On August 3rd, the first LeanCamp Stuttgart took place. I’d like to say a big thank you to the organizing team, especially Daniel Bartel and to the event location: Coworking0711, the one and only co-working space in Stuttgart.
It was a great event, hugely inspiring – and very intense. All of that I had expected, actually hoped for.
But what quite surprised me was the number of corporate participants at the event.
Lean Startup is becoming more and more mainstream in the startup world in Germany as well, and consequently, the first Leancamp in Stuttgart is coming up on August 3. There’s a new software app that supports Lean Startup in the enterprise, and Lean Startup made it on the cover of the Harvard Business Review.
This week, I present three internet finds that should be interesting for for growth companies: a deep, insightful blog post by Ben Horowitz, explaining why Andreessen Horowitz prefers to scale their portfolio companies under the reign of the founding CEO – instead of putting in a professional CEO. A recent article claiming that IPOs have become less attractive as an exit option. And several stunning infographics from LUMA Partners related to scaling and exiting.
Returning from the holidays, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everyone all the best for 2013!
I’m looking forward to an interesting year: I cannot remember a time when analysts were disagreeing that much on the outlook for major economies. Since the financial crisis in 2007/2008, economic certainties seem to have evaporated and many rules we took for granted are dissolving.
But we are not in a depression, so these times of change also present opportunities for innovators and we’re still seeing exciting growth in many sectors of the technology industry.
That’s why for the next few months, I’ll focus primarily on growth and innovation models that are specific to the technology industry – highlighting key concepts and in particular the application areas for each model, i.e. for which situations a model is appropriate, which challenges it’s supposed to address, or which problems it promises solve.