Category Archives: Lean LaunchPad

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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

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This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience…read full post or download MP3.

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I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

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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 to better-fit therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices….read full post or download MP3.

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

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Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may come a day that one of these teams makes a drug, diagnostic or medical device that … Continue reading

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Innovating Municipal Government Culture

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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 Philadelphia become more innovative by applying Lean startup methods and Philadelphia University’s innovation curriculum. I asked him to share an … Continue reading

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New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes

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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 us. Here are a few of the Lessons Learned from these two classes…read … Continue reading

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Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2

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With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to every year (~$25 million to entrepreneurial causes) makes Kauffman the dominant player in the entrepreneurship space…read full post. Download MP3

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Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

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Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. However, accelerator Demo Days are a combination of graduation ceremony and pitch contest, with the uncomfortable feel of a swimsuit competition. Other than “I’ll … Continue reading

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