Creative HQ bought 16 lean entrepreneurs with a diverse range of backgrounds to Wellington in 2015. The conference, Lean 15, was to teach what is lean innovation and how to get the most out of applying lean methodologies to their business. Glenn Andert talked about how exponential organisations are using disruptive technology. 

Glenn, now a Wellington local, hails from Silicon Valley in California. Here, at the notorious breeding ground for tech innovation, he co-founded a variety of software startups over 20 years. A keen sailor, he made his way to our shores aboard his yacht Learjet in search of the next project. He co-founded 8interactive, an international company bringing picture books to children through the app “Read Me Stories”. Glenn was setting out to tackle the lack of literacy and joy of reading amongst children, and remains CEO of 8interactive.

If this wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he is also a High Growth Architect at Creative HQ, Wellington’s startup base. Creative HQ is a hub of creativity, bringing together lean entrepreneurs, students, mentors, and investors forming an active and growing future-thinking community. Glenn makes the most of his opportunities working with startups to demonstrate the lean startup model and help build lean companies. Glenn also runs Creative HQ’s  ExO – Exponential Organisation workshops based on the concept by Salim Ismail – challenging large corporates to think like a startup in order to move at 10x the pace of their competitors.

Like Glenn, the lean startup business model can be traced back to Silicon Valley. A creative and entrepreneur, Eric Ries, designed lean principles to better processes in product and business development for startups. He coined the term ‘lean’ to describe methods using minimum resources to create maximum impact as quickly as possible. It is in essence the minimum viable product, and it is changing the way we do business. Lean methodologies were originally designed to suit the needs and opportunities presented in startup companies, but now big businesses, corporates and government are all harnessing the lean startup business model, and reaping massive rewards. Hear from Glenn Andert at LEAN 15 this October, alongside 15 other lean experts who are shaping the future of business.


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