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  • The Woodstock of K-12 Education

    Originally posted on www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank 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. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years it’s become clear that the days of teaching “how to […]

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  • How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: The Inventure Cycle

    Originally posted at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers. That’s all well and good if you already have an idea. But where do startup ideas come from? […]

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  • Innovating Municipal Government Culture

    Originally posted at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank 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 update on his work on teaching lean techniques to local governments. —- This February Philadelphia University and the City of Philadelphia founded the Academy for […]

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  • How to be Smarter than Your Investors — Continuous Customer Discovery

    Originally published at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies. — Awhile back I blogged about Ashwin, one of my ex-students wanted to raise a seed round to build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) with a Hyper-spectral camera and fly it over farm fields collecting hyper-spectral images. These images, when processed with his company’s proprietary algorithms, would be […]

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  • Sometimes it Pays to Be a Jerk

    Originally posted at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made William Shakespeare Henry V | Act 4, Scene 3 The concepts in my Lean LaunchPad curriculum can be taught in a variety of classes–as an introduction to entrepreneurship all the way to a graduate level “capstone class.” I recently learned being tough when you select teams for a capstone class […]

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  • How Do You Want to Spend the Next 4 Years of Your Life?

    Originally posted Dec. 9, 2013, at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank As our Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences class winds down, a good number of the 26 teams are trying to figure out whether they should go forward to turn their class project into a business. Given that we’ve been emphasizing Evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Investment Readiness Level, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when someone asked, “After we figure all this data […]

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  • When Customers Make You Smarter

    Originally posted Dec. 2, 2013, at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank We talk a lot about Customer Development, but there’s nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. Here’s what happened when an extraordinary Digital Health team gained several critical insights about their business model. The first was reducing what they thought was a five-sided market to a simpler two-sided one. But the big payoff came when their discussions […]

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  • It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

    Originally published Nov. 25, 2013, at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups – 1) great looking product demos, 2) compelling PowerPoint slides, and 3) a world-class team. We think we can do better. We now have the tools, technology and data to take incubators and accelerators to the next level. Teams can prove their competence and validate […]

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  • Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Revenue Streams

    Originally posted Nov. 18, 2013, at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank We’re teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. The class has talked to 2,056 customers to date. Part 1:  issues in the therapeutics drug discovery pipeline Part 2:  medical devices and digital health Part 3: described what we’re going to do about it. Part 4: a […]

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