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Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

In exchange our government sponsors benefit from 1) access to talent that most likely would never have served the country, 2) getting solutions as minimum viable products/prototypes in 10 weeks, 3) exposure to a problem solving methodology used in Silicon Valley and battle tested in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

In exchange our government sponsors benefit from 1) access to talent that most likely would never have served the country, 2) getting solutions as minimum viable products/prototypes in 10 weeks, 3) exposure to a problem solving methodology used in Silicon Valley and battle tested in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Becoming a Great Leader, No Matter What Field You’re In

Duct Tape Marketing

Since recording this interview, Jason Kander announced that he was taking a step back from political life to deal with depression and PTSD symptoms he was experiencing as a result of his tour in Afghanistan.

Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

There was no AR or autonomous back when he was in Afghanistan, but there was a need for location data and a better mapping platform. The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination. We’re living through the transformation from digital to virtual, and Softbank leading today’s investment of $164 million in Mapbox accelerates this even faster.

Free Webinar: Why Your Business (and Personal) Credit Matters

Up and Running

A former naval intelligence officer in the reserves, Tim was recalled to active duty and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 where he served as the lead economic development officer in NATO’s Regional Command-South. Did you know that there’s a difference between personal credit and business credit? Both can help you become eligible for funding, but business credit can help you gain capital and save money for your business.

Paul Herdsman Of NICE Global: The Benefits Of Utilizing Nearshore Outsourcing For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Usually, these offshore suppliers are in Asia, (India, Afghanistan, Malaysia, China, Vietnam and the Philippines), Eastern Europe (Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Armenia), or Africa (Morocco, Kenya and South Africa). In today’s ever-changing, highly competitive business climate, small startups and large companies alike are increasingly turning to outsourcing processes.

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Op-Ed Columnist - Who’s Sleeping Now? - NYTimes.com

This is going to be BIG.

We, by contrast, intend to fix Afghanistan. Being in China right now I am more convinced than ever that when historians look back at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, they will say that the most important thing to happen was not the Great Recession, but China’s Green Leap Forward. The Beijing leadership clearly understands that the E.T. Energy Technology — revolution is both a necessity and an opportunity, and they do not intend to miss it.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Iraq, Afghanistan and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). In Afghanistan in 2002 U.S. Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed. BMNT , a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups. —– But first some history… World War II.

National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

In 2010 Joe was in Afghanistan as the Commander of the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team. We combined the Lean Startup methodology – used by the National Science Foundation to commercialize science – with the rapid problem sourcing and solution methodology Pete developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq when he ran the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline.

Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

View from Seed

Then, my third overseas assignment was on a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, near the Pakistani border. What I experienced in Afghanistan really stayed with me, and one of the things that I noted was that meat prices have been steadily climbing since about 2000. J: One that sticks out for me was from my time in Afghanistan.

6 Steps To Creating Communities That Enable People To Achieve The Unimaginable

YoungUpstarts

For example, we tell the story of Cedric King, who experienced major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device explosion tore through his body in 2012.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

Steve Blank

Army as a special operations light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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.

Welcome to the culture of Extremistan

Start Up Blog

Now hardcore globe trotters visit Afghanistan and Honduras to ensure their story gathers more kudos. Famed author and modern day renaissance man Nassim Taleb talks about Extremistan. While his analysis refers to black swan events, randomness and outliers in the economic world, it seems as though pop culture is on a similar trajectory. Tattoos used to be an extreme thing in themselves. Now real tattoo people have to differentiate through full body cover and face tattoos.

How Mobile Phones Can Help Tackle The World’s Literacy Problems

YoungUpstarts

Some countries around the globe aren’t in such a fortunate position: Afghanistan, for example, has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with only 28.1 With the rollout of a targeted mobile-centric literacy program across the country, Singapore could quite easily find itself in the top 20 literate countries worldwide by 2015 – which would be a great time for a Singapore-based mobile literacy startup to enter the Middle East and push Afghanistan up the literacy rankings.

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The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

Why this is possible is that at its core the Hacking for X for pedagogy is built around the same Lean methodology that’s been proven on the battlefield of Iraq and Afghanistan, Silicon Valley and the 1000+ teams from the National Science Foundation. We’re holding our 2 nd Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy,… educators and sponsors class January 17-19 at Georgetown University. The class is for: educators who want to learn how to teach a Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, etc.

