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.
We think we can do better.
We now have the tools, technology and data to take incubators and accelerators to the next … More >
We’re teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. The class has talked to 2,056 customers to date.
Part 1: issues in the therapeutics drug discovery pipeline
Part 2: medical devices and digital health
Part 3: described what we’re … More >
Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right.
The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets. Most of the time this graph is inappropriate for startups or existing … More >
In 2012 I got together with Alexander Osterwalder, Henry Chesbrough and Andre Marquis to think about the Lean and the future of corporate innovation. We had some radical thoughts how companies were going to have change to remain competitive in the 21st century in a blog post. What we didn’t envision was that one creative corporate VP … More >
This is the start of the third year teaching teams of scientists (professors and their graduate students) in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps). This month we’ve crossed ~300 teams in the first two years through the program.
I-Corps is the accelerator that helps scientists bridge the commercialization gap between their research in their … More >
We’re deep into week 2 of teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) this October at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists.
Part 1 of this post described the issues in the drug discovery. Part 2 covered medical devices and digital health. Part … More >
I’ve just returned from Madrid, teaching in the final week of our inaugural Global Engineering Leadership Program. This program extends the content I designed for the Silicon Valley Professional Program, with an Asian and European perspective on technology firm leadership.
Comfort zone scale
While the program covers a … More >
I can always tell when one of my students has been in the military. They’re focused, they’re world-wise past their years, and they don’t break a sweat in the fast pace and chaotic nature of the class and entrepreneurship. Todd Branchflower took my Lean LaunchPad class having been entrepreneurial enough to convince … More >
Over the last three years our Lean LaunchPad / NSF Innovation Corps classes have been teaching hundreds of entrepreneurial teams a year how to build their startups by getting out of the building and testing their hypotheses behind their business model. While our teams have mentors, socialize a lot and give great demos, the goal of … More >