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The Event

Lean Startup Machine (LSM) is a three-day workshop on building a successful business. Most new ventures fail because they build something no one wants. LSM teaches you a process for discovering which products will succeed in the marketplace and which won't. LSM is an immersive, 48-hour educational experience, NOT a conference and NOT a hackathon.


Friday, September 20th, 2013


Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


6:15 PM Doors open: Dinner and Mingle. Sign up to pitch at the sign in desk
7:00 PM Welcome
7:15 PM Workshop I: Introduction to Lean Methodology & Javelin Board Tutorial
7:45 PM Fireside Chat: Joshua Karp - Founder & CEO of Kumbuya
8:15 PM Pitches: 50 seconds each (Please sign up at the sign in desk, limited slots)
9:00 PM Attendees Vote and Teams Solidify
9:15 PM Teams begin working on their ideas using the Javelin Board
11:00 PM Venue Closes

9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Workshop II: Customer Development - Umberto Malesci, CEO at Fluidmesh Networks
10:00 AM Workshop III: MVP Development - Sonal Mane, Startup Technologist at Microsoft
10:30 AM Teams ‘Get Out of the Building’ (Teams should grab their own lunch during customer exploration.)
1:30 PM Workshop III: Pitch MVP (Grace Ng, Co-Founder of Lean Startup Machine)
2:00 PM Workshop IV: Landing Page Design – (Doc Norton, Director of Engineering at Groupon)
2:30 PM Teams ‘Get Out of the Building’
6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Workshop V: Concierge MVP (Rick Desai, Co-Founder of Dashfire & Kelsey Lutz, Venture Partner at Dashfire
7:30 PM ‘Get Out of the Building’
11:00 PM Venue closes

9:00 AM Breakfast
9:20 AM Winning Lean Startup Machine - (Grace Ng, Co-Founder of Lean Startup Machine )
9:40 AM Guest Speaker
10:00 AM ‘Get Out of the Building’
12:00 PM Lunch
3:00 PM Submit final slide deck* (Clean & Pack up your surrounding area)
3:10 PM Judges arrive
3:30 PM Final presentations begin
5:00 PM Closing remarks / winners are announced
5:30 PM Venue closes and LSM moves to Jack’s Tap (901 West Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60607)

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What People Are Saying

Chip Vara
Professor, University of Florida
“[This workshop] should be a critical part of any college entrepreneurial education program.“
Danny Maloney
CEO, Tailwind, ex-AOL
“[The workshop] opened my eyes to many flaws in my current product development process.“
Thomas R. Eisenmann
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“Aspiring entrepreneurs should attend Lean Startup Machine.“
Jennifer Du
CEO, Before Drink
“It gave me the knowledge, power, and belief that I can do something great“
Morgan & Daina Linton
Co-Founders, Fashion Metric
“You will not come out the same person.“
Bob Metcalfe
Co-Inventor of Ethernet, UT Austin
“If I’d had Lean Startup Machine in 1979 at 3COM, I could have skipped 1980-1983.“
Daniel Loreto
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Venrock, ex-Google
“[The workshop] is about getting outside the bubble. Google Wave would have benefited a lot from more user engagement and feedback.“
Eric Ries
Author, The Lean Startup
“The leading edge of the startup movement.“

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