April Roundup: The Future of Entrepreneurship

Photo by The Lean Startup Conference/Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin

It’s a busy spring here at Lean Startup HQ, what with our free webcast this Thursday, April 21, on “Leveraging Tech to Improve Customer Communication” with Lean UX’s Jeff Gothelf and Lean Startup faculty member Aubrey Smith (11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, and you can register here).

And then next month, our team is traveling to a bustling international tech hub to impart valuable insights and connect with our European community during the Lean Startup Summit London May 16-18. Eric Ries will give a digital keynote, and you can join us too! Discounted Early Bird tickets are available through April 30.

Speaking of conferences, if you’re itching to share something you’ve learned from Lean Startup, you should apply to speak at this fall’s Lean Startup Week in San Francisco.Read all about the details here.

As if that isn’t enough stimulation for ya, here are our picks for this month’s compelling reads, podcasts, and events from the world at large.

What We’re Reading

“3 Missteps to Avoid at All Costs When Building a Minimum Viable Product”  — The Next Web

“From Magic Shows to KIND Bars” (KIND founder & CEO Daniel Lubetzky’s path to entrepreneurship) — Global Enterprise Summit; the 2016 event will be hosted at Stanford this year.

What We’re Listening To

Warby Parker co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal explain how they disrupted the eyewear industry — Re/Code

Where We’ll Be In The Next Few Weeks

Steve Case with Eric Ries: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future: April 27 in Santa Clara, CA

Eric rarely has time to speak at public events outside Lean Startup conferences, so be sure to catch him when he interviews AOL co-founder Steve Case, who is promoting a new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future, at theCommonwealth Club in Santa Clara on Wed., April 27. For a little preview you can read the Q&A with Steve that Eric recently published on Medium.

Hustle Con: May 13 in Oakland, CA

Our team is excited to check out Hustle Con, a one-day conference where all-star(tup) founders share the specific tactics they used to launch and grow their companies. Speakers include the founders of OkCupid, GoodReads, Headspace, Casper, and more. Click here for tickets, and save 20% with the promo code “leanstartupco”.

If you only have five minutes, read this:

“7 Leadership Lessons From the Coach Who Mentored Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos” (RIP Bill Campbell) — Inc.

And When You’re Done With This Email…

Build on the ideas we send you this and every month by attending our Lean Startup Week in San Francisco Oct. 31 – Nov. 6. We’ve expanded our flagship event to include more speakers and workshops as well as partner activities and bootcamps. Plus you can discuss everything you’re learning, or the problems you’re trying to solve for, with the larger Lean Startup community! Click here for details and to register for Lean Startup Week now.