June Roundup: Eric’s Shaking Up That Boring Old Stock Exchange

Either our monthly Lean Startup Night concept is a hit, or you really love free beer, pizza, and tickets to things. Our first meetup, happening this Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m., immediately sold out. So we’ve added a handful of extra tickets. If you’re into socializing with like-minded entrepreneurs while digging into MVPs with an expert from our training team, get on this one quickly (but please, only RSVP if you’re sure you can make it).

If you can’t join this particular networking party, don’t sweat it. We’ll have one Lean Startup Night meetup in San Francisco every month from now through Lean Startup Week, with a special New York edition in September.

The eBook We’re Reading

We have lots of news about Eric Ries’ projects this month. The biggie here — his new book, The Leader’s Guide, went out to all his Kickstarter backers this week. The book is only available to those who supported the crowdfunding campaign, so if you missed out, this might be a good time to make friends with one of the 10,000 backers to see if they’ll let you borrow their copy.

The New Stock Exchange People Are Talking About

Eric also announced this month that the Long-Term Stock Exchange he wrote about in The Lean Startup is a real company now, and he’s the CEO. What is the LTSE? Eric writes that he wants to modernize the venue that great public companies list with, creating “one that uses its regulatory power to incentivize long-term thinking on the part of both managers and investors.” We’re in.

Related: Bloomberg’s story on the team Eric assembled and next steps for LTSE;Business Insider’s take on the concept, and Quartz’s thoughts on the company.


3 Other Great Reads We’ve Bookmarked For You in June

“How Basecamp defined a moment — and stayed at the top” — PCMag

“Why Companies Fail & How to Prevent It” — Alexander Osterwalder, Strategyzer

“Fast, iterative ‘virtual research centers’ are edging out traditional approaches to R&D” — MIT Sloan Management Review


What We’re Listening To

Former General Magic executive Joanna Hoffman, former Aereo CEO Chet Kanji, and Y Combinator partner Dalton Caldwell discuss past entrepreneurial efforts that failed — Recode (podcast/video)


If You Only Have 5 Minutes

Check out “The 3 Things That Keep Companies Growing”Harvard Business Review


Where We’ll Be in July

StartupFest! Our friends in Montreal are producing a global gathering for “entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors” July 13-16 and they promise a “heavy dose of irreverence” along with those all important how-to sessions and keynotes by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Recode’s Kara Swisher, and 500 Startups Founder Dave McClure, among other notable folks. Register here.


Also — We’re Hiring!

Wanna come work for us? Better act fast. The Lean Startup Company is hiring a part-time Digital Marketing Coordinator. We’re accepting applications through Sunday, June 26.


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