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Moving on from Food on the Table & What’s Next!

In Business, Lean Startup, Personal, Product Development on March 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

It’s been a great 3 1/2 years at Food on the Table, however it’s time for me to move on.  As you’d expect with a team and investors of this caliber, everyone has been very supportive of my decision. While this next phase will be without me, I remain confident that the work at Food on the Table will lead to great results.

Working closely with Manuel Rosso and our team for the last 3 1/2 years has been a tremendous experience. Out of that I’ve become deeply passionate about my Lean Startup experience & knowledge as well as having radically evolved how I do product development.

Now, the fun part! I’m using this time to collect evidence for two alternatives:
  • I’ll take on one or two consulting projects (Austin or remote) while validating some startup ideas; or
  • I’ll sign on in a new leadership role with an Austin team that is creating new products in conditions of extreme uncertainty (i.e. typically an early stage startup, but possibly a team in a larger org).

Regardless of which alternative, I’m looking forward to new challenges in building products that will continue to evolve my product development approach and give me the right dose of hands-on technical work.

As always, you can reach me at by sending email to any address at stevesanderson.com, e.g. harvestthisemail@

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Webcast: How to Build a Lean Startup, step-by-step

In Business, Product Development on April 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm

O’Reilly and Eric Ries are doing an interesting webcast – Webcast: How to Build a Lean Startup, step-by-step. Having recently waded into this end of the pool – I’m getting a lot out of the whole lean startup idea. No great surprise, since it extends what I’m familiar with, from within product development, to all the streams of work that makes up a startup

Intriguing (and radical) approach on how to operate a business

In Business on March 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Check out  “The Open Company – Running your business as if it were an Open Source Project. It describes a radical approach (at least from my POV) on how to operate a business. I’m not a business operations person, so I don’t have the chops to completely evaluate the proposition here ahead of time. However, there are some intrigiung ideas in this article and I love where this could lead (not to mention the potential to upset the apple cart).