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How to Be Smarter than Your Investors – Continuous Customer Discovery

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Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies…read full post. Download MP3

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Lessons Learned in Digital Health

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This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF…read full post. Download MP3

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When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple and Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers

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One of the great innovations of the 21st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically. For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) For hardware it’s the magical … Continue reading

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Guns and Cyber Security

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I grew up in New York City and for a few years heaven on earth for me was going toBoy Scout camp in the summer near the Delaware River. The camp had all the summer adventures a city kid could … 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 Endless Frontier: U.S. Science and National Industrial Policy (part 1)

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The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. Post … Continue reading

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Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

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We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and … Continue reading

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How to Build a Billion Dollar Startup

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The quickest way to create a billion dollar company is to take basic human socialneeds and figure out how to mediate them on-line. (Look at the first wave of the web/mobile/cloud startups that have done just that:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Match.com, Pandora, … Continue reading

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The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – What America Does Best

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We ran the first National Science Foundation Innovation Corps class October to December 2011. 63 scientists and engineers in 21 teams made ~2,000 customer calls in 10 weeks, turning laboratory ideas into formidable startups. 19 of the 21 teams are moving forward in commercializing their … Continue reading

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How the iPhone Got Tail Fins – Part 2 of 2

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By the early 1920’s General Motors realized that Ford, which was now selling theModel T for $290, had an unbeatable monopoly on low-cost automobile manufacturing. Other manufacturers had experimented with selling cars based on an image and brand. (The most notable was … Continue reading

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