David Spinks shares a real world example of building a new community, and ties it into the Lean Startup Movement. Lean Startup centers around starting small, with the minimum that you need, and then validating your idea in the real world.
In the new community for Zaarly, David started out with just 10 users and 3 people, on a Facebook group!
I’ve been taking a lean approach to building community after 4 years of learning from things that worked and, more importantly, things that didn’t work.
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