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June 2018

iLab Summer Workshop 2018

June 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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About the iLab The i.Lab Incubator Program supports the development of new entrepreneurs and the growth of promising seed and early-stage ventures. We provide this support through a combination of programs, funding, workspace, committed mentors, industry experts, free legal services, a community of founders and funders, and connections to a range of resources. The i.Lab Incubator program is open to seed and early stage ventures from the Charlottesville community. We welcome applications from both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures, and from…

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May 2018

Design Thinking- From Wild Idea to Wearable (ACPM)

May 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

About the Session Design thinking is essentially the use of empathy and creativity to create better outcomes for stakeholders. In this interactive session, you’ll step through the process of design thinking with example topics from health and wellness. Alex Cowan, faculty at UVa’s Darden School of Business, Coursera instructor, and Design-Thinking expert, will guide participants in how innovative concepts journey from thought to paper to reality. We'll move and create on the fly and learn how intuitive design guides the…

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April 2017

Agile and Project Management at London Business School

April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
UCL Londond London, United Kingdom
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This is a class session I did at London Business School. Slides

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November 2016

Venture Design Crash Course for Women’s Startup Lab

November 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - November 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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This is a 2-day intensive for Women's Startup Lab. Part 1: Solving the Right Problem Slides Coursera References NOTE: It looks like you have to pay to take the Coursera courses, but, rest assured, there is an audit-only option if you progress through the sign-up process. Course 1: Agile Meets Design Thinking This course has detail on creating personas, problem scenarios, and conducting design research. Week 3 is a clinic on linking those to user stories. Course 2: Running Design Sprints…

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June 2016

Venture Design Intensive for UVA Darden iLab

June 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am - June 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
UVA iLab, 500 Nash Drive
Charlottesville, 22903
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This is a 3-day intensive for UVA's iLab. Part 1: Solving the Right Problem Slides Coursera References NOTE: It looks like you have to pay to take the Coursera courses, but, rest assured, there is an audit-only option if you progress through the sign-up process. Course 1: Agile Meets Design Thinking This course has detail on creating personas, problem scenarios, and conducting design research. Week 3 is a clinic on linking those to user stories. Course 2: Running Design Sprints This…

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April 2016

Crash Course in Venture Design

April 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Women’s Startup Lab, 1020 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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This is a workshop for participants in the Women's Startup Lab intensive program. Slides Item Time (min.) Materials & Technique Draft a positioning statement 5 Use format and example from slides Introduction to Venture Design 10 Slides Needfinding with Personas & Problem Scenarios 20 Slides Exercises on Personas & Problem Scenarios 10 index cards Exercise: Create Google AdWords Ads from Your Personas 7 worksheet Testing Motivation with Lean Startup 15 Slides Exercises on Lean Startup 10 index cards Driving Interdisciplinary…

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February 2016

Crash Course in Venture Design

February 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WSGR, 650 Page Mill Rd
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Startup Leadership Program

This was a talk I did for the SLP. About the Startup Leadership Program The Startup Leadership Program is a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become top startup CEOs. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1000 successful startups & raised more than $450M in funding. About Venture Design The Venture Design framework helps you know what to do. For entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and other innovators there is lots of material out there and…

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August 2015

Product/Market Hackathon

August 22, 2015 - August 23, 2015
UVA iLab, 500 Nash Drive
Charlottesville, 22903
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This codeless hackathon is open to students and faculty at UVA. Its objective is to take a venture idea and drive to a conclusion on its ability to connect with demand, also known as 'product/market fit'. Slides Event Description We’re hosting a codeless hackathon focused on product/market fit, the highly desirable state where you’re innovative new product idea finds a customer who reliably wants to buy it (or use it). Here are answers to questions you may have about this: …

