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May 23 · Issue #17 · View online
Design Sprint Newsletter
Howdy!
I’ve got a bunch of things to share—actually too many for one newsletter, so I’ll just share half now and the other half soon. 
First, some promotion. Berlin sold out, but tickets are still available for my workshop in Switzerland on July 5. And tickets have just gone on sale for another workshop in Bologna, Italy on July 25. Hope to see some of you there!
Now the links…

Since my brain got all booted up on Squarespace while building the Make Time book website, I decided to go ahead and update the Sprint book website while I was at it. I’ve added a new “How it Works” page, designed to be a resource hub for facilitators (including not-in-the-book tips) and a primer for folks new to sprints. I want to make the website as useful as possible, so if you check it out please let me know what you think.

The Design Sprint community is now $49 for lifetime access (all proceeds to Doctors Without Borders) or free if that’s too much for you for any reason.
Here’s why it’s changing, if you’re curious… when I started the Slack community a few months ago, I set up the paywall because I wanted to make sure it stayed small (I imagined under 100 people) with high quality, serious discussions.
Well, that made sense, but I got it wrong. The community is already over 300 people and it’s still high quality and serious, and the more people who join it just gets better. So I’m opening it up more. I’m keeping the paywall because I want people to value it and take it seriously—but I’m also making the path to free access much more obvious. 
Now $49 now gets you permanent access, there’s a 30-day trial before you’re charged—and if you can’t afford $49, it’s easy to get free access by filling out a simple form. If you’ve been on the fence about checking out the community before, give it a try—there are great folks on there with lots of different (sometimes competing) perspectives and amazing experience, insight, and wisdom.

Here’s another story from Facebook involving a design sprint, this time for their efforts against fake news.

A great post from Google Ventures research partner Michael Margolis. This is a simple, scannable guide for choosing which kind of customer research your startup needs right now—based on Michael’s extensive experience working with 100s of early stage companies.

I interviewed comedian Sarah Cooper on the PBC podcast about her journey from comedian to Google design manager and back to comedian. I thought you might like it, because every time I share a Sarah Cooper link, it’s the most popular thing in this newsletter (for example, here are 9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women which I predict will be this week’s #1).

Thanks for reading! I’ll share the rest of those cool links soon-ish, but this email is already too long.

—Jake
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