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How to Run a Lean Startup | Sydney Wong | Passion Struck Podcast

Have you ever wondered how to run a lean startup? Entrepreneur Sydney Wong discovered exactly that while on a one-way trip to San Francisco. Through that experience, she decided to launch VenturX in Montreal to help startups overcome the high failure rates, achieve funding, and create an overall success ecosystem.

42 | The Keys to Becoming a Lean Startup w/ Sydney Wong
42 | The Keys to Becoming a Lean Startup w/ Sydney Wong

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Sydney Wong’s Journey to Learning How to Run a Lean Startup

In this powerful Momentum Friday Episode, John R. Miles and Sydney Wong discuss her journey from attending McGill University to financial analyst and then leading a startup accelerator in Montreal, CA. Sydney met startups at Montreal events that needed help with funding and grants; she offered to write business plans. In 2016, she launched a gamified business plan writing application.

Sydney Wong Quote about Lean Startup for Passion Struck Podcast

She found that one of the biggest issues was that most startups didn’t complete “Product Validation” Level 3 (out of 8 levels) during the beta. That was the biggest failure for startups, so she grouped and built out this application. She broadened the research to understand the success metrics that investors, government grantors, and banks are looking for when funding startups.

The VenturX metrics were reverse-engineered to provide quality startups the best chances for funding and success. The rest is history!!!

New Interviews with the World’s GREATEST high achievers will be posted every Tuesday with a Momentum Friday inspirational message!

What is a Lean Startup?

Most startups fail in their first year of existence. One of the biggest reasons is how they scale the business. This is where the concept of being a lean startup is fundamental. A lean startup isn’t just about creating the best startup business. It is based on the principles of how you learn from the best-run startups and entrepreneurs to improve on practically everything you do and better it.

The key to being a lean startup is making very swift business decisions but ensuring that they are done in the best way possible. It is taking the principles of Agile Development and combining them with lean manufacturing. That linkage helps entrepreneurs to better manage risk and succeed long term.

Keys to Running a Lean Startup Show Notes

  • Attending McGill University
  • How she found her passion
  • One way ticket to San Francisco that changed Sydney’s life
  • Understanding appetite for risk
  • Creating the startup hub in Montreal
  • How to work on your inner self
  • The importance of learning from failure
  • The Concept of balance
  • How you pace yourself
  • Her morning routine
  • What she removed from her life
  • Lightning round of questions

Sydney Wong Quotes

“You are always a product of your environment”

“If you want a happy life, you need to have a series of happy days”

“Your journey as an Entrepreneur is as if writing a storybook”

Quotes by Sydney Wong, CEO of VentureX


Sydney Wong founded VenturX to tackle the problem that 90% of startups fail in their first year. They provide an innovative solution to guide startups to launch and connect to funding and also show entrepreneurs how to run a lean startup.





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