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Our delicious DriverSide 2.0 cake

The door was sadly inedible.


Not a bad lunch spot – tedx shanghai at m1nt


Tedx Shanghai about to start


Three Things You can do to become Lucky

#1. Unrelenting optimism.  If you always think positive, you will influence the outcome.

#2. Be well-prepared and agile to better catch the opportunity

#3. Persistence.  The more times you try, the more likely you’ll hit.

= Lucky

-John Wu
Chairman FangJia & former CTO Alibaba

Beautiful morning in Beijing. Getting ready for startonomics. #goap


Good morning Beijing (view from my room)


The Japanese have kidnapped a Disney character and made her a hologram stripper.


Tokyo Startonomics: Eric Ries on Lean Startups

Eric’s blog:  startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com

Twitter: @ericries (tag with #leanstartup)

Presentation Notes:

  • Most startups fail catastrophically
  • How many startups have lived up to their employees, founders and investors?
  • Most startups that succeed turn out to be something totally different from the initial vision of the company
  • Difference between a successful startup and a failure is the number of iterations the company could afford before death / success
  • Eric’s new company – IMVU – bring avatars and digital goods to the USA


  • shipped in 6 months – a horribly buggy beta product
  • charged from day 1
  • Visionary Customers can be just as or more valuable to the business as the founders
    - must be in constant dialog with those visionary customers
    - those visionary customers live with the same pain that the founders did when they came up with the business idea
  • Iterate constantly.  IMVU pushes to production 50x per day
  • No PR, no launch
    - this way you only focus on what your customers think
  • 2007 revenues of $10mm, still growing nicely

Lean Startups Go Faster

  • Full-scale refactoring of how software is developed.
  • Commodity technology stack – easy, cheap: EC2, grid, cloud, etc etc
  • Customer Development (find out what customers want before you build it)
  • Agile (lean) product development (fast iterations)
    - Principles drawn from Lean Manufacturing and Toyota Production System
    - Where problem is known but solution is not
    - Meetings are waste, revising code is progress
  • Product development at a lean startup:
    - problem and solution both unknown
  • get rid of departments.  2 teams:  problem team, solution team
  • Problem team constantly asks what the problem is and is there a business here if we can solve it?
  • Solution team constantly asks what the problem is and if the product is sufficiently solving it (constantly iterate)
  • The biggest source of waste in any startup is building something nobody wants.


Disclaimer (AJ):  My notes don’t do Eric’s presentation or concepts justice.  Please watch Eric’s recorded presentations and look at his actual slides.

US panel at Tokyo startonomics. Mcclure, Gould, Horowitz #goap


No swine flu allowed in Tokyo. Whew.