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Reinventing life science startups – evidence-based entrepreneurship

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | August 21, 2013

What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We’re going to test this hypothesis by 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 … Continue reading »

Blinded by the light — The epiphany

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | April 3, 2012

“Epiphany e·piph·a·ny  noun /iˈpifənē/ :  A moment of sudden revelation or insight.” We now know how to teach entrepreneurs how to think about business models and use customer development to turn hypotheses into facts. But there is no process to teach how to get an epiphany. We can only try to create the conditions where this might occur. It all just … Continue reading »

2012 Lean LaunchPad presentations — Part 2 of 2

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

Today, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the final four (the first five are here.) Team ParkPoint Capital This team spoke face-to-face with 326 customers. As often happens, this team came into class convinced that their market research proved that their business was providing credit to underbanked customers.  … Continue reading »

Search versus Execute

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | March 6, 2012

One of the confusing things to entrepreneurs, investors and educators is the relationship between customer development and business model design and business planning and execution. When does a new venture focus on customer development and business models? And when do business planning and execution come into play? Here’s an attempt to put this all in context. Don’t throw … Continue reading »

The government starts an incubator: The NSF Innovation Corps

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | December 21, 2011

Over the last two months the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. This week we saw the results. 63 scientists and engineers in 21 teams made 2,000 customer calls in 8 weeks, turning laboratory … Continue reading »

Scientists unleashed

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | November 15, 2011

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. — George Bernard Shaw We’re in the middle of our National Science Foundation Innovation Corps class – taking the most promising research projects in American university laboratories and teaching these scientists the basics of entrepreneurship. Our … Continue reading »