Steve Blank Podcast

Steve Blank Podcast

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  • Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation
    Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation
    Duración: 09min | 16/10/2019

    The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is more than just changes in technology, or channel, or competitors – it’s all of them, all at once. And these forces are completely reshaping both commerce and defense.

  • Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit
    Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit
    Duración: 04min | 08/10/2019

    It’s been almost a decade since we first started teaching the Lean Methodology. It’s remade entrepreneurship education, startup practice and innovation in companies and the government. But in all that time, we haven’t gotten a large group of educators together to talk about what it’s been like to teach Lean or the impact it’s had in their classrooms and beyond. It dawned on us that with 10 years of Lessons Learned to explore, now would be a good time.

  • AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile
    AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile
    Duración: 06min | 17/09/2019

    AgileFall is an ironic term for program management where you try to be agile and lean, but you keep using waterfall development techniques. It often produces a result that’s like combining a floor wax and dessert topping.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019
    Duración: 09min | 08/06/2019

    We just finished our 4th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. At the end of each class we have each team give a Lessons Learned presentation. Unlike traditional demo days or Shark Tanks which are “here’s how smart I am, please give me money,” a Lessons Learned presentation tells a story of a journey of hard-won learning and discovery. For all the teams it’s a roller coaster narrative of what happens when you discover that everything you thought you knew was wrong and how they eventually got it right.

  • The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation
    The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation
    Duración: 24min | 02/06/2019

    I was interviewed by Philip Bouchard, Executive Director of TrustedPeer Entrepreneurship Advisory, about how entrepreneurship education has changed, mission-driven entrepreneurship, and what we’ve learned about corporate innovation.

  • How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset
    How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset
    Duración: 13min | 10/05/2019

    Modern entrepreneurship began at the turn of this century with the observation that startups aren’t smaller versions of large companies – large companies at their core execute known business models, while startups search for scalable business models. Lean Methodology consists of three tools designed for entrepreneurs building new ventures...

  • Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad
    Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad
    Duración: 15min | 12/04/2019

    VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company. For most startup employee’s startup stock options are now a bad deal. Here’s why.

  • The Lean LaunchPad Class: It’s the same, but different
    The Lean LaunchPad Class: It’s the same, but different
    Duración: 10min | 29/03/2019

    We just finished the 8th annual Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford. The team presentations are at the end of this post. It’s hard to imagine, but only a decade ago, the capstone entrepreneurship class in most universities was how to write – or pitch- a business plan. As a serial entrepreneur turned educator, this didn’t make sense to me. In my experience, I saw that most business plans don’t survive first contact with customers.

  • Fast Time in Three Horizon High
    Fast Time in Three Horizon High
    Duración: 08min | 02/03/2019

    I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

  • How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows
    How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows
    Duración: 12min | 15/11/2018

    If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change.

  • Driven to Distraction – the future of car safety
    Driven to Distraction – the future of car safety
    Duración: 26min | 31/10/2018

    If you haven’t gotten a new car in a while you may not have noticed that the future of the dashboard looks like this... That’s it. A single screen replacing all the dashboard gauges, knobs and switches. But behind that screen is an increasing level of automation that hides a ton of complexity.

  • What Your Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets
    What Your Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets
    Duración: 14min | 11/10/2018

    Often the opposite of disruption is the status quo. If you’re a startup trying to disrupt an existing business you need to read The Fixer by Bradley Tusk and Regulatory Hacking by Evan Burfield. These two books, one by a practitioner, the other by an investor, are must-reads. The Fixer is 1/3rd autobiography, 1/3rd case studies, and 1/3rd a “how-to” manual. Regulatory Hacking is closer to a “step-by-step” textbook with case studies. Here’s why you need to read them.

  • The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare
    The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare
    Duración: 26min | 28/09/2018

    I don’t own an Apple Watch. I do have a Fitbit. But the Apple Watch 4 announcement intrigued me in a way no other product has since the original IPhone. This wasn’t just another product announcement from Apple. It heralded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) entrance into the 21stcentury. It is a harbinger of the future of healthcare and how the FDA approaches innovation.

  • The End of More – The Death of Moore’s Law
    The End of More – The Death of Moore’s Law
    Duración: 08min | 14/09/2018

    For most of our lives the idea that computers and technology would get, better, faster, cheaper every year was as assured as the sun rising every morning. The story “GlobalFoundries Stops All 7nm Development“ doesn’t sound like the end of that era, but for anyone who uses an electronic device, it most certainly is. Technology innovation is going to take a different direction.

  • Is the Lean Startup Dead?
    Is the Lean Startup Dead?
    Duración: 13min | 07/09/2018

    Reading the NY Times article “Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture,” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. And while the “first mover advantage” was the rallying cry of the last bubble, today’s is: “Massive capital infusion can own the entire market.”

  • This 1 Piece of Advice Could Make Or Break Your Career
    This 1 Piece of Advice Could Make Or Break Your Career
    Duración: 07min | 23/07/2018

    There’s no handbook on how to evaluate and process “suggestions” and “advice” from a boss or a mentor. But how you choose to act on these recommendations can speed up your learning and make or break your career. Here’s what to keep in mind...

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe
    Duración: 09min | 08/06/2018

    We just finished our 3rd annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Six teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. Watching them I was left with wonder and awe about what they accomplished in 10 weeks. Six teams spoke to over 600 beneficiaries, stakeholders, requirements writers, program managers, warfighters, legal, security, customers, etc. By the end the class all of the teams realized that the problem as given by the sponsor had morphed into something bigger, deeper and much more interesting.

