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Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician who is based in Pescadero, California. Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. Blank is also the co-founder of E.piphany.

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    The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Jan. 13, 2015, 2 p.m.

    The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development

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    There Are 4 Types of Startups
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Jan. 6, 2015, 2 p.m.

    There are 4 types of startups. Which one are you? If you can’t see the video click here    Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types

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    I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Dec. 17, 2014, 2 p.m.

    If you’ve received this post in an email the embedded videos and powerpoint are best viewed on www.steveblank.com We have learned a remarkable process that allow us to be highly focused, and we have learned a tool of trade we can now repeat. This has been of tremendous value to us. Andrew Norris, Principal Investigator BCN Biosciences Over the last […]

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    The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Dec. 10, 2014, 2 p.m.

    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 […]

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    K&S Ranch
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Dec. 10, 2014, 2 p.m.

    In 1976 Saul Steinberg created the March 29th cover of the New Yorker and created a visual meme of a city who was completely self-absorbed. Kirby Scudder, a neighbor on the California coast just did a poster of the view of Palo Alto as the center of universe.  Kirby has done several of these city posters […]

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    Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Nov. 20, 2014, 2 p.m.

    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 […]

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    Users, Payers and Multi-Sided Markets
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Nov. 13, 2014, 2 p.m.

    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons

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    Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Nov. 11, 2014, 2 p.m.

    In the 20th century corporate skunk works were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have failed to master continuous innovation. Skunk works will be the […]

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    How Do I Know If I Have The Right Customers? 2 Minutes to Find Out
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Nov. 3, 2014, 2 p.m.

    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons

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    How We Used to Give Startups Very Bad Advice. 2 Minutes to See Why
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Oct. 22, 2014, 1:25 p.m.

    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan, Customer Development

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    No Business Plan Survives First Contact With Customers. 2 Minutes to See Why
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Oct. 14, 2014, 1 p.m.

    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development

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    Watching My Students Grow
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Oct. 3, 2014, 1 p.m.

    “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 […]

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    Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 25, 2014, 1 p.m.

    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners. — Though I haven’t talked to […]

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    The Woodstock of K-12 Education
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 23, 2014, 1 p.m.

    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 […]

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    How To Find the Right Co-Founders?
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 16, 2014, 1 p.m.

    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——- I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started […]

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    Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 13, 2014, 1:03 a.m.

    There have been 2 or 3 courses in my entire education that have changed the way I think.  This is one of those. Hobart Harris Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery at UCSF For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a […]

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    How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 9, 2014, 1 p.m.

    The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers. That’s all well and good if you already have […]

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    Why Founders Should Know How to Code
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Sept. 3, 2014, 1 p.m.

    “By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” Book of Five Rings A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —- I was driving home from the BIO conference in San […]

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    What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Aug. 7, 2014, 1 p.m.

    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons

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    Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould
    on Steve Blank's Blog on Aug. 5, 2014, 1 p.m.

    I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she […]

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