The Lean Start-up methodology seems to make some implicit assumptions (such as about the number of available customers) that, IMHO, do apply well to B2C but not so much to B2B. Can anyone point me to experiences in applying Lean to B2B and if there are experiences I'd be interested in learning about what important aspects should be taken into account, for example: do an MVP but make sure that XYZ also happens. Background: I'm chiefly interested in start-ups in the ICT/Web/data management domain.
The same principles should apply.
It is still people who buy and use software, not businesses. So structured development processes, getting feedback from those users, validating and learning, measuring, pivoting / persevere all those apply.
But you are right, most of Eric's examples are based on businesses who target individuals as the consumer. Versus that individual buying software to be used throughout their business. However, I think Intuit's process would be the same if they were selling it to an individual to do their taxes or for a larger application for accounting firms to use. Marketing language, and strategies may be different but I think the creation, learning and feedback process would still be the same. You may only release features for certain businesses to try, versus individuals and things like that.
You'd be surprised but the core of Lean Startup Methodology, customer development, was created as a result of Steve Blank's long career in B2B startups including his last one E.piphany. (I'm actually not even sure whether he has ever created a B2C company and/or product.) Thus, if you haven't done so, make sure to read his first book The Four Steps to the Epiphany or the latest one The Startup Owner's Manual.
There's one main distinction between B2C and B2B in Lean Startup: who users and customers are.
However, in terms of the market size, there isn't much difference. Yes, there are fewer companies than there are individuals but not every company and not every individual has the same problem - you still need to find your highly specific targets.