As you may know, AppSumo ran a great contest for Lean Startups, and I've listed the winners below. Although we didn't win, we're really thankful for the SXSW bundle, and the opportunity to put our views down on paper, if you will. All of these companies are very, very lucky - mentorship is what makes incubators/funds like i/o ventures, 500 Startups, and YC so much more than just investment dollars. Enjoy it!
Thank you as well for everyone who did vote for us - I'll be sending you a personal email later today. That said, you really should check out these winning entries, and AppSumo - it's a great resource for deals for startup junkies like me, and if you're reading this, like you.
Time to get back to work. Check out these great blog entries and the amazing entrepreneurs behind them.
Eric Ries and Parker Thompson will mentor the authors of "A Lean Mean Startup Machine"
Patrick Vaskovitz and Dan Martell will mentor the authors of "Lean...it's how we roll"
Andrew Chen will mentor the authors of "Lean Startup Guide to Building Software for Normals"
Dave McClure will mentor the authors of "Lean Startup Challenge"
Hiten Shah will mentor the authors of "Lean Startup (Day to Day) Challenge"
Noah Kagan and Ramit Sethi will mentor the authors of "How we are launching 15Five on $950"
Brad Feld will mentor the authors of "Using Lean to Get Elite University Students Top Tier Job Offers"
Rashmi and Brant Cooper will mentor the authors of "Keeping my startup lean like beef jerky"
David Hauser and Aaron Bell will mentor the authors of "Why rFave is a lean startup"
Ash Maurya will mentor the authors of "Team TripLingo:11 Ways we're lean & 1 way we're not"
Dharmesh Shah and Jason Cohen will mentor the team at Pizza Powered, who actually won twice (!) for their products EmberAds and SEOMEeasure. Nice work Pizza Powered. Just proves, I've been doing it wrong with this Red Bull, should be using Pizza.