insight & inspiration in entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

The failure that started the lean startup...Entrepreneurs are Artists

Over the last 35 years, Steve Blank has been part of, or co-founded eight Silicon Valley startups. These have run the gamut from semiconductors, video games, personal computers, and supercomputers. (MIPS, Zilog, Rocket Science, SuperMac, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, ESL) Steve's last company was E.piphany, an enterprise software company. Steve is a past board member of California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Audubon California, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Startup Weekend. He served as a governors appointee to the California Coastal Commission. Blank's Harvard Business Review May 2013 cover article Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything summarizes the new approach in entrepreneurship that is revolutionizing the subject.

Steve currently teaches entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley- Haas Business School, Columbia University, NYU, Stanford University Engineering School and UCSF. In 2009 he was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering. In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. In 2011 the National Science Foundation adopted his Lean Launchpad class as the U.S. standard for commercializing basic and applied research via the Innovation Corps. Steve Blank @sgblank

Moment that led to Customer Discovery
The Calling
Balancing Work and Family
Rocket Science
Nature vs Nurture
Whole Product
Thinking Like an Innovator
Creativity in Business
Taking Responsibility
National Mentor Network
Pattern Recognition
Lean Startup Being a Success
Facing Failure
Joining the Air Force
Gaining Experience
Understanding Who You Are
Entrepreneurship Apprenticeship
Different Ways of Learning
New Marketing Plan
Teaching Lean Startup
Working as a Kid
Work Ethic