  • The Innovation Stack: How to make innovation programs deliver more than coffee cups
    The Innovation Stack: How to make innovation programs deliver more than coffee cups
    Duración: 14min | 07/06/2018

    Is your organization full of Hackathons, Shark Tanks, Incubators and other innovation programs, but none have changed the trajectory of your company/agency? Over the last few years Pete Newell and I have helped build innovation programs inside large companies, across the U.S. federal science agencies and in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. But it is only recently that we realized why some programs succeed and others are failing.

  • Why the Future of Tesla May Depend on Knowing What Happened to Billy Durant
    Why the Future of Tesla May Depend on Knowing What Happened to Billy Durant
    Duración: 17min | 03/05/2018

    Elon Musk, Alfred Sloan, and entrepreneurship in the automobile industry. The entrepreneur who founded and grew the largest startup in the world to $10 billion in revenue and got fired is someone you have probably never heard of. The guy who replaced him invented the idea of the modern corporation. If you want to understand the future of Tesla and Elon Musk’s role – something many want to do, given the constant stream of headlines about the company — you should start with a bit of automotive history from the 20th Century.

  • Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them
    Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them
    Duración: 10min | 11/04/2018

    If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I love risk.” “I want flexible work hours.” “I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I have a vision and want to see it through.” “I saw a better opportunity and grabbed it. …”

  • The Difference Between Innovators and Entrepreneurs
    The Difference Between Innovators and Entrepreneurs
    Duración: 04min | 03/04/2018

    I just received a thank-you note from a student who attended a fireside chat I held at the ranch. Something I said seemed to inspire her: “I always thought you needed to be innovative, original to be an entrepreneur. Now I have a different perception. Entrepreneurs are the ones that make things happen. (That) takes focus, diligence, discipline, flexibility and perseverance. They can take an innovative idea and make it impactful. … successful entrepreneurs are also ones who take challenges in stride, adapt and adjust plans to accommodate whatever problems do come up.”

  • Leadership is More Than a Memo
    Leadership is More Than a Memo
    Duración: 04min | 19/03/2018

    Leadership is More Than a Memo by Steve Blank

  • CoinOut Gets Coin In
    CoinOut Gets Coin In
    Duración: 06min | 21/02/2018

    It’s always fun to see what happens to my students after they leave class. Jeff Witten started CoinOut four years ago in my Columbia University 5-day Lean LaunchPad class. CoinOut eliminates the hassle of getting a pocket full of loose change from merchants by allowing you to put it in a digital wallet. Jeff just appeared on Shark Tank and the Sharks funded him. We just caught up and I got to do a bit of customer discovery on Jeff’s entrepreneurial journey to date.

  • Innovation at Speed – when you have 2 million employees
    Innovation at Speed – when you have 2 million employees
    Duración: 08min | 13/02/2018

    Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting…Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades. We must not accept cumbersome approval chains, wasteful applications of resources in uncompetitive space, or overly risk-averse thinking that impedes change. If you read these quotes, you’d think they were from a CEO who just took over a company facing disruption from agile startups and a changing environment. And you’d be right. Although in this case the CEO is the Secretary of Defense. And his company has 2 million employees.

  • Janesville – A Story About the Rest of America
    Janesville – A Story About the Rest of America
    Duración: 08min | 02/02/2018

    I just read book – Janesville – that reminded me again of life outside the bubble. Janesville, tells the story of laid-off factory workers of a General Motors factory that’s never going to reopen. It’s a story about a Midwest town and the type of people I knew and worked alongside.

  • Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors
    Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors
    Duración: 11min | 04/11/2017

    Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years. He radically transformed the company from a classic conglomerate that did everything to one that focused on its core industrial businesses. He sold off slower-growth, low-tech, and nonindustrial businesses — financial services, media, entertainment, plastics, and appliances. He doubled GE’s investment in R&D.

  • The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community
    The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community
    Duración: 17min | 19/10/2017

    “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ” - The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. They are a reaction to the “red queen problem” but aren’t actually solving the problem. Here’s why.

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean
    Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean
    Duración: 09min | 12/10/2017

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been one of the largest supporters of innovation in the U.S. Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here) to turn ideas into solutions. The result will be defense innovation with speed and urgency.

  • Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice
    Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice
    Duración: 10min | 21/09/2017

    Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.

  • How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right
    How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right
    Duración: 15min | 19/09/2017

    I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.” They accomplished their goal, but at a huge, unanticipated cost: the processes and committees they designed ended up strangling innovation. There’s a much better way.

  • Working Outside the Tech Bubble
    Working Outside the Tech Bubble
    Duración: 05min | 17/08/2017

    Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble. —– We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class. They work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, in hospitals, restaurants, as clerks, office managers, farmers, etc. They have solid middle-class values of work, family, education and country – work hard, own a home, have a secure job, and save for their kids’ college and their retirement.

  • National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington
    National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington
    Duración: 11min | 21/07/2017

    Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline. First, someone ideal was just appointed to be Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Second, funding to teach our Hacking for Defense class across the country just was added to the National Defense Authorization Act. Interestingly enough, both events are about how the best and brightest can serve their country – and are testament to the work of two dedicated men.

