LEAN CITI SOCIAL: A colorful surge of Lifestyle, Tech, Culture and Space!
Brought to you by Lean Newark (LSM Newark) in partnership with Google Developer Group Women North Jersey (GDG Women NJ) and =SPACE (Equal Space Co.), a Sharespace and Incubator in downtown Newark.
Purchase tickets here.
Be sure to RSVP on the meetup page! 
Our stellar team for this event includes, Sylvia Wandahwa of GDG Women NJ, MEDINA and Sean Hairston of =SPACE, Emily Manz of Brick City Development Corp., and myself.
Check back regularly for updates and please spread the word.
For more details, see the full listing here.
When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:30 PM
Where: =SPACE (Equal Space)89 Market Street, 4th Floor Newark, NJ
Price: $10.00 per person; Purchase tickets or sponsor securely here: https://leancitisocial.eventbrite.com


You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.
We can’t wait to see you at the Lean Citi Social!

April Peters
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LEAN CITI SOCIAL: A colorful surge of Lifestyle, Tech, Culture and Space!
Brought to you by Lean Newark (LSM Newark) in partnership with Google Developer Group Women North Jersey (GDG Women NJ) and =SPACE (Equal Space Co.), a Sharespace and Incubator in downtown Newark.
Purchase tickets here.
Be sure to RSVP on the meetup page! 
Our stellar team for this event includes, Sylvia Wandahwa of GDG Women NJ, MEDINA and Sean Hairston of =SPACE, Emily Manz of Brick City Development Corp., and myself.
Check back regularly for updates and please spread the word.
For more details, see the full listing here.
When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:30 PM
Where: =SPACE (Equal Space)89 Market Street, 4th Floor Newark, NJ
Price: $10.00 per person; Purchase tickets or sponsor securely here: https://leancitisocial.eventbrite.com


You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.
We can’t wait to see you at the Lean Citi Social!

April Peters
Twitter | Facebook

LEAN CITI SOCIAL: A colorful surge of Lifestyle, Tech, Culture and Space!

Brought to you by Lean Newark (LSM Newark) in partnership with Google Developer Group Women North Jersey (GDG Women NJ) and =SPACE (Equal Space Co.), a Sharespace and Incubator in downtown Newark.

Purchase tickets here.

Be sure to RSVP on the meetup page! 

Our stellar team for this event includes, Sylvia Wandahwa of GDG Women NJ, MEDINA and Sean Hairston of =SPACE, Emily Manz of Brick City Development Corp., and myself.

Check back regularly for updates and please spread the word.

For more details, see the full listing here.

When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:30 PM

Where: =SPACE (Equal Space)
89 Market Street, 4th Floor 
Newark, NJ

Price: $10.00 per person; Purchase tickets or sponsor securely herehttps://leancitisocial.eventbrite.com

Eventbrite - Lean Citi Social

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

We can’t wait to see you at the Lean Citi Social!

April Peters

Twitter | Facebook

Welcome Emily Manz & Melissa Jackson to Lean Newark!

It’s no coincidence that Newark attracts innovative, creative types. The city’s immersive culture—one where people come from the outside to plunge in—has drawn the likes of Audible.com, Phone.com, Videolicious, and iSpeech!  
Last year, Lean Startup Machine Newark trained over 75 entrepreneurs on how to build disruptive products using lean methodology. Lean Newark has helped open the door for more Lean weekends to take place throughout the Garden State this year and in the coming years, including the Lean Startup NJ weekend taking place this September in Somerset, and the upcoming third Lean Startup Newark weekend in November. This year, I presented on Newark’s emerging and immersive startup ecosystem and the need for more women in tech, as a keynote and panel presenter at the Google I/O Extended Event at Montclair State University.
The Garden State is abuzz with activity, excitement, growth and revitalized resources. And in that vein, I am pleased to welcome two stellar women to the Lean Newark Co-Organizing Team.
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Blogger Melissa Jackson blends art, culture and technology in a colorful multimedia discourse. Melissa is a Business Analyst at Rutgers University with a career focused on reducing complexity and providing technical solutions that meet user needs. She has a healthy enthusiasm for creating user-friendly end products and possesses an expertise in lean project management. 
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We equally welcome Emily Manz, widely known for her role at Brick City Development Corporation. Emily has developed partnerships to increase the number of Newark residents leveraging technology for wealth creation including a strategic partnership with Lean Startup Machine in the last two years and the establishment of the Converge co-working pop-up space in Newark.
These ladies make up my core planning team as we approach the LSM Weekend, November 7-9, 2014.

