Author Archives: Steve Blank

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

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During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, science and engineering at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley were heavily funded to develop Cold War weapon systems. Stanford’s focus was Electronic Intelligence and those advanced microwave components and systems were useful … Continue reading

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Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

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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 of his own company. Today he runs SynbiCITE, the UK’s synthetic biology consortium of … Continue reading

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What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

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Last week I got a call from Patrick an ex-student I hadn’t heard from for 8 years. He was now the CEO of a company and wanted to talk about what he admitted was a “first world” problem. Over breakfast … Continue reading

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When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

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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…read … Continue reading

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Getting out of the building…by staying in the building!

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The landscape for how to turn life science and health care technologies into viable companies has changed more in the last 3 years than in the last 30. New approaches to translational medicine have emerged. Our Lean Launchpad® for Life Sciences is … Continue reading

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I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

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Over the last three years the National Science Foundation I-Corps has taught over 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology and how to fail less, increasing their odds for commercial success…read full post or download MP3.

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The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every … Continue reading

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Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

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NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad® class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts. Impact! Read full post or download MP3.

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Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

In the 20th century corporate skunk works were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have … Continue reading

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Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook

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Entrepreneurship is everywhere, but everywhere isn’t a level playing field. What’s the playbook for your region or country to make it so? Scalable startups are on a trajectory for a billion dollar market cap. They grow into companies that define an industry … Continue reading

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