Why You Should Speak at Lean Startup Conference

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Photo credit: The Lean Startup Conference/Jakub Moser & Erin Lubin

Last week we announced the first round of talent confirmed to speak at the 2015 Lean Startup Conference. Now, it’s your turn. We’re reaching into the Lean Startup community to find hidden gems–the stories we don’t know.

Lean Startup methods are being applied by people around the globe, in startups and established companies, non-profits and civic organizations, and there are many stories to be told. We’re passionate about bringing fresh experiences and ideas to the community, and we encourage you to apply as a speaker–especially if you haven’t had the chance to speak from the Lean Startup stage.

What we’re looking for

Our goal is to bring the most interesting, relevant, and impactful stories to the conference. We’re looking for practitioners who are doing the real work. That’s where you come in. As a speaker, you’ll have the opportunity to share your advice, insight, failures, and successes in order to help and benefit from the Lean Startup community.

Now in its 6th year, the conference has evolved from entrepreneurs-helping-entrepreneurs to something much larger and more powerful–a global community of businesses helping each other grow. This year, we’ll stick to the key themes you’re already familiar with, such as Innovation Accounting, Experimentation, Reducing Risk, and Lean Impact; but, we’re expanding our focus to include examples of how the Lean Startup method is changing the way we do business, and what the future of that might look like. Topic categories such as Leadership Development, Change Management, Marketing, Design, and Data Science and more, will be on the agenda.

What is your Lean Startup story?

If you have a Lean Startup experience to share, regardless of whether you’ve ever spoken publicly or not, we encourage you to propose a talk via our application form. You’ll submit your idea in the form of a short video, but don’t worry–iPhone video capture is just as good as broadcast quality. We only ask that you make sure the sound is good, so we can hear you. Here’s an example of a CFP we loved:

Here are some basics to keep in mind as you put your proposal together:
  • You don’t need to be a Lean Startup all-star. You just need a good story, useful tips, advice, or practical applications to share.
  • The core of your proposal should be around one of the questions posed in the CFP form. Keep it simple and focused.
  • Do your best to deliver your pitch in the proposal video as you would on stage. Though there’s still time to practice, stage presence matters.
  • Your presentation can be in the form of a case study, an interactive session, a list of lessons learned, or a discussion — whichever format you think delivers the most punch. Let us know.

Conference attendees are entrepreneurs of all kinds–venture backed, bootstrappers, even entrepreneurs in corporate and government settings. We are seeking talks aimed at all segments of our audience:

  • Bootstrappers and startups
  • Corporate intrapreneurs
  • Educators
  • Government innovators
  • Non-profit and social impact leaders
  • Developers

Just as our audience is incredibly diverse, we are looking for speaker candidates from all over the world and from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, or age.

So, why apply? Because the community needs you, and your work deserves to be celebrated.

Here’s what to do next:

  1. Click here for the application. Read it thoroughly (the directions are KEY).
  2. Submit your CFP by 11:59p PT on Wednesday July 15.
  3. We’ll do our best to respond to you by mid-August.

Would you rather attend?

The Lean Startup Conference is the best way to connect with other experts in the Lean Startup community. You’ll receive practical ways to immediately implement the Lean Startup methodology into your daily business

Now is the best time to purchase your tickets for The Lean Startup Conference; you will be able to take advantage of our Spring Sale prices. There is a package for every budget (and options to bring your entire team at an affordable rate). Click HERE for the details.

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