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Attend Lean Startup Machine in Washington DC

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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

Eric Ries
Author, The Lean Startup
“The leading edge of the startup movement.“
Lane Halley
UX Consultant, Lane Halley Consulting
“Unlike hackathons, winners at Lean Startup Machine are judged solely on the amount of validation achieved.“
Thomas R. Eisenmann
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“Aspiring entrepreneurs should attend Lean Startup Machine.“
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.“
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.“
Diana Kander
Author, All in Startup
“I learn something new every time. It will develop your Lean muscles and keep them in shape.“
Danny Maloney
CEO, Tailwind, ex-AOL
“[The workshop] opened my eyes to many flaws in my current product development process.“

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