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A brief introductory summary of the principles found in Eric Ries' book Lean Startups

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Lean Startups

Lean Startups by Eric Ries

General Concepts summarized (partial) by George Howard (@gah650)

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Intro

This deck provides a basic and partial summary of the book Lean Startups by Eric Ries. You should buy the book.

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Its the boring stuff that matters the most

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Entrepreneurship is a kind of management

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Lean Startup

Builds onLean manufacturingDesign thinkingCustomer developmentAgile development

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Lean Startup

Characterized byExtremely fast cycle timeFocus on what customers want without asking them)Scientific approach to decision making

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5 principles

Entrepreneurs are everywhereEntrepreneurship is managementValidated LearningBuild-Measure-LearnInnovation Accounting

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Why Startups Fail

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Established business metrics dont apply

Startups dont yet know who their customer is or what their product should bePlanning and forecasting are only accurate when based on a long, stable operating history, and relatively static environment

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Just Do it is a myth

An unmanaged startup will failEntrepreneurship is managementEntrepreneurship is a discipline

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Part One

Vision

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Entrepreneurial management

Problem many Entrepreneurs eschew traditional management theory as too constrainingProblem traditional management not designed to deal with the chaos of startups

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Theory of Entrepreneurship must encompass

Vision and conceptProduct developmentMarketing and salesScaling upPartnerships and distributionStructure and organizational design

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Theory of Entrepreneurship must encompass

Provide method for measuring progress in the context of extreme uncertaintyGive Entrepreneurships clear guidance on how to make trade-off decisions:Whether and when to invest in processFormulating, planning, and creating infrastructureWhen to go it alone/when to partnerWhen to respond to feedback and when to stick to visionHow and when to invest in scaling the business

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Theory of Entrepreneurship must (more than anything else)

Allow Entrepreneurs to make testable predictions

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Lean Startup

Ask people to start measuring their productivity differentlyStartups accidentally build something nobody wants, it doesnt matter if they do it on time and on budgetThe goal of the startup is to figure out the right thing to build the thing customers want and will pay for as quickly as possible

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Lean Startup

Emphasizes fast iteration and customer insight a huge vision, and great ambition, all at the same time

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Engine of growth

Every new version of a product, every new feature, and every new marketing program is an attempt to improve the engine of growthDirectional planning more rocket ship than daily commute (i.e. over-adherence to a set-in-stone direction) - is badRigorous and faithful achievement of failure

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Drive a startup

LS approach: instead of making complex plans that are based on a lot of assumptions, you can make constant adjustments with a steering wheel called the build-measure-learn feedback loop.Sharp turn = pivot

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True North

Startups have a True North a destination in mindLS refers to this as its visionTo achieve that vision, startups employ a strategyBusiness modelProduct road mapPov about partners and competitorsIdeas about who the customer will beThe product is the end result of this strategy

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Change/constant

Products change constantly through the process of optimization (tuning the engine)The strategy may have to change (less frequently) = a pivotThe overarching vision rarely changesEntrepreneurships are committed to seeing the startup through to that destinationEvery setback is an opportunity for learning how to get where they want to go

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Define

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Intrapreneurs

Convert raw materials of innovation into real-world breakthrough successesEntrepreneurs who operate inside an established organization sometimes are called Intrapreneurs because of the special circumstances that attend building a startup within a larger company.

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Startup definition

A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertaintyNothing to do with:Size of the companyIndustrySectorA startup is greater than the sum of its parts; it an acutely human enterprise

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Innovators dilemma

Established companies are very good at creating incremental improvements to existing products and serving customers (sustaining innovation), but struggle to create breakthrough new products (disruptive innovation) than can create new sustainable sources of growth

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Importance of LS in established companies

The amount of time a company can count on holding on to market leadership to exploit its earlier innovations is shrinking, and this creates an imperative for even the most entrepreneurial companies to invest in innovation.The only sustainable path to long-term economic growth is to build an innovation factory to create disruptive innovations on a continuous basis

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Learn

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Fundamental goal

Engage in organization building under conditions of extreme uncertaintyMost vital function is learningLearn the truth bat which elements of our strategy are working to realize our vision and which are just crazyLearn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want

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Validated Learning

Not after-the-fact rationalization or a good story designed to hide failureIs a rigorous method for demonstrating progress when one is embedded in the soil of extreme uncertaintyIs the process of demonstrating empirically that a team has discovered valuable truths about a startups present and future business prospects

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Validated Learning

Is more concrete, more accurate, and faster than market forecasting or classical business planningIs the principal antidote to the lethal problem of achieving failure: successfully executing a plan that leads nowhere

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Quantitative Targets

Create the motivation to engage in qualitative inquiry and guides questions

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Value v waste

Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer; anything else is wasteRemember, this is different from asking customers what they want; most customers dont know what they want in advance.

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Avoidance of waste

Shipping faster allows you to see what the customer values, and thus you can avoid debating what features the customer wants, etc.Learning is the essential unit of progress for startupsEffort that is not absolutely necessary for learning what customers want can be eliminatedThis is VALIDATED learning always demonstrated by positive improvement in the startups core metrics.

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Key points

Effort that is not absolutely necessary for learning what customers want can be eliminatedThis is VALIDATED learning always demonstrated by positive improvement in the startups core metrics.Look for synthesis b/w vision and what customers would accept

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The audacity of zero

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Zero invites imagination

At the start when the number is zero people can imagine successOnce you launch, and the numbers are small, it pours cold water over the projectTherefore, people delay launch, delay initiatives until they are CERTAIN of success.However, these delays cause waste, and decrease feedback, and thus increase risk that a startup builds something nobody wants

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paradox

Releasing a product w/o planning and hoping for the