Steve Blank Podcast

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Sinopsis

Visor Labs engineers mobile customers

Episodios

  • You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    07/03/2020 Duración: 04min

    If you’re a busy startup founder, you’re likely delegating the task of scheduling key meetings about things you want/need to your admin. This is a mistake. That’s because the dialog you have in setting up the meeting is actually the first part of your meeting, not some clerical task. Treat it this way and you’re much more likely to achieve the objective you’re hoping to. Here’s why...

  • How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    07/03/2020 Duración: 20min

    Every year I teach classrooms full of students who leave class understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit—and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.” That’s a mistake. There are two reasons to raise money...

  • Clayton Christensen

    Clayton Christensen

    07/03/2020 Duración: 07min

    If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders. His insights transformed the language and the practice of innovation. Christensen changed the trajectory of my career and was the guide star for my work on innovation. I never got to say thank you.

  • Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    12/11/2019 Duración: 11min

    There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

  • How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    29/10/2019 Duración: 09min

    I just had a coffee with Mei and Bill, two passionate students who are on fire about their new startup idea. It’s past the “napkin-sketch” stage with a rough minimum viable product and about 100 users. I thought they had a great insight about an application space others had previously tried to crack. But they needed to convince investors that they are Facebook not Friendster. Here’s what I suggested they do...

  • Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

    Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

    16/10/2019 Duración: 09min

    The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is more than just changes in technology, or channel, or competitors – it’s all of them, all at once. And these forces are completely reshaping both commerce and defense.

  • Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit

    Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit

    08/10/2019 Duración: 04min

    It’s been almost a decade since we first started teaching the Lean Methodology. It’s remade entrepreneurship education, startup practice and innovation in companies and the government. But in all that time, we haven’t gotten a large group of educators together to talk about what it’s been like to teach Lean or the impact it’s had in their classrooms and beyond. It dawned on us that with 10 years of Lessons Learned to explore, now would be a good time.

  • AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

    AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

    17/09/2019 Duración: 06min

    AgileFall is an ironic term for program management where you try to be agile and lean, but you keep using waterfall development techniques. It often produces a result that’s like combining a floor wax and dessert topping.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

    08/06/2019 Duración: 09min

    We just finished our 4th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. At the end of each class we have each team give a Lessons Learned presentation. Unlike traditional demo days or Shark Tanks which are “here’s how smart I am, please give me money,” a Lessons Learned presentation tells a story of a journey of hard-won learning and discovery. For all the teams it’s a roller coaster narrative of what happens when you discover that everything you thought you knew was wrong and how they eventually got it right.

  • The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

    The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

    02/06/2019 Duración: 24min

    I was interviewed by Philip Bouchard, Executive Director of TrustedPeer Entrepreneurship Advisory, about how entrepreneurship education has changed, mission-driven entrepreneurship, and what we’ve learned about corporate innovation.

  • How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

    How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

    10/05/2019 Duración: 13min

    Modern entrepreneurship began at the turn of this century with the observation that startups aren’t smaller versions of large companies – large companies at their core execute known business models, while startups search for scalable business models. Lean Methodology consists of three tools designed for entrepreneurs building new ventures...

  • Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

    Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

    12/04/2019 Duración: 15min

    VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company. For most startup employee’s startup stock options are now a bad deal. Here’s why.

  • The Lean LaunchPad Class: It’s the same, but different

    The Lean LaunchPad Class: It’s the same, but different

    29/03/2019 Duración: 10min

    We just finished the 8th annual Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford. The team presentations are at the end of this post. It’s hard to imagine, but only a decade ago, the capstone entrepreneurship class in most universities was how to write – or pitch- a business plan. As a serial entrepreneur turned educator, this didn’t make sense to me. In my experience, I saw that most business plans don’t survive first contact with customers.

  • Fast Time in Three Horizon High

    Fast Time in Three Horizon High

    02/03/2019 Duración: 08min

    I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

  • How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows

    How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows

    15/11/2018 Duración: 12min

    If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change.

  • Driven to Distraction – the future of car safety

    Driven to Distraction – the future of car safety

    31/10/2018 Duración: 26min

    If you haven’t gotten a new car in a while you may not have noticed that the future of the dashboard looks like this... That’s it. A single screen replacing all the dashboard gauges, knobs and switches. But behind that screen is an increasing level of automation that hides a ton of complexity.

  • What Your Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets

    What Your Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets

    11/10/2018 Duración: 14min

    Often the opposite of disruption is the status quo. If you’re a startup trying to disrupt an existing business you need to read The Fixer by Bradley Tusk and Regulatory Hacking by Evan Burfield. These two books, one by a practitioner, the other by an investor, are must-reads. The Fixer is 1/3rd autobiography, 1/3rd case studies, and 1/3rd a “how-to” manual. Regulatory Hacking is closer to a “step-by-step” textbook with case studies. Here’s why you need to read them.

  • The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare

    The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare

    28/09/2018 Duración: 26min

    I don’t own an Apple Watch. I do have a Fitbit. But the Apple Watch 4 announcement intrigued me in a way no other product has since the original IPhone. This wasn’t just another product announcement from Apple. It heralded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) entrance into the 21stcentury. It is a harbinger of the future of healthcare and how the FDA approaches innovation.

  • The End of More – The Death of Moore’s Law

    The End of More – The Death of Moore’s Law

    14/09/2018 Duración: 08min

    For most of our lives the idea that computers and technology would get, better, faster, cheaper every year was as assured as the sun rising every morning. The story “GlobalFoundries Stops All 7nm Development“ doesn’t sound like the end of that era, but for anyone who uses an electronic device, it most certainly is. Technology innovation is going to take a different direction.

  • Is the Lean Startup Dead?

    Is the Lean Startup Dead?

    07/09/2018 Duración: 13min

    Reading the NY Times article “Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture,” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. And while the “first mover advantage” was the rallying cry of the last bubble, today’s is: “Massive capital infusion can own the entire market.”

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