Lean Mean Start-up Machine
New York has its share of lean start-up devotees preaching the mantra of Faster! Cheaper! Lighter! Better!, a rallying cry that defines the current boom. Split test. Work that agility, girl. Pivot like you mean it! But one of the godfathers of the movement, Steve Blank, is still out West. Mr. Blank has a bone to pick with board meetings, which he says, “haven’t changed since the early 1900′s.”
In keeping with the trend Betabeat has observed of VCs floating their own start-up ideas, hoping to get them built, when Techcofounder’s Ben Mappen met up with Mr. Blank to pitch him on a start-up, GigaOm reports that Mr. Mappen ended up sidelining his idea to pursue Mr. Blank’s instead.
Start-up Slumber Parties
#StartupLife co-founders Steven Liu and Louie Torrellas have already collected $1,040 (and counting!) towards their $10,000 campaign to create an affordable co-living space for start-ups in East Williamsburg. They’re certainly in the right neighborhood for such a collegiate project. McKibbin Lofts, just two blocks away, is so popular with artsy post-grads that it’s often referred to as a dorm. Okay fine, maybe it’s more like that “filthy hipster dorm,” but still.
Perhaps it was that underground ethos that prompted the two co-founders to eschew Kickstarter for their fund-raising campaign and instead opt to advertise on the more DIY-focused San Francisco-based IndieGoGo.
Although you can’t throw a Nexus S1 in parts of the city without hitting a coworking spaces, that still leaves future Dennis Crowleys and Kevin Ryans to fend for themselves after hours. Liu’s plan for a start-up alternative involves “lower-than-market rent, a close-knit start-up community, and a strong network of experienced mentors”–accessible from bunkbeds, private bedrooms, or suites in 20 separate apartment units. Bunkbeds go for under $300/month, but come with access to the courtyard and rooftop. “All you need is a suitcase and a dream.” (Oh, and at least $550/month if you don’t want to become too familiar with your co-founder’s sleepwear.)