Thursday, July 30, 2009

Techstars brings The Lean Startup to Boulder

I'm very excited to announce a pair of events that will kick off a very busy fall speaking tour. I'll be in Boulder for two days. I'll let David Cohen of Techstars, who organized the trip, describe the plan:
On August 19th, Eric will be speaking at a dinner in Boulder. The event will include a talk from Eric on The Lean Startup over dinner, followed by moderated table discussion and then final Q&A with Eric. Tickets are available now and include dinner. A discounted price is available for early stage entrepreneurs and students.

On August 20th, Eric is leading a half day in-depth workshop on the Lean Startup. This is a great chance to really go deep on some of the concepts behind building Lean Startups. A very limited number of tickets are also available for this workshop. Early bird pricing expires on August 6th, so register early.

Traveling to new startup hubs is one of my favorite things about being able to do this full-time. I want to thank Techstars for putting this event together and giving me a chance to experience the scene, even if it lacks a name. For what it's worth, I like Silicon Mountain.

Brad Feld also had some thoughts on this event on his blog. I thought I'd share a little bit of that, too:

I’ve been interested in different approaches to software development going back to 1987 when – in my first company Feld Technologies – my partner Dave Jilk and I started talking about “semi-custom software development” (way ahead of its time). During the same period (1987 – 1990) and I did some work at MIT under Eric von Hippel on “user driven innovation with regard to software development” which today would probably fall under the heading of “open source software development approaches.”

In 2002 I became exposed to the idea of “agile software development” and subsequently was a first round investor in Rally Software which is now the market leader in Agile application lifecycle management software. Building on this, I’ve recently become fascinated with the notion of continuous deployment, a concept that has been popularized by Eric Ries and others.

Read the rest...

And for those of you who are in Colorado but don't know what my speaking events are like, please take a look at some previous posts. We've got slides, video, audio and twitter commentary. That way, you can know what you're in for in advance.

As usual, if you're a reader and can attend, please come say hello. Thanks!

(Speaking of the fall tour, if you're interested in hosting or organizing a lean startup event near you, feel free to drop me a line. So far, I'm going to be on the east coast at least three times, and in Europe twice. Stay tuned for more details.)
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