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Joshua Zloof's Blog

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Choosing An Idea: 4 Simple Ways to Evaluate Any Startup Idea

Joshua Zloof

I recently embarked down the startup path for the second time.  I’m currently in the ideation phase - testing out a few different ideas, looking for an opportunity.  I wanted to share my approach for evaluating startup ideas.  This structure ties in well with the Lean Methodology I mentioned in an earlier post by setting up clear checkpoints for any particular idea.  I tried to distill a lot of the learnings from my time as a product manager, founder at my last startup, and various readings/ lectures on founding a company, but if others out there have additions, let me know - always looking for tips.  I’m going through this process right now, so I’ll let you know if it works!

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Defining Lean: A beginner's guide to Lean Management

Joshua Zloof

Lean + (Business Term) = Success

Over the last couple years, I've heard a lot of people refer to their startup as Lean.  Outside of San Francisco, there are many other organizations and industries that have converted or are trying to convert their processes to Lean as well - Lean Retail, Lean Finance, Lean Services, etc.  When I ask people what it means, I sometimes hear a lot of misinformation: cost-cutting, running a tight ship, layoffs, lasting 3 years on seed-round funding, etc.  All of these ideas sound pretty scary, and luckily they are dead wrong.  Despite it's name, Lean does not mean operating with little or fewer resources.  Furthermore, Lean is not a cure-all for all business problems in all industries, rather it has a specific purpose with pro's and con's.  After spending a few years consulting for companies on Lean best practices while at McKinsey and the last couple applying the same principles to the tech world & product development within Breadcrumb, I want to give my take on the subject.

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