Category Archives: Lean LaunchPad

Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

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I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors…read full … Continue reading

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Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite

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I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of theD.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins). But it wasn’t until seeing him lead the … Continue reading

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

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I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.” Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of … Continue reading

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How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People

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Thibault Duchemin and his team applied for our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley in 2014. We accepted them because it was clear Thibault was driven to solve a very personal problem – he grew up in a Deaf family, … Continue reading

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Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation

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I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries. I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto … Continue reading

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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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It’s About Women Running Startups

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“Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a venture capitalist?” Read full post or download MP3.

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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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