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Do Pivots Matter?

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | January 14, 2014

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
’ Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven In late 2013 Cowboy Ventures did an analysis of U.S.-based tech companies started in the last 10 years, now valued at $1 billion. They found 39 of these companies.  They called them the “Unicorn Club.” … Continue reading »

Designing a corporate entrepreneurship program – A Qualcomm case study (part 1 of 2)

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

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm. This is Ricardo’s “post mortem” … Continue reading »

Who dares wins — 2nd annual int’l business model competition

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | February 17, 2012

Alexander Osterwalder and I spent last week in Salt Lake City, Utah as judges at the 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition, hosted by Professor Nathan Furr, and his team at the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship. The idea of a Business Model competition first emerged when I realized that Business Plan writing ought to be taught in English Departments – as … Continue reading »