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Start-up Strategies to Build a Business the Affordable Way

Jack Nadel | Posted 02.03.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

My only capital when I started Trans Pacific Traders in 1946 was my accumulated military pay. What I did have was a willingness to research, find opportunities, and make deals. Fancy furniture and a large office would have to wait.

When to Pull the Plug on Your Business

Jack Garson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Small Business
Jack Garson

Entrepreneurs often struggle when their companies face big issues. Whether to continue in business is certainly one of the biggest and most difficult choices. But if you approach these questions with logical analysis, you will make the best decisions.

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...

Why Business Partnerships Go Bad

Jack Garson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Business is tough, as recent history has proven once again. It's much too tough to be fighting with your partners. Pick well.

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...

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The ...

Progress and Promise in Las Vegas

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Jude Stanion, Venture for America Class of 2012 When I moved to Las Vegas over a year ago, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had ...

Who Let the Dog Out: On New Crowdfunding Rules and Why It Is Time for Us to Wise Up

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

If equity crowdfunding had the same alert system color code as Homeland Security, it would have jumped from green to orange on October 23rd, 2013. Fo...

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...

How to Stay Motivated and Productive While Building Your Business and Working Full-Time

Kara Stevens | Posted 12.31.2013 | Small Business
Kara Stevens

While I fantasize about quitting my 9-to-5 nearly every day to work for myself, I know that my business is not ready; I still need the income from my full-time job to invest in building a strong and sustainable foundation for my future of self-employment. Working full-time while building your side-hustle is definitely a juggling act, but it can be done.

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...

Entrepreneurs Are the Playmakers for our Economy

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, now is not the time to stay on the sidelines. As one popular saying goes, "If you do not step forward, you'll always be in the same place."

Stop Building a Business -- Start Building a Culture

Alba M. Alemán | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alba M. Alemán

Things like values, culture, vision, discipline, a well-articulated plan, and traditions are important aspects of building a business that often get lost in the shuffle or replaced by much more exciting things, often known as distractions.

Startups and Downs

Tom J. Hidvegi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Tom J. Hidvegi

Startups' mistake number one is testing the idea with their peers. Sir John Hegarty taught me in his class: if you ask the same question from the same people the same way, you will get the same answers.

Women Entrepreneurs - May Be, Baby!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Over the years, I have spoken with many women entrepreneurs who had various questions around balance and flexibility. The most critical question comes...

The Middle Class Problem Is Now an Emergency: Entrepreneurs, We Need You!

Jack Nadel | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If our nation's workforce is just barely scraping by, then who will buy our goods and services? Our GDP is bound to shrink unless we act swiftly to restore our middle class.

Lean Startups Still Need Vision

Pat Kinsel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Pat Kinsel

The principles of the lean startup movement are fantastic: companies should remain small and and validate their market and product as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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...

The Dual Journeys of a Founder

Rajesh Setty | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Rajesh Setty

If you are a founder, you will have to go through two journeys -- one is internal and the other is external. They look to be conflicting with each other at the outset but you will soon see that they are interrelated. Actually, this is true for anyone who want to run with an initiative.

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...

How to Get Meetings with People Too Busy to See You

Steve Blank | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

Asking, "Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?" is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule. Here'...

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...