Fans got Eric Ries to Amsterdam!
808 fans and 15 sponsors made it happen
Johan Huizingalaan 763a, Amsterdam
Talking about an afterglow. Yesterday was the biggest crowdfunded event ever (looking at ticketsales revenue), obviously facilitated via our platform. A bunch of Eric Ries fans started a campaign to get him live in Amsterdam and that happened yesterday.
In a lean and mean startup surrounding we've found the perfect location to host the event. Even at the early calltime of 8 it was a magical place to be. (Also, we've added our own red Live on Demands sauce). Coffee was ready, a traffic jam was happening on the highway exit and we felt like kids having their birthdayparty.
As soon as it was 9 o'clock our very own co-founder Thijs opened the exciting day and passed on the mic to the special envoy of our Dutch startupscenery Neelie Kroes.
She lid up the room with a edgy but very impressive speech about how she's fed up with bureaucracy, how change can only come from action and referred to the Japanese Muda, Mura, Muri. Which means: the art of adding value and decrease waiste in all shapes and forms in an organization.
Next up was our hero of the hour, Mr. Eric Ries. (Imagine a big round of applaus). Eric addressed his former work, experiences, learning, best-practices and failures. He's the kind of speaker you keep on listening to and stay hungry for more and more. The coffeebreak was both the end of the first part and made room for the panel where Eric was joined by two other Lean startup experts. Four speakers of Twoodoo, Peerby, Philips Digital and Sanoma Labs fired their cases to Eric and the panel of experts to get lean answers to less lean challenges. For a moment we felt as if we were in Silicon Valley and that's a good thing!
The afternoon was filled with room for discussions, Q&A's and practicing the Lean startup method for all guests there.
We would like to make a special 'hear-hear' to the tables from Rockstart and Adobe to have stayed the longest at the roundtablesessions. Well done, guys!
Over diner we looked back at a very special and memorable day for us as Live on Demand. Not only is it our biggest event so far, also the biggest ever in ticketsales. This would be the place to thank our partners and enablers: eFocus, Startup Bootcamp, Sanoma Labs, Philips, ING, Innoleaps, Adobe, TomTom, Rabobank, Startup Delta, American Bookcenter, Rockstart, The Next Speaker, BNR, Marketingfacts and Lean Startup Circle.
On to the next one!
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School of Mavericks on Eric Ries
Sander Schimmelpenninck in Quote
Tijmen de Groen for Silicon Canals
Dutch Cowboys about the Eric Ries event
Ronald Verschueren on Frankwatching
Holland FinTech with highlights of the event
Jochem Koole for Marketingfacts
Rick van Dijk for Persinnovatie
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- Plenary Program
08:00 - 09.00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Opening by moderator Jim Stolze and Live on Demand co-founder Thijs Sprangers
09:15 - 10:00 Opening keynote Neelie Kroes
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote speech Eric Ries
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break + Meet & Greet / Book signing at American Bookcenter stand
11:30 - 13:30 Presentation of the 4 cases, followed by a debate with Eric Ries and panel
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 17.30 Roundtable sessions hosted by partners
16:30 - Drinks
We are proud to announce that Special Envoy for Startups Neelie Kroes will join Eric Ries live on stage. Neelie Kroes will deliver the opening keynote that morning. As vice president of the EU Commission she was responsible for the Digital Agenda of Europe. Since 2015 she is the ambassador for Startup Delta; a network of 10 leading Dutch innovation hubs. Furthermore your moderator for the morning keynotes and debate will be TedX Amsterdam's Jim Stolze.
Just a little over two weeks before you will all see Eric Ries live on stage. In the meantime we have some exciting news about our afternoon program for that day.
In the afternoon there will be 10 roundtable sessions hosted by partners of the event. These roundtables can be anything from discussions on Growthacking by Startupbootcamp to an ask-me-anything session with Lean Startup experts from the Lean Startup Circle. Or TomTom discussing the question wether the Lean Startup Method means there's no use for quantitive research anymore.
All the information on the different roundtables can be found here. You can sign up for these roundtables in advance at our Eventbrite page. Just 'buy' a free ticket to the roundtable that you want to attend. Please note that there are new roundtables each hour, so from 14.00-15.00, 15.00-16.00 and 16.00-17.00, which means that you can sign up for three of them if you like.