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July 2015

Venture Design Crash For Japan X Women’s Accelerator

July 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Women’s Startup Lab, 1020 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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This was a Venture Design 'crash course' for the Japan X program at Women's Startup Lab. The Women's Startup Lab provides programming and incubator space for female founders. Part 1: Solving the Right Problem Slides Homework 1. Draft a working set of personas (1 - 3 hours) Personas Tutorial Personas Template 2. Draft a working set of problem scenario-alternative-value proposition trios. (.5 - 2 hours) (see above for tutorial and template) 3. Finish a working product hypothesis. (.25 hours) Product Hypothesis Template…

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June 2015

Venture Design Sessions @ UVA iLab

June 1, 2015 - June 2, 2015
UVA iLab, 500 Nash Drive
Charlottesville, 22903
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This was a Venture Design 'crash course' for the UVA iLab. The UVA iLab is a university-wide incubator and innovation space- for more about it, see below. Homework Solving the Right Problem 1. Draft a working set of personas (1 - 3 hours) Personas Tutorial Personas Template 2. Draft a working set of problem scenario-alternative-value proposition trios. (.5 - 2 hours) (see above for tutorial and template) 3. Finish a working product hypothesis. (.25 hours) Product Hypothesis Template 4. Finish a…

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April 2015

Venture Design Crash Course at Women’s Startup Lab

April 15, 2015 - April 16, 2015
Women’s Startup Lab, 1020 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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This was a Venture Design 'crash course' for the Women's Startup Lab. The Women's Startup Lab provides programming and incubator space for female founders. Session 1: Solving the Right Problem Slides Homework 1. Draft a working set of personas (1 - 3 hours) Personas Tutorial Personas Template 2. Draft a working set of problem scenario-alternative-value proposition trios. (.5 - 2 hours) (see above for tutorial and template) 3. Finish a working product hypothesis. (.25 hours) Product Hypothesis Template 4. Finish a…

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November 2014

Innovating in the Enterprise III: Building the Right Product (SF)

November 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session two of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution Validation 2)…

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Innovating in the Enterprise III: Building the Right Product (Redwood City)

November 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Redwood City, 220 Pine St
Redwood City, 94063 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session two of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution Validation 2)…

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October 2014

Innovating In the Enterprise II: The 20 Minute Business Case (SF)

October 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session two of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution Validation 2)…

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Business Model Canvas Workshop- Startup Leadership (private)

October 21, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Startup Leadership Program

This is a private event for fellows in the Startup Leadership Program- SF. Description Wondering about the wisdom of writing a traditional business plan for an innovation new venture? You’re right to wonder- A lot’s probably going to change and you need to be in front of customers, not MS Word (or Excel, or, God forbid, PowerPoint). The Business Model Canvas offers a lightweight but robust tool for thinking through the business and keeping the key points highly visible to…

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Innovating In the Enterprise II: The 20 Minute Business Case (Redwood City)

October 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Redwood City, 220 Pine St
Redwood City, 94063 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session two of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution Validation 2)…

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Storyboarding for Product Creation

October 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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Innovating In the Enterprise I: Putting Your Ideas in Motion (SF)

October 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session one of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution Validation…

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Innovating In the Enterprise I: Putting Your Ideas in Motion (Redwood City)

October 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Redwood City, 220 Pine St
Redwood City, 94063 United States
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General Assembly- SF

This is session one of a three-part class series designed around teaching ‘intrapreneurs’ a systematic approach to formulating, developing, and integrating new ideas into their companies. Innovation is a watchword for just about every company these days. But what does that really mean and how do you do it consistently? In this class series, you’ll learn a systematic, repeatable and teachable approach to driving innovation at your company. Students can pick and choose from three integrated modules: 1) Needfinding & Solution…

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September 2014

Venture Design Session 1 @ Women’s Startup Lab (private)

