Thoughts from Lean Startup Camp Tokyo

The New Context Conference hosted by Digital Garage kicked off this Thursday in Tokyo. The theme this year was Lean Startup Camp Tokyo and brought together an incredible group of speakers the world over.

Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab Director, opened the conference with a talk about the current state of Internet business and the role that Lean Startup plays in it. After each talk there was a panel discussion on the topic at hand that covered design, product and software development.

I was lucky enough to participate in a panel on Agile Development and Feedback System with Joe O’Brien from EdgeCase, Pieter Franken of Safecast and fellow bay area resident Eric Lagier of Memolane. It was great to share stories and learn from one another. Every talk left the audience buzzing with new insights and even more questions.

Day two opened with a great lineup of lightnings talks. Eric Lagier and Janice Fraser gave great talks on their personal lessons from startup failures. I spoke on application performance and key lessons we’ve learned in building New Relic. Paul Campbell gave a rousing talk on lean startup principals based in his experience shipping MVPs with Hyper Tiny. Kate Rutter led a hands-on exercise using personas to guide product development.

The afternoon is full of unconference sessions and a diverse hallway track. It’s been an incredible few days in Tokyo and the energy here at Digital Garage is teeming with passion. It’s been really fun meeting Japanese customers and empowering new entrepreneurs with great tools to make the next generation of great products!'

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