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What Your Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Ma...

Steve Blank Corporate/Gov't Innovation | Tuesday October 09, 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...

The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcar...

Steve Blank Life Sciences (NIH) | Wednesday September 26, 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...

The End of More – The Death of Moore’s Law

Steve Blank Technology | Wednesday September 12, 2018 |

 A version of this article first appeared in   IEEE Spectrum . 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...

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank Corporate/Gov't Innovation | Wednesday September 05, 2018 |

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review 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...

Brown University Talk

Steve Blank Customer Development | Friday August 24, 2018 |

Every year I head to the East coast for vacation. We live in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street and an arm of the ocean in the backyard. While they own tech, smartphones and computers, most of my neighbors...

This 1 Piece of Advice Could Make Or Break Your Ca...

Steve Blank Family/Career/Culture | Monday July 09, 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: I had a team of...

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and ...

Steve Blank Hacking For Defense | Friday June 08, 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 ...

The Innovation Stack: How to make innovation progr...

Steve Blank Corporate/Gov't Innovation | Tuesday June 05, 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...

Why the Future of Tesla May Depend on Knowing What...

Steve Blank Corporate/Gov't Innovation | Monday April 23, 2018 |

A version of this article appeared in the Harvard Business Review 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...

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join...

Steve Blank Corporate/Gov't Innovation | Wednesday April 11, 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...

The Difference Between Innovators and Entrepreneur...

Steve Blank Family/Career/Culture | Tuesday April 03, 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....


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