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  • YEAH! Do this and be successfull.
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  • so true, all of it came back when I read the story of startup #1, we did all the mistakes and some more :)
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  • Very smooth. I read twice.

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  • Erics' ideas do include Lean methods - and it is good that he is helping to explain how it can be implemented at Startup companies. For those that have only seen the slides and have not seen him present, I would strongly recommend you seem him in person - and ask the questions that come to mind. Most organizations in North America only understand Lean methods as applied to manufacturing, but have not gone very far down the path to understand how to apply it in non-manufacturing situations. Good work, Eric !

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  • I've worked with Eric Ries for a few years as an investor in IMVU (Maples Investments) and he has helped a lot of companies we've backed and delivered awesome results every time. Eric's ideas are very important and he is one of the most thoughtful people in the world right now when it comes to competing as a business using lean techniques.

    If you are a serious entrepreneur who wants to build a company that matters, pay attention to everything Eric is saying in his blog, on Twitter, Venture Hacks, and any venue where he is generous enough to share his perspective.

    As for some of the snarky commenters below, I would love to see links to their 'contemporary' startups that back up their views in the real world. It would be surprising to me if they have created results that compare to the value creation demonstrated by Eric.
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    Eric Ries Lean Startup Presentation For Web 2.0 Expo April 1 2009 A Disciplined Approach To Imagining, Designing, And Building New Products Eric Ries Lean Startup Presentation For Web 2.0 Expo April 1 2009 A Disciplined Approach To Imagining, Designing, And Building New Products Presentation Transcript

