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17 February, 2011 / Karl Maier

Lean Startup Culture

In Fred Wilson’s blog post, MBA Tuesday post, he talks about lean startup culture as an outgrowth of a lean startup methodology.

Having a lean startup culture is about values and a goal.  Fred talks about a goal that gets stuck in your head. In his words, “If you have an idea that you can’t get out of your head, do a startup. Otherwise join a startup.”  Having an idea that you are so passionate about that you can’t get it out of your head is the driving, noble goal that can propel a company to Stage Four or even Stage Five.

The values that are implied by a lean startup culture include frugal, but results oriented; prudent, but not afraid to try new things.  Use software tools that not everyone has worked with before if they offer a significant cost benefit advantage.  Acquire used and not matching furniture.  Use virtual personnel and virtual offices when it serves your companies needs.

A lean culture, startup or otherwise requires trusting people.  Trusting people is very difficult until you trust their values.  Once you trust their values, build your tribe and grow.


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