The Lean Startup Conference 2015

November 16 - 19, 2015 - San Francisco, CA

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2015 Lean Startup Conference Program Details

Talks about Non-Profit/Social Enterprises

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Afternoon Breakouts2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

  • Re-imagining Job Creation: Using Paint3:30 - 3:50 PM
    Room: C210

    Liz Powers has worked with homeless and disabled individuals for 9 years. She was frustrated hearing clients be put down. She wanted to create a movement celebrating strengths and creating jobs. Liz will describe how she bootstrapped ArtLifting to turn $4k of investment into revenue in the 6 figures. Topics include: creating for-profit social enterprise, bootstrapping, minimizing risk, and rapid geographic expansion.

  • Improving the Quality of Families in Kenya the Lean Startup Way3:50 - 4:10 PM
    Room: C210

    Bidhaa Sasa (“Products Now” in Swahili) is a lean startup based in Bungoma County in Kenya. Its purpose is to distribute and finance goods to rural households, and to provide services to otherwise under-served communities. Bidhaa Sasa focuses on goods and services which will improve the quality of life for rural communities. Co-founder Rocio Perez Ochoa joins us to talk about their journey, and how they’ve implemented Lean Startup to improve the lives of her customers.

  • Pivot, Proceed, or Quit?: Lean Metrics for the Social Sector4:10 - 4:30 PM
    Room: C210

    Social sector innovators have to deal with far more diverse metrics than business entrepreneurs when implementing lean practices. The basic metric of “does it make money?” is rarely applicable to the value of a social, non-market innovation because, generally speaking, the beneficiaries of a social innovation are not the people funding it or paying for it. Making a “pivot, proceed, or quit” decision in the social sector requires data to answer three questions: 1)Do people need the innovation? Is it a solution to a problem?; 2)Can you reach enough people with the innovation to make a difference? Does it scale to the point of relevance?, and 3)Can you fund the innovation? Can you find a way to keep it running? This talk will give examples of how social entrepreneurs answer these questions as well as how political and social capital available for social action influence the learning environment and the long-term success of social innovations.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Afternoon Breakouts2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Exploring the Fertile Boundaries Between Faith and Business // #leanfaith3:30 - 4:30 PM
    Toby Rubin, UpStart Bay Area , @upstartbayarea
    Room: C210

    Author, extrapreneurial faith leader, and church futurist, Ken Howard, will lead a curated discussion of the fertile ground that lies at the boundaries of faith and business. He will be joined by entrepreneur and community innovator Toby Rubin, of UpStart Bay Area, and innovator and author Spencer Burke, of HatcheryLA. Topics like: Experimental Faith-Based Communities & Organizations, Lean in the Jewish Space, and Incubation & Acceleration of Faith Communities are just a few of the things Ken and his guests will be discussing at this first-of-its-kind program at the Lean Startup Conference.