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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.

Upcoming events (4)

Market Validation, Part 1: How do founders test their idea for market viability?

If you’ve spent more than 6 months working on your startup without acquiring paying customers, 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., 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/LeanMastery_Free_MarketValidation

Market Validation, Part 2: How do founders discover and overcome fatal flaws?

As a founder either starting out with your idea or grinding away for months, if you’re unsure whether your startup idea suffers from a fatal flaw, 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/LeanMastery_Free_MarketAchieved

Repeat Sales/Delivery, Part 1: How do founders systemize sales & value delivery?

If you’ve spent the past year being unable to repeatably sell your product or reduce customer churn, this workshop will teach you how to use a proven process that helps you achieve repeatable sales and delivery in as little as 6 months for your startup. By repeatably generating sales and delivering value, you’ll be able to rapidly improve your product through direct customer feedback as well as work out all of the production and delivery issues in preparation for scale. During this hand’s-on FREE workshop, we’ll understand the 4 primary deliverables necessary to achieve repeatable sales and delivery, explore the activities that help you build the 4 primary deliverables, learn the process to build 3 fundamental activities to generate revenues and satisfy your customers, discover how to analyze the data from the 3 base activities to achieve profitability, and discuss how successfully generating repeatable sales and delivering value prepares your startup for scale. TOPIC: Repeatable Sales & Delivery Defined ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do experienced entrepreneurs repeatably generate sales and deliver value? WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE: Discover the process by which you can systematically sell your product or service to your target customer and explore how to reach high product adoption rates while avoiding customer churn. 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, October 3rd 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/LeanMastery_Free_RepeatableSalesDelivery

Repeat Sales/Delivery, Part 2: How do founders overcome flaws when systemizing?

If your revenue per lead is too low or your product abandon rates are too high, this workshop will teach you how to overcome the challenges associated with repeatably selling and delivering your product to create a sustainable business. By overcoming hurdles associated with systemizing your lead, sales and value delivery engines, you’ll be able to determine the capital required to achieve profitability, begin scaling your business, and raise venture capital. During this hand’s-on FREE workshop, we’ll understand the process to validate whether your leads are qualified or unqualified, explore the methodology to determine whether customer expectations match your product or service capabilities, discuss how to overcome challenges related to your cost of sales exceeding the defined range for your product or service, identify the techniques used to monitor whether product adoption is occurring and NPS is sufficiently high to support organic growth, and examine the tools and services that automate the selling, production and delivery of your product. TOPIC: Repeatable Sales & Delivery Achieved ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do experienced entrepreneurs overcome hurdles when systemizing their lead, sales, and value delivery engines? WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE: Explore the techniques used to identify challenges preventing you from converting manual business processes to automated ones and learn how to apply workarounds that overcome hurdles necessary to achieve repeatable sales and product adoption. 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, November 7th 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/LeanMastery_Free_RepeatableAchieved

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