It’s likely some of us will need an added incentive to make it to next Monday’s Open Coffee, it being the Monday after Derby and all.
And if you’ve been thinking of coming to #OpenCoffeeLou and have been putting it off, next Monday’s features a set of speakers that’s enticing to newcomers.
Monday’s moderator, Greg Langdon writes:
Next Monday we’ll dig a little more deeply into this Lean Startup thing, with an all-star panel of guests who see it in action in the real world.
Suzanne Bergmeister, Vik Chadha and Tendai Charasika have agreed to field questions about how to put some of the Lean Startup ideas to work in practical ways, and how well some of the concepts work (or not) for various types of businesses.
Bring your questions and your own experience.
Bergmeister is the entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Louisville and is the founder of Sunflower Business Ventures. Chadha is Co-Founder of Backupify, GlowTouch Technologies and Scalable Ventures. He is also on the management team of the iHub. Charasika is the Director of Innovation & Commercialization Center (ICC) with Greater Louisville, Inc’s Enterprise Corp.
The “Lean Startup” is a business/entrepreneurial philosophy based on ideas in a 2008 book by Eric Reis. It is a business model that is about doing more with less. Trials, customer feedback and frequent product iteration are critical to the Lean Startup Model. It encourages businesses to “fail fast,” if they’re going to fail and to pivot if they can see another successful venture.
This will be the twenty-sixth meeting of Open Coffee in Louisville, an event that started after Brad Feld– who uses the Lean Startup method in his TechStars accelerator spoke in Louisville and Lexington at the invite of Forge and Awesome, Inc. Feld, managing director at the Foundry Group, who established the Open Coffee in Boulder, CO, took the idea from Saul Klein of Index Ventures in London.
The original 2007 London web announcement of Open Coffee explains the philosophy driving the event:
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.
The key is a regular place and a regular time – it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.
We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.
The event in Louisville began as a casual coffee date made over Twitter by a couple of people who wanted to talk about Feld’s presentations and about diversity in the Louisville startup community.
By the time the first meeting launched, it had become a true “Open Coffee,” where entrepreneurs and people who are critical to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Louisville come to share ideas. Attendance has held steady at 25-30 people ever since, and probably over 100 people have attended overall.
The event takes place every Monday at the iHub on 204 S. Floyd Street at 8 a.m. Coffee is supplied by Heine Brothers.