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Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

Steve Blank | Posted 02.19.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Stephen Chambers spent 22 years in some of the most innovative companies in life science as the director of gene expression and then as a co-founder o...

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

Steve Blank | Posted 02.03.2015 | 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.

27 Reasons to Start a Business in 2015

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

The economy is changing. Jobs are not as secure as they once were. Software and globalization has made it significantly easier and cheaper to start a business. Here are the biggest reasons why 2015 can be the year you take the leap.

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...

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

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 ...

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 ...

Born Global or Die Local -- Building a Regional Startup Playbook

Steve Blank | Posted 12.31.2014 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Entrepreneurship is everywhere, but everywhere isn't a level playing field. What's the playbook for your region or country to make it so?

The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better -- Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Read it. The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It h...

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...

Sell It And They Will Come

Alex Pirouz | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Most young entrepreneurs spend far too much time in the "lab" before ever getting out in the field. Tinkering too long with a prototype, working on their company branding, brochures, logo design or deliberating on patent filings before they have even spoken to one customer.

How to Find the Right Co-Founders

Steve Blank | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

How do you figure out what's the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you've filled out the business model canvas...

Why Translational Medicine Will Never Be the Same

Steve Blank | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.

The Startup Education Gap

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.05.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

Startups need to understand and deploy their culture first, because that's how their customers will understand them best. There's a good reason for this: products are easily commodified. They can copied and sold at a lower price.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Steve Blank

A startup is not just about the idea, it's about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.

Don't Let Detroit Happen to You

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

What's required now is an entrepreneurial mindset. As federal workers if you want to advance in your career, you have to stop thinking like an employee. You have to think and act like you're running the company you're working for.

What Does Y-Combinator and the White House Have in Common?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 10.21.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

By using an agile, continuous deployment tool like the lean startup, government leaders and social innovators can experiment with new ways to solve old problems scientifically.

5 Lessons Learned Mentoring 300+ Student Entrepreneurs at European Innovation Academy

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

I just got back to The States after an amazing experience in the South of France mentoring at European Innovation Academy, a three week entrepreneursh...

Lean Startup and Design Thinking: 5 Things I've learned From Eric Ries

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
Cosmin Gheorghe

There is a reason for which entrepreneurs call their companies "startups" and not "endups". The name basically designates a small enterprise that begins somewhere at the bottom of the unknown, from where it begins to climb up.

'America's Best Leader' Used Eric Reis's Lean Startup Before It Existed

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.17.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

Below is an excerpt from our interview on how he intuitively used Eric Reis's Lean Startup during the early days of his organization. I am sharing this to illustrate that some nonprofits can, must, and should pivot to become more effective.

Lean Education: What College Students Can Learn From Lean Startups

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Michael B. Fishbein

It's a quintessential startup story: An entrepreneur spends months, if not years, and more money than they can afford to lose building and launching a...

The Lean Interfaith Nonprofit

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Frank Fredericks

It's pay day. The bills are due. The fundraiser flopped, the ask unanswered. Donations are diminishing and expected grants taken for granted. Program ...

Why I Left a Comfortable Corporate Gig to Bring More Gratitude to Healthcare

Amanda Krantz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Amanda Krantz

More degrees often means feeling more shackled to a job and career. You feel pressured to "meet your full potential" (and pay off debt) instead of feeling free to take a chance. I am a big believer in never picking a job based on building a resume or because it's what everyone expects of you.

Nurturing the Startup Juggernaut

John Warner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
John Warner

Startups are the juggernauts that discover new markets, which drive growth and wealth creation in our economy. It's in our interest to nurture the ecosystem that allows startups to thrive.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Phil Simon | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

I fancy myself of fan of challenging things. I like 20 minute songs from bands like Marillion and Rush. I enjoy movies that hurt my brain and have to ...