Meet 31 Innovators & Instigators In The World of Startup-Driven Innovation
Some of Our Favorite Friends & Mentors You Should Know
Surviving (let alone winning) in today’s climate of change and disruption requires a fair dose of innovation. From startups to corporate boardrooms, the nature of innovation itself is changing.
How can companies keep up with the new tools, techniques and talent required to change the way products, business models and markets are created? We made a list of talented folks you should know and follow to make it a bit easier.
The following are some of our favorite friends, mentors and “gurus” we’ve learned from or worked with over the past decade who are making waves in the area of #StartupDrivenInnovation.
We can’t start a discussion without including the people who coined the terms and provided the framework for a new way of thinking about innovation and the tools you can use to get there.
Eric Ries is creator of the Lean Startup Methodology and coined the term “lean startup.” The Silicon Valley entrepreneur wrote the 2011 bestseller “The Lean Startup” and authors the blog Startup Lessons Learned. It hasn’t been active lately, but there are eight years’ worth of posts. @ericries
Steve Blank authored “The Four Steps to the Epihany” — a book credited with launching the Lean Startup movement — and “The Startup Owner’s Manual.” He developed the Customer Development model, a scientific approach entrepreneurs use to understand their customers and strengthen their products. This methodology is one of the pillars of the Lean Startup movement. @sgblank
Alexander Osterwalder is a Swiss business theorist who created the Business Model Canvas , a tool that helps entrepreneurs describe, design, challenge and pivot their business models. He co-wrote “Business Model Generation” and “Value Proposition Design.” @AlexOsterwalder
These are a few of the people in the trenches of executing lean and customer-centric innovation.
Janice Fraser founded LUXr, the first Lean Startup coaching firm for early stage companies. She is currently director of Innovation Practice at Pivotal Labs and has coached, taught and interviewed thousands of startup founders. @clevergirl
Brant Cooper co-wrote “The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate With New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets.” His firm Moves The Needle helps organizations with lean innovation, helping them move from theory to practice. @brantcooper
Alistair Croll is an expert in data-driven business and entrepreneurship. He co-wrote “Lean Analytics: Use Data To Build A Better Startup Faster.” He also co-founded Coradiant, a pioneer in User Experience Management. @acroll
Justin Wilcox founded Customer Development Labs, which teaches startups and communities how to practice the principals of Lean Startup. The blog at Customer Development Labs also offers advice. @Justin_Wilcox
Tristan Kromer is a lean startup coach who blogs at GrasshopperHerder He also volunteers with Lean Startup Circle, a non-profit that develops innovation ecosystems through peer-to-peer sharing. @TriKro
Cindy Alvarez is director of user experience at Yammer, a Microsoft company, and author of “Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy.” She’s a booster of women in tech, and her blog offers advice as well. @cindyalvarez
Marc Hemeon is a product UX and design expert who founded Design Inc., which helps companies build beautiful products that are simple to use. He’s led design at YouTube, Google, Digg, Oakley and others. @hemeon
Last but not least, these are some of our favorite innovators whom we met at the recent Lean Startup Labs NYC: Enterprise Summit (Feb. 24 -25). Look for some upcoming episodes of our Inside Outside Innovation podcast with interviews from a few of them as well.
Viv Goldstein-Wiltshire is global director of innovation acceleration at General Electric who was co-architect of the FastWorks methodology that brings Silicon Valley thinking to GE innovation.
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