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 in a variety of weapons systems. Starting in the 1950’s, Stanford’s engineering department became “outward facing” and developed a culture of spinouts and active faculty support and participation in the first wave of Silicon Valley startups…read full post or download MP3.

 

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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 56 industrial partners and 19 Academic institutions located at Imperial College in London. Stephen and SynbiCITE, just launched the world’s first Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology program. Here’s his story…read full post or download MP3.

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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 he got me up to date on his life since school (two non-CEO roles in startups,) but he wanted to talk about his third startup – the one he and two co-founders had started…read full post or download MP3.

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When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

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I remind my students that I’m teaching them a methodology they can use the rest of their careers, not running an incubator.Every once in awhile a team ignores my advice and builds a company worth hundreds of millions of dollars…read full post or download MP3.

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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 one of them. But a new class of life science/healthcare co-working and collaboration space is another…read full post or download MP3.

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I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

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Over the last three years the National Science Foundation I-Corps has taught over 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology and how to fail less, increasing their odds for commercial success…read full post or download MP3.

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The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every single one of its bioengineering majors. It’s made a big bang…read full post or download MP3.

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Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

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NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad® class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts. Impact! Read full post or download MP3.

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Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

In the 20th century corporate skunk works were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have failed to master continuous innovation. Skunk works will be the signposts of companies that will be left behind…read full post or download MP3.

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