  • Why good people leave large tech companies
    Why good people leave large tech companies
    Duración: 08min | 11/07/2017

    If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I was visiting with an ex-student who’s now the CFO of a large public tech company. The company is still one of the hottest places to work in tech. They make hardware with a large part of their innovation in embedded software and services. The CFO asked me to stay as one of the engineering directors came in for a meeting. I wish I hadn’t.

  • Why a Company Can’t “Be More Like a Startup”
    Why a Company Can’t “Be More Like a Startup”
    Duración: 09min | 30/06/2017

    As more and more companies face disruption from globalization, new technology, and startups that have more capital than the incumbents, the continuing cry from Wall Street investors is, “Why can’t companies be as innovative as startups?” Here’s one reason why: Startups can do anything. Companies can only do what’s legal.

  • Tesla Lost $700 Million Last Year, So Why Is Tesla’s Valuation $60 Billion?
    Tesla Lost $700 Million Last Year, So Why Is Tesla’s Valuation $60 Billion?
    Duración: 06min | 20/06/2017

    Automobile manufacturers shipped 88 million cars in 2016. Tesla shipped 76,000. Yet Wall Street values Tesla higher than any other U.S. car manufacturer. What explains this more than 1,000 to 1 discrepancy in valuation? The future.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations
    Duración: 10min | 20/06/2017

    We just finished our second Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Eight teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. It combines the same Lean Startup Methodology used by the National Science Foundation to commercialize science, with the rapid problem sourcing and curation methodology developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq by Colonel Pete Newell and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.

  • Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life
    Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life
    Duración: 21min | 11/05/2017

    I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation...Even though I live just up the coast, I’ve never had the opportunity to start a talk by saying “Go Banana Slugs.” I’m honored for the opportunity to speak here today. We’re standing 15 air miles away from the epicenter of technology innovation. The home of some of the most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world. I’ve spent my life in innovation, eight startups in 21 years, and the last 15 years in academia teaching it.

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Marketing Communications
    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Marketing Communications
    Duración: 16min | 07/04/2017

    I was having coffee with the CEO of a new startup, listening to her puzzle through how to communicate to potential customers. She was an academic on leave from Stanford now selling SAAS software to large companies, but was being inundated with marketing communications advice. “My engineers say our website is old school, and we need to be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, my VP of Sales says we’re wasting our marketing dollars not targeting the right people and my board keeps giving me their opinions of how we should describe our product and company. How do I sort out what to do?”

  • Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together
    Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together
    Duración: 12min | 31/03/2017

    When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems. Today, his company BMNT does for government and commercial customers what the Rapid Equipping Force did for the U.S. Army. Pete and I created the Hacking for Defense class (with Joe Felter and Tom Byers.) One of the problems our students run into is that there are always multiple beneficiaries and stakeholders associated with a problem, often with conflicting value propositions and missions. So how do you figure out whose needs to satisfy? Here’s Pete’s view of how you do it.

  • Why Some Startups Win
    Why Some Startups Win
    Duración: 13min | 20/03/2017

    I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news.

  • The No Excuses Culture
    The No Excuses Culture
    Duración: 07min | 10/03/2017

    Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant why I hadn’t seen the posters for our new class around campus. Hearing the litany of excuses that followed –“It was raining.” (The posters go inside the building.) “We still have time.” (We had agreed they were to go up a week ago) — I had a strong sense of déjà vu. When I took the job of VP of Marketing in a company emerging from bankruptcy, excuses seemed to be our main product. So we created The No Excuses Culture.

  • Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy
    Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy
    Duración: 06min | 04/03/2017

    The latest “aha” moment for me when I was at Columbia University teaching an intensive 5-day version of the Lean LaunchPad/I-Corps class. The goal of the class is to expose students to the basics of the Lean Methodology – Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering.

  • Innovation – something both parties can agree on
    Innovation – something both parties can agree on
    Duración: 06min | 04/03/2017

    On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. For me, seeing Congress pass this bill, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, was personally satisfying. It made the program I helped start, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) a permanent part of the nation’s science ecosystem. I-Corps uses Lean Startup methods to teach scientists how to turn their discoveries into entrepreneurial, job-producing businesses. I-Corps bridges the gap between public support of basic science and private capital funding of new commercial ventures. It’s a model for a government program that’s gotten the balance between public/private partnerships just right. Over 1,000 teams of our nation’s best scientists have been through the program.

  • The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development
    The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development
    Duración: 06min | 21/12/2016

    We’re holding our 2nd Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy,… educators and sponsors class January 17-19 at Georgetown University.

  • Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department
    Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department
    Duración: 21min | 21/12/2016

    We just held our final week of the Hacking for Diplomacy class, teaching students entrepreneurship and “Lean Startup” principles while they engaged in national public service applying advanced technologies to solve global challenges. Seven student teams delivered their final Lessons Learned presentations documenting their intellectual journey over just 10 short weeks in front of several hundred people in person and online. And what a journey it’s been.

  • What the Harvard Business Review and The People’s Daily think about leadership succession
    What the Harvard Business Review and The People’s Daily think about leadership succession
    Duración: 04min | 04/12/2016

    I had to laugh when my post about what happens when innovative CEOs retire or die appeared in both the bastion of capitalism– the Harvard Business Review— and in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party – The People’s Daily.Then I didn’t.

  • Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup
    Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup
    Duración: 07min | 23/11/2016

    We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products. It struck me as I watched the teams try to find how their technology would solve real customer problems, is that machine learning is following a similar pattern of previous technical infrastructure innovations. Early entrants get sold to corporate acquirers at inflated prices for their teams, their technology, and their tools. Later entrants who miss that wave have to build real products that people want to buy.

