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Doubling Down on a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation's I-Corps Lite

Steve Blank | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

After seeing the results of 500+ teams through the I-Corps, the NSF now offers all teams who've received government funding to start a company an introduction to building a Lean Startup. Here's Edmund's description of the I-Corps Lite program.

How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People

Steve Blank | Posted 06.01.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Thibault was driven to solve a very personal problem -- he grew up in a deaf family, the only one who could hear. His team project was to provide automated aids for the hearing impaired.

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

Steve Blank | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Steve Blank

By embracing lean, you can be assured you will be giving your students essential innovation skills they will use for the rest of their lives. You will see great startups focused on solving real customer problems emerge as well. This is an exciting journey and we are all right at the start.

When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class With a $435,000 Check

Steve Blank | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I remind my students that I'm teaching them a methodology they can use the rest of their careers, not running an incubator. Every once in awhile, a team ignores my advice and builds a company worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Big Bang: The Lean LaunchPad Explodes at University of Maryland

Steve Blank | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Steve Blank

The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within...

Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad® class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over ...

Watching My Students Grow

Steve Blank | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while...

The Woodstock of K-12 Education

Steve Blank | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

Describing something as the "Woodstock of..." has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators cam...

Getting Lean in Education -- By Getting Out of the Classroom

Steve Blank | Posted 09.22.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations ...

Why Lean May Save Your Life - The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may...

New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes

Steve Blank | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Our Stanford and Berkeley Lean LaunchPad classes are over for this year, and as usual we learned as much from teaching the teams as the teams did from...

Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students About Lean Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, "Can students in K-12 han...

Is This Startup Ready for Investment?

Steve Blank | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. However, accelerator Demo Days are...

What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC

Steve Blank | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) and the flipped classroom. I've been experimen...

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Jerk

Steve Blank | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made William Shakespeare Henry V | Act 4, Scene 3 The concepts i...

Time for Founders School

Steve Blank | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Having a film crew in your living room for two days is something you want to put on your bucket list. With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman F...

Lessons Learned in Therapeutics

Steve Blank | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF. Doctors, rese...

Moneyball and the Investment Readiness Level - Video

Steve Blank | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Eric Ries was kind enough to invite me to speak at his Lean Startup Conference. In the talk I reviewed the basic components of the Lean Startup and d...

Lessons Learned in Digital Health

Steve Blank | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF. Part 1: iss...

We've Seen the Future of Translational Medicine and It's Disruptive

Steve Blank | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

A team of 110 researchers and clinicians, in therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health in 25 teams at UCSF has just shown us the future of...

How Do You Want to Spend the Next 4 Years of Your Life?

Steve Blank | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

As our Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences class winds down, a good number of the 26 teams are trying to figure out whether they should go forward to tur...

When Customers Make You Smarter

Steve Blank | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We talk a lot about Customer Development, but there's nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. Here's what happened when an extraordi...

It's Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups - 1) great looking product demos, 2) compe...

Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences - Revenue Streams

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We're teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) at UCSF with a team of...

Well They 'Should' Be Our Customers

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

When scientists and engineers who've been working in the lab for years try to commercialize their technology they often get trapped by their own belie...