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New Speaker for April Event

New Speaker Announcement – Tendai Charasika joins us for ‘Lean Startup in Action’

Tendai CharasikaWe are delighted to announce that Tendai Charasika, the Entrepreneurial Director for EnterpriseCorp, the enterprise development arm of Greater Louisville Inc (Kentucky, USA), will be joining us via video link for ‘Lean Startup in Action’ on Monday 22nd April.

In his role, Tendai works with hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups annually to accelerate their learning and scaling from idea to fast-growth companies. Lean Startup methods have become instrumental in the best practices used in launching new ventures across diverse sectors in Louisville’s startup community.

Tendai is an entrepreneur, experimenter, problem solver, business coach and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Entrepreneurship M.B.A both from the University of Louisville.

Tendai speaks regularly on the subjects of Lean Startup and Customer Development and recently presented at the Annual Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco.

During the evening Tendai will be talking about his work with startups and will provide practical examples of how some of the many and diverse companies he works with are applying lean startup methods.

If you haven’t signed up already… why not?!

Join us for a fun and informative evening (with pizza!) Sign up here.

Lean in Action with the Business Model Canvas

Next Event “Lean Startup in Action”

As Ash Maurya says “Practice trumps theory”

We’re gearing up for our next event on Monday 22nd April, when we will be looking at Lean Startup in Action – how companies are applying lean startup within their business. This will be a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about Lean Startup to get some simple, practical ideas for applying lean startup methods.

Top of the bill will be our friend, UX designer, and Lean practitioner, Ryan Foster. Ryan has worked with many US-based startups including Kickstarter phenomenon PebbleHomelightCurebit and Games that Give. Ryan will give practical examples of how some of these startups are applying lean principles. He will also share tips on tools you can use to quickly and cost effectively launch, test assumptions, and gather feedback.

Umar Yusufu is our second valued speaker. Umar is currently working on his own startup My Spot and for another promising North East startup, Spontly. Umar will be talking about the pitfalls of trying to build the ‘big idea’ and how the use of a Minimum Viable Product can help you break down and test your assumptions time and cost effectively. He will also talk about Business Model Generation and how this can help you identify the exact problem your business is trying to solve.

We’ll also have an update on the opportunity to Bring Lean Startup Machine to Newcastle in Autumn 2013, plenty of time to catch up and chat and yummy pizzas generously provided by our good friends at NCFE.

Come along, we’d love to see you. Sign up here.

Minimal Viable Wednesdays

Hello folks – I’m a big fan of the wisdom of Brad Feld and his insight into the Boulder startup scene.

A number of us have been meeting since this New Year on Wednesdays at 5pm — in Central Bean in Newcastle — to chat through Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Business Model Canvas thinking and our progress with our own ideas.

Random image I found when searching for ‘Community Hours’…

This is (probably) equivalent to Brad’s idea of ‘Community Hours‘ a time when folk can gather to meet and get some feedback. I’ve tried it myself, and it was surprisingly challenging / bracing.

Please join us, bring your own business model canvas / mvp and get constructive feedback and help. Let the community know you’re coming by expressing your preference in this Doodle. [anyone suggest a better tool…? :-)]

Let the customer development begin!

LeanNorth East Event with NCFE



We recently held our third event, after the Rob Fitz talk, and our Lean Tapas social. This is a brief recap of our third event.


On January 14th we were be joined by Lindsey Gibson, IT Services Manager at NCFE and David Grailey, Chief Executive.

They talked about their experience of the Lean Startup Machine and how they are applying Lean Startup to product development, innovation, and company growth. Lindsey also talked about her learnings from the LESS 2012 Lean and Agile Conference held in Tallin, Estonia in November 2012.

Thanks to Newcastle Uni Business School

The evening was kindly hosted by Newcastle University Business School, and particular thanks go to Colin Ashurst for making our event possible. Continue reading

Lean North East January 2013: Lean Startup – It’s not just for Startups

Think Lean Startup is just for startups? Think again.

Join us for our first event of 2013 when NCFE will be talking about their experience of the Lean Startup Machine workshop and how they are applying Lean Startup principles in an organisation with over 150 members of staff that is rapidly growing.

NCFE is a leading national awarding organisation that designs and develops nationally recognised qualifications and awards for learners at all levels. Continue reading

Lean Tapas

Lean Tapas, and NCFE event on 14th January


A fun night was had by all [I think!] last night at La Tasca in Newcastle’s Grey Street.

It was great to build some more momentum, and find out from folk what their interests are.

Great also to have more of a ‘startup event’, and also discussion of Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Business Model Generation with folks new to the whole thing, and others of us who have much still to learn!


Hope you like these shots giving a ‘flavour’ of the event. Continue reading

Updated: Bring Lean Startup Machine to Newcastle

Lean Startup Machine is the world’s leading bootcamp on Lean Startup methodology.

Contrary to popular perception, the phrase “lean startup” implies much more than capital efficiency. It encompasses a paradigm-shifting way of thinking about how to build new companies and products, and how to bring those products to market faster.

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