The 6 Big Reasons You Should Really Be at The Lean Startup Conference

Photo by The Lean Startup Conference/Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin

We’re all excited to hear the latest from our buddy Eric Ries, especially since he has not one, but two new books coming out soon — The Leader’s Guide and The Startup Way. But The Lean Startup Conference isn’t just a place for Eric to hear himself talk. It’s a one-of-a-kind conference and community of 2,000 thought leaders who meet annually in San Francisco to discuss the ways everyone from big government agencies, multinational conglomerates, scrappy startups, religious organizations, and mission-driven initiatives puts continuous innovation into practice, empowering employees and fostering radical success along the way. It’s a big deal that only gets bigger with every year.

We aren’t gathering together to simply talk at you, either. That would be so boring. Our interactive, multidisciplinary conference will spark new ideas, help you face your workplace challenges from fresh perspectives, and connect you with other entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, regardless of whether you’re new on the payroll or have been running things for years. Really, there’s no better way to recharge and return to work inspired than spending a few days with Lean Startup’s global network.

Join us Nov. 16–19 at Fort Mason, where we’ll exchange stories of radical thinking from leading edge and enterprise companies alike with lightning talks, hands-on workshops, Office Hours, interactive breakout sessions, meetups, Master Classes, Startup Tours, industry dinners, and of course the big keynotes. Yes, we’re going to keep you busy — and make sure you get your bang for the buck. This is an investment in your professional development, after all. We’re not just another networking event.

Check the full schedule here — and keep these six big incentives to join us in mind:

New Speakers for 2015

Half of this year’s 100+ speakers and mentors are new to our conference. We’re talking about people who’ve led groundbreaking initiatives at influential organizations:Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler, HotelTonight’s Amanda Richardson, Harvard Business Review’s Eric Hellwig, Strategyzer’s Alexander Osterwalder, Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover, Adobe’s Tom Nguyen, altMBA’s Winnie J. Kao, and a triple bill from GE: culture leader Janice Semper, GM & CTO of Hybrid Fuel Cells Johanna Wellington, and Mark Little of GE Global Research.

Sessions with the Lean Startup alums you know and love

We’ll have unique insights from Lean Startup favorites Solve for Interesting’s Alistair Croll, Hunch Analytics’ Aneesh Chopra, Microsoft’s Cindy Alvarez, Dinadesa’s David Binetti, 18F’s Hillary Hartley, Pivotal Lab’s Janice Fraser, Users Know’s Laura Klein, and Techstars’ Zach Nies.

But wait — there’s more. We’ll also be hearing about leading Lean Startup strategies from folks at Google, Dropbox, Wells Fargo, American Express, and the Internal Revenue Service, among others.

Get smart, fast

Our Ignite talks are back! Leaders who’ve instigated radical changes in their fields and their organizations offer five-minute bursts of inspiration from the trenches of tech, labor organizing, sustainable agriculture, and education.

Choose your own track adventure

With nine different options during the afternoon breakout sessions (we know, we’re turbo-charging this thing with ideas), you can narrow down the selections by focusing on the tracks most useful to you and the methods by which you learn best. Are you more of a roundtable discussion kind of gal? A Lean Startup training kinda guy? Other options for cramming your brain with new ideas, depending on your price point for badge level, include motivational presentations and case studies, interviews with corporate innovators, interactive workshops, and Q&As with Eric.

Personalized training and feedback

From our Coaches Corner to one-on-one speed mentoring, we’ll equip Platinum and Gold badge holders with specific tactics for your workplace. Bring your toughest problems, and we’ll work on solutions with you. Get personal advice from the likes ofIntuit’s Eileen Fagan, Kiva’s Akash Trivedi, Twilio’s Arthur Johnson, Google’s Tanya Koshy and Jawbone’s Lou Moore.

Back by popular demand: the return of networking dinners

Because our community loves chewing on food and ideas at the same time, we’re organizing group dinners for the third year in a row. On Nov. 17 & 18, choose your socializing track based on your interests, and for $55 a pop you can continue the conversations provoked in our daytime sessions over dinner with your peers in your industry.


And hey, because we’d love to have you join us, we’re happy to help nudge your manager into sending you to the conference. Here’s three very good reasons why your boss should send you to the Lean Startup Conference.

Ok, ready to join us? This is where you can register before we sell out.

In order to be inclusive to all you innovators out there, we’re offering three different price points, from the scrappy to the down-for-everything.

  • Platinum Pass: 4 days, includes Opening Night Reception as well as all keynotes, Ignite talks, breakouts, and first dibs on purchasing dinner tickets — plus workshops, Office Hours, Live Q&A with Eric, Master Classes, Coaches Corner (sign-up required), new Startup Tours, a VIP Happy Hour, video bundle of all keynote and breakout talks, priority seating, and dedicated VIP concierge treatment.
  • Gold Pass: 3 days, includes Opening Night Reception as well as all keynotes, Ignite talks, breakouts, and option to purchase dinner tickets — plus workshops, Office Hours, Live Q&A with Eric, and Master Classes.
  • Silver Pass: 2 days, includes Opening Night Reception as well as all keynotes, Ignite talks, breakouts, and option to purchase dinner tickets.

The Lean Startup Conference. Nov. 16–19, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. Time is running out. Register here today.


Jennifer Maerz is a Contributing Editor for Lean Startup Co.

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