We’ve scheduled a Lean Newark Tour with stops in Newark (of course) and Jersey City, NJ. Stay tuned for updates! For more info, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

See you soon!

April Peters
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Women In Technology Moderated Panel - Google I/O NJ 2014

Lean Newark represented at the Google I/O Extended Event, organized by Google Developer Group North Jersey at Montclair State University. Above is the FULL Women in Tech panel discussion, moderated by Nicole Bryan, Director of Corporate and Social Responsibility at MSU.

I, the artist, am neatly sandwiched between a chemist, Sylvia, and a futurist, Lubna. This, by far, was one of the most enlightening and refreshing discussions I’ve been a part of around the subject of reducing gender disparities in the field of technology!

If you would like to participate in changing the landscape, I invite you, female tech enthusiasts and techies alike, to feel welcome and join Lean Newark’s Meetup and the newly formed Google Developer Group Women North Jersey Meetup. Join the action and bring your authentic self and skill set to the table!

Credits…

ModeratorNicole Bryan: Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Assistant Professor of Management and International Business at Montclair State University. Nicosa Consulting Group 

Panelists (l to r)

Sylvia Wandahwa: Research Chemist. Reckitt Benckiser & GDG Jedi 

April Peters, Founding Organizer, Lean Startup Machine Newark, Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist

Lubna Dajani: Connector, Innovator, Rainmaker at Stratemerge Inc., ALC Hackathon Mishor 3D.

Camera by Jay Treble Videotek and Roy Jakubowski Editing and Lengthy Google Description sponsored by Videographer Jay Treble for nj.org

Join us for the Launch Party of Converge, a pop-up co-working space for entrepreneurs! 
The site of Lean Newark’s start-up weekend is now also a pop-up coworking space, sponsored by Brick City Development. Starting May 29 and continuing each Thursday during this summer, entrepreneurs in and around Newark will be able to work on their businesses and collaborate with like minds at SEED Gallery in downtown Newark. The space is free for entrepreneurs, will accomodate up to 30 people, and be open from 9am to 10pm Thursdays.
RSVP to help us kick off this grand summer event! Lean Newark will be on deck to answer questions and talk about this year’s lean startup weekend! See you there! 
Can Newark grow 100 startups in 1 year? Join 117 others in the Lean Newark Movement! By adding your email, you are declaring your support of workshops which build and spark entrepreneurs and startups in Newark: Click and e-sign here.
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April Peters, Singer-Songwriter and Founding Organizer, Lean Newark
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Join us for the Launch Party of Converge, a pop-up co-working space for entrepreneurs! 
The site of Lean Newark’s start-up weekend is now also a pop-up coworking space, sponsored by Brick City Development. Starting May 29 and continuing each Thursday during this summer, entrepreneurs in and around Newark will be able to work on their businesses and collaborate with like minds at SEED Gallery in downtown Newark. The space is free for entrepreneurs, will accomodate up to 30 people, and be open from 9am to 10pm Thursdays.
RSVP to help us kick off this grand summer event! Lean Newark will be on deck to answer questions and talk about this year’s lean startup weekend! See you there! 
Can Newark grow 100 startups in 1 year? Join 117 others in the Lean Newark Movement! By adding your email, you are declaring your support of workshops which build and spark entrepreneurs and startups in Newark: Click and e-sign here.
Follow Lean Newark on Twitter
April Peters, Singer-Songwriter and Founding Organizer, Lean Newark
LinkedIn | Twitter

Join us for the Launch Party of Converge, a pop-up co-working space for entrepreneurs! 