September 30, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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This is a private event for the Women's Startup Lab, part of a two part series. In this event, we'll cover the 1st and 2nd Venture Design modules: Venture Design I 'Achieving Customer Relevance' Successful ventures are built on a strong foundation understanding of the customer. In this session you’ll learn actionable practices from the discipline of ‘design thinking’. These practices will teach you how to organize and focus your understanding of the customer in a vivid, compelling, and testable…

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Venture Design, Part 2: Building the Right Product

September 21, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Buildings things is fun and exciting. It’s good to get a little carried away- it helps keep up the excitement level. But it’s also good to make sure what you invest in building is clearly attached to: An explicit point of view on the customer A set of testable assumptions TAKEAWAYS Hands-on experience linking agile user stories and storyboards to personas and value propositions Techniques for decomposing your idea into a set of UI components and then selecting and diagnosing…

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Storyboarding the Customer’s Journey (private)

September 18, 2014
Stanford Center for Design Research
Stanford-University

This is a private workshop for Janssen Pharmaceutical (a Johnson & Johnson company) offered by the Innovation Leadership Board at the Stanford Center for Design Research. In my portion of the program, we'll be working through problem scenarios and customer journeys using storyboards. ABOUT INNOVATION LEADERSHIP BOARD Innovation Leadership Board LLC is an innovation firm based in Silicon Valley specializing in innovation models, techniques, and tools. ILB helps organizations of all sizes to develop a sustainable culture of invention and innovation by…

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Venture Design Workshop (private)

September 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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This is a workshop for Swiss students of entrepreneurship visiting Silicon Valley on a study tour. Participants will learn to use design-thinking, Lean Startup, and agile to structure and test their new business idea.  By the end, students will understand how to determine if their idea is worth the further investment of their time as well as a repeatable process to create new products and ventures. PRODUCT DESIGN & VALIDATION Successful ventures are built on: A strong foundation understanding of the customer Adaptive progress to product…

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Storyboarding Workshop

September 2, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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August 2014

Venture Design, Part 1: Product Design & Validation

August 24, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA- Folsom, 501 Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Successful ventures are built on: A strong foundation understanding of the customer Adaptive progress to product and promotion that works In this session you’ll learn actionable practices from the discipline of design thinking, Lean Startup and customer discovery. The use of customer discovery and rapid iteration is at the heart of today’s most successful ventures. TAKEAWAYS Hands-on experience using personas to focus your understanding of the customer How to create a day-in-the-life board for your persona Use of storyboards to…

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July 2014

Storyboarding for Product Creation

July 15, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
GA- Forio, 20 Rausch Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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Venture Design (2 of 2): Building the Right Product

July 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Buildings things is fun and exciting. It’s good to get a little carried away- it helps keep up the excitement level. But it’s also good to make sure what you invest in building is clearly attached to: An explicit point of view on the customer A set of testable assumptions Slides Module 3: Engineering Your Business Model Module 4: Building the Right Product Resources Venture Design Page Venture Design Playbook Venture Design Template Venture Design Alumni Group on LinkedIn

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June 2014

Venture Design (1 of 2): Product Design and Validation

June 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Successful ventures are built on: A strong foundation understanding of the customer Adaptive progress to product and promotion that works In this session you’ll learn actionable practices from the discipline of design thinking, Lean Startup and customer discovery. The use of customer discovery and rapid iteration is at the heart of today’s most successful ventures. Slides Module 1: Achieving Customer Relevance Module 2: Iterating to Success See page for Venture Design Session II for the balance of the slides. Homework A.…

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UVA iLab: Crash Course in Venture Design

June 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am - June 19, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
UVA iLab, 500 Nash Drive
Charlottesville, 22903
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iLab fellows: It was a pleasure to spend time with you all and to see the excellent work you all are producing. By way of follow-up, I've updated this page with three items I thought might be helpful: 1. The slides we used You'll find these below as embeds from Slideshare. I also referenced the standard workshop where I drew these from and linked to those. The standard workshops have video which will help if you're finding the slides hard…

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April 2014

Storyboarding for Product Creation

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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February 2014