    • The Lean Startup #leanstartup Eric Ries (@ericries) http://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
    • Thank You! • Scholarship Donors Board – KISSmetrics – Hiten Shah – Bill Braasch – Jared Goralnick (@billmelater) – Siqi Chen – Bob Aniello – Andrew Meyer (@CornOnTheBob) – Simon Newstead – Jeffrey Barman – Sean Heywood • Customer Advisory
    • Most Startups Fail • But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can do better. This talk is about how.
    • The Lean Startup and You • Thinking of starting a new company, but haven’t taken the first step • In a startup now and want to iterate faster • Want to create the conditions for lean innovation inside a big company
    • A Tale of Two Startups
    • Startup #1
    • A good plan? • Start a company with a compelling long-term vision. • Raise plenty of capital. • Hire the absolute best and the brightest. • Hire an experienced management team with tons of startup experience. • Focus on quality. • Build a world-class technology platform. • Build buzz in the press and blogosphere.
    • Achieving Failure • Company failed utterly, $40MM and five years of pain. • Crippled by “shadow beliefs” that destroyed the effort of all those smart people.
    • Shadow Belief #1 • We know what customers want.
    • Shadow Belief #2 • We can accurately predict the future.
    • Shadow Belief #3 • Advancing the plan is progress.
    • A good plan? • Start a company with a compelling long-term vision. • Raise plenty of capital. • Hire the absolute best and the brightest. • Hire an experienced management team with tons of startup experience. • Focus on quality. • Build a world-class technology platform. • Build buzz in the press and blogosphere.
    • Startup #2
    • IMVU
    • New plan • Shipped in six months – a horribly buggy beta product • Charged from day one • Shipped multiple times a day (by 2008, on average 50 times a day) • No PR, no launch • Results: 2007 revenues of $10MM
    • Lean Startups Go Faster • Commodity technology stack, highly leveraged (free/open source, user-generated content, SEM). • Customer development – find out what customers want before you build it. • Agile software development – but tuned to the startup condition.
    • Commodity technology stack • Leverage = for each ounce of effort you invest in your product, you take advantage of the efforts of thousands or millions of others. • It’s easy to see how high-leverage technology is driving costs down. • More important is its impact on speed. • Time to bring a new product to market is falling rapidly.
    • Customer Development Continuous cycle of customer  interaction Rapid hypothesis  testing about market, pricing, custom ers, … Extreme low cost, low  burn, tight focus Measurable gates for  http://bit.ly/tpTtE investors
    • A tale of two startups, revisited • Mirrors the changes in development methodologies over the past few years. • Let’s look at those changes schematically. • These examples are drawn from software startups, but increasingly: – All products require software – All companies are operating in a startup-like environment
    • Traditional Product Development Unit of progress: Advance to Next Stage Waterfall Requirements Design Problem: known Solution: known Implementation Verification Maintenance
    • Agile Unit of progress: a line of working code “Product Owner” or in-house customer Problem:Known Solution:Unknown
    • Product Development at Lean Startup Unit of progress: validated learning about customers ($$$) Problem:Unknown Solution:Unknown
    • Minimize TOTAL time through the loop IDEAS LEARN BUILD DATA CODE MEASURE
    • How to build a Lean Startup • Let’s talk about some specifics. These are not everything you need, but they will get you started • Continuous deployment • Split-test (A/B) experimentation • Five why’s
    • Continuous Deployment IDEAS Learn Faster Code Faster LEARN BUILD Five Whys Root Continuous Cause Analysis Deployment DATA CODE Measure Faster MEASURE Rapid Split Tests
    • Continuous Deployment • Deploy new software quickly • At IMVU time from check-in to production = 20 minutes • Tell a good change from a bad change (quickly) • Revert a bad change quickly • Work in small batches • At IMVU, a large batch = 3 days worth of work • Break large projects down into small batches
    • Cluster Immune System What it looks like to ship one piece of code to production: • Run tests locally (SimpleTest, Selenium) Everyone has a complete sandbox o • Continuous Integration Server (BuildBot) o All tests must pass or “shut down the line” Automatic feedback if the team is going too fast o • Incremental deploy Monitor cluster and business metrics in real-time o Reject changes that move metrics out-of-bounds o • Alerting & Predictive monitoring (Nagios) Monitor all metrics that stakeholders care about o If any metric goes out-of-bounds, wake somebody up o Use historical trends to predict acceptable bounds o When customers see a failure: Fix the problem for customers o Improve your defenses at each level o
    • Rapid Split Tests IDEAS Learn Faster Code Faster LEARN BUILD Five Whys Root Continuous Cause Analysis Deployment DATA CODE Measure Faster MEASURE Rapid Split Tests
    • Split-testing all the time • A/B testing is key to validating your hypotheses • Has to be simple enough for everyone to use and understand it • Make creating a split-test no more than one line of code: if( setup_experiment(...) == quot;controlquot; ) { // do it the old way } else { // do it the new way }
    • The AAA’s of Metrics • Actionable • Accessible • Auditable
    • Measure the Macro • Always look at cohort-based metrics over time • Split-test the small, measure the large Control Group (A) Experiment (B) # Registered 1025 1099 Downloads 755 (73%) 733 (67%) Active days 0-1 600 (58%) 650 (59%) Activedays 1-3 500 (48%) 545 (49%) Active days 3-10 300 (29%) 330 (30%) Activedays 10-30 250 (24%) 290 (26%) Total Revenue $3210.50 $3450.10 RPU $3.13 $3.14
    • Five Whys IDEAS Learn Faster Code Faster LEARN BUILD Five Whys Root Continuous Cause Analysis Deployment DATA CODE Measure Faster MEASURE Rapid Split Tests
    • Five Whys Root Cause Analysis • A technique for continuous improvement of company process. • Ask “why” five times when something unexpected happens. • Make proportional investments in prevention at all five levels of the hierarchy. • Behind every supposed technical problem is usually a human problem. Fix the cause, not just the symptom.
    • There’s much more… IDEAS Learn Faster Code Faster LEARN BUILD Split Tests Unit Tests Customer Interviews Usability Tests Customer Development Continuous Integration Five Whys Root Cause Analysis Incremental Deployment Customer Advisory Board Free & Open-Source Components Falsifiable Hypotheses Cloud Computing Product Owner Accountability Cluster Immune System DATA CODE Customer Archetypes Just-in-time Scalability Cross-functional Teams Refactoring Semi-autonomous Teams Developer Sandbox Smoke Tests Measure Faster MEASURE Split Tests Funnel Analysis Clear Product Owner Cohort Analysis Continuous Deployment Net Promoter Score Usability Tests Search Engine Marketing Real-time Monitoring Real-Time Alerting Customer Liaison Predictive Monitoring
    • The Lean Startup • You are ready to do this, whether you are: – Thinking of starting a new company, but haven’t taken the first step – Are in a startup now that could iterate faster – Want to create the conditions for lean innovation inside a big company • Get started, now, today.
    • Thanks! • Startup Lessons Learned Blog – http://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com/ • Webcast: “How to Build a Lean Startup, step-by-step” – May 1, 2009 at 10am PST – http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/1294 • The Lean Startup Workshop – An all-day event for a select audience – May 29, 2009 in San Francisco – Sign up at: http://bit.ly/a5uw8