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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.

Why It Pays to Charge More

Alex Budak | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

One of the most common questions that comes up among social entrepreneurs in our incubator is how much they should charge for their product or service. The truth is, I'm not qualified to answer that. And, honestly, neither are they.

Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

Steve Blank | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Scien...

How We Changed the Way the U.S. Government Commercializes Science: Errol Arkilic -- Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research.

Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

Steve Blank | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

The focus of our first segment was on Alexander Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas -- how and why he created it and how startups and large companies are using it to search for repeatable, scalable business models.

Mindfulness: 7 Reasons to Implement Meditation at Work

Geoff Koboldt | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Geoff Koboldt

I hope that you are inspired enough to give meditation a chance as you deserve greater peace in your life. For those that already meditate, and will now try it at work, I am confident your boss and colleagues will appreciate the new super-hero at the office.

Hear How the Lean Startup Began -- and Helped One Company Find Success: Episode 2 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Eric Ries and Jon Sebastiani

Steve Blank | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Eric Ries, entrepreneur and author of the New York Times be...

Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

The focus of our first segment is how Silicon Valley and the U.S. military can work together -- for access to advanced technology and to learn how to move with agility, speed and urgency.

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School. As a clinical psychologist and forensic expert in sp...

Why 'Build, Measure, Learn' Isn't Just Throwing Things Against the Wall to See if They Work

Steve Blank | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Using the word "build" first often confuses people. The diagram does seem to imply build stuff and throw it out of the building. A more detailed version of the Build Measure Learn diagram helps to clarify the meaning by adding three more elements.

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.

Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

Steve Blank | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 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.

27 Reasons to Start a Business in 2015

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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.