I’m Cindy Alvarez, Author of Lean Customer Development (published by O’Reilly) and Principal Design Researcher at Microsoft in the Cloud & Enterprise group. I’m a regular speaker at conferences & events and am available to give private workshops to select clients. I’m also passionate about diversity & inclusion: supporting women, Black and Latinx people, and girls in tech.



Lean Startup Night in Copenhagen – via Zoom
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


On the evening of April 11 in Copenhagen, the topic for the Lean Startup Night presented by SingularityU Nordic will be Customer Development. Although I wish I could be there in person, I’m excited to be giving the keynote talk via Zoom!

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Cindy in Johannesburg, South Africa
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

I’m very excited to be headed to South Africa for the first time!

I may have some additional availability while I am in Johannesburg, and I’m interested in making the most of the opportunity to learn as much as I can about technology & innovation in Africa while connecting with local companies, organizations, and entrepreneurs.

Please contact me if you may see a potential fit for:

  • A site visit (esp. if you currently use or are considering Microsoft Azure or cloud developer / DevOps tools)
  • A private workshop for your company / organization on Lean Customer Development, enterprise innovation, etc.
  • An intro meeting with local startup groups, accelerators, entrepreneurs, etc.
  • A pro-bono talk for local non-profit organizations working to further women and/or minorities in technology in South Africa and across the continent.

Stay tuned for more information on my trip. You can also follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram.


Tech Intersections Conference: January 27, 2018 

The Tech Intersections conference provides a space for the women of color most underrepresented in tech to come together and learn from each other’s successes, challenges, and experiences.

I’m thrilled to be presenting two sessions: Write Your Power and Management and Leadership: Tactics and Strategies for Climbing the Ladder.


Read my article in First Round Review: Build Your User Base with These Human Behavior Hacks