The Lean Startup Conference 2015

November 16 - 19, 2015 - San Francisco, CA

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Office Hours

Hugely popular at past Lean Startup Conferences, our Office Hours sessions give you a chance to talk one-on-one with speakers and mentors. We bring in dozens of experts so you can get targeted advice on everything from analytics and user research to corporate innovation and social-sector funding. Office Hours appointments are available to Platinum and Gold Passholders. Close to the conference, we’ll send you email with info about signing up for these sessions.

Office Hours are for Platinum and Gold Passholders who want informed feedback on your business ideas and startup challenges. Our mentors have super-useful expertise in a range of topics. 

Here’s what attendees said about these sessions at previous Lean Startup Conferences:

“The willingness of people to talk to me who have been thinking deeply about these ideas was amazing. Getting their time was invaluable.”

“The format overcame the problem of approaching smart strangers and made it easier to connect.”

“One of the mentor conversations I had was so valuable, it alone was worth the price of admission to the whole conference.”

Mentors

Kathy Astromoff

Company
Blink
Twitter
@KathyAstromoff

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Kathy Astromoff is a cofounder of Blink, a startup that connects game developers with broadcasters to drive user installs. As principal of Face to Face Marketing Strategy, she also coaches talented professionals in leadership and strategic thinking, and advises companies on B2B marketing strategy. Most recently she served as CEO, Electronics at UBM, a global events company. She previously led teams serving deep-tech communities such as game developers, software developers and IT security researchers. Prior to her media career, Kathy held a variety of business development roles in the videogame industry. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • User research
  • Scaling and growth
  • Marketing

Arthur Bart-Williams

Company
Canogle
Twitter
@artbartwlms

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Arthur is co-founder of Canogle. Their product, Rovr, helps connect people to places through stories, making experiences more meaningful, memorable, and shareable on a location-based publishing platform. He is an engineering graduate of UC Berkeley with over 20 years of startup experience and a four-time entrepreneur that is passionate about solving problems, lean principles, and mentorship.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

 

Adam Berk

Company
Pearson & Slingshot Ventures
Twitter
@adamberk

Session
Lean Startup 201
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Adam travels the world asking entrepreneurs one question, “What problem are you solving?”.

He then helps them design and run experiments to help them identify and manage the biggest risks in their business model. He teaches entrepreneurs from early stage founders to massive global companies (& government agencies) to apply the concepts of being “Lean”.

He founded neighborrow.com. His clients have included KauffmanLabs, TechPeaks, Bizdom, Numa, StartupTurkey, FastForward Ramallah, AOL, ESPN, NEWSCORP, AMEX.

Now working in the Product Lifecycle team at Pearson with world class lean & agile specialists to help 44,000 people make evidence-based, customer centric decisions.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Blair Beverly

Company
Google
Twitter
@BlairBeverly

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Blair manages a team at Google that develops data-based products and technical marketing solutions to drive growth across Google AdSense’s millions of web partners.

He advises individuals and teams both in and outside of Google on how to construct MVPs to test fundamental assumptions before investing big in an idea. Blair spoke about his experience leading his organization to adopt Lean Startup methods at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference.

A researcher at heart, Blair studied and researched organizational behavior while earning a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He also has a B.S. from Stanford University, where he studied and researched behavioral ecology.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation

John Bradberry

Company
ReadyFounder
Twitter
@johnbradberry

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Background in psychology. 25 years of experience improving performance in global firms and startups. Focused on (1) founder readiness and fit, (2) minimizing founder-driven (and ego-driven) waste, and (3) building corporate entrepreneurial talent. Co-developer of Entrepreneur Core Characteristics Profile www.FounderProfile.com. Helps leaders/teams get smarter, more honest, and more focused.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Misha Chellam

Company
Tradecraft
Twitter
@mishachellam

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I’m good at starting things. I’m still working on running things.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social sector innovation
  • Venture capital

Brant Cooper

Company
Moves the Needle
Twitter
@brantcooper

Session
Lean Innovation in the Enterprise Dinner
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Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur and “The Lean Brand.” He is a sought after keynote speaker, startup advisor and corporate mentor.

He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.

Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as General Electric, Intuit, Capital One, ADP, and Transamerica.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Metrics
  • People Management
  • Scaling and Growth
  • PR
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Innovation

Phil Dillard

Company
Black Ant
Twitter
@PhilD0210

Session
Lean Startup 101
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Phil Dillard is an entrepreneur and executive with experience in finance and strategy. A Philadelphia native, now living in San Francisco, Phil completed his BS in General Science, U.S. Naval Academy. After spending nearly 7 years on active duty with the US Navy, he completed MBA in Finance and Strategy at the Chicago Booth Business School. After several years as a corporate strategy consultant, manufacturing executive, and corporate strategy/innovation consultant, Phil embarked on his entrepreneurial career. He leveraged his experience from multiple industries to launch a small wind CleanTech company, serve as an advisor to a BioPlastics company and lead as CFO of a marketing automation company. Currently, independent consultant and faculty of the Lean Startup Company, Phil helps early stage and growth companies develop and implement strategies and processes that provide a foundation for profitable growth. He is also an adjunct MBA professor of Negotiations and Entrepreneurship at Golden Gate University, adjunct professor of Finance at Palo Alto University, and a board member at CiviCorps in Oakland California.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Brett Durrett

Company
IMVU
Twitter
@bdurrett

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Brett Durrett is the CEO of IMVU, a company pretty familiar with the Lean Startup. He’s good to hit-up on a conversation about the early days of being lean and scaling to be a pretty big business. He’s also not-too-shabby at explaining how to scale with Continuous Deployment.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Aaron Eden

Company
Moves the Needle
Twitter
@aaroneden

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Aaron is co-founder of Moves the Needle, a lifelong entrepreneur, teacher and design thinker. He is a prolific force in the Tucson community, co-founder of Startup Tucson, and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona.

Previously Aaron was an Innovation Catalyst at Intuit Inc., where his lean startup workshop series and mentorship transformed thousands of aspiring internal entrepreneurs and leaders into lean startup innovators.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Metrics
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Innovation

Robert Fan

Company
Sharethrough
Twitter
@robfan

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Rob Fan is the co-founder and CTO of Sharethrough. An early adopter of Lean Startup principles, having learned them directly from Eric Ries & Steve Blank, Rob has been using these principles to grow Sharethrough into a global organization. The Sharethrough monetization platform is used by major publishers like Time Inc., Gannett and CBS as full-stack native advertising software and a marketplace for content-focused advertisers like Audi and Intel. Rob shares his Lean Startup experiences by speaking at various conferences and mentoring other entrepreneurs on both the technical and process orientated aspects of customer development and MVP’s. Prior to Sharethrough, Rob worked for Booz Allen Hamilton providing technical analysis for three letter agencies and earned degrees from both Stanford and Johns Hopkins.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Darin Foster

Company
The Walt Disney Company
Twitter
@fostered

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Darin leads a team of product managers at Disney Consumer Products & Interactive overseeing the sites and platforms that power an always-on, responsive media network of experiences including disney.com, starwars.com, and ohmydisney.com.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation

Mike Hagler

Company
Clever

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Michael is an entrepreneur, angel investor and one of the two managing partners behind NYC’s leading web/mobile product studio for over 10 years. As an investor, operator and founder, Michael has worked in the SaaS, logistics, agency, pharmaceutical, FinTech and market-economy industries, and past projects have been featured on TechCrunch, by Apple, in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, the Inc5000 and on Bloomberg TV. Michael currently serves as a board member, advisor, or active angel investor to a number of funded startups and growth businesses in London, New York City, Florida, Israel, Dubai and San Francisco.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Startup law
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Learie Hercules

Company
Octavia Technologies
Twitter
@learieherc

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Learie Hercules is the founder of Octavia Technologies, a company that aims to collaboratively quantify the quality of wireless connectivity across every device and a Sr Technical Director of Big Data at AT&T. He oversees strategy and roadmap and also helps startups incorporate Big Data (Analytics, Data Science, Infrastructure) in their overall growth strategy. He also speaks at conferences focused on emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT). He currently serves on several technology and non-profit boards.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Jez Humble

Company
Humble, O'Reilly & Associates LLC
Twitter
@jezhumble

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Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high quality products. Jez is a lecturer at UC Berkeley and founder of consultancy company Humble, O’Reilly & Associates.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • User research
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams

