Ventura NEXT: Startup on a Sustainable Path
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM (PDT)
NEXT is an in-person, action-based five-week program that lets early-stage entrepreneurs apply Steve Blank's Customer Development methodology in a challenging and socially accountable environment in your local community.
Why Should you attend a NEXT: Customer Discovery program?
Listen to what Steve Blank has to say about NEXT
Early stage entrepreneurs often become infatuated with their product -- building something to solve a problem they think (or sometimes hope) people actually have. But the reality is that there is nothing more powerful for an entrepreneur than building a product that solves a real problem for a customer. It's only by structured customer discovery that you'll learn what your customers need to have solved, how to solve it easier, cheaper or faster, and what they will pay to get the job done. It seems so simple, but most entrepreneurs waste lots of time and resources bypassing customer discovery or accomplishing it by trial and error.
With NEXT you'll put down your product and pick up a notebook to start speaking with your potential customers -- actual businesses and users. Expect to interview over 50 prospective customers during NEXT and get extensive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs in your local community. You'll be a part of a cohort of other entrepreneurs as well as mentors and coaches to help you even after the course is complete.
And most importantly, you'll finish NEXT with an answer to the question: "Why Should I Build This Product?" NEXT helps you to break down your assumptions, fail fast and get laser focused on building something your customers will love. Come out more prepared to speak about your company, to deal with feedback and to answer the tough questions from potential employees, partners and investors. All in all, you'll be more prepared to succeed -- and that's what NEXT is about: "Getting you ready for whatever's NEXT."
Is your team up for the challenge?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over a thousand past events in 110+ countries around the world.
The non-profit organization is in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
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