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Why real learning is outside the building, not demo day

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | September 5, 2013

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 our class final presentations is … Continue reading »

How to get meetings with people too busy to see you

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | August 26, 2013

Asking, “Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?” is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule.  Here’s a better approach. —— Jason, an entrepreneur I’ve known for over a decade, came out to the ranch today. He was celebrating selling his company and just … Continue reading »