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Startup Lessons Learned Conference Announces New Venture Capital Sponsors

Premier, Early-Stage VCs Invest in Unique Scholarship to Send Entrepreneurs to First Global, Lean Startup Conference on the “The Future of Entrepreneurship”

 
 
Startup Lessons Learned Conference: April 23, 2010
PRLog - April 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2010 – Startup Lessons Learned blogger and serial entrepreneur Eric Ries, in conjunction with CH3 Holdings, a premier tech event company, announced today several new sponsors for the inaugural summit, “Startup Lessons Learned,” which is slated for Friday, April 23rd in San Francisco.  The new sponsors are all premier, early-stage VC firms that participated in a unique scholarship program set up by the conference.  The scholarship enabled a variety of companies to attend the conference at a discounted rate, including some from their respective portfolios.  Newly announced scholarship sponsors include: Baseline Ventures (http://www.baselinev.com/), First Round Capital (http://www.firstround.com/) and FLOODGATE (http://www.floodgate.com).

What started out as a personal mission to find a more effective working methodology for entrepreneurship has catalyzed into a full-blown movement among entrepreneurs on a global scale.  The Lean Startup methodology utilizes a loop of rapid prototyping, rigorous testing, and customer feedback in order to create a viable product for an identified market before investing significant funds to scale a business.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of each of our sponsors and are thrilled that our newest sponsors, Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital and FLOODGATE, have enabled more entrepreneurs to attend and benefit from our conference.  Entrepreneurs will learn about proven practices from successful entrepreneurs, each of whom are grappling with contemporary challenges,” said Eric Ries of Startup Lessons Learned.  “I believe this conference truly reflects a new era of entrepreneurship relevant for today’s entrepreneurs.”

Startup Lessons Learned Conference
The Startup Lessons Learned conference is the first truly global conference, holding simulcasts (http://www.sllconf.com/streaming) on 6 continents, 11 countries and 28 cities.  It is designed to teach entrepreneurs core principles of the Lean Startup methodology, including continuous deployment, minimum viable product, and customer development. Organized around the three stages of the fundamental startup feedback loop (build, measure, learn), the event will help entrepreneurs optimize for speed.  

Importantly, while the conference is aimed at startups, it is also invaluable for professionals (engineers, designers, product managers, marketers and businesspeople), from companies of all sizes, who are looking to drive disruptive innovation under conditions of extreme uncertainty.  Those looking to create game-changing products are often faced with extreme uncertainties, where the company may not know: what the product is going to be, what price they can charge, who the customer might be, and what the market can achieve, etc.

Rock star keynotes and presenters (http://www.sllconf.com/speakers), including Steve Blank, Randy Komisar, and Kent Beck, as well as a mix of successful startups, including Aardvark, DropBox, Grockit and IMVU, will be on hand to share with attendees a series of no-holds-barred talks focused on key challenges.

Startup Lessons Learned conference takes place on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
at the Westin Market Street Hotel located 50 3rd Street in San Francisco, CA.  For more information, interested parties may visit: http://www.sllconf.com/ or may register here for the event: http://startuplessonslearnedsf-h1.eventbrite.com/.  


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Startup Lessons Learned is the first event designed to unite those interested in what it takes to succeed in building a lean startup. The goal for this event is to give practitioners and students of the lean startup methodology the opportunity to hear insights from leaders in embracing and deploying the core principles of the lean startup methodology. The day-long event will feature a mix of panels and talks focused on the key challenges and issues that technical and market-facing people at startups need to understand in order to succeed in building successful lean startups.

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