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Lean LaunchPad Presentations by Steve Blank

Steve Blank has made available his Lean Startup LaunchPad Course, the class he teaches at Stanford that is built around his customer development methodology, all accessible directly from his blog.

Business Model Generator

The classes are:

  1. Overview/Business Models/Customer Development
  2. Business Model Hypotheses
  3. Value Proposition Hypotheses
  4. Customer Hypotheses
  5. Customer Relationship Hypotheses
  6. Channel Hypotheses
  7. Revenue Model
  8. Key Resources, Activities, Expense Model
  9. Final Presentations
Although you don’t get to see Steve talk (there are no videos), the slides and notes are a great resource worth checking out. 
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Lean Startup Challenge: Money+Mentors=Success!

First, Eric Ries decides to produce a free Lean Startup 101 online course. Now, together with AppSumo guys he is bundling cash, products, and access to mentors all in one package deal.

The Lean Startup Challenge

Here’s how it works. AppSumo has a bundle of solutions for only $99 that purchased individually would run over $6K. They include Twillio, Pivotal Tracker, Postmark, HipChat, Pandaform, Kissmetrics, crazyegg, Chargify, Backbook, WP Engine, Texting.ly, and more.

So after you pay $99 you get to use the apps and you can then submit an entry to the “lean startup challenge” saying how your startup is being “lean” and enter the contest. If your startup is selected as the winner, then you will win some really good prizes, including:

►$50,000 from “500 Startups
One $50,000 investment, access to the 500 Startups incubator program and Five $5,000 seed investments from the fine folks at 500 Startups.

► $50,000 & incubation from Band of Angels and Pivotal Labs
A $50,000 investment from BoA and office space, agile and lean development advice, a Pivotal Inception (two day deep dive on product planning) and help hiring from Pivotal Labs.

► $10,000 of testing services from uTest
$10,000 in functional, usability and/or load testing for your web or mobile apps.

► $8,000 Recurring Billing Services fromChargify
Two 12 month plans with Chargify that will allow you to automate billing and payments for up to 2000 users plus advice on subscription services from the industry experts behind Chargify

… And more. Check the whole list at: http://appsumo.com/leanchallenge/

  • The Lean Startup Challenge Starts: March 7th, 2011
  • The Lean Startup Challenge Ends: March 23rd, 2011

UPDATE: It seems the bundle from AppSumo has been sold out! Too bad…

Steve Blank: Entrepreneurship is Not a Job

Really interesting interview with Steve Blank about startups and entrepreneurship, is a good overview of Steve’s key beliefs. If you are new to his customer development methodology, is worth checking out.

A few interesting quotes from the video:

“A startup is an irrational passion”
“Entrepreneurship is a calling”
“Everything you think you know on day 1 is a hypothesis”

Watch the video below.
http://steveblank.com/2011/01/13/new-models-for-investing-in-innovation/

Free Lean Startup 101 Course

Eric Ries, the creator of the “Lean Startup” methodology for launching and running your startup has now made available a totally free online course teaching you the basics of his methodology, called “How to Build a Better Startup“.

Beautifully created on the SocratED platform, the course is a combination of short videos and text. Definitely worth checking out, and the link has just gone to my ‘favorite links’ on the home page of this blog.