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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

Rachel Sklar
“The most diverse and gender-balanced workshop I’ve been to.“
Lane Halley
UX Consultant, Lane Halley Consulting
“Unlike hackathons, winners at Lean Startup Machine are judged solely on the amount of validation achieved.“
Chip Vara
Professor, University of Florida
“[This workshop] should be a critical part of any college entrepreneurial education program.“
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.“
Eric Ries
Author, The Lean Startup
“The leading edge of the startup movement.“
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.“
Jennifer Du
CEO, Before Drink
“It gave me the knowledge, power, and belief that I can do something great“
Diana Kander
Author, All in Startup
“I learn something new every time. It will develop your Lean muscles and keep them in shape.“

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