Trim the Fat: Applying Lean Startup Concepts to Entrepreneurship, Life, and the Creative Process

Turning Vision into Value

If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting

June 2nd, 2010
6:00 – 9:30 pm

Featuring a Panel Discussion on:

Trim the Fat: Applying Lean Startup Concepts to Entrepreneurship, Life, and the Creative Process

“Every entrepreneur must learn how to run a lean startup. It’s how you do more with less money.”
-Babak Nivi

The Lean Startup movement is taking Silicon Valley by storm, following the recent recession. (Some might say this should have been normal operating procedure all along.) Its concepts, such as “minimum viable product” and “customer development,” have helped startups turn their vision into a profitable reality faster.

But do they have a broader relevance? How could they apply to personal growth?

Does such a rigorous methodology have its place in the creative process?

Join SVII for an engaging conversation on June 2nd—the discussion is usually interactive, and audience questions and comments are encouraged.


Dr. Bernard Mont-Reynaud

After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France, Bernard Mont-Reynaud did research at INRIA, then left for Stanford University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He taught CS at UC Berkeley, until called to join research in music analysis at CCRMA. The analysis, visualization and perception of music and audio have been major themes of his work over the years, along with image processing, real-time systems and advanced UI design. Places he has worked include Lucasfilm, TDW, Xerox PARC, Studer Editech and FXPAL. He is also the former Chief Software Architect at Sony’s “Super Audio Project” R&D facility in San Francisco.

Jordy Mont-Reynaud

After becoming the youngest ever chess master in the United States at the age of 10, Jordy attended Stanford University, where he received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems. After graduating he worked as a Software Engineer/Product Manager for Digital Chocolate. Jordy is currently the Mobile Developer for the social networking site Bebo, located in San Francisco.

Lukas Biewald

Lukas founded CrowdFlower, a “labor on demand” startup, in 2007. Prior to that he was a Senior Scientist and Manager within the Ranking and Management Team at Powerset, Inc., a natural language search technology company that was acquired by Microsoft. Lukas has also led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science. He is an expert-level Go player.

Please pre-register for this event here.

Program Schedule

6:00   Arrival and networking
6:45  Community buffet dinner
7:15   SVII Business—Howard Richard Lieberman, Chairman
7:30  Feature Panel Presentation
8:30  Followup discussion, showing up as an Innovation Advocate
9:30 Closing

Event fee: $35 drop-ins, and $25 members.

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

If you do not pre-register, please be sure to RSVP at

SVII accepts cash, checks and credit cards on-site.

Or, you can pre-pay using the PayPal drop down button below.

Memberships have recently become available and can also be purchased using the same secure PayPal cart below.

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Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

In Palo Alto, take Embarcadero East past Ming’s restaurant, then turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course driveway; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Archives and Outlook

For developing Archives, check out the
SVII “First Wednesday”
group at
SVII Society Online.

Please note that the SVII Ning group is being replaced soon by the following social networks:

You can now follow SVII on Twitter @sviihq

Join the new SVII Facebook group and the LinkedIn group.

You can also use Eventbrite to register.

Stay in Touch

For more information, and to join the e-list, email Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “first Wednesday” of the month.

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SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

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