How to Go Lean and Innovate Social Impact with Eric Ries and Ann Mei Chang (Interview)

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Interview with Eric Ries and Ann Mei Chang

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This is a really unique interview because we were able to pull the two leaders of the Lean movement together at the same time. I personally read Eric Ries book, Lean Startup when it came out and it was transformative. Since then his ideas of taken hold of the startup world. Before that Eric worked with Ann closely, and now Ann is taking on the social impact space with Lean Impact. Eric wrote the forward and the book is amazing as it takes the Lean Startup principles and molds them for social impact. The insights and stories are priceless!

If you don’t know Ann and Eric here is a bit more about them. Don’t miss this interview, its packed with insights and they made our issue 23 cover story for Change Creator Magazine which offers a deep dive into their lessons that will help you become more effective as you grow your own impact business. If you don’t have the app, be sure to download it on iTunes or Google Play or just visit us on the desktop app here.


Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, which has become a global movement in business, practiced by individuals and companies around the world. This methodology was the inspiration behind his founding of the LTSE and his books The Leader’s Guide and The Startup Way.

He has founded a number of startups, including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and he has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies, including GE, with whom he partnered to create the FastWorks program. Eric has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, IDEO, and Pivotal, and he is the founder and CEO of the Long-Term Stock Exchange.


Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good (Wiley, Nov. 6, 2018). As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.


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