The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

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Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it…read full post or download MP3.

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Watching My Students Grow

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One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on.Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. I’ve taught hundreds of teams, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has taught close to 400 teams led by our nations top scientists, and the class is being taught around the world…read full post or download MP3.

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Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

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In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners…read full post or download MP3.

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The Woodstock of K-12 Education

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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 came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students…read full post or download MP3.

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How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

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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 you already know who you need. I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind…read full post or download MP3.

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Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

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For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.  Close to 400 teams in robotics, computer science, materials science, geoscience, etc. have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product…read full post or download MP3.

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How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle

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The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers…read full post or download MP3.

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

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“By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” – Book of Five Rings. 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…read full post or download MP3.

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Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

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I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. Elmore and Ann Winblad) – “I’m just a VC”…read full post or download MP3.

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Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

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Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups…read full post or download MP3.

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