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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


6:00 PM Doors open: Dinner and Mingle, (Sign up to pitch)
6:45 PM Welcome: How to use the Javelin Board, Lean Startup 101
7:30 PM Fireside Chat: Aneesh Chopra, Former CTO of the White House
8:00 PM Case Presentation: DJ Saul, CMO of IStrategyLabs
8:30 PM Pitches: 50 seconds each, Attendees vote on best pitches
9:30 PM Teams solidify
9:45 PM Teams begin working
12:00 PM Venue closes

9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Customer Development Presentation: Laura Kennedy, Senior Director at Living Social
10:00 AM Teams ‘Get Out of the Building’ (Please grab lunch outside)
1:30 PM Pitch Presentation: Ben William, CTO at Client Hat
2:00 PM Landing Page Presentation: Teague Hopkins, Founder of Teague Hopkins Group
2:30 PM Teams ‘Get Out of the Building’
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Sponsor Presentation: Libby Tucker, NYC Evangelist at Elance
6:45 PM Sponsor Presentation: Sanjiv Augustine, President at Lithespeed
7:00 PM Concierge Presentation: Shardul Mehta, Senior Director at Diamond Mind
7:15 PM Teams ‘Get Out of the Building’
9:30 PM Something fun!
12:00 PM Venue closes


9:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Case study Presentation: Hooman Radfar, CEO of AddThis
10:30 AM Winning LSM Presentation: Trevor Owens, Founder of Lean Startup Machine
11:00 AM Get Out of the Building
1:00 PM Lunch
3:30 PM Submit final slide deck*
3:45 PM Judges arrive
4:00 PM Final presentations begin
6:00 PM Closing remarks and winners are announced
6:30 PM Head to local bar for drinks

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What People Are Saying

Rachel Sklar
“The most diverse and gender-balanced workshop I’ve been to.“
Jennifer Du
CEO, Before Drink
“It gave me the knowledge, power, and belief that I can do something great“
Thomas R. Eisenmann
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“Aspiring entrepreneurs should attend Lean Startup Machine.“
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.“
Hiten Shah
Co-Founder, Kissmetrics
“This is not a hackathon. The education you get at Lean Startup Machine helps you actually stop wasting everyone’s time. This is the future of creating business.“
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.“
Danny Maloney
CEO, Tailwind, ex-AOL
“[The workshop] opened my eyes to many flaws in my current product development process.“
Chip Vara
Professor, University of Florida
“[This workshop] should be a critical part of any college entrepreneurial education program.“

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