Arthur Johnson

Company
Twilio
Twitter
@98arthurj

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Arthur runs the Corporate and Business Development group at Twilio, a pre-IPO cloud communications platform company. Previously , he was an Operating Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer at Cisco WebEx for 3 years, and also held various corporate development leadership roles at Intuit and HP. He started his career at the US Treasury Department, and was an M&A investment banker at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Susana Jurado Apruzzese

Company
Telefonica
Twitter
@sjapru

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Susana is Innovation Manager and mentor at Telefonica R&D. In recent years she has been working in strategy, the last four years mainly focused on innovation. She is part of the team that defined Telefonica R&D early stage innovation model, where Lean Startup is the cornerstone of the execution phase. In her role at Telefonica R&D she is part of the team that runs the innovation process, fosters conceptualization of new ideas to get high quality innovation proposals and mentors and assesses innovation projects. She has co-authored the Lean Elephants white paper, describing their experience and learnings of applying Lean Startup to innovation projects at Telefonica for almost four years. She was speaker at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference to talk about the experience applying Lean Startup at Telefónica. Susana lives in Madrid, Spain, and holds a MS in Telecommunication Engineering and an MBA from IE Business School.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Corporate Innovation

Megan Kierstead

Company
Social Ergonomics
Twitter
@megkierstead

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Megan is somewhere between user experience (UX), product management, and strategy because as it turns out, people and technology are complicated. She is passionate about people and building things that they love.

She wants to help others learn to be better entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers. She loves to teach and help others grow.

She currently consults for early stage startups and blogs on Medium (https://medium.com/@megkierstead).

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research

Tanya Koshy

Company
Google

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Tanya has significant experience applying her entrepreneurial spirit within large companies. She’s currently a product manager for Google Express, a new same-day delivery service that Google recently launched. Previously she was Head of Growth for Google Helpouts and before that, PM for Groupon’s merchant services team.

In all roles, she’s focused on using Lean Startup principles, user research and data analysis to drive growth.

She has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Marketing and Management and Organizations. She also graduated from Stanford University, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Computer Science.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation

Sonja Kresojevic

Company
Pearson
Twitter
@sonjak18

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Sonja Kresojevic has extensive international experience implementing Agile and Lean – from start ups in Silicon Valley to big broadcasting/publishing organizations in the UK including BBC, News Corp, and Channel 5. Sonja joined Pearson in January 2013 as the Head of Digital Programme Management for PI Digital. Currently she is an SVP in the Chief Product Office, responsible for design and implementation of Pearson’s Global Product Lifecycle and Lean/Agile best practice adoption.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate Innovation

Stephen Liguori

Company
Liguori Innovation
Twitter
@StephenLiguori

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Steve is the Founder and CEO of Liguori Innovation. He specializes in helping complex firms identify and create new sources of growth. He is a sought out expert on applying disruptive and startup principles that stress leadership, speed and improved customer outcomes.
Most recently as GE’s Executive Director of Global Innovation, Steve was instrumental in major efforts that helped transform and re-invigorate GE’s growth, including the Internet of Things with outstanding results. He coaches large firms and startups alike on how to succeed with today’s Disruptive Innovation.

Steve acts as an “Innovation Accelerator” says Beth Comstock, Vice Chairwoman of General Electric,

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Lou Moore

Company
Jawbone
Twitter
@lourmoore

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Lou Moore is VP Software at Jawbone where he leads software development for the Jawbone UP system. Prior to Jawbone, Lou was Director of Product Engineering at social networking startup hi5, and one of the earliest members of their engineering team. The process of fast-paced experimentation that fueled hi5’s growth developed into a passion for lean product development techniques that he continues to apply and evolve at Jawbone.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams

 

Grace Ng

Company
Javelin
Twitter
@uxceo

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Grace Ng is the Co-Founder of Javelin.com, a software and services company for implementing Lean Startup. She has trained thousands of entrepreneurs around the world, and coached executives from companies like GE, American Express, and ESPN, to help them explore, validate, and launch new product ideas.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Corporate innovation

Zach Nies

Company
Techstars
Twitter
@zachnies

Session
Accelerate Beyond The Lean Startup
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Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His whole career has been dedicated to entrepreneurship at startups and inside large companies. He is using that experience guided by his core value of Learn, Do, Teach, Learn to help companies of all sizes successfully bring new products and services to market. At CU, he is an Advisory Board Member for the Silicon Flatirons Center and an Executive Advisory Board Member for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining Techstars, Zach was Chief Technologist at Rally Software.

