It’s time to re-visit the Lean Startup model’s applicability to a startup lifecycle, at a time when more and more companies are emerging out of the product/market fit, and into a growth mode.
How long do you stay Lean, and what happens if you don’t let go of the Lean mentality, once you have achieved product/market fit?
At the 500 Startups PreMoney Conference on June 27 2013, Dave McClure interviewed Marc Andreessen. There was a critical passage when Dave asked Marc what he thought of the Lean Startup methodology. (starts at 11:00)
The essence of Marc’s response was “Don’t let Lean become a crutch to your growth.”
Marc said “Eric Ries & I agree that the Lean Startup philosophy makes a lot of sense at the beginning of the company when you are trying to get to Product/Market fit. I think that the Lean Startup philosophy is essentially to startups what relativity was to physics. It’s a significant advance in the thought process of running a company in the early stages.”