The site of Lean Newark’s start-up weekend is now also a pop-up coworking space, sponsored by Brick City Development. Starting May 29 and continuing each Thursday during this summer, entrepreneurs in and around Newark will be able to work on their businesses and collaborate with like minds at SEED Gallery in downtown Newark. The space is free for entrepreneurs, will accomodate up to 30 people, and be open from 9am to 10pm Thursdays.

RSVP to help us kick off this grand summer event! Lean Newark will be on deck to answer questions and talk about this year’s lean startup weekend! See you there! 

Can Newark grow 100 startups in 1 year? Join 117 others in the Lean Newark Movement! By adding your email, you are declaring your support of workshops which build and spark entrepreneurs and startups in Newark: Click and e-sign here.

Follow Lean Newark on Twitter

April Peters, Singer-Songwriter and Founding Organizer, Lean Newark

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Can Newark grow 100 startups in 1 year? Steven Royster, Lean Startup Evangelist and Coordinator, tackles this question and more at Ignite’s Lean Startup Conference 2013.

Join 112 others in the Lean Newark Movement! By adding your email you are stating that you believe a workshop which builds entrepreneurs should be brought to Newark: https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/cities/newark

Follow Lean Newark on Twitter

April Peters

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Get out of the Building and in Their Faces

Join the Movement to Unlock Newark and bring Lean to the city in 2014! Sign up in support here.

Guest post by April Peters, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter, and Founding Organizer for Lean Newark 

Before you find yourself in the pitfalls of false starts and failed attempts month after grueling month, perhaps even years, launching an idea or product, I’ve got something great for you! Last week, I spent quality time at Brick City Tech’s Meetup and fireside chat on Crowd-funding and Intellectual Property, featuring panelists David Postolski, a registered patent and intellectual property attorney at Day Pitney, and Kim Wales of Wales Capital, a thought leader in the crowd-funding industry. Conversation surrounded tech startup, protecting yourself and your ideas, and beating a lack of capital through alternative investment paths like crowd-funding.

The room was electric with riveting personal stories of stolen ideas, inventions on the market, copyright infringements, successful fundraising efforts and failed crowd-funding campaigns (this one hit close to home). David and Kim adeptly shared what differentiated the failures from the successes—such as lack of market research, unprotected inventions, sharing new ideas too soon, the need to sufficiently build networks (professional and social media) before launching a fundraising campaign, and ignoring the tried-and-true value of face-to-face personal interaction.

Now for that great thing…. Lean Startup Machine Weekends in Newark teach the above-mentioned key principles in only three days, treating startup like an experiment and helping you ask, “Should this product be built?” and “Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?” During a Lean Newark weekend you’ll be able to: 1. Figure out the problem you want to solve; 2. Learn before you launch; and 3. Get out of the building to test the product’s/service’s viability with ACTUAL customers.

I’m excited to reconnect with our partners, Judith Sheft, NJIT, Anthony Frasier, The Phat Startup and Brick City Tech to co-host additional tech meet-ups and social events leading up to the Lean Newark 2014 workshop. We still need about 100 more signups to bring the workshop to Newark, so please add your email at https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/cities/newark to help us UNLOCK Newark!

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April Peters

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Introducing April Peters & Unlocking Newark!

In 2013, Lean Startup Machine Newark trained 75+ aspiring entrepreneurs on how to build disruptive products using lean methodology.  Lean Newark emerged as a linchpin for NJ’s tech startup community, connecting organizations like the NJEDA, BCDC, GNEC, Audible, TechLaunch, JuiceTank, BCT Partners, NJIT, K&L Gates, PNC, Brick City Tech Meetup, Build In Brick City, ff Ventures, Startup Valley, NJ Tech Meetup and Scarlet Startups.  We represented Newark’s startup community on the national stage at the 2013 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco and served as a catalyst for new workshops coming up in New Brunswick and Madison. 

