execution. But that invites a boom-and-bust cycle and prevents maturing organizations from finding steady sources of growth. 

Eric Ries will talk with two Lean Startup Conference speakers about the challenges of scaling a learning organization: Wyatt Jenkins, VP of Product at Shutterstock, a stock photo site that has become one of the world’s largest two-sided marketplaces, and has expanded since its founding in 2003 from a single development team to 12 cross-functional teams spanning all phases of product development; and Ari Gesher, a senior engineer at Palantir Technologies, which specializes in data-mining software for government and financial clients, and has grown since its founding in 2004 to 1,000 employees and an estimated $1B in contracts today. The webcast is free with registration and will include a live Q&A with attendees.

This webcast is produced by The Lean Startup Conference, December 9 - 11 in San Francisco. Visit for more information.

About Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He graduated in 2001 from Yale University with a B.S. in Computer Science. While an undergraduate, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. He later co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before moving on to advise startups independently. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America and on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2009, Ries was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Tara.

About Ari Gesher

Ari Gesher is a senior engineer and Engineering Ambassador at Palantir Technologies. An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the open source software archive. At Palantir Technologies since the early days, Ari has split his time between working as a backend engineer on Palantir’s analysis platform, thinking and writing about Palantir’s vision for human-driven information data systems, and moonlighting on Palantir’s Philanthropic engineering team. WEBSITE TWITTER@alephbass

About Wyatt Jenkins

Wyatt is currently VP of Product at Shutterstock where he joined in 2009. He’s grown the product organization from a single development team to currently 12 cross functional teams spanning product development from Search algorithms to A/B testing, customer experience, Video, Mobile and a few new business lines. Shutterstock is a technology organization. It’s also one of the world’s largest two-sided marketplaces with a mission to connect creative professionals with the best photos, vectors, illustrations and video from thousands of contributors around the globe. Shutterstock has recently added new products to including a premium image site Offset, sister company Bigstock, an online learning business Skillfeed and our innovation platform Shutterstock Labs. Prior to Shutterstock Wyatt was an early partner in Beatport from 2003 - 2009. He served on the board until it recently sold in early 2013. wyatt’s blog WEBSITE TWITTER @wyatt_earp_

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