  • Hacking for Diplomacy – The State Department Takes Notice
    Hacking for Diplomacy – The State Department Takes Notice
    Duración: 18min | 23/11/2016

    We’ve just held our seventh and eighth weeks of Hacking for Diplomacy at Stanford, and the attention our course is getting from Washington – and around the world – has been interesting. Following Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with the students early in the quarter, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken paid a visit to the class in Week 7 and four foreign ministers in week 8.

  • How The Marine Corps Builds an Innovation Culture
    How The Marine Corps Builds an Innovation Culture
    Duración: 11min | 13/11/2016

    Jennifer Edgin is the Chief Technology Officer of the Intelligence Division at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps. As the Senior Technical Advisor to the Director of Intelligence, she is and is responsible for building and infusing new technologies within the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE). Jennifer is one the “innovation insurgents” inside the Department of Defense driving rapid innovation. Here’s her story of the Lean innovation accelerator she’s built for the Marines.

  • Hacking for Diplomacy at the State Department – Breakthroughs, breakdowns
    Hacking for Diplomacy at the State Department – Breakthroughs, breakdowns
    Duración: 16min | 09/11/2016

    Time flies. We are already past the midway mark in our new Hacking for Diplomacy course at Stanford, and for both students and instructors, it’s an intellectually and emotionally charged period.

  • The State Department Meets the Lean Startup – Hacking For Diplomacy
    The State Department Meets the Lean Startup – Hacking For Diplomacy
    Duración: 16min | 03/11/2016

    The academic year is in full swing at Stanford and already we’re deep into our new Hacking for Diplomacy course. Building off last spring’s pioneering Hacking for Defense class, which sought to connect Silicon Valley’s innovation culture and mindset to the Pentagon and the intelligence community, we’ve now expanded our horizons to the Department of State.

  • Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple
    Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple
    Duración: 16min | 28/10/2016

    What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why.

  • The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company
    The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company
    Duración: 12min | 14/10/2016

    Alexander Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, co-founded strategyzer.com and was the lead author of Business Model Generation which sold a million copies in 30 languages. Alexander and I often collaborate on new ideas for corporate innovation. Here’s his guest post on what bad habits to avoid inside of a company.

  • The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)
    The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)
    Duración: 08min | 23/09/2016

    Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. We just held our first Hacking for Defense Educators Class with 75 attendees.

  • Working Hard is not the same as working smart
    Working Hard is not the same as working smart
    Duración: 06min | 23/09/2016

    Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours worked is not the same as how effective they (and you) are.

  • Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad
    Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad
    Duración: 07min | 23/09/2016

    Hacking for Diplomacy is a new course from the Management Science and Engineering department in Stanford’s Engineering school and Stanford’s International Policy Studies program that will be first offered in the Fall of 2016.

  • The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean
    The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean
    Duración: 12min | 23/09/2016

    We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. But smart people within government agencies are working to change the culture and embrace new ways of doing things. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a great example.

  • Hacking for Defense  Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class
    Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class
    Duración: 11min | 03/08/2016

    On September 7th – 9th we are holding our first Hacking for Defense & Diplomacy – class for Educators and Sponsors, training educators how to teach these classes in their universities and sponsors how to select problem sets and manage their teams.

  • Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)
    Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)
    Duración: 18min | 30/07/2016

    This is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Part 1 talked about what I saw and learned – the layout of a carrier, how the air crew operates and how the carrier functions in context of the other ships around it (the strike group.) But the biggest learning was the realization that disruption is not just happening to companies, it’s also happening to the Navy. And that the Lean Innovation tools we’ve built to deal with disruption and create continuous innovation for large commercial organizations were equally relevant here.

  • Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 1 of 2)
    Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 1 of 2)
    Duración: 13min | 29/07/2016

    Sitting backwards in a plane with no windows, strapped in a 4-point harness, wearing a life preserver, head encased in a helmet, eyes covered by googles, your brain can’t process the acceleration. As the C-2 A Greyhound is hurled off an aircraft carrier into the air via a catapult, your body thrown forward in the air, until a few seconds later, hundreds of feet above the carrier now at 150 miles per hour you yell, “Holy Shxt.” And no one can hear you through the noise, helmet and ear protectors.

  • Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it
    Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it
    Duración: 08min | 24/06/2016

    In the 21st century it’s harder for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. Disruptive innovations are coming from startups – Telsa for automobiles, Uber for taxis, Airbnb for hotel rentals, Netflix for video rentals and Facebook for media.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Lessons Learned Presentations
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Lessons Learned Presentations
    Duración: 10min | 06/06/2016

    We just held our tenth and final week of the Hacking for Defense class. Today the eight teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. We’re a little stunned about how well the first prototype of this class went. Over half the student teams have decided to continue working on national security projects after this class. Other colleges and universities have raised their hand and said they want to offer this at their school.

  • Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Weeks 8 and 9
    Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Weeks 8 and 9
    Duración: 13min | 01/06/2016

    We just held our eighth and ninth weeks of the Hacking for Defense class. Now with over 917 interviews of beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.), the teams spent the last two weeks learning what activities, resources and partners they would need to actually deliver their solution. And they’re getting a handle on what it costs to build a company to deliver it.

