At a Glance
A startup is a temporary institution designed to search for product-market fit. The same challenges apply whether that is an internal project within a large company or a couple of founders working out of a cafe.
According to Deloitte Private, only 4% of Australian startups become successful companies.
The other 96% rarely fail because the product doesn’t work. Usually, it’s because they develop products that they THINK people will want and spend all their resources perfecting their product before showing it to customers who don’t want to buy it.
Startups that succeed are those that manage to iterate (make changes) based on validated customer learnings enough times before they run out of resources
Time between iterations is FUNDAMENTAL
“We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.” ― Eric Ries, The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Why The Lean Startup Changes Everything
According to Stanford professor, serial entrepreneur and father of the lean startup movement, Steve Blank, launching a new startup or initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. You write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can. And somewhere in this sequence of events, you’ll probably suffer a fatal setback.
The odds are not with you: As new research by Harvard Business School’s Shikhar Ghosh shows, 75% of all start-ups fail.
However, The Lean Startup, 2011's book by Eric Ries, has popularised the lean startup methodology which advocates experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional 'big bang' design and development up front. Today, both start-ups and large companies are embracing concepts such as 'minimum viable products' and rapid prototyping to radically improve the likelihood of finding product market fit, without wasting millions of dollars or several years looking for it.
The lean startup for large companies
Lean start-up practices aren’t just for young tech ventures. Large companies, such as GE, Qualcomm and Intuit, have begun to implement them successfully.
Why traditional methods for product development are broken
Business plans rarely survive first contact with customers. As the boxer Mike Tyson once said about his opponents’ prefight strategies: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
No one besides venture capitalists and the late Soviet Union requires five-year plans to forecast complete unknowns. These plans are generally fiction, and dreaming them up is almost always a waste of time.
Startups are not smaller versions of large companies. They do not unfold in accordance with master plans. The ones that ultimately succeed go quickly from failure to failure, all the while adapting, iterating on, and improving their initial ideas as they continually learn from customers.
About this Course
You will not only will you receive an overview of the entire lean startup process and supporting tools, backed by real-world case studies and immersive activities but you will also be asked to come with an idea and you will leave with a working prototype and some validated learnings.
This will help you quickly and cheaply determine whether or not you're onto a winner, which elements of your business model need tweaking, what features you need to think about and you will start to gain an appreciation for which marketing and distribution channels work best.
You will also be able to tap into the collective knowledge and opinions of your peers as well as expert insights of the facilitator and guest speakers.
What kind of prototypes will you build?
"After completing the Lean Startup course I feel I know what questions to ask and what I should be focussing on to get new ideas off the ground. Steve's responsive approach, as well as class discussions, helped me clarify my ideas and experiment with usable tools. A valuable and inspiring part of the course was hearing diverse personal stories from several entrepreneurs, including Steve. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an intro to Lean Startup and some inspiration!" - Carl Turner, Swinburne Design Factory
"The Lean Startup Course at Collective Campus equips you with the fundamentals required to take your startup idea to an MVP and validate it. Interactive classroom sessions, hands-on exercises and guest speakers who talked about their startup journeys were the highlights of the course for me." - Hima Tk, PwC
"I would definitely recommend the lean startup bootcamp to other companies. It's a great way for employees to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and being in a startup and it really encourages them to push the boundaries and diverge from their normal way of thinking."- Oliver Hoy, Innovation Manager at Sportsbet "MASSIVE shout-out to Stevie Glaveski for hosting the 48 Hour Startup this weekend! I'm straight up going to say it now: don't go to uni for biz or entrepreneurship, it's a bad investment of time and money. Do this instead. You actually build out a prototype, and pitch it at the end of the weekend! And, you're actually being taught by someone who has raised funding before, and runs a sweet company. Valuable insights, brutally honest feedback, a focus on taking action and being in a room with other founders is priceless. 3 years and $50k+ in student-debt is laughable." - John Mitchell, Seed Digital / Noots
"Course facilitator Steve Glaveski is extremely knowledgeable around innovation theory and start up methodologies and provides great commercial perspectives on disruptive innovators. Definitely worth a listen for any company not currently disrupting themselves"— Sue Hogg, Iterations Manager at Australia PostTime Commitment
Class time: 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
Who Should Take This Workshop?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions then the lean startup short course is for you.
Anything from suits and ties to jeans and Chuck Taylors! Innovation isn't dependent on dress code.
Contact the team at email@example.com or (03) 9996 1257 to enquire about group bookings.
Our workshops and classes can take place both on campus, on-site at your organisation as well as third party sites and events such as conferences.
About The Instructor
Steve Glaveski spent time working at both Macquarie Bank and Ernst & Young, where he consulted for numerous ASX50 and NASDAQ listed clients, before embarking upon his own entrepreneurial journey. He used lean startup principles to validate assumptions underlying his first startup, Hotdesk, which lead to a successful fundraising round, appearances in The Financial Review and The Australian and honours from Microsoft Australia, before growing the office sharing platform to almost 1,000 locations across AsiaPac.
He has since gone on to advise other early stage tech startups and is a co-founder of Collective Campus, sighting an archaic mentality of "the way things have always been done around here" as a key motivator for wanting to get into the space. Steve is also a regular innovation blogger, having written for Innovation Excellence, Startup Grind, Venture Beat, Startup Daily and Shareable in addition to independently publishing thought leadership pieces on LinkedIn.
When not immersing himself in all things business and innovation, Steve can be found hitting weights in the gym, cycling down Beach Road, catching a live band on AC/DC Lane or enjoying some smashed avocado on toast at one of Melbourne's many famous inner city cafes.
Collective Campus is an innovation hub and practical education provider based in the Melbourne CBD. We believe education doesn't have to mean long, drawn out and expensive courses. At Collective Campus, we believe in high-impact, practical education - meaning you walk out of every class with knowledge you can apply straight away. Our teachers are all industry leaders who have been-there-done-that, so no matter if you're learning enterprise innovation, digital marketing, data science or building a lean startup, you'll always get the most cutting-edge knowledge and comprehensive case studies.Students also all join our Campus Alumni, where you'll receive ongoing support, news, information and special deals. To find out more, including a full list of our classes, go to collectivecamp.us