We Know 2,000 Entrepreneurs Who’d Love to Hear Your Story

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

It’s nuts, the number of tech superstars we’ll be surrounding ourselves with this fall at Lean Startup Week in San Francisco. This may be our seventh year of hosting our flagship conference, but we’re still in awe at the calibre of leaders and doers who’ll be taking the stage at Pier 27 Oct. 31-Nov. 6 alongside Eric Ries. In the last week alone, we’ve added four awesome names to the roster:

Steve Case — Co-founder AOL & author. His new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future, was recently excerpted on Eric’s blog; it maps out the specific skill sets necessary as we enter the “third wave” of the internet.

Guy Kawasaki — Silicon Valley guru, The Art of the Start is his Bible. Guy revised and expanded his best-seller for 2015’s The Art of the Start 2.0, which gets into the specifics of building the right team and product for your company. Eric excerpted 2.0 on his blog last year.

Irene Au — Design & UX whiz at Khosla Ventures, previously user experience and user interaction design jobs at Yahoo! and Google. At Lean Startup Week, she’ll discuss why it’s critical for startups to have an understanding of design and user interaction.

Kara Goldin — CEO & Founder of Hint Water. She joins us to share her story of turning a desire for healthier beverage options into a $30m beverage company, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

And the next name we announce could be … you?

Seriously. Our community is equally comprised of household name-entrepreneurs and new mentors in the making. Look at Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover, who went from being a Lean Startup Conference attendee to a keynote speaker in 2015.

If you have a good story, useful tips, compelling advice, or practical applications to share, why not let 2,000 Lean Startup attendees in on your great work?

We posted a Call For Speakers that describes exactly what you don’t need to apply (a ton of public speaking experience, a track record on the conference circuit) and what you do (compelling ideas, stage presence). If you’re itching to share something big you’ve learned, we want to hear from you. All the application details are here, and the deadline is Friday, May 20. We’d love to help share your story.


Lean Startup Week is a seven-day immersion into Lean Startup methodology led by star practitioners in big companies and hot startups from around the world. On Oct. 31-Nov. 6, we’re gathering thousands of thought leaders and avid community members at Pier 27 for a week of keynote talks, interactive workshops, office hours, industry dinners, bootcamps, and startup tours at the scenic edge of San Francisco. Our unparalleled conference is unique in that it unites entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from multinational corporations, bootstrapped startups, government agencies, and civic organizations in their mission to create radical change in their industries.


Originally published at leanstartup.co on April 27, 2016.

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