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About Leanpub

Leanpub is a bootstrapped startup co-founded in 2010 by Peter Armstrong and Scott Patten. Both Peter and Scott had experience writing computer programming books, and they were both looking for a better way to write and publish in the digital age. Basing their approach on the principles of Peter's Lean Publishing Manifesto, they founded Leanpub with the intention of building the best platform for authors and publishers to write and publish in-progress ebooks.

Since the first Leanpub book was published (it was Startup Lessons Learned by Eric Ries), Leanpub has been growing steadily, evolving in response to feedback from early-adopter authors.

If you'd like more information regarding what Leanpub's all about, here's a video of a talk Peter gave at the Tools of Change conference in 2013, on the subject of Lean Publishing:



If you have any questions about Leanpub, please feel free to email the whole team at hello@leanpub.com!


The Leanpub Team

These are the people who are helping to make Leanpub the best way in the world to write and publish an in-progress ebook.


Scott Patten @scott_patten


Scott Patten is a programmer, web developer and recovering physicist based in Vancouver.

He's the co-founder of Leanpub and the author of The S3 Cookbook. He blogs at scottpatten.ca.

You can email him at scott@leanpub.com.

His code is all hosted on GitHub at github.com/spatten


Peter Armstrong @peterarmstrong


Peter Armstrong is the co-founder of Leanpub and the author of 3 books: Lean Publishing, Flexible Rails and Hello! Flex 4. He has over a decade of experience as a software developer, with 8 years of experience doing software development at Silicon Valley startups.

Peter coined the term "lean publishing" to describe the act of self-publishing an in-progress ebook. He has written a manifesto about lean publishing; Leanpub was created based on the principles in this manifesto.

Peter is a frequent speaker about lean publishing and startup entrepreneurship. He lives in the Vancouver, BC area with his wife and son. Besides writing, he enjoys snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding and playing StarCraft 2.

Email: peter@leanpub.com


Ken Pratt @ken_pratt


Senior Software Developer at Leanpub, programming enthusiast / language polyglot.

Code @ http://github.com/kenpratt/.


Len Epp @lenepp


Lead of Customer Development at Leanpub and former co-founder of an artsy crowdfunded global nonprofit thing. Years ago I wrote a DPhil in English on the historical origins of the significance of 'clarity' and 'obscurity' in contemporary political, literary and philosophical discourse.

I've made a number of demo books on Leanpub to help our authors and to show what Leanpub can do.

You can email me at len@leanpub.com.