Lean ‘pre-party’ at the next StartupQ8 meetup

(This post is for registering to attend the broadcast of recorded highlights of The Lean Startup Conference on December 15th. If you are interested in watching the event LIVE, please contact us).


On December 3, the biggest names in the Lean Startup world and a slew of entrepreneurs will gather at The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. StartupQ8 was named the official simulcast partner for Kuwait City and will broadcast selected highlights of the event at the next StartupQ8 meetup, free of charge, on December 15th. Join us to watch, learn and discuss how to be more innovative, use people’s time better, and be more successful.


Attendance is free of charge. If you’d like to attend, please visit  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4755404543 to register.


Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform. The Lean Startup Conference brings together innovators from startups, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to share lessons for building profitable lean organizations. More than 30 entrepreneurs will speak about their first-hand experiences, with keynotes including:

–  Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz

–  Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author, lecturer at Stanford

–  Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer at GE

–  Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup


The complete speaker list can be found on http://leanstartup.co/speakers-mentors


While knowledge about the new science of entrepreneurship has gone global, startup ecosystems are always local. Come to the next StartupQ8 meetup at Global Tower at 4 pm on December 15th to meet fellow Kuwait-based entrepreneurs interested in creating and managing successful startups. We will be showing the best speeches from the conference until 7 pm, when the StartupQ8 meetup commences. A detailed blog post about the next meetup will be coming soon.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact us on twitter (@StartupQ8) or via the comments.


“Lean Startup isn’t about being cheap [but is about] being less wasteful and still doing things that are big.”

                                                                   – Eric Ries


Attendance is free of charge. If you’d like to attend, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4755404543 to register.


To learn more about the conference and its speakers, visit The Lean Startup Conference at http://leanstartup.co/. Read about the Lean Startup movement and principles at http://theleanstartup.com/ or on our earlier blog post at https://startupq8.com/2012/11/07/guest-post-what-is-a-lean-startup-by-mijbel-alqattan/


Must Read List for Entrepreneurs

These 4 books are the books that you must read before you start your Startup:

1- The Startup Owner’s Manual (Steven Blank)

This book is a full updated version of Steve Blank previous book “The Four Step to the Epiphany”. The Startups Owners Manual is a step by step book for co-founders to start a business. It shows in details how to get feedback from your customers until you arrive at your Product Market Fit (or Perfect product). Steve Blank is famous for developing the Customer Development methodology, which explained in details in the book.

2- Lean Startup (Eric Ries)

Lean Startup is a new concept that made a revolution in the startup world. If you ask any startup these days, they’ll tell you that they’re going lean. That implies they are always trying to minimize waste (waste here means less wasted time, effort and money). Lean Startup cycle is built in three steps: Build, Measure and Learn. Every person or organization trying to build something innovative or new, they must read this book.

3- Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder)

Business Model Generation or Business Model Canvas is replacing business plans (I talked about this a bit in a previous post Burn Your Business Plan).

4- Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey A. Moore)

This is the most important book in marketing and sales for startups. You will realize that all of the previous books will use terms and methodologies from this book. Crossing the Chasm will teach you how to identify your market segments and how to target them.

Of course there are other books that should be in your reading list, but these are the books that you must read before starting anything.

Who are you!!!

Who are you!! This was the question my friend asked me yesterday when I told him about my new blog. Of course he knows who am I, we are friends for more than 15 years now, but he meant who are you in terms of work experience. When did you become an expert in entrepreneurship? How many companies you started before?That’s so true, who am I!!!

I hate it when people pretend they are experts and give training courses about subjects they have no personal work experience with. They give you lectures in marketing and social media just because they read a couple of books and a bunch of blogs!! I used to make jokes on these people, and now I feel I’m one of them, writing about entrepreneurship and my experience as an entrepreneur is less than one year!!! How did I became one of them!! I have no idea!!

Don’t freak out, I’ll not stop writing in this blog. But, I want to make it clear to everyone that most of the posts I’m writing are not based in my personal experience. The things I’ll write are just my own opinion and they are open for discussion, sometimes I’ll be right and other times I’ll probably be wrong. Many of my thoughts are based on books, blogs and articles I read from great thinkers in the startup world, for example:

1- Steve Blank   2- Eric Ries   3- Fred Wilson       4- Brad Feld      5-Vinod Khosla

I also had some good experience as a co-founder of a startup that successfully raised a seed funding round and was part of an incubator in Spain (the incubator is called Wayra). I also experienced the up and downs of starting a company with an international team before ending up back in Kuwait with a new startup I called fishfishme.com 🙂

OK, I’m glad we made everything clear. So in short, it’s true that I’m passionate about entrepreneurship and I read a lot about it, but this doesn’t make me an expert. I’ll write things that I think will be useful for people, but please leave a comment if you disagree or if I’m just talking non-sense. That was the purpose of the blog in the first place, for all of us to learn from each other.
At the end, I want to remind everyone that anyone can post in this blog, just contact me at StartupQ8@gmail.com.

All best,

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