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 process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm…read full post.

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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 process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm…read full post.

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Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!

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My co-author and business Partner Bob Dorf spends much of his time traveling the world teaching countries and companies how to run the Lean LaunchPad program. He’s back to Bogota, Colombia this week for round two…read full post.

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Don’t Underestimate the Undergraduates

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Jim Hornthal splits his time between venture capital, entrepreneurship and education. Jim has founded six companies, including Preview Travel, one of the first online travel agencies, which went public in 1997 and subsequently merged to create Travelocity.comas an independent company.  Today he is the co-founder and Chairman of Triporati,LaunchPad Central and Zignal Labsread full post.

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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 WWII the responsibility for investing in research split between agencies focused on weapons development and space exploration (being completely customer-driven) and other agencies charted to fund basic and applied research in science and medicine (being driven by peer-review.)…read full post.

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Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

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This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post, it’s short. I reminded my Startup Owners Manual co-author Bob Dorf this is how entrepreneurs played the game, blah, blah, blah. As usual Bob did one better. Here’s a guest post on what happened to him in the Ukraine…read full post.

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Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum

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In 2012, in partnership with Stanford UniversityU.C. Berkeley and NCIIAJerry Engeland I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class. The class was designed to teach educators (and the entrepreneurs that support them) the Lean LaunchPad approach (Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering) for teaching entrepreneurship. In addition the class offers a suggested “Lean Entrepreneurship” curriculum and the details of how to teach the capstone Lean LaunchPad classread full post.

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The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption, the need for continuous innovation, globalization and regulation. But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation….read full post.

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Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

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Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes…read full post.

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Customer Development in Japan: a History Lesson

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The Japanese edition of The Startup Owner’s Manual hit the bookstores in Japan this week. The book has been shepherded and edited by a great Japanese VC at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, Takashi Tsutsumi, with help from Masato Iino. I asked Tsutsumi-san to write a guest post for my blog to describe his experience with Customer Development in Japan…read full post.

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