10 Big Thinkers You’ll Learn From This Fall

In the 48 hours before early bird prices for Lean Startup Week increase, we’re highlighting 10 speakers who’ll be at our big conference in San Francisco Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Of course, these awesome folks are just the tip of the iceberg. We’re adding new names and areas of expertise to the roster every week. For the full list of who’s currently confirmed so far, check out our speakers list.


Ret. Gen. Stanley McChrystal

The retired four-star general and best-selling author leads an organization dedicated to turning his experience modernizing the military into useful strategies for the boardroom.



Jake Knapp (Design Partner, Google Ventures)

Jake masterminded Google’s Sprint process, which involves rapidly testing new ideas in five-day cycles.



Christina Stembel (Founder, Farmgirl Flowers)

Christina is disrupting the $30 billion flower industry with a startup focused on delivering low-waste bouquets from American farmers.



Matt Brimer (Co-founder, General Assembly, Daybreaker)

Matt will share the secrets to building strong brand ambassadors, the key to growth for both General Assembly and his global morning dance party movement Daybreaker.



Wendy Gonzalez (SVP & Managing Director, Samasource)

Modern non-profits can be self-funded — Wendy is here to show us how.




Jason Fried (Co-Founder & CEO, Basecamp)

Jason believes project management tools like Basecamp are changing the future of the workplace for the better.



Sam Parr (Founder, Hustle Con Media)

How do you scale a content startup? We’ll be sure to ask Sam, whose newsletter & website for the young tech set has quickly become a must-read for “badass entrepreneurs.”



Tatyana Mamut (Head of Design & UX, Salesforce IoT Cloud)

Tatyana will lead a panel discussion with her team from Salesforce on building a culture of innovation that scales.



Viv Goldstein (Global Director, Innovation Acceleration, GE)

GE’s FastWorks program provides a ton of inspiration for our enterprise community, so this year we’re bringing in Viv Goldstein, co-founder of GE’s successful innovation accelerator.



Karl Munthe-Kaas (Co-founder & CEO, Kolonial.no)

As part of our Startup Series, Karl will focus on scale — specifically how this online grocer became the largest of its kind in Norway.



And, of course, our own Eric Ries will be hosting the main conference. Keep up on all our speaker updates on our website.

Like what you’re seeing here? Register before March 31 and get in on the early bird discount of 45% off the ticket price.

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