Check out our slides from Class #4 of Tufts.io--we learned about Eric Ries and Steve Blank, as well as the Lean Startup methodology. Our guest this week was Alex Wheeler, a student-entrepreneur from Boston University.
So who cares?
Well, these little startups add up: innovation,
economic growth, job creation & more...
A Tale of Two Bridges
Two old engineers were talking of their lives and boasting of their greatest projects. One of the
engineers explained how he had designed the largest bridge ever made.
"We built it across a river gorge," he told his friend. "It was wide and deep. We spent two years
studying the land, and choosing designs. Then we hired the best people and designed the bridge,
which took another five years. We contracted the largest engineering firms to build the structures,
the towers, the tollbooths, and the roads that would connect the bridge to the main highways.
Under the road level we had trains, and a special path for cyclists. That bridge represented years of
The second man reflected for a while, then spoke. "One evening me and a friend threw a rope
across a gorge," he said. "Just a rope, tied to two trees. There were two villages, one at each side.
At first, people pulled packages across that rope with a pulley and string. Then someone pulled
across a second rope, and built a foot walk. It was dangerous, but the kids loved it. A group of men
then rebuilt that, made it solid, and women started to cross, everyday, with their produce. A market
grew up on one side of the bridge, and slowly that became a large town, since there was a lot of
space for houses. The rope bridge got replaced with a wooden bridge, to allow horses and carts to
cross. Then the town built a real stone bridge, with metal beams. Later, they replaced the stone
part with steel, and today there's a suspension bridge standing in that same spot."
The first engineer was silent. "Funny thing," he said, "my bridge was demolished not long after it
was built. Turns out it was built in the wrong place and no-one wanted to use it. Some bastard had
thrown a rope across the gorge, a few miles further downstream, and that's where everyone went."
The Lean Startup
Revolutionizing how business are built from the ground-up.
The infamous inverse approach to Lean Startups
To invest, or not to invest?
Paul Graham & Fred Wilson
For next week.
• Cold email an entrepreneur (we’ll help you out...for now)
• How did he or she get involved?
• What are they working on?
• What’s their advice for becoming an entrepreneur?
• Complete selected readings delivered via email
• Write 1 pg. double-spaced reﬂection on Lean Startup
• Next week: Field trip to Boundless (via Joey/T)