Silicon Valley Experts Teach “Lean” Practices to Government, LUXr to Participate in Kick-Off Bootcamp for Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

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LUXr, the Silicon Valley-based provider of coaching products for startup founders around the world, is in Washington, D.C. this week to introduce the Presidential Innovation Fellows to Lean Startup methodology.

LUXr teaches entrepreneurs at Singularity University.

Entrepreneurs at Singularity University develop product ideas during a LUXr session.

"By using the Lean Startup approach, the Presidential Innovation Fellows are signing on to be practical and supremely efficient as they tackle these ambitious and optimistic projects."

LUXr, the Silicon Valley-based provider of coaching products for startup founders around the world, is in Washington, D.C. this week to introduce the Presidential Innovation Fellows to Lean Startup methodology.

Lean Startup focuses on eliminating waste, increasing the speed of innovation, and making measurable progress through short release cycles, as outlined in Eric Ries' best-selling book The Lean Startup. The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is a White House initiative that has brought top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia to work with top innovators inside government. Fellows have six months to develop game changing solutions in five key innovation projects, which range from opening up government data to improving Americans’ ability to securely access their personal health information. Presidential Innovation Fellows will be working with LUXr Master Coaches as part of a kickoff bootcamp in Washington, D.C. this week.

"By using the Lean Startup approach, the Presidential Innovation Fellows are signing on to be practical and supremely efficient as they tackle these ambitious and optimistic projects," says LUXr founder and CEO, Janice Fraser. “The agile culture of the startup is not something we normally associate with government, but it works. If done right, these projects have the potential to create countless jobs, improve the lives of millions of Americans, and make real change in the operation of the agencies they touch. It's profoundly inspiring to see people working in government step out of their comfort zone, embrace a new way of approaching their work, and get down to the business of creating real solutions.

“LUXr is phenomenal at getting innovation teams working at peak performance,” says Lean Startup author Eric Ries. “These teams have aggressive goals—they will need to make progress quickly, so LUXr was the perfect choice for the Presidential Innovation Fellows bootcamp.”

LUXr advises innovators to focus first on customer needs and to run small-scale experiments to validate that the innovation will actually deliver the imagined benefits. Rather than extensive planning, the approach calls for releasing the innovation as quickly as possible in its smallest form, so that its creators can make changes and improvements based on its performance. The duration and scale of these learning cycles varies widely based on the nature of the innovation.

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About LUXr
LUXr is a leading provider of modern coaching products for today’s global entrepreneurs. The LUXr Core Curriculum is used by startup founders from more than 50 nations as well as top universities and accelerators, including 500 Startups and Singularity University. The company’s founder and CEO, Janice Fraser, is a globally recognized expert on product innovation, advisor to numerous companies, and author of a forthcoming book from O’Reilly, due out in 2013. LUXr can be found online at http://www.luxr.co

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About The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program
The Presidential Innovation Fellows pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months. Each team of innovators will work together in-person in Washington, DC on focused sprints while being supported by a broader community of interested citizens throughout the country. What makes this initiative unique is its focus on unleashing the ingenuity and know-how of Americans from all sectors. More information is available online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/innovationfellows.

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