María de Olano Mata

Company
Telefonica Research and Development
Twitter
@mdomata

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María works as Innovation Manager and Lean Startup mentor at Telefónica R&D in Barcelona. During the last four years she has been part of the team which has designed and implemented a pioneer innovation framework. One of the essential pieces of that program is the roll out of Lean Startup methodologies.

To share the learnings and the experience she co-authored with Susana Jurado the Lean Elephants whitepaper and in last year confererence they explained it in depth as speakers. María combines an engineering background with product and business skills but even more importantly she is passionate about people, this is why she enjoys so much the Lean Startup mentor role. María strongly believes that although there are obstacles and difficulties Lean Startup delivers clear benefits also in the context of a large corporation.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Corporate Innovation

William Pietri

Company
Code for America
Twitter
@williampietri

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A developer, entrepreneur, and writer, William Pietri has started 5 companies and has been applying Agile and Lean methods to startups since 2000. He’s especially interested in how to make high-performing cross-functional teams and is active in the Balanced Team movement. A Lean Startup mentor since 2011, he is happy to talk with even the rawest of novices.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Oseas Ramirez Assad

Company
Cisco Systems
Twitter
@oseasra

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I started my career right out of high school co-fouding a web. dev shop, and as a CIO for a newspaper. I then became an ISP CTO and developed different products. I switched careers and became a family counselor, worked as one and as a public speaker. Then I founded three startups (elearning, digital agency and solar energy). I now work at Cisco Systems in charge of the development of the top 2% senior managers, and leading an effort to introduce Lean Startup in our corporation.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Manuel Rosso

Company
Seven R Services
Twitter
@manuelrosso

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Manuel has been practicing Lean Startup principles since 2006 when he worked with Eric Ries and the rest of the IMVU team as VP of Product and Marketing. After IMVU Manuel used Concierge MVP to validate his ideas for his next startup, Food on the Table (acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive in 2013). Today Manuel lives in the intersection of Food and Technology advising Scripps Networks on Business Development opportunities and startups in the Austin community.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Ursula Shekufendeh

Company
AppFolio, Inc.
Twitter
@ursheku

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Ursula Shekufendeh is a rental market technology expert who has most recently managed strategic partnerships at AppFolio, Inc. With a background in product management she has experimented extensively with lean methodologies.

As a UC Berkeley graduate and 2014 Lean Startup Conference speaker, Ursula is happy to return to the Bay Area and share her experience with the Lean Startup community.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Scaling and growth

Thomas Spengler

Company
TWILIO

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I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Scaling and growth
  • Corporate innovation

Vincent Thamm

Company
Transavia
Twitter
@Vincent_Thamm

Session
How Lean Startup Accelerates (open) Innovation
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Focus on improving the organisation by working on change, innovation, continuous improvement and culture.

Experience on B2B Sales & Distribution innovation (Agile, SAFe), Passenger Experience innovation (Lean Startup), and Incremental innovation & process improvement (Lean)

Akash Trivedi

Company
Kiva

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I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Metrics
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Sugath Warnakulasuriya

Company
Liguori Innovation
Twitter
@sugathw

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Sugath is a strategic advisor and entrepreneur with ~30 years experience in tech and market driven innovation with Fortune 500s and startups.

He co-founded and was CEO of 10EQS (‘Ten X’). Previously, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co as well as independently, helping SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco, Alliance build new ventures, launch products, develop and execute growth and competitive strategies, and build channel ecosystems across the globe.

He is an investor and advisor with Sand Hill Angels, Pasadena Angels, and AmplifyLA Accelerator.

He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS/BS in Computer Science from USC.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Metrics
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Justin Wilcox

Company
Customer Development Labs

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Specializing in applying Lean Startup, Justin works with early stage founders and Fortune 1000 companies including Google, Microsoft, Intel, HP, Redbox, Coinstar and others helping them understand:

– What to test
– When to test and
– How to test it

Justin has been a speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Lean Startup Conferences, and is a global mentor for Startup Weekend, Startup NEXT, Lean Startup Machine and Founder Institute.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges