Get Out of Your Batcave: Customer Development for Lean Startups

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About This Class

This class will cover key concepts and rules of thumb for successful innovation by lean startups. These concepts provide the terms, the metaphors, the parables – in short, the language - that successful high technology firms use to develop their plans and monitor their customer development. In a fast-paced interactive setting, we will cover the strategies that form the basis for conventional wisdom for lean startups bringing discontinuous or disruptive products to market.

Some key concepts we will cover are:

  • Establishing the "ground truth" in an early market: "Go and See," "Get Out Of The BatCave," "Markets are Conversations"
  • Using an initial product as a probe to explore the market: MVP (Frank Robinson, Eric Ries, Marty Cagan), Pretotype, and Blue Ocean models
  • The need for iteration to learn enough to develop a successful product strategy: OODA Loop, Build-Measure-Learn, and customer development/customer validation
  • What a mainstream customer views as a product worth paying for: whole product, crossing the chasm, and product-market fit

Class Format

This is an interactive session, so bring your questions and issues.

Who Should Attend

  • Founders and soon-to-be founders
  • Growth hackers and managers
  • Anyone working on prototypes or product development
  • Sales and marketing professionals
  • Customer Development for Lean Startups


    169 11th St.
    San Francisco, CA

    Tue, May 7th, 2013

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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An open incubator where ideas meet execution

A rising venture capitalist, Aaron Holiday has helped 7 startups raise more than $7M in seed stage capital over the past 9 months. After 6 years on Wall Street building financial trading technology for Goldman Sachs and disruptive technology for GFI Group, Aaron went on to receive an MBA from Cornell. As a lead for eLab, an early stage business accelerator, Aaron has advised companies that have gone on to accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator and Tech Stars. 

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