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Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | March 3, 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 … Continue reading »

The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | December 10, 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. Here’s the story … Continue reading »

Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | November 20, 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! —– In August 2011 I received an email from someone at NYU I never heard of. Frank Rimalovski, the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, had just read about … Continue reading »

Watching My Students Grow

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | October 6, 2014

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo Galilei 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 … Continue reading »

The Woodstock of K-12 education

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | September 23, 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. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years it’s become … Continue reading »

Innovating Municipal Government Culture

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | April 28, 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. —- This February Philadelphia University and … Continue reading »

Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students Lean Startups

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | March 12, 2014

While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, “Can students in K-12 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?” Hawken School has now given us an answer. Their seniors just completed the school’s first-ever 3-credit semester program in evidence-based entrepreneurship. Students are fully immersed in real-world learning … Continue reading »

Is This Startup Ready for Investment?

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | February 25, 2014

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. However, accelerator Demo Days are a combination of graduation ceremony and pitch contest, with the uncomfortable feel of a swimsuit competition. Other than “I’ll know it when I see it”, there’s no formal way for an investor attending Demo … Continue reading »

What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | February 11, 2014

Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) and the flipped classroom. I’ve been experimenting with both of them. What I’ve learned (besides being able to use the word “pedagogy” in a sentence) is 1) assigning students lectures as homework doesn’t guarantee the students will … Continue reading »

300 Teams in 2 Years

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | October 28, 2013

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 labs and wide-scale commercial … Continue reading »

Developing a 21st-century entrepreneurship curriculum

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | December 14, 2012

In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley and NCIIA, Jerry Engel and I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class. The class was designed to teach educators (and the entrepreneurs that support them) the Lean LaunchPad approach (Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering) for teaching entrepreneurship. In addition the class offers a suggested “Lean Entrepreneurship” curriculum and the details of … Continue reading »