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Building a Lean Startup (Austin Lean Startup Meetup, Feb 2010)

Written by Ash Maurya

We had a great turnout for the first Austin Lean Startup Meetup. Eric Ries called in to kickoff the event and there was a lot of entrepreneurial energy and ideas for how we can take Lean Startup theory to practice.

I presented a high-level overview on building a lean startup using CloudFire as a case study. Here are the slides (slightly edited to overcome lack of audio).

Our next event will be during SXSW. I am working on getting Eric Ries, Dave McClure (and others ?) to confirm. Will post details soon.

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  • Jason Lee

    Great Stuff. I’m reading 4 steps now and follow your blog in addition to McClure & Ries. Quick question – what’s your favorite tools for building quick & slick landing pages and “screen” shots, pre-development?

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  • http://www.ashmaurya.com/ Ash Maurya

    I have taught myself (over the years) to hack together HTML and CSS reasonably well which is my preferred prototyping tool combined with photoshop for graphic elements. The quickest landing page for me would be all done as a single graphic with photoshop and a CTA button or link.

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  • http://www.ashmaurya.com Ash Maurya

    I have taught myself (over the years) to hack together HTML and CSS reasonably well which is my preferred prototyping tool combined with photoshop for graphic elements. The quickest landing page for me would be all done as a single graphic with photoshop and a CTA button or link.

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  • http://giffconstable.com/ Giff

    nice Ash — straightforward and to the point. dig it

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  • http://giffconstable.com Giff

    nice Ash — straightforward and to the point. dig it

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  • http://techranchaustin.com/ Kevin Koym

    Ash,
    Great job last night, that was really valuable for Austin’s startup community. Thank you for pulling it all together.
    Kevin

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  • http://techranchaustin.com Kevin Koym

    Ash,
    Great job last night, that was really valuable for Austin’s startup community. Thank you for pulling it all together.
    Kevin

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  • http://www.mimiran.com/ Reuben Swartz

    Great stuff and thanks for sharing with the community.

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  • http://www.mimiran.com Reuben Swartz

    Great stuff and thanks for sharing with the community.

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  • Rian Awi

    Great summary. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Rian Awi

    Great summary. Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://blog.startupSQUARE.com/ Tristan Kromer

    Awesome. I have a lot of appreciation for taking complex concepts and presenting them in an easy to understand fashion. Wish I had that gift. – Tristan

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  • http://blog.startupSQUARE.com Tristan Kromer

    Awesome. I have a lot of appreciation for taking complex concepts and presenting them in an easy to understand fashion. Wish I had that gift. – Tristan

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  • Jason Lee

    Great Stuff. I'm reading 4 steps now and follow your blog in addition to McClure & Ries. Quick question – what's your favorite tools for building quick & slick landing pages and “screen” shots, pre-development?

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  • Gerald

    Thanks for the elan startup presentation. Just to understand, you did launch CloudFire first and then gathered feedback? Or literally you gathered feedback before any prospect ever trying the app? thanks

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  • http://www.ashmaurya.com/ Ash Maurya

    Gerald –

    The latter… CloudFire is a derivative of a previous product BoxCloud but before investing in building it out, I first gathered feedback on the problem it would be addressing to evaluate if it was worth doing at all.

    Cheers.

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  • Gerald

    Thanks for the elan startup presentation. Just to understand, you did launch CloudFire first and then gathered feedback? Or literally you gathered feedback before any prospect ever trying the app? thanks

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  • http://www.ashmaurya.com/ Ash Maurya

    Gerald –

    The latter… CloudFire is a derivative of a previous product BoxCloud but before investing in building it out, I first gathered feedback on the problem it would be addressing to evaluate if it was worth doing at all.

    Cheers.

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