We know you folks in the Lean Startup community are eager to connect and swap ideas with one another as much as you want to learn the nuances of the methodology from our expert network. So we’re combining the two concepts into a monthly meetup series, Lean Startup Night, a networking hub and idea exchange with benefits that go beyond the free beer and pizza (but yeah, there’s free beer and pizza too!). Each month, we’ll feature a different fireside chat or presentation with one of our expert mentors.

 

UPCOMING:

September 2016

When: Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Where: Rise New York, 24 W 24th St. New York, NY 10010

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Lean Startup Night pops up in New York for the month of September, where we’ll host a meetup for our East Coast entrepreneurial community. This is your chance to meet like-minded innovators in your area over beer and pizza while also getting expert product and design tips from GV’s design partner, Daniel Burka. On Friday, Sept. 30 at 5pm ET, we’re featuring a discussion on the intersection of design sprints and Lean Startup, and how this combination of tactics leads to continuous learning. Daniel Burka, design partner at GV, will be interviewed by Carbon Five’s Courtney Hemphill, with time afterward for your questions on the issues that arise from their conversation. Daniel will go over examples of design evolutions based on the build-measure-learn feedback loop, how to avoid perfectionism while still correctly testing the feel of a product, and the usefulness of a well-crafted startup launch.

Daniel Burka is a design partner at GV, Google’s venture capital group. He works with the venture fund’s many portfolio companies to solve their design challenges and build great product teams. Daniel has had a varied career that included co-founding an agency (silverorange), design directing at startups (Digg and TinySpeck), and founding two startups (Pownce and Milk). When Milk was acquired by Google, Daniel ran a mobile-focused design team there before moving to GV where he gets to work on everything from robots to apps to wearable therapeutics.

 

 

 

courtneyCourtney Hemphill is a Partner at Carbon Five, an integrated product design and development firm known for its work with early stage and growth companies such as Echosign, Square, Thumbtack, Groupon, Altschool, StitchFix,  and many others. She has done full stack development for over 10 years for both startup and enterprise companies. Today she works with teams at Carbon Five to do more by building less.

She has presented or mentored at various conferences in the US and abroad; most recently at SXSW V2V, O’Reilly Fluent, GOTO Berlin and QCon NYC. She enjoys running coding workshops, has been a part of the Women Who Code and Railsbridge organizations for decades, and is constantly finding random corners of the world to climb rocks.

 

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PAST EVENTS:

August 2016

When: Thursday, August 25 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center – 505 Howard St., San Francisco, CA

Our Lean Startup Night series continues with a meetup themed around correctly testing those MVPs on the way to product/market fit. We’ll hear from a panel of digital product pros, including Megan Neese (Nissan), Courtney Hemphill (Carbon Five), and Tanya Koshy (Facebook). They’ll share their techniques for (and learnings from) testing those early MVP hypotheses, case studies that’ll be valuable in thinking about both new and mature offerings, with moderator Jennifer Maerz (Lean Startup Co.). Join us for this chance to network with like-minded entrepreneurs, crack the codes around testing MVPs, and snack on some delicious beer and pizza as part of the monthly Lean Startup Night series.

 

meganMegan Neese is a senior manager in Future Lab at Nissan Motor Ltd., a cross-functional team tasked with uncovering new business opportunities for the future of automotive. Prior to this Neese has filled similar roles blending design and business as an associate director at BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a senior design strategist at Samsung Design America and as product planner at Nissan North America. As a consultant Neese has helped build design functions at two start-up firms and has led research and strategy programs for clients such as John Deere, LG Electronics, Navistar and Direct TV. Neese holds a bachelor’s in industrial design and a master’s in product development from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 

courtneyCourtney Hemphill is a Partner at Carbon Five, an integrated product design and development firm known for its work with early stage and growth companies such as Echosign, Square, Thumbtack, Groupon, Altschool, StitchFix,  and many others. She has done full stack development for over 10 years for both startup and enterprise companies. Today she works with teams at Carbon Five to do more by building less.

She has presented or mentored at various conferences in the US and abroad; most recently at SXSW V2V, O’Reilly Fluent, GOTO Berlin and QCon NYC. She enjoys running coding workshops, has been a part of the Women Who Code and Railsbridge organizations for decades, and is constantly finding random corners of the world to climb rocks.

 

Tanya Koshy

Tanya Koshy has significant experience applying her entrepreneurial spirit within large companies. She’s currently a product manager at Facebook. She was previously a PM for Google Express, Head of Growth for Google Helpouts, and PM for Groupon’s merchant team.

In all roles, she’s focused on using Lean Startup principles, user research, and data analysis to drive growth.

She has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Marketing and Management and Organizations. She also graduated from Stanford University, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Computer Science.

 

 

JenniferJennifer Maerz is a contributing editor at Lean Startup Co. She’s a digital media strategy consultant, freelance writer, and former editor-in-chief at The Bold Italic, a product of Gannett’s innovation department. You can find out more about her work at jennifermaerz.org.

 

 

 

 

July 2016

When: Thursday, July 28 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Pivotal Labs – 875 Howard St., San Francisco, CA
Featuring: SC Moatti and Carol Tran

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For this monthly meetup, we’re hosting mobile pioneer SC Moatti and growth marketer Carol Tran. SC, the bestselling author of Mobilized, an Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology, built mobile products for Facebook, Trulia, and Nokia. She’s now the founder of Products That Count and a lecturer on mobile and growth at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Carol is a marketing professional and expert in developing targeted, cost-effective programs that generate profitable revenue growth.

SC and Carol will offer advice on how to serve existing customers while unlocking new sources of growth. They’ll cover the science and art of growth hacking, as well as best practices that can drastically drive conversion.

The cost to guarantee a spot is $5. Please only RSVP if you know you can make it, as space is limited. You can also get free admission by Tweeting about the event here

 

June 2016

When: Friday, June 24th from 6-8pm; Registration and doors open at 6pm
Where: WeWork SOMA – 156 2nd St., San Francisco, CA
Featuring: Hugh Molotsi

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Hugh

For this first round, we’re hosting serial innovator Hugh Molotsi, who worked at Intuit for 22 years (he ran the Intuit Labs Incubator and was an Engineering Fellow and Vice President). Now we’re lucky to have him as a Lean Startup Training Faculty Member, where he specializes in taking companies through the specifics of MVP design by working side-by-side with them as well as coaching cross-functional teams to design and build their first MVPs. At Lean Startup Night, Hugh will explain why designing an effective MVP is critical to building products your customers love, and he’ll offer real world examples as support.  Lean Startup Night is held during President Obama’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford June 22-24 — we’re heeding the summit’s call for entrepreneurs to host events focused on innovation.