Paul Smith, PhD, is a Director and lean consultant with Shinka Management Pty Ltd, specialising in the transfer of of Japanese lean management know-how to Australian industry. Shinka Management provides lean training services focusing on practical, implementable solutions for improving business processes and increasing productivity and competitiveness. With the support of the Australian Industry Group, Shinka Management runs lean study tours to Japan to promote consciousness of Japanese management practices amongst Australian and New Zealand industries.
Ries and others created an annual technology conference called Startup Lessons Learned which has subsequently changed its name to the Lean Startup Conference.  Lean startup meetups in cities around the world have garnered 20,000 regular participants.  The first lean startup meetup named Lean Startup Circle was created by Rich Collins on June 26, 2009  hosting speaking events, workshops, and roundtable discussions. As of 2012, there are lean startup meetups in over 100 cities and 17 countries as well as an online discussion forum with over 5500 members.  Third-party organizers have led lean startup meetups in San Francisco , Chicago , Boston , Austin , Beijing , Dublin , and Rio de Janeiro , among others—many of which are personally attended by Ries—with the Chicago and New York City Lean Startup Meetups attracting over 4,000 members each.  The Lean Startup Machine created a new spin on the lean startup meetups by having attendees start a new company in three days.  As of 2012, the Lean Startup Machine claimed to have created over 600 new startups this way.