San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Learn #leanstartup by designing and running experiments. LeanStartup is a trademark owned by Eric Ries.
BEST PITCH GETS $1,000 TO RUN AN EXPERIMENT ON THEIR STARTUP.
SHE IS USING THE $1,000 TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF DIVERSITY IN IT HIRING.
Large discount below thanks to @KnightFDN
- 6:00-6:30 - Doors Open, Meet at least one new person and learn something interesting.
- 6:30-8:00 - Teams have 30 seconds to pitch to tell the audience and judges who their customer is and what problem they are solving for that customer. #leanstartup feedback and advice for the team and the audience will be incorporated into each pitch.
- 8:00-8:30 - OUTRODUCTION and #LEANSTARTUP Recap + Q & A with Adam Berk on "Entreprenurial Science" best practices.
- 8:30-9:00 - Networking made easy by Prosimity (Doors close at The LAB @9 - Some folks will continue @Montys in the Grove)
- 8:30 LEAN STARTUPS AND FATTY STONE CRABS AT MONTY's (separate ticket required)
This event is for early stage founders who want to embrace the notion of hypothesis driven start-ups (Lean). If you want to learn the importance of solving a problem for a customer and understanding how to run experiments to avoid building a product with no demand, please join us. Likewise, if you believe that "build it and they will come" is a flawed method of value creation and experimentation, and that accelerating customer understanding and need is more important than accelerating your pitch ability, we are in "intentional community creation mode". Join us as well to help entrepreneurs in South Florida focus on solving problems, running experiments and ultimately being more successful and innovating faster.
Join Adam Berk for a highly interactive pitch night, with a twist! Instead of pitching your idea or solution, you’ll pitch the problem you’re solving and the customer / beneficiary you’re solving it for. That’s right, NO SOLUTIONS. Taking a cue from the Socratic Method, this all-engaging, progressive learning process will rile you up while making you think about your idea in a different way. The participants are the audience, the pitchers are the participants, and the audience is the judge. Feedback from the Peanut Gallery, please!
As dreamers, change makers and entrepreneurs, it is easy to get inspired by the next big idea and to want to jump right into building it. All too often, we’re driven by our idea for a solution and don’t take pause to do due diligence and really understand the problem we’re solving, and for whom. Does your solution address a real problem experienced by real people? Our People Problem Pitch event will guide you through the process of distilling your pitch to the essentials-- problem and customer. This process is informed by Lean Startup methodologies, but will be far from dogmatic and far from traditional. Learning as we go, the the audience/participants will be taking over as the coaches- taking the words from our Lean Guru Adam’s mouth and shouting out feedback that moves the presenter closer to the problem at hand.
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A lean entrepreneur and lean teacher, Adam Berk (@adamberk) travels the world mentoring, teaching, consulting and coaching teams and individuals at places like KauffmanLabs, TechPeaks, Bizdom, TurkishWIN, FastForward Ramallah, AOL, ESPN, NEWSCORP, AMEX. He teaches start-up entrepreneurs and enterprise innovators how to apply Lean Startup methodologies in order to minimize waste, reduce risk, and ultimately succeed more quickly. In so doing, he helps people design and test strategies for customer development by challenging them to think of the problem first and the solution second.
Adam had built his first start-up backwards and used the methods he has been teaching to build his second start-up forwards. Whereas, he had minimal revenue from neighborrow for the first 5 years, he had revenue from photogether on day one. Not the first day he launched, the first day he started working on it. (Guess which one was lean)
Adam's recent speaking and teaching events:
Stl, USA June 14
Trento, Italy May 14
Miami, September 14
NUMA Paris, September 14
Bergen Norway - November 14 (GEW)
KauffmanLabs, Kansas City - November 2014 (GEW)
Special thanks to the Knight Foundation. Tickets above are 90% off with their sponsorship code. Get it here
Additional thanks to
On site Facilitator: Adam Berk
Adam built his first start-up backwards and used the methods he has been teaching to build his second start-up forwards. He had minimal revenue from neighborrow in 5 years and revenue from photogether the first day. Not the first day it launched, the first day he started working on it. Guess which one was lean.
Adam travels the world mentoring, teaching, consulting and coaching teams and individuals. He has been to nearly 100 countries and has worked with entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Paris, Belgrade, Kansas City, Tel Aviv, Trento, Johannusberg, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Detroit, Montreal and more working with KauffmanLabs, TechPeaks, Bizdom, TurkishWIN, FastForward Ramallah, AOL, ESPN, NEWSCORP, AMEX and others who don't want their competition to know just how valuable it can be to run the types of experiments he teaches.
What other people had to say about Adam and his workshops:
"I've both mentored and been mentored many times, but Adam is the best mentor I've ever seen. I witnessed this over a number of days at TechPeaks where Adam helped early stage teams and individuals test their ideas. More than a lean evangelist - he doesn't just preach the book - but is practical in its application. No-nonsense, but genuinely helpful, he is the perfect mentor for early stage companies."
-- James Roy Poulter, Founder Pronto
Expert, High Integrity, Creative
- Philippe Boulanger CTO Neopost
"Adam truly understands the nature of customer development and has been incredibly helpful to us during our customer discovery process. He has provided valuable insight, actionable steps and best of all, he's truly dedicated to his craft. Any startup would be lucky to work with him."
- Juan Maldonado, Founder Regalii
"I had the chance to be coached by Adam in Summer 2012 in a lean startup machine event. These three days changed the way I look at product."
- Haseeb Awan, Co-founder BitAccess Inc.
"Adam is not for the faint of heart, he will test your courage and challenge you to do things that you are not naturally comfortable with, blowing away most misconceptions about what is important and what is just waste. If you read a lot of lean startup books but are finding it hard to put it to practice his workshop is the one you need."
-Fiodor Tonti, UX designer @ NUMA - Le Camping
With additional support designing and running your experiments from... Diana Kander, Melissa Perri, Sam Hysell, Bek Abdullayev and more.
- Diana is a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is also the founder of KR Legal Management, which was acquired in 2013. Diana authored the All In Startup, a business novel that outlines a simple process entrepreneurs and existing companies can use to launch new initiatives. She has a passion for teaching customer development techniques to entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the Knight Foundation, free mentoring on your idea 1x per week from the time you buy a ticket until the event in September. You must be willing to do 10 customer interviews. The first 20 people to do 10 interviews and share the results with the group (via a blog post) will be invited to attend a private one day workshop where we apply (rather than talk about) all of the things we talk about at this event. FULL DAY SEPTEMBER 4th.
If you want to bring a workshop in house or want help designing an experiment to test the market for your idea, let us know and we can create tailor made experiments to prove whether customers will buy your product before you write a line of code.