Storyboarding for Product Creation

February 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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Startup Weekend Oakland- Black Male Achievement

February 5, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Welcome, Startup Weekend participants! It was great meeting you all at our prep. workshop and I'm super excited about the main event. I can't congratulate the organizers enough on their foresight and execution- the venue, the event are all very complimentary and focused. Here are the slides we used in the workshop. Below are some of the materials I referenced in the workshop and follow-on items for the participants and others who want to structure their idea and next steps.…

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January 2014

Storyboarding Crash Course- Lean Startup Circle SF

January 22, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lean Startup Circle San Francisco (@ Runway), 1355 Market St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Below are the slides from this module of the meetup, part of the un-conference component.

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SARTA: Business Model Canvas Workshop

January 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance) at Drexel University, One Capitol Mall, Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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SARTA promotes and supports technology-driven businesses in the Sacramento area. I was pleased to accept their invitation to do a workshop ‘The Business Model Canvas: Your Roadmap to Success‘. As I’ve learned to do in such a workshop, we spent most of the time on using techniques like design thinking and Lean Startup to figure out what to put in the Canvas. The Canvas’ chief virtue is that it’s easy to understand on first glance. The worthwhile part is pushing…

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Venture Design: I

January 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES This is a two-part workshop where you will learn to use design-thinking to create a business or product idea, then come back after working on it for a month to build your business model and action plan. If you have an idea for a new product or venture this two part workshop is for you. By the end, you will know if your idea is worth the further investment of your time, and you will have…

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November 2013

Lean Startup Workshop- YouNoodle for Samsung

November 21, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
YouNoodle, 330 Townsend St #1
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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It was great meeting the attending team from Samsung on their visit to Silicon Valley. Thanks again YouNoodle for having me. Below are a few resources we talked about at the end. This was a private event so no slides here. If you're a Samsung or YouNoodle employee, your event contact can get you those materials. Below are some of the materials I referenced in the workshop and follow-on items for the participants and others who want to structure their…

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October 2013

Venture Design: II

October 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES This is a two-part workshop where you will learn to use design-thinking to create a business or product idea, then come back after working on it for a month to build your business model and action plan. If you have an idea for a new product or venture this two part workshop is for you. By the end, you will know if your idea is worth the further investment of your time, and you will have…

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Business Model Canvas Workshop at Startup Leadership Program

October 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Startup Leadership Program at TIE, 2903 Bunker Hill Lane
Santa Clara, CA 95054 United States
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Startup Leadership Program

As always, it was great working with the Startup Leadership Program fellows. The SLP selects a cohort of entrepreneurs it bring through a venture creation process. In this workshop, we stepped through the Business Model Canvas with an emphasis on thinking deeply about what and why we were placing in each chunk of the canvas. The slides are below. Note: I also keep the very latest version of the workshop slides and format here: Business Model Canvas Workshop.

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Venture Design: I

October 5, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES This is a two-part workshop where you will learn to use design-thinking to create a business or product idea, then come back after working on it for a month to build your business model and action plan. If you have an idea for a new product or venture this two part workshop is for you. By the end, you will know if your idea is worth the further investment of your time, and you will have…

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September 2013

Workshop at Swissnex-SF

September 11, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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I really enjoyed this workshop for the folks at Swissnex. The participants were university students from Switzerland on a study tour of Silicon Valley.

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October 2012

@ TECH RAISING- Four Steps to Success; A Prep Workshop for Hackathon

October 4, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TechRaising, 877 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Tech Raising puts on a series of events throughout their year but their most notable are their weekend hackathons (hence the name). I did a workshop for them with my collaborator Greg Cohen to prepare participants in the hackathon. In the workshop, ‘Four Steps to Success’, we covered concepts, an example, and spent several hours with the hackathon participants executing against the resources and templates you can find here. If you're driving to crystalize a product idea, whether it's for…

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