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Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business

Steve Blank

Steve Blank is a retired serial entrepreneur-turned-educator who has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught. Blank created the Customer Development methodology that launched the Lean Startup movement, and wrote about the process in his first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany. His second book, The Startup Owner’s Manual, is a step-by-step guide to building a successful company. Blank teaches the Customer Development methodology in his Lean LaunchPad classes at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Stanford University, UCSF, NYU, Columbia University, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He writes regularly about entrepreneurship at www.steveblank.com.

Posts by Steve Blank

7-20-15Science & Technology: What's on your mind?How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111
3-17-15Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Getting to ‘Yes’ for Corporate Innovation
3-11-15Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
3-3-15Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School
2-19-15Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Life Science Startups Rising in the UK
2-12-15Science & Technology: What's on your mind?What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle
2-3-15Business & Economics: What's on your mind?When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check
1-22-15Science & Technology: What's on your mind?It’s About Women Running Startups
12-10-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland
11-20-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad
11-12-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die
11-3-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook
10-24-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design
10-6-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Watching My Students Grow
9-23-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Woodstock of K-12 education
9-16-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How to Find the Right Co-Founders
9-15-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Translational Medicine Will Never be the Same
9-9-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: The Inventure Cycle
9-3-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Founders Should Know How to Code
8-7-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould
7-23-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Getting Lean in Education — By Getting Out of the Classroom
7-8-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Path of Our Lives
7-1-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level
6-26-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum
6-20-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH
6-17-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 2
6-10-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 1
5-29-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Three Things I Learned on Commencement Day
4-28-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Innovating Municipal Government Culture
4-23-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?
4-15-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?New Lessons Learned from Berkeley and Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes
3-31-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?ESADE Business School Commencement Speech
3-26-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups
3-18-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founders School Part 2
3-12-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students Lean Startups
3-5-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why Companies are not Startups
2-25-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Is This Startup Ready for Investment?
2-19-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How to be Smarter than Your Investors — Continuous Customer Discovery
2-11-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC
2-6-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Sometimes it Pays to Be a Jerk
1-29-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Time for Founders School
1-24-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster — Part 3 of Bigger in Bend
1-22-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–Part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend
1-20-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster, Part 1 of 3
1-14-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Do Pivots Matter?
1-6-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment
1-2-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lessons Learned in Therapeutics
12-20-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lessons Learned in Medical Devices
12-19-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lessons learned in digital health
12-17-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?We’ve seen the future of translational medicine and it’s disruptive
12-10-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How Do You Want to Spend the Next 4 Years of Your Life?
11-25-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?It’s time to play Moneyball: The investment readinesslevel
11-21-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple, Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers
11-18-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Revenue Streams
11-13-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Well, they ‘should’ be our customers
11-12-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lean LaunchPad for life sciences – distribution channels
11-11-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?A New Way to Look at Competitors
11-7-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lean goes better with Coke – the future of corporate innovation
11-4-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Value Proposition and Customers
10-28-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?300 Teams in 2 Years
10-14-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?This will save us years — Lean LaunchPad for Life Science
9-17-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Air Force Academy gets lean
9-5-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Why real learning is outside the building, not demo day
8-26-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How to get meetings with people too busy to see you
8-21-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Reinventing life science startups – evidence-based entrepreneurship
8-20-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Reinventing life science startups – medical devices and digital health
8-19-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Reinventing life science startups – therapeutics and diagnostics
8-5-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How Kevin O’Connor and FindTheBest Got Lean
7-30-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Building Great Founding Teams
7-22-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?An MVP is not a cheaper product. It’s about smart learning
7-15-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Your computer may already be hacked — NSA inside?
7-9-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Don’t give away your board seats
6-25-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus ‘Rent Seekers’
6-18-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Lean LaunchPad Educators Class
6-11-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Fund raising is a means, not an end
6-3-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Who’s doing the learning?
5-15-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Playing it safe will get you nowhere
5-13-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Guns and cyber security
5-2-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?China startups — the Gold Rush and fire extinguishers
4-29-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Fly high
4-16-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?When Hell froze over – in The Harvard Business Review
4-15-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley
4-12-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The rise of Chinese venture capital (part 3 of 5)
4-11-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?China’s Torch Program: The glow that can light the world (part 2 of 5)
4-11-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?China: The sleeper awakens (part 1 of 5)
2-26-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Failure and redemption
2-19-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Crazy enough to change the world
2-7-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Entrepreneurs Experience — do it and learn it
1-30-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Qualcomm’s corporate entrepreneurship program — lessons learned (part 2)
1-28-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Designing a corporate entrepreneurship program – A Qualcomm case study (part 1 of 2)
1-23-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!
1-21-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Don’t underestimate the undergraduates
1-14-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The endless frontier: U.S. science and national industrial policy (part 1)
12-26-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Завзятість – Tenacity: How I spent a year one night in Kiev
12-14-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Developing a 21st-century entrepreneurship curriculum
12-12-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Customer development in a diagram
12-3-12Business & EconomicsOther Subjects: What's on your mind?The future of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship
11-27-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Open-source entrepreneurship
11-23-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Careers start by peeling potatoes
11-13-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Customer development in Japan: A history lesson
11-6-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Entrepreneurs as dissidents
11-1-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?10,000 startups — Startup Weekend Next
10-22-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How we fight — cofounders in love and war
10-17-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?How to get a VC meeting — the flowchart
10-8-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Startup communities: Building regional clusters
8-28-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Vision versus hallucination — founders and pivots
8-21-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?When Microsoft threatened to sue us over the letter ‘E’
7-30-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Lying on your resume
7-24-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Unrequited love
5-2-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologyWhy innovation dies
4-3-12Business & EconomicsScience & TechnologyScience & Technology: What's on your mind?Blinded by the light — The epiphany
3-29-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologyNail the customer-development manifesto to the wall
3-14-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & Technology2012 Lean LaunchPad presentations — Part 2 of 2
3-7-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & Technology2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations — Part 1 of 2
3-6-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologySearch versus Execute
2-27-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Killing your startup by listening to customers
2-17-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Who dares wins — 2nd annual int’l business model competition
1-8-12Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Why the movie industry can’t innovate and the result is SOPA
12-21-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologyThe government starts an incubator: The NSF Innovation Corps
12-15-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologyThe startup team
11-30-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?You’ll be dead soon — carpe diem
11-15-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologyScientists unleashed
11-1-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Science & TechnologySteel in their eyes — Why VCs should be startup CEOs
10-20-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?How the iPhone got tail fins — Part 2 of 2
10-18-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?How the iPhone got tail fins — Part 1 of 2
10-10-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Nokia as ‘He who must not be named’ and the Helsinki Spring
10-7-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?The Helsinki Spring
9-22-11Business & EconomicsScience & TechnologyScience & Technology: What's on your mind?How to build a web startup — Lean Launchpad Edition
9-16-11Business & EconomicsBusiness & Economics: What's on your mind?Why governments don’t ‘get’ startups
9-16-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The pay-it-forward culture
8-30-11Science & TechnologyScience & Technology: What's on your mind?Top science & technology innovations of the decadeIt’s not how big it is — it’s how well it performs: The startup genome compass
8-9-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Bonfire of the Vanities: Marketing vs. sales
8-2-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Eureka! A new era for scientists and engineers