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Steve Blank has had a 33-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, he started new careers in conservation, public service, and teaching.

After retiring, Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. Steve wrote a book about building early stage companies called Four Steps to the Epiphany. The “Customer Development” model that he developed in his book is one of the core themes for his classes at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University and the National Science Foundation. In March 2012, he published The Startup Owner's Manual, a step-by-step guide to building a successful company.

In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. In 2009 Steve was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering. In 2007 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steve to serve on the California Coastal Commission, the public body which regulates land use and public access on the California coast.

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 19: Carmen Medina and Don Burke

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Change agents inside a corporation or government agency know how to build consensus and be a rebel at work.

They are attuned to finding colleagues who think like they do. And they can figure out how to get new ideas adopted within their organization's culture and framework.

And...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 18: Sarah Calhoun and Steve Sims

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 11:08 AM

Realizing you need help and learning how to ask for help are crucial skills for a founder.

And while how much money you make at a startup is a way to keep score, a successful life can't be measured only in dollars.

These topics were the focus of interviews with...

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Hacking for Defense at Stanford - Making the World a Safer Place

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 12:53 PM

Introducing Hacking for Defense - Connecting Silicon Valley Innovation Culture and Mindset to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
Hacking for Defense is a new course at Stanford's Engineering School in the Spring of 2016. It is being taught by Tom Byers,

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 17: Tiffani Bell and Clay Hebert

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:57 AM

If you're a technical startup founder, one of the painful lessons is that it's not enough just to build a great product. You must also understand the value the product provides customers (along with the rest of your business model).

And going for crowdfunding before you do customer discovery with...

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere -- Show No. 16: Wayne Sutton and Dave Kashen

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:31 AM

Silicon Valley's pay-it-forward culture means that others will help when you're starting up. Yet this same network of connected people affects who gets funded, how startup teams form, and who gets hired.

And a company culture and values need to be design and engineered just like the...

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 15: DJ Jayalath and Mark Hatch

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 10:46 AM

A cool product by itself is not a company. And being a military veteran is great training for starting up.

The importance of using customer feedback to shape Minimum Viable Products and why world-class founders are disciplined were topics discussed by the guests on the latest episode of

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 14: Matthew Wallenstein and Jason Young

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Knowing your customers is the single biggest driver of startup success, and there's no substitute for getting out of the building to learn about their problems and needs.

How and why Customer Development shapes a startup was the subject of discussion with the two latest guests on Entrepreneurs...

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How to Set Up a Corporate Innovation Outpost That Works

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 1:46 PM

This is the fourth in a series about corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship. Read part one on the Evolution of Corporate R&D, part two on...

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Blank's Rule: To Predict the Future, a Third of You Need to Be Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 10:47 AM

In a rapidly changing world those who copy the past have doomed their future.

When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strategies they often assemble a panel of experts to advise them. Ironically the panel is often made up of people whose ideas about innovation were relevant in...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 13: Liz Powers and Rocio Perez-Ochoa

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Successful founders believe anything is possible, but they build strong founding teams to achieve their startup dreams.

Naivete and a shared vision are among the key markers for success, two social entrepreneurs said on the latest episode of Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on SiriusXM Channel 111.

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How to Avoid Innovation Theater: 6 Decisions to Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 9:53 AM

This is the third in a series about the changing models of corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship. Read part one on the Evolution of Corporate...

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 12: Andrew Breen and David Binetti

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Culture matters whether you're just starting up or innovating inside a big company. And corporate innovation efforts are hampered by the very processes that make big companies successful.

The challenge of innovating inside a big company was the focus of discussion with the two latest guests on Entrepreneurs...

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Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley -- Going to Where the Action Is

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 10:23 AM

This is the second in a series about the changing models of corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship. Read part one on the Evolution of Corporate...

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Innovation Outposts and the Evolution of Corporate R&D

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:53 AM

I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM's Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. Evangelos has spent the last 15 years as a Venture Capitalist, first at Apax Partners and later at Trident Capital. During the last three years...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 11: Pat Sullivan and Sebastian Jackson

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Startup founders strive to turn their dreams into reality, and the mentors who guide them often learn as much as they teach.

How startup ideas are developed and nurtured was the focus of conversations with the latest guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on Sirius XM...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 10: Reetu Gupta and Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 1:36 PM

A startup is not a part-time activity. Trying to do a startup while keeping your day job may doom you to failure. So will failing to understand your customers.

Successful founders have a laser-like focus and commitment; a keen understanding of customers' needs; and a tenacious spirit, said the latest...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 9: Jered Lawson and Chase Adam

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Passion powers entrepreneurs; tenacity pulls them through, and entrepreneurship can do good for the world explained today's guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on Sirius XM Channel 111.

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Joining me in the Stanford University studio were:

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 8: Phil Randazzo and Derek Andersen

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Successful entrepreneurs show up a lot and make their own luck. And they are resilient -- they're able to bounce back after failure. Both of these traits made all the difference for the two latest guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on Sirius XM Channel 111.

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Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 3:37 PM

I'm still surprised when I find unexpected connections with innovation in different industries.
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In a recent workshop with a large company focused on the Innovation@50x process, I mentioned that founders and intraprenuers operate more like artists than accountants - on day one they see something...

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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 7: Betsy Corcoran and Miriam Altman

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Startup success starts with passion for a job you want to spend your life doing. And great founders never stop to wonder if they're qualified to do a startup.

Passion and fearlessness -- two key ingredients the latest guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, my radio show on Sirius...

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