Five favourites: Startup Lessons Learned

Five favourites: Startup Lessons Learned

A great source for continuous insight is Startup Lessons Learned, a blog from Eric Ries. Eric’s posts and lectures are a great mixture of engineering practices and management frameworks.

He offers hands-on advice on issues that almost all startups, whether in tech or not, will eventually face. These themes are for example rapid experimentation, making actionable metrics and finding the true causes of failures with the Five Whys -method. Agile development and the lean thinking/manufacturing are well known concepts in technology companies, but Eric does wonders in introducing them in the practical context of a startup.

The Lean Startup community includes all sorts of useful resources for starting entrepreneurs: you can for instance visit Lean Startup wiki with e-mail lists, case studies and tools, follow the hashtag leanstartup in Twitter and buy (or borrow) Steve Blank’s book 4 steps to epiphany to find out more.

Our friends at Arctic Startup, CityVice, Floobs and Everyplay published just the lecture Eric Ries held in Helsinki last Tuesday. It’s a must watch for everyone.

Aaltoes recommends:
Eric Ries What are lean startups?
Eric Ries What is customer development?
Steve Blanks must read books Books/blogs for Startups
A podcast version of a similar kind of speech can be found from the  STVP Entrepeneurial Thought Leaders -seminar.

This is the second post of our Global Entrepreneurship Week Five Favourites -series, exploring some the entrepreneurial inspiration available on the Internet. See the previous posts at
1/5 favourites
Y-Combinator & Startup School




  1. Nico
    November 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Another quite lean "methodology" that could work fairly nicely for startups also is Kanban: It has also received quite much hype recently and it would be interesting to hear if someone has experiences from using it.

  2. Linda Liukas
    November 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Nico, seems very interesting! It's funny though, in school of economics even the most contemporary management models seem preeetty outdated compared to all agile/lean methodologies present in the software development. I at least get a lot out of them, even if that isn't originally the intention.

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