Lean Startup Week Survival Guide

We know that navigating the full week can be daunting—so we’re packaging up everything you need to know in this post. We recommend spending 10 minutes reading through this in its entirety, then coming back and reserving your spot for the activities that require an RSVP.

PRO TIP: Add [email protected] to your address book so you don’t miss out on our daily emails during Lean Startup Week. These emails will outline all the big stuff happening that day as well as info about partner events. You can also bookmark this Attendee Survival Guide to Lean Startup Week.

When and where is the conference again?

For Gold Pass holders, Lean Startup Week kicks off with Startup Tours on Monday, Oct. 30th at 10am. We’ll be meeting at Zendesk (1019 Market St.), where you can grab your badge before starting the tours. This year’s destinations include Slack, Zendesk, Pivotal Labs, and thoughtbot.

You can also grab your Gold Pass on Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 1pm at The Village (969 Market St.) before Eric Ries and Marilyn Gorman’s workshop starts at 1:30pm.

For all badgeholders, you can pick up your badge at Ignite Opening Night on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6pm at The Village. The main Lean Startup Week conference starts on Thursday, Nov. 2 at The Village. Breakfast and registration opens at 8am; Opening Remarks are at 9am.

How do I get there?

We know that most of you will be staying at our conference partner hotel: Park Central (50 Third St.). It will be an easy 2.5 blocks or 10 minute stroll on Market St. to our conference venues, The Warfield and The Village. Check out our travel page here for more details.

What’s going to happen each day?

You’re gonna want to arrive well rested. Seriously, look at this full program. From the main conference days of keynotes and breakout sessions, to Startup Tours and interactive workshops, to the Lean Innovation Bootcamp: A Techstars Startup Weekend, we’ll keep you busy.

For the highlights of the sessions we’re offering, read this in-depth program post where we walk you through the details. We don’t want you to miss out on anything we’re offering next week.

Some of our activities require pre-registration

  • On Oct. 30, Startup Tours (Gold Passholders): You are automatically registered to join our Startup Tours. Due to security requirements, your name and email will be shared with the Startup Tour hosts (i.e., Pivotal, Slack, and Thoughtbot). If you do not plan to attend the tours, please opt out here so we can remove your name from their list. Deadline to opt-out: Friday, Oct. 27.
  • On Nov. 2, Speed Mentoring (All Passholders): If you’d like to tap into the amazing expertise of our mentors and get advice for your specific challenges and situation during Speed Mentoring on Thursday, Nov. 2, reserve your spot by using this form as soon as possible. Deadline to register: Friday, Oct. 27. First-come, first-serve. Space is limited!
  • On Nov. 3-5, Lean Innovation Bootcamp – A Techstars Startup Weekend (Gold Passholders only): If you’d like to put all that Lean Startup knowledge into practice at Startup Weekend, please confirm your participation by filling out this form. Deadline to register: Monday, Oct. 30.

Food & Beverage

Monday’s lunch will be held at various Startup Tours, followed by a happy hour at Jillian’s (175 4th St.). On Tuesday, we’ll provide light snacks. Wednesday through Sunday, most breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and beverages will be catered on-site. Avoid the lunch rush by planning your meal time wisely. We’ll have vegetarian options on hand…we’re in San Francisco after all. Each badge comes with one complimentary meal for lunch on Nov. 2 and 3.

Keynotes and Breakout Sessions on Nov. 2 & 3 (Main Conference Days)

Our main conference days on Nov. 2 & 3 will be a mix of keynotes and breakout sessions. For breakout sessions, we’ll have three tracks to choose from: Enterprise, Startup, and Impact. We recommend you mix and match tracks to get the best overall experience and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Special thanks to Bionic for sponsoring our Enterprise track.

Now’s the time to sign up for Networking Dinners on Nov. 2

We know you don’t just go to conferences to hear people speak, you wanna exchange ideas with them, too. We’re blocking off some solid socializing time with the return of our of our Attendee Networking Dinners on Thursday, Nov. 2. Registered attendees can grab a seat at tables full of startup founders, corporate innovators, government and educational intrapreneurs, social good, and international entrepreneurs—we have all sorts of groups you can join, depending on your industry (and the type of cuisine you prefer).

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for a specific dinner now if you want to break bread with other organizational leaders. This deal is available to all badgeholders for only $65 per person. Deadline to register: Monday, Oct. 30.

Start networking with other attendees today

We’re excited to continue our Lean Startup community Slack channel, which connects our alumni and current attendees. You’ll receive an invitation to join in the next 24 hours, but if you don’t, email us at [email protected] and we’ll take care of you.

PRO TIP: Join the Slack conversations now to start networking and make plans to meet up with fellow attendees in SF.

Build your own schedule with the Bizzabo event app

We highly encourage you to download the Bizzabo event app today so you can build your own adventure—errr, schedule —for the conference week. Key features include in-app access to our Twitter stream #leanstartupweek, the registered attendee list, our speaker and mentor list, sponsor highlights, direct messaging capabilities, and more.

Once you’ve downloaded the Bizzabo app, we recommend linking your LinkedIn account. Look for “Lean Startup Week 2017,” and join the community.

Code of Conduct

We take our code of conduct seriously. Please read this before attending. Anyone who violates our code of conduct may be expelled from the conference, without refund, at our discretion. Let’s blow up Twitter with streams of great ideas, not snarky remarks.

Speaking of Twitter…

Follow all the big Lean Startup conversations at @leanstartup, and use #leanstartupweek to join in.

Will there be WiFi?

Yes, of course. WiFi will be provided at The Village. Just be sure to take advantage of all the real life networking opportunities Lean Startup Week provides with the attendees around you too.

Other bonuses: where to eat, drink, go nearby

Take a look at our SF Local Guide for recommendations on activities and restaurants.

PRO TIP: Carry a warm jacket and be prepared for cold evenings, no matter how sunny it is in the morning. Expected weather during the week is highs of 64 degrees F and lows of 48 degrees F.

Bring your co-worker

Friends don’t let friends miss out on Lean Startup Week. You can still bring your favorite co-workers and colleagues to the 2017 conference. Register them here today.

– Eric Ries, Melissa Moore & the entire Lean Startup Co. team