iOS app Android app

Lean Launchpad

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...

Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences - Distribution Channels

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...

Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences - Value Proposition and Customers

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

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

300 Teams in Two Years

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

This is the start of the third year teaching teams of scientists (professors and their graduate students) in the National Science Foundation Innovatio...

This Will Save Us Years -- Lean LaunchPad for Life Science

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We're deep into week 2 of teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) th...

The Air Force Academy Gets Lean

Steve Blank | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I can always tell when one of my students has been in the military. They're focused, they're world-wise past their years, and they don't break a sweat...

Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

Over the last three years our Lean LaunchPad / NSF Innovation Corps classes have been teaching hundreds of entrepreneurial teams a year how to build t...

Reinventing Life Science Startups - Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We're g...

Reinventing Life Science Startups - Medical Devices and Digital Health

Steve Blank | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We're g...

Reinventing Life Science Startups-Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Steve Blank | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the e...

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Class

Steve Blank | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship curriculum has caught fire. This week 100 educators from around the world will come to Stanford to learn how to teach it.

Who's Doing the Learning?

Steve Blank | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

In a startup instead of paying consultants to tell you what they learned you want to pay them to teach you how to learn.

Crazy Enough to Change the World

Steve Blank | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's t...

Entrepreneurs Experience - Do It and Learn It

Steve Blank | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I came to the Lean LaunchPad Educators Program 2 ½-day workshop to learn from the best in the business of entrepreneurship education.

Don't Underestimate the Undergraduates

Steve Blank | Posted 03.24.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Jim Hornthal splits his time between venture capital, entrepreneurship and education. Jim has founded six companies, including Preview Travel, one of the first online travel agencies, which went public in 1997 and subsequently merged to create Travelocity.com as an independent company.

10,000 Startups -- Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched -- Startup Weekend Next. A partnership of Startup Weekend, Startup America, ...

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank | Posted 11.06.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad class taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and for the National Science Founda...

How to Build a Billion Dollar Startup

Steve Blank | Posted 06.19.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The quickest way to create a billion dollar company is to take basic human social needs and figure out how to mediate them online.

Blinded by the Light -- The Epiphany

Steve Blank | Posted 06.03.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

It can be challenging for an entrepreneur to slow down, disengage from the relentless pace and smell the roses. But making this kind of time for your right brain to process what your left-brain has learned can bring you insights you'd never uncover otherwise. You can't force an epiphany but when it comes, you'll know it.

NSF Innovation Corps -- What America Does Best

Steve Blank | Posted 05.30.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps combines the best of what the U.S. government, American researchers in academia and risk capital can do together.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 2 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

Yesterday, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the final four.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The premise of the class is that startups are not about executing a plan where the product, customers and channel are known. Startups are in fact only temporary organizations, organized to search -- not execute -- for a scalable and repeatable business model.

Search Versus Execute

Steve Blank | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The primary objective of a start-up is to validate its business model hypotheses (and iterate and pivot until it does).