Abstract/Description

We all know what The Lean Startup is about: Build-Measure-Learn, persevering or pivoting, and validated learning to get to product/market fit with a Minimal Viable Product. But for all its goodness, the method says nothing about pitching, funding, hiring, finance, or working as a team.

As the Founder/CEO and leader of a startup, I have raised more than 1M euros in what (I believe) was a very agile round of pitching and funding. I have a team of 12 people that I hired in a way that everyone considered fun, engaging, and agile. As a fully remote (non-collocated) team, we had to come up with some alternatives to standard agile practices that (we think) are still agile. And our agility stretches as far as our finances, our business model, and our board members.

The Lean Startup is a must-read for every entrepreneur and leader. But it covers only a small portion of a startup's responsibilities. What you really need to do as a founder and manager of a startup is to learn how to run an Agile Startup.

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Jurgen Appelo is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen writes a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called #Workout, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients. Jurgen can help you upgrade your enterprise with more engagement and faster results; He can show you how to become an agile business with better software; He shows you how to creatively manage your company; And he can inspire professionals with a purpose, advocating work-life integration for creative people. Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.