You may be wondering what is a lean startup. According to Ash Maurya, it is “an organization that maximizes learning about what’s riskiest in the business model per unit time”. Ultimately, it is about efficiency, and avoiding failure. Time means money, as you may already know. The following resources will help you learn for free anything you want to know about a lean start up.
Today’s menu: free startup resources for a lean startup
- The Lean Startup. I think that everybody ( and their dog) has heard about Eric Ries’ book. No, the book is not free. But you can still sign up for the newsletter and get awesome content directly from him. It’s still pretty good. On his website, you can also read case studies (about Dropbox, Wealthfront, or Grockit), and examine the lean startup process in detail. If you didn’t know, Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and he’s known as the one that started the lean movement.
- Steve Blank. He is also a well known guy. Steve is a retired entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience, and he is definitely a valuable resource to consider. Other than his official website, he has three free courses on Udemy. One of them, is Build. Measure. Learn. Lean Startup SXSW 2012. This is an exclusive course from which you will learn what are the best practices in customer development.
- Practice Trumps Theory. Ash Maurya is an entrepreneur and has a blog about startups, and lean startups. Other than his articles, you can sign up to become a member of the Practice Trumps Theory. You will learn actionable tactics to help you apply the lean principles by deconstructing your business model, identifying the risk of your business, and eliminate risk through constant experiments.
- Lean Startup Circle. This is an organization that gathers over 80 000 practitioners from all over the world. Basically, it’s an awesome community where professionals share their tips, experience, success, and failure with others. It was founded in 2009, and it all started from discussions over Eric Ries’ concept.
- The Lean Startup Conference 2013. In case you missed the conference last year, the organizers (or somebody from the team anyway) uploaded on YouTube most of it. I don’t want to say that there are all the speeches available, because I am not sure, but, as you can see, there are 60 videos in the playlist I linked. Props to them for coming up with this awesome idea.
- Twitter. You’d be amazed at how many people use social media to post, and talk about certain topics. It’s a great tool, if you want to find valuable links and learn at the same time. Plus, you won’t miss a thing thanks to the hashtags. So, get on Twitter and give it a go.
- Lean Startup 101 for Developers. Developers, this is for you. You thought I’ve forgotten about you? No, no! This is a video made in 2010 by Abby Fichtner, who, at the time, was a Developer Evangelist for Startups at Microsoft. Way to go, Abby! Now, she is a Hacker in Residence at Harvard Innovation Lab.
An informed man is a powerful man. I hope you have more power after reading this article. So tell me, are you considering joining the lean startup movement? If so, let me know what resources you use to learn about this concept.