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A few weeks ago, I met Ryan Holiday for dinner and he gave me a very interesting list of people he thought would be perfect guests for BlogcastFM. One of those people was Patrick Vlaskovits. Patrick has been applying The Lean Startup methodology to his business efforts long before it became mainstream. The success of his self-published book eventually resulted in the publication of the Lean Entrepreneur. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:
  • Finding the Courage to Listen to the Universe About Your Calling Patrick Vlaskovits
  • The Hidden Risks of Working at a Large, Stable Company
  • Lessons Learned from a High-Paying Corporate Job
  • How to Make a Career Transition Despite Your Constraints
  • The Power of Starting a Project of Any Kind 
  • Learning to Recognize When Your Business is Not Scalable
  • Why Testing Out Your Ideas Won't Cause Anything Fatal to Happen 
  • How to Conduct Experiments that Enable You to Fail, But Stay in the Game
  • The Seeds that Resulted in the Publication of The Lean Entrepreneur
  • Applying the Principles of Lean Entrepreneurship to a Lifestyle Business
  • Understanding Where You are on the Innovation Spectrum
  • Learning to Launch a Minimum Viable Product
  • How to Tweak an Offer that Fails 
  • Why Doing Talks is a Really Great Way to Test the Material in Your Book
  • How The Lean Startup Book Tour Got Sponsored
  • Why You Have to Be Willing to Do the Really Ugly Parts of Entrepreneurship
Resources + People  Mentioned Include: Tweetable Insights Include:
  • I believe very soon, we're all going to have multiple careers (Click to Tweet)
  • It's a myth that people go out and hit home runs every time (Click to Tweet)
  • For truly disruptive innovation, best practices don't exist (Click to Tweet)
  • Publishing a book is just the start of a conversation (Click to Tweet)
Patrick Vlaskovits is an entrepreneur and author. Founded two startups.  Both dead-pooled. Wrote a book called The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. Working on a few startup projects right now, and am also a co-organizer of the Los Angeles Lean Startup Circle. You can follow him on twitter @pv. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter. Oh, and we’d be really grateful if you write us a review in iTunes.

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