Introducing "Bootcamp-Lite" Classes

Testing new ideas is part of what Startup Bootcamp participants need to do. In fact, Startup Bootcamp itself was a test with a very real metric of validation before the program began, namely who would sign up.

So recently I released a new test. After speaking to several people who couldn’t commit to the 3-month bootcamp I propose a few short classes to introduce concepts that the bootcamp focuses on. These classes are hands-on. They’re meant to be a bit tougher than what you usually see. You won’t be able to just sit back and listen, you’ll need to get directly involved. But if you participate I guarantee that you’ll learn things that you wouldn’t just by attending a speaker event. The classes are also meant to be convenient for people who aren’t yet full-time entrepreneurs.

Here’s the new lineup with links to sign up.

  • The Minimum Viable Product — An Analytic Approach To Learn From Your Customers (2 part course, August 9th and 16th, 7pm – 8:30pm). A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a version of a service or product that enables you to gain validated learning about your customers while spending the minimum amount of resources. You may have heard about the MVP from lean startup or customer development methodology. I find that it’s a method that is often talked about — yet misunderstood. That’s why this course exists.
  • Present Yourself (August 7th, 7pm) Presenting your business, product, startup, or yourself is life-changing skill that few take the time to perfect. This is not a pitch event. This is an event to learn to give a pitch that everyone will remember.
  • Introduction to the Customer Discovery Model (August 14th, 7pm – 8:30pm). How do you operate in uncertainty? How do you develop a new product or service with limited resources? How can you learn what to build before you spend time and money building it? This course is an Introduction to Stanford professor Steve Blank’s Customer Development Model with a bit of Eric Ries’ Lean Startup added in.

Hope to see you at one of these. Let me know if you have any questions.

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