The latest edition of LiDAR News is out.  I contributed an article espousing some of the lessons learned from Eric Ries' bestseller The Lean Startup.  While the book's principles certainly lend themselves best to web-based software products, there is plenty that can be applied to those having significant hardware elements. The three best practices I highlight are: 
  1. Deliberately define 'Leap of Faith' Assumptions.
  2. Apply the Build-Measure-Learn construct with pre-planned Pivot meetings. 
  3. Shrink your batch size to improve efficiency and extend the runway. 
See the article for more details.  Also please read Eric Ries' book and great blog for a myriad of other valuable insights. 

It is with no small amount of trepidation that I have included a blog on my website.  Two primary concerns (no surprise here):   
    - Do I have something interesting to say?
    - Will I consistently cordon off the necessary time?

I then ran across Brad Feld's blog and two things happened.  First, I was a bit intimidated.  Brad is a prolific and interesting blogger.  He covers a range of topics and carries a great edge in his 'voice.'  He's based just up the road in Boulder, and is emblematic of the very active startup community here in Colorado.  Second, and more importantly, I learned a lot.  In fact, I found myself immediately putting a couple things I found there into practice.  For example, my Shelfari bookshelf page is a new addition today that was inspired by Brad.  I'm digging through some of his books and will probably pick a couple out for my own learning.  Perhaps you'll find one on my shelf that catches your eye. 

My perspective on this blog has already changed.  Rather than viewing it as an onerous obligation with an expectation to say something profound, it is foremost an opportunity to crystallize my own thoughts and learnings.  If readers gain new insights or fresh inspiration, that is simply icing on the cake. 

So, Feeding the Beast has begun.