Lean Startup Series - Session 5

About The InstructorOver the past decade, JDM (aka Josh David Miller) has helped startup founders and innovators launch or grow 100+ products.He likes to say that he’s a Woody-Woodpecker-like instigator on a quixotic quest to fix entrepreneurship by challenging how we think about our craft. But those who know him best describe his superpower as finding the right next question to ask in order to create focus, clarity, and potency.Thus, some call him the shredder of business models.By day, JDM uses that superpower to help startup founders and corporate innovators launch, find product-market-fit, and scale — fast.His portfolio includes:The Right Box, an advisory which accelerates product launch & growth1:1 coaching with a highly curated group of startup foundersTalks on entrepreneurship & innovationAnd he’s an active member of the Sacramento startup ecosystem:Mentoring at the Growth Factory acceleratorMentoring at the Carlsen Center at Sac StateOrganizing the weekly 1 Million Cups founder forumFacilitate startup competitions and workshopsJDM also creates content on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and across the web, and he hosts the "Inside The Box" podcast.Read more about JDM here: https://jdm.bio/Program OverviewSummaryThis is a five-part series of sessions designed to teach the process of launching a startup by doing it. We’ll take participants from zero customers to one customer. The program is cohort based, but no one is required to attend all sessions. It is, however, highly encouraged as they build on each other.AudienceThis series is designed for first-time founders of startups and aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to bust out of their day job. The series is also open to those with existing businesses, and they will get value out of the curriculum.Participants will extract even greater value if they bring a small team with them 13 people) for the coworking portions of the workshop. This is not required, and solopreneurs are more than welcome.FormatClassroom Instruction / WorkshopsThe series includes five hands-on workshops at an undisclosed location in Marysville, CA. The program is in-person only. There is no hybrid nor virtual option.Each workshop will last three hours.Asynchronous SupportJDM will provide some support to participants outside instructional time by fitting these interactions into his existing structure for community support. For example, participants can:● Join JDM’s slack workspace and ask questions, and support each other on a dedicated channel.● Ask questions during JDM’s weekly office hours on YouTube & LinkedIn for more interactive or substantive conversations.● Send JDM questions by tagging him on their social media platform of choice.Session OverviewSession 5: Financials, Fundraising, & FundamentalsTBDThis can focus on either, or some combination of, the following:● Basic financials for business● Forecasting● Equity investment● Pitching● Deep dive on metrics & innovation accounting

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About The Instructor

Over the past decade, JDM (aka Josh David Miller) has helped startup founders and innovators launch or grow 100+ products.

He likes to say that he’s a Woody-Woodpecker-like instigator on a quixotic quest to fix entrepreneurship by challenging how we think about our craft. But those who know him best describe his superpower as finding the right next question to ask in order to create focus, clarity, and potency.

Thus, some call him the shredder of business models.

By day, JDM uses that superpower to help startup founders and corporate innovators launch, find product-market-fit, and scale — fast.

His portfolio includes:

  • The Right Box, an advisory which accelerates product launch & growth

  • 1:1 coaching with a highly curated group of startup founders

  • Talks on entrepreneurship & innovation

And he’s an active member of the Sacramento startup ecosystem:

JDM also creates content on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and across the web, and he hosts the "Inside The Box" podcast.

Read more about JDM here: https://jdm.bio/

Program Overview
Summary
This is a five-part series of sessions designed to teach the process of launching a startup by doing it. We’ll take participants from zero customers to one customer. The program is cohort based, but no one is required to attend all sessions. It is, however, highly encouraged as they build on each other.

Audience
This series is designed for first-time founders of startups and aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to bust out of their day job. The series is also open to those with existing businesses, and they will get value out of the curriculum.Participants will extract even greater value if they bring a small team with them 13 people) for the coworking portions of the workshop. This is not required, and solopreneurs are more than welcome.

Format
Classroom Instruction / Workshops
The series includes five hands-on workshops at an undisclosed location in Marysville, CA. The program is in-person only. There is no hybrid nor virtual option.Each workshop will last three hours.

Asynchronous Support
JDM will provide some support to participants outside instructional time by fitting these interactions into his existing structure for community support. For example, participants can:
● Join JDM’s slack workspace and ask questions, and support each other on a dedicated channel.
● Ask questions during JDM’s weekly office hours on YouTube & LinkedIn for more interactive or substantive conversations.
● Send JDM questions by tagging him on their social media platform of choice.


Session Overview
Session 5: Financials, Fundraising, & Fundamentals
TBD
This can focus on either, or some combination of, the following:
● Basic financials for business
● Forecasting
● Equity investment
● Pitching
● Deep dive on metrics & innovation accounting