I Like My Steaks Marbled But My Companies Lean

Over the past month or so, as I have up’d the volume on my lean start-up evangelizing, I have had a lot of folks ask for more info on lean start-ups and the methodology. In the spirit of answering a a lot of questions in one shot, below is a starter kit of 7 sites, blogs and other resources to help you join the discussion. When you click around, you can find links to videos, presentations and other great content to help you better understand the methodology and players. This is just a starter. If you find something that you like or really helps post it in the comments so others can find it too.

7 To Start With

1.Eric Ries is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the author of the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned. He previously co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech and in 2009 he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.

2.Steve Blank moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. The “Customer Development” model he developed in his book is one of the core themes in these classes. In 2009, Blank was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering. The same year,the San Jose Mercury News listed him as one of the 10 Influencers in Silicon Valley. In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

3.Techstars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. They run a three month long program in Boston (MA), Boulder (CO), and Seattle (WA) once each year. They’re very selective – hundreds of companies apply and only take about ten companies per city. These companies get up to $18,000 in seed funding, three months of intensive top-notch mentorship, and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program.

4.YCombinator is a new kind of venture firm specializing in funding early stage startups.They help startups through what is for many the hardest step, from idea to company.

Their blog

5.Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired byYahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired a new generation of filters. He’s currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the partners in Y Combinator.

6.Venture Hacks
Led by Nivi (bio) and Naval (bio). They’ve founded companies like Epinions; invested $20M in companies like Twitter; helped start companies backed by Sequoia, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, and Atlas; and advised many others.

7.Mixergy
The Mixergy Mission is to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you. Great videos!

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