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Corporate Innovation

Innovation Outposts and the Evolution of Corporate R&D

Steve Blank | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM's Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. Evangelos has spent the last 15 years as a Venture Capitalist, first at Apax Partners and later at Trident Capital.

Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 11: Pat Sullivan and Sebastian Jackson

Steve Blank | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Startup founders strive to turn their dreams into reality, and the mentors who guide them often learn as much as they teach. How startup ideas are de...

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I'm still surprised when I find unexpected connections with innovation in different industries. --- In a recent workshop with a large company focused ...

Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Steve Blank | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I've learned more about a company's corporate beliefs, heroes and rituals by sitting in on a few casual coffee breaks and lunches than reading all of its corporate mission statements or inspirational posters in the cafeteria.

Why Corporate Entrepreneurs Are Extraordinary -- the Rebel Alliance

Steve Blank | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I've spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.

Lean Innovation Management - Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I've been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster -- not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast.

Getting to 'Yes' for Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Roberto was frustrated, "How do we get all these organizations to help us move forward with innovation? My CEO wants to fix this and is ready to bring in a big consulting firm to redo all our business processes."

Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

Steve Blank | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

In the 20th century corporate skunk works® were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark ...

The 10 New Trends in Corporate Innovation Management

Sramana Mitra | Posted 12.24.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last year, we launched a program called the 1M/1M Incubator-in-a-Box. It has exposed us to a broad range of technology companies and their innovation goals, strategies, and processes. While most of what we have learned is confidential, I will synthesize some trends we're seeing in this domain.

Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I've been spending...

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up...

ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen....Thank you for the kind introduction. I'm hono...

Why Internal Ventures are Different From External Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the Garwoo...

Why Companies are not Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

In the last few years we've recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We're now learning that companies are not larger ve...

Corporations and Startups No Longer Strange Bedfellows

Jason Grill | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Jason Grill

Entrepreneurs hold the keys to spark innovation that corporations lack. In 2013, we saw more corporations interacting with the startup community and doing things they have never done before. Why are they doing this?

7 Common Customer Development Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

When practiced effectively, customer development can be an extremely valuable practice for getting startup ideas, testing viability of an idea, or opt...

What is Customer Development and Why Should Entrepreneurs Practice It?

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

What exactly is customer development? Developed by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, customer development is the practice of gaining customer insight...

Lean Goes Better with Coke - the Future of Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

In 2012 I got together with Alexander Osterwalder, Henry Chesbrough and Andre Marquis to think about the Lean and the future of corporate innovation. ...

How Startups and Large Companies Can Form Valuable Partnerships

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Below is a summary of an interview I did with Scott Pollack. Scott has over ten years of experience in business development in fortune 500 companies a...

Startup Advice from David S. Kidder

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

David S. Kidder is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Currently, he's the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, an enterprise innovation platform. Prio...

A Future Where Everyone Is a Startup

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Our economy is going through a structural change and the job market will never be the same. The most valuable skills of the future will be those that can't be outsourced automated. Everyone should view themselves as entrepreneurs.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the need for continuous innovation, globalization and regulation. But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation.

Innovation Is Everyone's Job

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The reality is that everyone has the ability to innovate; and if you can tap into that ability, your organization has a much better chance of success.

No Role Models, No Tools -- Our Best Hope for Recovery?

Les McKeown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les McKeown

Why do I believe that despite global malaise and economic uncertainty, we will see a new era of explosive, creative entrepreneurship? For this simple reason: the next generation of business leaders have no other option.

Does a "Chief Innovation Officer" Inspire Your Team?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO.