Steve Blank


 

Working Outside the Tech Bubble [0.13]

Posted on Aug. 12, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street.

This summer I was sitting in the Delekta Pharmacy in the nearby town of Warren having a Coffee Cabinet (a coffee milkshake).

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You adapt, or you adopt, or you die [0.08]

Posted on Aug. 7, 2017, 1:36 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast.

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Why Corporate Innovation is Harder Now [0.13]

Posted on July 25, 2017, 1:08 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

I was at Stanford in the Graduate School of Business and was interviewed by Peter Gardner of StartGrid for his On The Road podcast.

BTW, it seems every podcast has a trick last question.

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Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline.

Interestingly enough, both events are about how the best and brightest can serve their country – and are testament to the work of two dedicated men.

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Why good people leave large tech companies [0.14]

Posted on July 11, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Venture firms realized that teaching a founding CEO how to grow a company is easier than teaching the professional CEO how to find the new innovation for the next product cycle.

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Why good people leave tech large companies [0.14]

Posted on July 11, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Venture firms realized that teaching a founding CEO how to grow a company is easier than teaching the professional CEO how to find the new innovation for the next product cycle.

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Why a Company Can’t “Be More Like a Startup” [0.12]

Posted on June 27, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

Startups can do anything.

Yet those very weaknesses give startups an overwhelming advantage in innovation.

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We Have A Moral Obligation [0.31]

Posted on June 21, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

I was in Boston and was interviewed by The Growth Show about my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies.The interviewer was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast.

At the end of the interview I got surprised by a great question – “What’s the Problem that Still Haunts You?” I wasn’t really prepared for the question but gave the best answer I could on the fly.

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Automobile manufacturers shipped 88 million cars in 2016.

At the turn of the 20th century most people compared existing buggy and carriage manufacturers to the new automobile companies.

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We just finished our second Hacking for Defense class at Stanford.

Our second goal was to teach our sponsors (the innovators inside the Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC)) that there is a methodology that can help them understand and better respond to rapidly evolving asymmetric threats.

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Thank you, Chancellor McLellan, President Florizone, Dean Charlebois, Dr. Hewitt, and Dr. Kilfoil for the invitation to speak today and thank you for the honorary degree.

Information consumption and engagement with social media means these platforms have become your emotional drug dealers.

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Fireside Chat with Sebastian Thrun [0.35]

Posted on May 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

I did a fun fireside chat with one of my most favorite people – Sebastian Thrun – at the Udacity conference. I first heard about him when his driverless car won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

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Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life [0.05]

Posted on May 9, 2017, 5:12 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation.

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I was having coffee with the CEO of a new startup, listening to her puzzle through how to communicate to potential customers.

Step 1: Who’s the Audience(s)?

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Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together [0.09]

Posted on March 28, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems.

Aqualink started with a problem given to them from the chief medical officer of the Navy SEALS – they had no way to understand chronic long-term health issues divers face.

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Why Some Startups Win [0.12]

Posted on March 15, 2017, 1 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup.

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The No Excuses Culture [0.03]

Posted on March 8, 2017, 2 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant why I hadn’t seen the posters for our new class around campus. When I took the job of VP of Marketing in a company emerging from bankruptcy, excuses seemed to be our main product.

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When you’re up to your neck in alligators, don’t forget the goal was to drain the swamp.

One of the teams wanted to create a new woman’s clothing brand.

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Hacking for Defense Goes National [0.25]

Posted on Jan. 17, 2017, 2 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

This week I’m in Washington co-teaching the 2nd Hacking for Defense Educators and Sponsor class.

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Innovation – something both parties can agree on [0.20]

Posted on Jan. 15, 2017, 2 p.m. by Steve Blank @ [source]

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. It made the program I helped start, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) a permanent part of the nation’s science ecosystem.

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