If you’re interested in bringing people together to learn from innovators who’ll be sharing lessons for profitably practicing Lean Startup methods within all kinds of organizations, we hope you’ll consider hosting an event. By Sarah Milstein (Co-Host, The Lean Startup Conference) As co-host of The Lean Startup Conference (December 3-4, 2012 in San Francisco), I’ve worked hard with my co-host, Eric Ries, to ensure women and other people typically under-represented at entrepreneurship conferences are very much a part of this event. For instance, our speaker roster includes stellar speakers with very relevant stories to share - many of whom aren’t on the usual circuit of tech-sector events. Consider speakers like Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer at GE; Dianne Tavenner, Founder and CEO at Summit Public Schools; and Tendai Charasika (1:15 into video), Entrepreneurial Director for the organization that runs Louisville, KY’s enterprise development program. Part of what makes this conference unusual is that we make the program available via livestream simulcast to any group with 10 or more individuals who want to view it. All over the world, people are scheduling events to watch the simulcast together and use it as a great reason to network with like-minded entrepreneurs. These simulcasts are strong community-building opportunities and can be important platforms for the hosts, many of whom raise their own profiles in local startup scenes and meet new people by organizing viewing events. Which is why we’re concerned that of the 200 applications we’ve received to host livestream groups, fewer than 10% are from women. If you’re interested in bringing people together to learn from innovators who’ll be sharing lessons for profitably practicing Lean Startup methods within all kinds of organizations, we hope you’ll consider hosting an event. Please fill out this short application form by next Tuesday, October 30. Once confirmed, your event will be listed on our conference site and will be promoted by us before the conference (via Twitter, blog posts and/or email announcements). Of course, right before the conference, we’ll give you the livestream password. There is no charge to host. As Eric Harper in Evanston, Illinois, told us about his experience hosting last year: “The event helped to build our community and provided some substantive content and topics for future Startup Evanston events.” Next year, we want to quote you! Apply now!
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About the guest blogger: Sarah Milstein is co-host of The Lean Startup Conference. From 2009 through 2011, she ran the Web 2.0 events for UBM TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media, and co-chaired Web 2.0 Expo. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O'Reilly, where she founded Tools of Change for Publishing and led development of the Missing Manuals, a best-selling series of computer books for non-geeks. Bonus fact: she was the 21st user of Twitter. Follow her on Twitter at @SarahM.