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  • It’s About Women Running Startups

    Originally appeared on www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms. And she had a model for […]

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  • Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

    Originally posted at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one […]

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  • How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

    Originally posted 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.  Other than “I’ll know it when I see it”, there’s no formal way for an investor to assess project maturity or quantify risks. Other than measuring engineering progress, there’s no standard language to […]

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  • Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster — Part 3 of Bigger in Bend

    Originally published at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development. I visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress. Today with every city, state, country trying to build out a technology cluster, following […]

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  • Early-Stage Regional Venture Funds–Part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

    Originally published on www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development. I visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress. Today with every city, state and country trying to build out a technology cluster, […]

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  • Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster, Part 1 of 3

    Originally published at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with. Dino and I kept in touch as he moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  Over the years we brainstormed about how Lean […]

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  • A New Way to Look at Competitors

    Originally published Nov. 8, 2013, at www.steveblank.com By Steve Blank Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets. Most of the time this graph is inappropriate for startups or existing companies creating new markets. Here’s what you need to do […]

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  • Reinventing Life Science Startups – Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

    Originally published Aug. 21, 2013, at www.steveblank.com What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We’re going to test this hypothesis by teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) this October at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. Part 1 of this post described the issues in the […]

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  • Reinventing Life Science Startups – Medical Devices and Digital Health

    Originally published Aug. 20, 2013, at www.steveblank.com. What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We’re going to test this hypothesis by teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Healthcare (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) this October at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. In this three post series, Part 1 described the challenges Life Science companies face […]

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