NYT bestselling author, entrepreneur.
Co-author of The Lean Entrepreneur and The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development.
Mentor at 500 Startups. Likes Customer Development, Pricing, Marketing, Viability Testing, Technology & Surfing
My second book about Lean Startup
Great insight. I was taking notes a mile a minute! Well worth my time connecting with Patrick.
Patrick is a real asset for the Economist Intelligence Unit Business Development in Hungary and in Central Europe. Not only does he provide with valuable contacts and knowledge, but also gets involved in the Strategic thinking for business growth. He will certainly become a key asset to any team he might join.
Went into reading Patrick's book with a vague idea what Customer Development was, and now feel I have a pretty firm grasp on the concepts and the terminology. One of the most important takeaways for me, as a product manager, is to test all of my assumptions. This doesnt just apply to the major tenants of a business model for a startup. It could be a new feature you are launching. You think you know what value it will provide and that users will adopt for reasons x, y and z, but you dont know until to test. Challenge your assumptions! Love it.
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development has changed the way I think about product development and one that influenced how we created Unbounce. Further, I've had the opportunity to work with Patrick at Lean Startup events, he's simply awesome!
I have worked with Patrick on the LeanLA leadership team for almost two years. He is an authority on customer development and has helped countless entrepreneurs become successful through his publications, mentorship and work at LeanLA.
Patrick contributes to LeanLA in several ways. He is an action-oriented super-connector who consistently sources industry thought leaders to participate in our events. Patrick also helps ensure a level of excellence in our programs by constantly encouraging our team aim high. He has a magnetic personality and is a blast to work with. If you ever laughed out loud at one of our event announcements, you can be sure that Patrick wrote it.
I had the pleasure to cooperate with Patrick while using their book in teaching Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo. Not only is Patrick's work on customer development useful in education, it proves his ability to simplify and make theory applicable to Internet and consumer-facing startups. Patrick provided us with great customer service, and I've already recommended him to startups, investors, and faculty.
As an Entrepreneur and Sales person, I can definitely say "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development" has helped us a lot redefining our sales and product development cycles and the approach we use for our customers projects on the Valley as well as for our own products. If you are an Internet Entrepreneur, choose not to develop an MVP at your own risk!
Patrick and I mentored together at the Lean Startup Machine and we've worked together as leaders of the Lean Startup Circle. I can say without a doubt that he is one of the few people that really grok Lean Startups and Customer Development. I've seen first hand how quickly he identifies mistakes that startup teams make and how his advice saves them hours, weeks and even months of wasted work. His book, "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development", is the first thing that you should reach for when you're teaching your team how to be lean. If you need help transforming your startup, Patrick is the first person you should contact.
Patrick has an excellent mind for brainstorming early stage business development strategies and is regarded in the tech industry as an expert in lean startup methodology. I've learned a lot from Patrick's ability to visualize what the consumer and product will look in the future, and this skill has saved us time and money in our business.
The concepts within Patrick's book are very real and have had an immediate impact for the startup entrepreneurs that I know.
Most of what I know about Lean Startups I learned from Patrick's book. I recommend it as a must read for all of my startup friends. But Patrick doesn't just know everything about Customer Development - he lives it.
It's clear from talking to him that he's super passionate about this subject, and practices it in everything he does (i.e. before building a new project, he first tests it in the "ghetto" way, to learn as much as possible about the customer with minimal effort). Besides having a wealth of knowledge, Patrick is constantly trying to learn more and is eager to share it with others.
Patrick is a fantastic adviser & an amazing entrepreneur. I have read and use his book "Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development", as a guiding principle for our startup. The book aside, I have had the benefit of getting a tonne of useful in-person advise from Patrick on growing our business and ensuring we build products that customers love. Every time I have approached Patrick with a business problem, he’s been able to cut through the noise and offer valuable advise. He’s a strategic thinker and passionate about helping others. I highly recommend working with Patrick! Its one of the better things you can do for your startup.