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.
Like many young entrepreneurs as well as veterans of the technology industry, I’m a huge fan of the Lean Startup approach as described by Eric Ries in his famous book. For readers not familiar with this approach, see Wikipedia for a quick summary or Eric’s website for the principles.
But recently, I’m seeing articles that are a little more critical, for example GigaOm reporting from the Lean Startup Conference in December 2012 where Marc Andreessen weighed in:
Marc stated that not all startups should be lean startups – and that investors should not automatically reject a company that is not using this popular approach.