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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.

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Competitive Analysis: Changing The Way Startups Address The Market

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Startup 101: Why Entrepreneurs Need To Seize The Moment

Watching a startup entrepreneur fail is sad, but watching them fail from…
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What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

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How To Get Meetings With People Too Busy To See You

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Why Working Hard Is Not The Same As Working Smart

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of…
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Hacking For An Innovative Corporate Culture

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Startup 101: The Importance Of Having A Mission Intent To Increase Productivity

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How We Built A Focussed Marketing Team With A No Excuses Culture

Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant…

Why Founders Should Not Let Process Distract Them From Strategy

When you’re up to your neck in alligators, don’t forget the goal…

Advice For Entrepreneurs On Being A Successful Life Partner

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On Building A Great Founding Team: Startup 101

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Why Startups Should Not Focus On New Offices While Growing

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