  • NYU Commencement Speech 2016
    NYU Commencement Speech 2016
    Duración: 12min | 25/05/2016

    Thank you for the opportunity to address you on your graduation from this esteemed engineering school. I’m honored to help you celebrate this important milestone. Your life is already full of milestones: Your first steps, your first kiss, passing a driving test, this graduation. And there are more to come: your first job, getting married, buying a house, having a child, becoming a manager, starting a company, retirement – and eventually commencement speaker:-)

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 7
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 7
    Duración: 13min | 18/05/2016

    We just held our seventh week of the Hacking for Defense class. Now with over 750 interviews of beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.) almost all the teams are beginning to pivot from their original understanding of their sponsor’s problem and their hypotheses about how to solve them. Minimal viable products are being demo’d to sponsors and sponsors are reacting to what the teams are learning. This week teams figured out how to measure mission achievement and success, and our advanced lectures were on activities, resources and partners.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6
    Duración: 12min | 17/05/2016

    We just held our sixth week of the Hacking for Defense class. Now with over 660 interviews of beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.) the teams are getting deep into problem understanding and their minimal viable products are getting sophisticated enough to generate detailed customer feedback; we gave them advice on how to “stand and deliver” in class; and our advanced lecture explained how to find and measure mission achievement.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 5
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 5
    Duración: 12min | 04/05/2016

    We just held our fifth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams passed the half way mark in the class. They’ve collectively talked to over 550 beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.) Their focus for this week was to figure out how to get products rapidly deployed into their sponsors organization. Our advanced lecture explained how to get buy-in for your solution by creating an insurgency among your supporters and advocates.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4
    Duración: 11min | 27/04/2016

    We just held our fourth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams turned the corner on understanding beneficiaries and finding product/market fit. The 8 teams spoke to 115 beneficiaries (users, program managers, etc.); we sent each team a critique of their mission model canvas; we started streaming the class live to DOD/IC sponsors and other educators; our advanced lecture explained how to go from concept to deployment in the DOD/IC; and we watched as the students got closer to understanding the actual problems their customers have.

  • Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 3
    Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 3
    Duración: 13min | 22/04/2016

    We just held our third week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the 8 teams spoke to 108 beneficiaries (users, program mangers, etc.), we held a Customer Discovery workshop, we started streaming the class live to DOD/IC sponsors and other educators, our advanced lecture was on Product/Market fit for the DOD/IC and we watched as the students solved their customer discovery obstacles and started getting closer to their customers.

  • Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 2
    Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 2
    Duración: 11min | 15/04/2016

    We just held our second week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the 8 teams spoke to 106 beneficiaries (users, program mangers, etc.), we held a DOD/IC 101 workshop, our advanced lecture was on the Value Proposition Canvas, and we watched as the students ran into common customer discovery obstacles and found new ones.

  • Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 1
    Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 1
    Duración: 09min | 07/04/2016

    Hacking for Defense is a new class in Stanford’s School Engineering, where students learn about the nation’s security challenges by working with innovators inside the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community. The class teaches students the Lean Startup approach to entrepreneurship while they engage in what amounts to national public service.

  • What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking
    What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking
    Duración: 14min | 05/04/2016

    To most founders a startup is not a job, but a calling. But startups require money upfront for product development and later to scale. Traditional lenders (banks) think that startups are too risky for a traditional bank loan

  • Learning Through Reflection
    Learning Through Reflection
    Duración: 09min | 25/03/2016

    We just finished the 6th annual Lean LaunchPad class. This year we made a small but substantive addition to way we teach the class, adding a week for reflection. The results have made the class massively better.

  • The Mission Model Canvas – An Adapted Business Model Canvas for Mission-Driven Organizations
    The Mission Model Canvas – An Adapted Business Model Canvas for Mission-Driven Organizations
    Duración: 10min | 24/02/2016

    As we prepared for the new Hacking for Defense class at Stanford, we had to stop and ask ourselves: How do we use the Business Model Canvas if the primary goal is not to earn money, but to fulfill a mission? In other words, how can we adapt the Business Model Canvas when the metrics of success for an organization is not revenue?

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place
    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place
    Duración: 12min | 29/01/2016

    Introducing Hacking for Defense – Connecting Silicon Valley Innovation Culture and Mindset to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community Hacking for Defense is a new course at Stanford’s Engineering School in the Spring of 2016. It is being taught by Tom Byers, Steve Blank, Joe Felter and Pete Newell and is advised by former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry. Join a select cross-disciplinary class that will put you hands-on with the masters of lean innovation to help bring rapid-fire innovative solutions to address threats to our national security. Why?

  • How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost
    How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost
    Duración: 10min | 21/01/2016

    This is the third in a series about the changing models of corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship.

  • Blank’s Rule – To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy
    Blank’s Rule – To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy
    Duración: 09min | 26/12/2015

    When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strategies they often assemble a panel of experts to advise them. Ironically the panel is often made up of people whose ideas about innovation were relevant in the past.

  • How to Set Up a Corporate Innovation Outpost That Works
    How to Set Up a Corporate Innovation Outpost That Works
    Duración: 12min | 20/12/2015

    This is the fourth in a series about corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship. In our last post, we addressed the six key questions that senior management should address to determine if an Innovation Outpost makes sense for a company. If the answer is yes, here’s a step-by-step guide to help set one up.

  • Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is
    Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is
    Duración: 09min | 20/12/2015

    This is the second in a series about the changing models of corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship.

