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An Introduction to Lean Impact

Lean Startup Productions

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

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An Introduction to Lean Impact
Featuring: Leanne Pittsford and Sarah Milstein
Who It's For: Non-profit, government and education leaders

We'll look at how mission-driven organizations can apply Lean Startup to more effectively meet their goals. In describing the key ideas, we'll show real-world examples and tackle the tough question of working with funders and other stakeholders when your organization changes the way it measures progress. You'll come away with a sense of why and how to use Lean Startup techniques for social good.


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Leanne Pittsford
Company: Lean Impact & Lesbians Who Tech   Twitter @lepitts

Leanne Pittsford is an entrepreneur, investor, risk taker, world traveler, LGBTQ and Women’s Rights Activist. She’s the CEO and founder of Start Somewhere, which helps social good organizations with their technical and design needs. She’s also the founder of Lean Impact, a community of Social Good Organizations using Lean Startup Principles to increase impact (

Leanne Pittsford is also the founder of Lesbians Who Tech, the community of queer women in and around tech (and the people who love them). She is also the co-creator of the When You Work at a Nonprofit Tumblr Blog.

Previously, Leanne was a senior director at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the U.S, and worked on the No on Prop 8 campaign. She’s also an advisor and investor in two tech startups. You can find Leanne in San Francisco, New York & Berlin (most of the time). You can find her on Twitter at @lepitts.


Sarah Milstein HeadshotSarah Milstein
Company: Lean Startup Productions   Twitter @SarahM

Sarah Milstein is CEO and co-founder, with Eric Ries, of Lean Startup Productions, a media company that teaches people how to build and scale high-growth startups. She is also co-author, with Tim O’Reilly, of The Twitter Book, and she writes regularly about race, gender and merit-based decision making. Her career has spanned the tech and media sectors, including hosting influential conferences like Web 2.0 Expo and Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC). During the first wave of the commercial Internet, she was a regular freelance contributor to The New York Times, among other outlets. Before that, she founded Just Food’s CSA in NYC program and helped children’s musician Laurie Berkner launch her record label. She blogs at, contributes to other sites, and splits her time between New York and San Francisco. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA from Rutgers University. Bonus fact: She was the 21st user of Twitter.

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