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Corporate Innovation

The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank | Posted 10.14.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

Alexander Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, co-founded and was the lead author of Business Model Generation which sold a...

Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank | Posted 06.23.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

In the 21st century it's harder for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. Disruptive innovations are coming from startups - Telsa for...

Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 19: Carmen Medina and Don Burke

Steve Blank | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

Change agents inside a corporation or government agency know how to build consensus and be a rebel at work. They are attuned to finding colleagues wh...

How to Set Up a Corporate Innovation Outpost That Works

Steve Blank | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

This is the fourth in a series about corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become...

Blank's Rule: To Predict the Future, a Third of You Need to Be Crazy

Steve Blank | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

In a rapidly changing world those who copy the past have doomed their future. When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strateg...

How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The 6 Decisions to Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

Steve Blank | Posted 12.09.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Corporate Innovation Outposts monitor Silicon Valley for new innovative technologies and/or companies (as emerging threats or potential tools for disruption) and then take advantage of these innovations by creating new products or investing in startups.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 12: Andrew Breen and David Binetti

Steve Blank | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Culture matters whether you're just starting up or innovating inside a big company. And corporate innovation efforts are hampered by the very processe...

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley -- Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

For decades large companies have set up R&D labs outside their corporate headquarters, often in foreign countries, in spite of having a large home market with lots local R&D talent. IBM's research center in Zurich, GM's research center in Israel, Toyota in the U.S are examples.

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 09.09.2016 | 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 08.25.2016 | 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 06.26.2016 | 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...