  • Innovation Outposts and The Evolution of Corporate RD
    Innovation Outposts and The Evolution of Corporate R&D
    Duración: 15min | 20/12/2015

    I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM’s Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. Evangelos has spent the last 15 years as a Venture Capitalist, first at Apax Partners and later at Trident Capital. During the last three years he’s worked with over 100 companies, many of which established Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley. He’s now helping companies get the most out of their relationships with Silicon Valley.

  • Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation
    Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation
    Duración: 13min | 20/12/2015

    In a recent workshop with a large company focused on the Innovation@50x process, I mentioned that founders and intraprenuers operate more like artists than accountants – on day one they see something no one else does. One of the innovators in the room said, “It sounds like you’re describing exactly what Ed Catmull the CEO of Pixar wrote in Creativity, Inc.”

  • Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies
    Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies
    Duración: 10min | 10/09/2015

    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. One of the interesting innovation challenges I’ve encountered centers on a company’s culture. While startups have the luxury of building values and culture from scratch, existing companies that want to (re)start corporate innovation must reboot an existing –and at times deeply rooted- corporate culture. It’s not an easy task, but failing to change the culture will doom any innovation efforts the company attempts.

  • Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance
    Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance
    Duración: 10min | 27/08/2015

    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.

  • The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins
    The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins
    Duración: 10min | 11/07/2015

    Todd Dunn is the Director of Innovation and runs the Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab, which is working to foster innovation in the healthcare industry. Todd DunnHe’s now run several Lean LaunchPad classes and has seen a ton of healthcare startups. Here’s his advice for startups in this space.

  • Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work
    Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work
    Duración: 12min | 26/06/2015

    I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how.

  • Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse
    Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse
    Duración: 11min | 21/05/2015

    Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. These shortcuts add up and become what is called technical debt. And the size of the problem increases with the success of the company.

  • Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite
    Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite
    Duración: 09min | 14/05/2015

    I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins). But it wasn’t until seeing him lead the first I-Corps class at the National Institutes of Health that I realized Edmund could teach my class better than I can.

  • Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work
    Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work
    Duración: 12min | 08/05/2015

    I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.” Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. At first glance it seems like a fire-ready-aim process.It’s time to update Build, Measure, Learn to what we now know is the best way to build Lean startups. Here’s how.

  • How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People
    How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People
    Duración: 09min | 01/05/2015

    Thibault Duchemin and his team applied for our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley in 2014. We accepted them because it was clear Thibault was driven to solve a very personal problem – he grew up in a Deaf family, the only one who could hear. His team project was to provide automated aids for the hearing impaired. Here’s his story.

  • Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley
    Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley
    Duración: 13min | 03/04/2015

    In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed. BMNT, a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups.

  • Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation
    Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation
    Duración: 09min | 19/03/2015

    I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries. I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto listed the obstacles to the new innovation program at Sprocket...

  • Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
    Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
    Duración: 09min | 12/03/2015

    I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a culture that fears failure. A failed project is considered a negative to a corporate career. As a result, few people want to start a project that might not succeed. And worse, even if someone does manage to start something new, our management structure has so many financial, legal and HR hurdles that every initiative needs to match our existing business financial metrics, processes and procedures.

  • Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School
    Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School
    Duración: 14min | 05/03/2015

    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.

  • Life Science Startups Rising in the UK
    Life Science Startups Rising in the UK
    Duración: 08min | 21/02/2015

    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.

  • What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle
    What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle
    Duración: 09min | 17/02/2015

    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.

  • When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check
    When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check
    Duración: 06min | 04/02/2015

    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.

  • It’s About Women Running Startups
    It’s About Women Running Startups
    Duración: 07min | 22/01/2015

    “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a venture capitalist?”

  • Getting out of the building…by staying in the building!
    Getting out of the building…by staying in the building!
    Duración: 10min | 02/01/2015

    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.

  • I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine
    I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine
    Duración: 13min | 19/12/2014

    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.

  • The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland
    The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland
    Duración: 11min | 12/12/2014

    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.

  • Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad
    Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad
    Duración: 08min | 22/11/2014

    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!

  • Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die
    Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die
    Duración: 06min | 12/11/2014

    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.

  • Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook
    Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook
    Duración: 08min | 02/11/2014

    Entrepreneurship is everywhere, but everywhere isn’t a level playing field. What’s the playbook for your region or country to make it so? Scalable startups are on a trajectory for a billion dollar market cap. They grow into companies that define an industry and create jobs. Not all start ups want to go in that direction – some will opt instead to become a small business. There’s nothing wrong with a business that supports you and perhaps an extended family. But if you want to build a scalable startup you need to be asking how you can you get enough customers/users/payers to build a business that can grow revenues past several $100M/year.

  • The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design
    The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design
    Duración: 05min | 27/10/2014

    Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it.

  • Watching My Students Grow
    Watching My Students Grow
    Duración: 05min | 07/10/2014

    One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on. Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. I’ve taught hundreds of teams, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has taught close to 400 teams led by our nations top scientists, and the class is being taught around the world.

  • Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner
    Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner
    Duración: 11min | 01/10/2014

    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners.

  • The Woodstock of K-12 Education
    The Woodstock of K-12 Education
    Duración: 07min | 25/09/2014

    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.

  • How To Find the Right Co-Founders?
    How To Find the Right Co-Founders?
    Duración: 06min | 18/09/2014

    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind.

  • Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same
    Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same
    Duración: 02min | 17/09/2014

    For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup. Close to 400 teams in robotics, computer science, materials science, geoscience, etc. have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product.

  • How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle
    How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle
    Duración: 10min | 12/09/2014

    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.

  • Why Founders Should Know How to Code
    Why Founders Should Know How to Code
    Duración: 09min | 05/09/2014

    “By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” - Book of Five Rings...A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea.A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.

  • Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould
    Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould
    Duración: 18min | 09/08/2014

    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 of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. Elmore and Ann Winblad) – “I’m just a VC.”

  • Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development
    Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development
    Duración: 10min | 05/08/2014

    Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups.

  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom
    Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom
    Duración: 07min | 30/07/2014

    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience.

  • The Path of Our Lives
    The Path of Our Lives
    Duración: 10min | 10/07/2014

    I got a call that reminded me that most people live their life as if it’s predestined – but some live theirs fighting to change it.

  • How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level
    How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level
    Duración: 12min | 03/07/2014

    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 communicate progress.

  • I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum
    I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum
    Duración: 08min | 28/06/2014

    We’ve pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. We’re changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development to better-fit therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices.

  • Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH
    Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH
    Duración: 08min | 21/06/2014

    Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may come a day that one of these teams makes a drug, diagnostic or medical device that saves your life.

  • Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 2
    Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 2
    Duración: 11min | 19/06/2014

    For six and a half years I served as a public official on the California Coastal Commission.Commissoner Badge Since it’s been a year since I resigned, it’s time to tell a few stories about what I learned as a Coastal Commissioner. Each and every month I learned something new about human nature, deception and greed.

  • Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 1
    Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 1
    Duración: 09min | 12/06/2014

    Last week I got an email last week from a New York VC asking for advice about building a house in the California Coastal Zone. For six and a half years I served as a public official on the California Coastal Commission. The call reminded me that it’s been a year since I resigned, and it’s time to tell a few stories of what I learned as a Coastal Commissioner. Each and every month I learned that not everything was how it seemed.

  • Three Things I Learned on Commencement Day
    Three Things I Learned on Commencement Day
    Duración: 05min | 31/05/2014

    In the last five years I’ve been at Commencement Day at universities around the world – a few times to receive awards and three times as the commencement speaker. But attending both my daughters’ college graduations this year helped me to see how things look from the other side of the podium.

  • Innovating Municipal Government Culture
    Innovating Municipal Government Culture
    Duración: 07min | 29/04/2014

    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. Subscribe at http://j.mp/1iyL7tW.

  • New Lessons Learned from Berkeley  Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes
    New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes
    Duración: 05min | 28/04/2014

    Our Stanford and Berkeley Lean LaunchPad classes are over for this year, and as usual we learned as much from teaching the teams as the teams did from us. Here are a few of the Lessons Learned from these two classes.

  • Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?
    Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?
    Duración: 10min | 24/04/2014

    For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace. More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to integrate startups into large companies? The answer - there are two types of integration strategies, and they depend on where the startup is in its lifecycle.

  • If I Told You I’d Have to Kill You: The Story Behind “The Secret History of Silicon Valley”
    If I Told You I’d Have to Kill You: The Story Behind “The Secret History of Silicon Valley”
    Duración: 09min | 31/03/2014

    About a month ago I had one of the strangest phones call of my life. “Steve my name is Donald xx, and I’m the head of external affairs of the CIA’s venture capital firm and we’d like you to keynote our conference.” CIA?

  • SuperMac War Story 4: Repositioning SuperMac – “Market Type” at Work
    SuperMac War Story 4: Repositioning SuperMac – “Market Type” at Work
    Duración: 06min | 31/03/2014

    With insight into our customers, the first part of our strategy was to understand what kind of positioning problem we had. Was SuperMac attempting to introduce radically new products and create a new market? No, not really.

  • SuperMac War Story 3: Customer Insight Is Everyone’s Job
    SuperMac War Story 3: Customer Insight Is Everyone’s Job
    Duración: 04min | 29/03/2014

    After my first month we knew a lot, we knew more about our customers than anyone in the company. In this one month we had learned more about desktop publishing on the Mac than any one of our competitors. Now the question was what to do with it. First I need to make sure what we really learned was information we could base a company strategy on.

  • SuperMac War Story 2: Facts Exist Outside the Building, Opinions Reside Within
    SuperMac War Story 2: Facts Exist Outside the Building, Opinions Reside Within
    Duración: 16min | 26/03/2014

    A week before I started I got inkling of really how deep I was in. While I was waiting in the lobby to pick up my offer letter, the head of marketing communications (who was to be one of my direct reports) came up to me as I held my just signed employment agreement. She said, “Oh I’m glad you’re coming, and I wanted to grab you before you started because we need to resolve the company’s biggest marketing problem.” I was impressed; this was something so important that she couldn’t wait for my first day. Was she going to propose a coherent communications strategy? An in-depth reseller survey? Or offer some real insights into our customers? No. “We need to decide immediately between which version of the new logo to use.” Ignoring my dropping jaw, she pointed out the key differences in the Pantone colors between what appeared to me o be the two indistinguishable alternatives.

  • Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups
    Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups
    Duración: 09min | 26/03/2014

    Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, at U.C. Berkeley in the Haas Business School. Henry and I teach a corporate innovation class together.

