Learning the Lean Startup Science

What can be more efficient than getting out of the building and talking to your customers?

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  1. Building a startup is not only an art, but a science. NYU entrepreneurs had a head start at a weekend workshop with the Lean Startup Machine.

  2. About 50 contestants attended the intense three-day workshop, which lasted from 6 p.m. on Friday  to 8 p.m. on Sunday. (And yes, it was the weekend of NYU fall break.) Similar to the Boot Camp by Bob Dorf three weeks ago, the Lean Startup Machine workshop aimed at helping contestants to validate their ideas through hands-on learning.

  3. Here are the highlights of the workshop on Twittersphere:
  4. The workshop featured leading figures in the New York startup scenes, such as Trevor Owens from the Lean Startup Machine, Giff Constable from Proof, William Evans and Simon Marcus from TLCLabs. Their talks covered a wide array of topics, from product development to pitching minimum viable products.

  5. But the workshop was more than sitting in chairs and listening to speakers.  Participants were actually required to get out of the building to talk to customers.

  6. After two days of intense learning, the harvesting moment came on Sunday. Participants had to present what they learned – from assumption to conclusion – to a group of experienced judges. The weekend was long and exhausting, but all the hard work paid off, participants said.

  7. Anders Merlin contributed to the story.

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