It’s the End of the (Startup) World as We Know it
Changes to the startup environment are having a disruptive affect on how startups are funded and built.
Brant will answer “What is a Lean Startup” and why now? How do lean startup and customer development principles fit into today’s world and what it means to entrepreneurs and investors. He will also dispel some common misconceptions regarding lean startups and how startup founders can start using the principles to mitigate market risk.
Brant Cooper helps startups get started.
As the author of the popular Lean Startup book “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development.”, he is a sought-after writer, speaker and consultant. The “CustDev book” is required course text at several universities, including the University of Chicago MBA program, Stanford University, De Paul, Boston University, UC Santa Barbara and University of Oslo. Brant has been published in Venture Beat and Business Insider and frequently travels the world speaking to entrepreneurs at conferences, hackathons and workshops.
He has spoken at Qualcomm, the Kuala Lumpur Venture Capital Symposium, and Lean Startup conferences in Vancouver and Michigan. Other speaking events include the Forward Technology Conference in
Wisconsin, the Lean Startup Challenge in Boston, and Lean Startup Machines in London, New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
Brant consults for and advises startups on Lean Startups and Customer Development, with clients in Silicon Valley, New York, San Diego, France, Australia and Singapore. Clients include Qualcomm, MOGL, HubKick, MotherKnows, i.TV, Lean Startup Machine, Discovr and many others.
Brant Cooper is passionate about growing the San Diego tech community. He runs the San Diego Tech Founders monthly meetup that consistently draws 200 attendees. Past speakers have included Lean Startup author
Eric Ries, Customer Development inventor Steve Blank, KISSmetrics CEO Hiten Shah, CatchFree CEO Sean Ellis and venture capitalist Mark Suster. Brant is also the curator for the San Diego edition of the Startup Digest.
Brant mentored at CONNECT for four years and holds open office hours at a weekly informal coffee meetup.
Prior to becoming involved in the Lean Startup community, Brant was involved with startups in a more traditional way. He has over 20 years experience in IT and a long track record of bringing innovative
products to market. As a leader in Professional Services, Product Management and Marketing, he has directed strategy, design, marketing and implementation of numerous products for a variety of startups
including Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, Incode and InfoBright.