Steve Blank Entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. He’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialised and how companies and the government innovate. Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, The Startup Owner’s Manual - and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story defined the Lean Startup movement. He teaches at Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley and NYU; and created the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps - now the standard for science commercialisation in the US. His Hacking for Defense class at Stanford is revolutionising how the US defense and intelligence community can deploy innovation with speed and urgency.
  • The 9 Deadliest Startup Sins Inc. magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from The Startup Owner’s Manual, the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups. The excerpts, which appeared first at, highlight the Customer Development process, best practices, tips and instructions contained in our book. Whether your venture is a new pizza parlour or the hottest new software product, […] 6 min read April 27, 2017
  • Business Plans V/s Business Models – When No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers I was catching up with an ex-graduate student at Café Borrone, my favourite coffee place in Menlo Park. This was the second of three “office hours” I was holding that morning for ex-students. He and his co-founder were both PhDs in applied math who believe they can make some serious inroads on next generation search. Over […] 5 min read April 24, 2017
  • Entrepreneurship Is An Art – Not A Job Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. – George Bernard Shaw Over the last decade we assumed that once we found repeatable methodologies (Agile and Customer Development, Business Model Design) to build early-stage ventures, entrepreneurship would become a “science,” and anyone could do […] 4 min read April 21, 2017
  • Why Entrepreneurs Need To Be Dissidents Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t […] 4 min read April 17, 2017
  • The Pay-It-Forward Culture Of Silicon Valley Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers.  We take it so for granted we never even to bother to talk about it.  It’s the “Pay-It-Forward” culture. The Chips Are Down In 1962, Walker’s Wagon Wheel Bar/Restaurant in Mountain View became the lunch hangout for employees […] 5 min read April 14, 2017
  • Why Companies Are Not Startups In the last few years, we’ve recognised that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups. There’s been lots written about how companies need to be more innovative, but very little on what stops them from doing so. Companies looking to […] 7 min read April 7, 2017
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