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The Houston Lean Startup Circle conducts FREE monthly workshops to help entrepreneurs learn and apply lean startup principles using the Founder’s Journey Framework* by LeanMastery. The Founder’s Journey Framework helps first time and struggling founders avoid mistakes that cost time and money.

Come join us to learn, work, and get help as you strive to make products that customers want.

For new members who are actively working on their own startup or are trying to figure out the best way to get started, we offer FREE ONLINE ACCESS to an overview of the Founder’s Journey Framework. You can learn more about LeanMastery and register for FREE access here (https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_About_LeanMastery).

You can also learn more about the Founder’s Journey Framework, including the Essential Questions, Learning Objectives and Mastery Skills Gained, by clicking here (http://lean.fyi/LMweb_Overview).

This is not a group to promote general entrepreneurship through story telling or get-rich-quick schemes. This group is for people who are pursuing the American Dream of building their own thriving business by introducing new products and services that deliver extraordinary value to their customers.

Check out Lean Houston's Startup Resources at leanhouston.org (https://houtx.co/LeanHoustonResources).

* Founder’s Journey Framework (TM), developed by Stephen White, and Shafique Pappa on behalf of LeanMastery, is based on the works by Eric Ries (https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_EricRies), Steve Blank (https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_SteveBlank), and Bill Aulet (https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_BillAulet) as well as Stephen and Shafique’s collective experience starting multiple successful businesses and having coached hundreds of founders on their startups.

The Lean Startup is a trademark and service mark owned by Eric Ries.

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Market Validation Defined: How do founders test their idea for market viability?

If you’ve spent more than 6 months building your startup, this workshop will teach you how to use a proven process that helps you achieve market validation in as little as 6-12 weeks for your startup idea. By following a proven process to validate your startup idea’s market viability, you’ll be able to stay focused on addressing the greatest risks in building your business while operating efficiently like an experienced entrepreneur. During this hand’s-on FREE workshop, we’ll understand the 5 key deliverables necessary to achieve market validation, explore the activities that help you build the 5 key deliverables, discover 3 essential building blocks for your startup, identify the data you need to collect as you verify each startup assumption, and compare the 2 most commons methods used to prove market viability. TOPIC: Market Validation Defined ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do experienced entrepreneurs efficiently test their startup idea for market viability? WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE: Discover the process to methodically achieve market validation and learn how to collect the data necessary to corroborate your startup hypothesis. AUDIENCE: early stage startup team members (pre-funding through seed stage), inexperienced entrepreneurs, curious enterprise executives and employees, university students interested in learning lean methods. FOOD and DRINKS will be provided! SCHEDULE: 6:30-7:00PM: Networking & Food 7:00-8:00PM: Workshop 8:00-8:30PM: More Networking LOGISTICS: Meetup date/time: Thursday, July 25th at 6:30PM Location: Houston Technology Center, 410 Pierce, Houston, Texas 77002 Directions and Parking: FREE street parking after 6:00PM (see map) For new members who are actively working on their own startup or are trying to figure out the best way to get started, we offer FREE ONLINE ACCESS on LeanMastery to an overview of the Founder’s Journey Framework, which helps first time and struggling founders avoid mistakes that cost time and money. If you’re interested, you can learn more about LeanMastery and register for FREE access here: https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_FreeOnlineAccess

Market Validation Achieved: How do founders discover and overcome fatal flaws?

If you’ve struggled to determine how your startup will achieve customer traction for more than 3 months, this workshop will show you the steps to overcome fatal flaws in your business assumptions, demonstrate the workflow to make incremental progress based on customer feedback, and guidance to take corrective action when appropriate. By applying a framework approach to quickly identify fatal flaws with your startup, you’ll overcome obstacles to build a thriving startup or avoid wasting time and money by confidently pivoting from a flawed idea. During this hand’s-on FREE workshop, we’ll understand the approach to analyze the results from each of the 5 assumption validation activities, explore the process to discover which fatal flaws apply to your startup idea - if any, examine the methodology to develop workarounds to overcome one-or-more fatal flaws, identify the techniques to implement corrective actions to your business assumptions, and discuss the monitoring tools used to determine whether your fixes are working. TOPIC: Market Validation Achieved ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do experienced entrepreneurs discover and overcome fatal flaws based on customer feedback? WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE: Explore the techniques used to identify fatal flaws with your startup idea, learn how to develop workarounds that overcome fatal flaws, and determine the best approach to apply fixes that make your idea market viable. AUDIENCE: early stage startup team members (pre-funding through seed stage), inexperienced entrepreneurs, curious enterprise executives and employees, university students interested in learning lean methods. FOOD and DRINKS will be provided! SCHEDULE: 6:30-7:00PM: Networking & Food 7:00-8:00PM: Workshop 8:00-8:30PM: More Networking LOGISTICS: Meetup date/time: Thursday, September 5th at 6:30PM Location: Houston Technology Center, 410 Pierce, Houston, Texas 77002 Directions and Parking: FREE street parking after 6:00PM (see map) For new members who are actively working on their own startup or are trying to figure out the best way to get started, we offer FREE ONLINE ACCESS on LeanMastery to an overview of the Founder’s Journey Framework, which helps first time and struggling founders avoid mistakes that cost time and money. If you’re interested, you can learn more about LeanMastery and register for FREE access here: https://houtx.co/LeanStartupHOU_FreeOnlineAccess

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