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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 »

2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations — Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | March 7, 2012

Today, the first half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the first five. It Feels Like 20 Years Ago Today It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since we taught the first 10 teams in the Stanford Lean LaunchPad class. To share what we learned, we blogged each of those class … 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 »

The startup team

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

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. — SEAL Team saying Over the last 40 years Technology investors have learned that the success of startups are not just about the technology but “it’s about the team.” We spent a year screwing it up in our Lean LaunchPad classes until we figured out it was about … 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 »

How to build a web startup — Lean Launchpad Edition

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | September 22, 2011

As part of our Lean LaunchPad classes at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and for theNational Science Foundation, students build a startup in 8 weeks using Business Model Design + Customer Development. One of the problems they run into is building a web site. ——— If you’re an experienced coder and user interface designer you think nothing is easier than … Continue reading »