  • SuperMac War Story 1: Joining SuperMac
    SuperMac War Story 1: Joining SuperMac
    Duración: 03min | 25/03/2014

    After leaving Ardent (a supercomputer company I’ll blog about later) in 1988, I consulted for Pixar when they were still in San Rafael and were a hardware company trying to make software and commercials. While I was consulting for them, I got a call from a recruiter for a company called SuperMac, which made add-on products for the Macintosh.

  • There’s a Pattern Here
    There’s a Pattern Here
    Duración: 02min | 24/03/2014

    After my eighth and likely final startup, E.piphany, sitting in a ski cabin, it became clear that there is a better a way to manage startups. Joseph Campbell’s insight of the repeatable patterns in mythology is equally applicable to building a successful startup.

  • Out of the Ashes – Something Isn’t Quite Right
    Out of the Ashes – Something Isn’t Quite Right
    Duración: 03min | 23/03/2014

    “Customer Development” was born four years earlier and 200 miles away on Sandhill Road. I was between my 7th and 8th and final startup; licking my wounds from Rocket Science, the company I had cratered as my first and last attempt as a startup CEO. I was consulting for the two venture capital firms who between them put $12 million into my last failed startup.

  • The Product Development Model
    The Product Development Model
    Duración: 02min | 22/03/2014

    I realized that traditional ways to think about startups – have an idea, raise some money, do product development, go through an alpha test, beta test and first customer ship was the canonical model of how entrepreneurs thought about early stage ventures.

  • Retirement and Redemption
    Retirement and Redemption
    Duración: 01min | 21/03/2014

    In 1999 I retired and began to reflect about my career and what had happened in the previous 21 years and eight startups in Silicon Valley. Alone in a ski cabin with the snow coming down outside, and my wife and daughters out on the slopes all day, I started collecting my thoughts by writing a series of “lessons learned” stories that I had hoped would become my memoirs.

  • You’re Just the Founder
    You’re Just the Founder
    Duración: 04min | 20/03/2014

    At times VC’s forget who their business is built on. Last week in a car showroom of all places I ran into a VC who I hadn’t seen in ten years. He had sat on the board of my last company and we chatted and made small talk as he was admiring a new car. It was clear that he had no memory of a phone conversation my partner and I have never forgotten.

  • Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2
    Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2
    Duración: 02min | 19/03/2014

    With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to every year (~$25 million to entrepreneurial causes) makes Kauffman the dominant player in the entrepreneurship space.

  • The Seven Days of Christmas
    The Seven Days of Christmas
    Duración: 05min | 19/03/2014

    I’m sitting next to the fireplace in my favorite chair listening to holiday music, looking at the ocean and making occasional attempts to “help” get ready for Christmas dinner. We went for a hike checking out our new trail signs and playing “spot the bobcat.” Our kids are home for the school break, some friends are visiting from the east coast and we have everything for the holidays but snow on the California coast.

  • The End of Innocence
    The End of Innocence
    Duración: 07min | 17/03/2014

    I love TechCrunch. If you’re a startup raising money or just want to see your name online, there’s not a better blog on the web. Reading this TechCrunch post made me remember the first time I saw someone confront a worldview they didn’t expect.

  • He’s Only in Field Service
    He’s Only in Field Service
    Duración: 07min | 16/03/2014

    The most important early customers for your startup usually turn out to be quite different from who you think they’re going to be. When I was at Zilog, the Z8000 peripheral chips included the new “Serial Communications Controller” (SCC). As the (very junior) product marketing manager I got a call from our local salesman that someone at Apple wanted more technical information than just the spec sheets about our new (not yet shipping) chip.

  • Epitaph for an Entrepreneur
    Epitaph for an Entrepreneur
    Duración: 11min | 15/03/2014

    Raising our kids and being an entrepreneur wasn’t easy. Being in a startup and having a successful relationship and family was very hard work. But entrepreneurs can be great spouses and parents. This post is not advice, nor is it recommendation of what you should do, it’s simply what my wife and I did to raise our kids in the middle of starting multiple companies. Our circumstances were unique and your mileage will vary.

  • Rocks in the Rocket Science Lobby
    Rocks in the Rocket Science Lobby
    Duración: 03min | 14/03/2014

    In 1994 Rocket Science Games was the only video game company with a rock in its lobby. We had moved our game development facilities from Berkeley and Palo Alto and consolidated into one building on Townsend Street in the “South of Market” neighborhood in San Francisco. (We’re were just around the corner from the future home of SF Giants AT&T Baseball Park, which then was just a rubble-strewn parking lot in a sketchy neighborhood.)

  • Gravity Will be Turned Off
    Gravity Will be Turned Off
    Duración: 10min | 14/03/2014

    Part of marketing is the ability to communicate a message to thousands of people and convince them to believe your version of reality. When I was 19 I accidentally had a test run of my ability to do so. I created havoc at an air force base by convincing thousands of airman that gravity would be turned off so that the Air Force could make repairs under their buildings.

  • When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review
    When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review
    Duración: 06min | 10/06/2013

    In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. It was not only my secret weapon in thinking about new startup strategies, it also gave me a view of the management issues my customers were dealing with...

  • Making a Dent in the Universe – Results from the NSF I-Corps
    Making a Dent in the Universe – Results from the NSF I-Corps
    Duración: 09min | 14/06/2012

    Our goal teaching for the National Science Foundation was to make a dent in the universe. Could we actually teach tenured faculty how to turn an idea into a company? And if we did, could it change their lives? We can now answer these questions. Hell yes.

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