Back in June I agreed to get up on stage at the Lean Start-Up Ignite NYC meet-up. It was a ton of fun and probably the hardest 5 minutes of public speaking I have ever done. All the talks were great and you can see them at the Ignite Lean Start-Up YouTube channel. The next Lean Start-Up Ignite is October 27th. You should go. I am sure it will be great.
The video for my effort at Ignite is below. I called it Tilting at Windmills and the search for the next $Billion Lean Start-up. I think the lean start-up methodology has fundamentally changed the way companies are being built and investors need to adjust their strategy to fit this reality. In this world where anything can be built quickly and cheaply by leveraging modern programming languages, cloud platforms and social distribution, hyper-efficient brand building is the best path to defensible value creation. A return to the craft of start-ups and a passion for product is needed on both sides of the table and I hope to be part of this transition through the First Round Platform and our laser focus on supporting entrepreneurs as their companies grow from 4 employees to 40.