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The Big Bang: The Lean LaunchPad Explodes at University of Maryland

Steve Blank | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within...

Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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...

The Woodstock of K-12 Education

Steve Blank | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

Describing something as the "Woodstock of..." has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators cam...

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.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur -- The Inventure Cycle

Steve Blank | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. The...

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.

Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I've been spending...

Getting Lean in Education -- By Getting Out of the Classroom

Steve Blank | Posted 09.22.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations ...

The Toilet That Thinks You're Done When You're Not and Other Stupid Annoyances That Lose Customers

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Lenore Skenazy

Customers are picky, prickly, and ever ready to jump brand if they feel someone isn't feeling their pain. A customer who can't find the right answer in the FAQs, or discovers gum under the table at the fancy restaurant can quickly become a fugitive.

How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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...

I-Corps @ NIH - Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We've pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. We're changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development t...

Why Lean May Save Your Life - The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may...

Innovating Municipal Government Culture

Steve Blank | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

D.R. Widder is the Vice President of Innovation and holds the Steve Blank Innovation Chair at Philadelphia University. He's helping city government in...

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up...

New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes

Steve Blank | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Our Stanford and Berkeley Lean LaunchPad classes are over for this year, and as usual we learned as much from teaching the teams as the teams did from...

ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen....Thank you for the kind introduction. I'm hono...

Why Internal Ventures are Different From External Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the Garwoo...

Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founders School Part 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to ev...

Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students About Lean Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, "Can students in K-12 han...

Is This Startup Ready for Investment?

Steve Blank | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. However, accelerator Demo Days are...