Thoughts on LeanCamp Unconference in London

I’m currently at LeanCamp, the unconference that aspires to help people both learn and teach evrerything Lean Startup related. I must admit, I’ve been to my fair share of conferences in the past few years, some were exclusive and expensive events to produce, some were humble gatherings (maybe too humble at times). LeanCamp strikes the perfect balance between a well-organized event and a community meetup or gathering.

The agenda for the conference was completely crowd-sourced from the participants, with the exception of a few marquee speakers including John Mullins (my London Business School Entrepreneurship professor, author of “Getting to Plan B” and rapidly becoming the Steve Blank of Europe), Alex Osterwalder (author of business model generation) and Eric Ries (author of the lean startup).

Any time you start is right, whoever showed up is the right audience and the format is open – you define it at the beginning of each session. People are passionate about the topics, and it’s obvious that most of the questions are coming from practitioners, from a real pain point or interest.

Topics include sessions such as startup fundraising, customer development, business model generation, lean startup metrics, visual note taking and much more: http://leancamp.uservoice.com/forums/143388-leancamp-session-ideas.

Later on, I’ll be giving a session myself on Effective Business Blogging. If they don’t care about your blog, they won’t care about your startup. Hope you can join me at UCL room #G06 at 16:40 after Eric’s talk.

LeanCamp was created by my friend Salim Virani and Nicky Smyth in 2010 and this is its 2nd edition in London. Additional leancamps are taking place in New York and Barcelona – if you’re around, I’d recommend attending.

 
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.

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