When I brought LSM to Newark in 2013, one of my goals was to find smart entrepreneurs committed to expanding Newark’s startup community.  I certainly found that person in April Peters.  April has been a core Lean Newark member from the start, leading our partnerships with Dr. Randal Pinkett (our March 2013 Keynote) and his Campus CEO Challenge, NJIT, PNC Bank and local vendors.  I’m happy to pass the torch to April to lead the 2014 workshops. I will continue to be an evangelist for Lean Newark by volunteering as a mentor, blogging at LeanNewark.com and being a channel for resources through my role at the NJEDA.

Now - April and I need your help.  To launch the next Newark workshop we need 200 email signups on Lean Startup Machine’s new 2.0 global platform.  Please show your support by visiting this link - https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/cities/newark - providing your email address in the signup box and clicking UNLOCK!

Thanks in advance for your support.  See you soon.

Steve Royster
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In The End It’s About Getting to the Truth

Guest post by John Incantalupo, Co-founder CollegeRise, 2-time Lean Newark attendee.

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“In the end, it’s about getting to the truth about ideas.”

That’s what Steven Royster said to me after this past LeanNewark weekend…and he couldn’t be more right!

I came to the weekend to join a team this time around.

Last March I had pitched a concept called CollegeRise, and formed a team around the idea.  But THIS time I thought it would be more important to learn from a different perspective.  Here’s what I learned…

Joining a team with a fully developed product/idea was a mistake in judgement on my part.  I should have known better. Why?  Because coming to a learning weekend with a developed mindset is exactly what I did last March at the first LeanNewark event held at NJIT.  So this was almost like an instant replay, only 6 months later…

Everyone has ideas, concepts, prototypes, wireframes, a website, facebook fans, twitter followers, and the rest (maybe even a deal waiting in the wings).  We’re all entrepreneurially active - that’s what attracts us to a weekend event like the Lean Startup Machine weekend.

In order to be successful (and by that, I do NOT mean win!) I have learned you really must leave all that “stuff” behind - just for the weekend.  It is truly stifling, and will impede your progress toward the truth.

So that’s the second time I’ve mentioned “the truth” isn’t it?

The “truth” - as I refer to it here - is what you’re left with when you’ve discovered your customers pain.  

The truth about your idea may be that your product/idea/concept/prototype NEVER addressed your customers pain - and therefore you’ll need to pivot.  Or maybe you don’t even know who your customer is?  Again, pivot.  Or maybe the pain you’ve discovered isn’t painful enough for the customer to take action - PIVOT!

A pivot - or change of concept/idea - doesn’t mean you were ever wrong.  It simply means you didn’t have the ability to get at the truth.

THAT is what I’ve learned this past weekend, and that is what you’ll learn when you participate in a LeanNewark weekend - the ability to get at the truth…and that will bring you, as it did me, one step closer to launching your own startup.

LeanNewark, the Lean Startup Machine and lean methodology in general will get you there - and in the end, you’ll be happy with the truth.

Any entrepreneur with a new idea should have three essential tools for building, learning & measuring progress about their busienss:

  • Javelin App — idea to product/market validation
  • Strategyzer - validation to full business model
  • Microsoft Excel - quantitative operational model

Check this awesome video from Strategyzer on building a business from scratch!

Hey Wantentrepreneur … Time To Stop Dreamin’ & Start Doin’

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If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, or your startup project is stuck in a rut, then the next Lean Startup Machine Newark bootcamp  - November 8th though 10th - is where you need to be.

2.5 days of running startup experiments with real customers and mentorship from the likes of:

This workshop is strictly for those on the grind to change the world in whatever industry/market/cause that drives your passions!

But we only have 2 general admission tickets left!

If you’re ready to take the leap, then use register NOW at www.LeanNewark.EventBrite.com and use “LeanNewarkFriend” code to get 50% off your registration fee.

Let’s Build Something Great!

#LeanNewark