Author Archives: Steve Blank

Fly High

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Todd Branchflower was one of my Lean LaunchPad students entrepreneurial enough to convince the Air Force send him to Stanford to get his graduate engineering degree. After watching my Secret History of Silicon Valley talk, he became fascinated by how serendipity created both weapon … Continue reading

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When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

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In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. It was not only my secret weapon in thinking about new startup strategies, it also gave me a … Continue reading

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China Startups (The Complete Series)

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I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. … Continue reading

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The Lean LaunchPad Goes to High School

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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 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?”  Hawken School has now given us an answer…read full post. Download MP3  

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Failure and Redemption

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“What’s gone and what’s past help Should be past grief.” William Shakespeare - The Winter’s Tale We give abundant advice to founders about how to make startups succeed yet we offer few models about dealing with failure…read full post. Download MP3

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Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate

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My friend Ron Ashkenas interviewed me for his blog on the Harvard Business Review. Ron is a managing partner of Schaffer Consulting, and is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a co-author of The GE Work-Out and The … Continue reading

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Crazy enough to change the world

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs Experience – Do It and Learn It

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In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley and NCIIA, Jerry Engel and I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class. The class was designed to teach educators (and the adjunct entrepreneurs that support them) the Lean LaunchPad approach (Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering) for … Continue reading

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

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I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best … Continue reading

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

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I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best … Continue reading

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