The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

Why this is possible is that at its core the Hacking for X for pedagogy is built around the same Lean methodology that’s been proven on the battlefield of Iraq and Afghanistan, Silicon Valley and the 1000+ teams from the National Science Foundation. We’re holding our 2 nd Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy,… educators and sponsors class January 17-19 at Georgetown University. The class is for: educators who want to learn how to teach a Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, etc.

Ahmad Khan Rahami's Grandmother

This is going to be BIG.

Whatever darkness Ahmad's family tried to escape in Afghanistan caught up with them. I shared a version of this in my weekly tech newsletter yesterday: Many of you are new to this newsletter--especially those who came out to our event last Thursday. It's mostly about tech, but sometimes it isn't. When it isn't, it's honest and hopefully thought provoking. You're welcome to stick around and I hope that you do. It is difficult to write on mornings like this.

Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

During his military career he served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and the Horn of Africa. My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell , managing partner of BMNT Partners. John Kuhn , who works at BMNT Partners. Matt Weingart, program development manager in the Strategic Development Office at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

[Review] Loveworks

YoungUpstarts

It’s great insight into how creatives think – as someone from the F&B industry, I particularly enjoyed the examples of how Guinness conquered Africa (through a campaign that featured a James Bond-esuqe character called Michael Power), when SKOL leveraged on Brazil’s largest cultural event Carnival, or even Miller’s High Life, whose 2010 campaign tugged at heartstrings in support of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense combines the rapid problem sourcing and curation methodology developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq by Colonel Pete Newell and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force with the Lean Startup practices that I pioneered in Silicon Valley and which are now the mainstay of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps program. Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense combines the rapid problem sourcing and curation methodology developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq by Colonel Pete Newell and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force with the Lean Startup practices that I pioneered in Silicon Valley and which are now the mainstay of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps program. Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

Army as a special operations light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just finished our 5th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. At the end of the quarter each of the eight teams give a final “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 the teams’ stories of a 10-week journey of hard-won learning and discovery.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

Army as a special operations light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just finished our 3rd annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Six teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. Watching them I was left with wonder and awe about what they accomplished in 10 weeks. Six teams spoke to over 600 beneficiaries, stakeholders, requirements writers, program managers, warfighters, legal, security, customers, etc.

Giving Tuesday: Five Ways to Engage Your Board

Board Effect

The original two founders were soon joined by Cisco, Mashable, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Sony, Aldo, Groupon, UNICEF, Google, Skype, Microsoft and Unilever, which became additional founding members. The holiday season reminds us of all the reasons we love to give and receive. It all begins right after Thanksgiving, with the Black Friday sales beginning at midnight, followed by tons of sales for online shoppers on Cyber Monday.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

It combines the same Lean Startup Methodology used by the National Science Foundation to commercialize science, with the rapid problem sourcing and curation methodology developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq by Colonel Pete Newell and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. We just finished our second Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Eight teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations.

BREAKING: iTablet product warnings leaked

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The Apple iTablet has been shipped to our troops in Afghanistan and is being dropped by warplanes. I can’t tell you how I got this, but I hear that the iTablet user manual comes with a whole host of unexpected disclosures: Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to The Apple iTablet. Caution: The Apple iTablet may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.

The 3 Things You Must Do on July 1st

Growthink Blog

In particular, the segment detailing the lives of most girls in Afghanistan left me crying. July 1 is a critical day in your business. Because it''s the day that officially starts the second half of 2013. That''s right, the year is already half-way over. So right now is the PERFECT time to take an honest look at your business, see how much progress you''ve made so far this year, and develop your plan for the rest of 2013.

Transcript of Becoming a Great Leader, No Matter What Field You’re In

Duct Tape Marketing

He is husband, father, former Army captain who served in Afghanistan. Then I talk about how I carried that through life in a lot of different ways in the book, but probably one of the more fun stories there is a story I tell … fun now, in retrospect, a story I tell about when I was in Afghanistan. Transcript of Becoming a Great Leader, No Matter What Field You’re In written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

When Pete Newell retired to Silicon Valley he teamed up with Joe Felter, another retired colonel, who had a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer (among other things, Joe led the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan) and was now teaching at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

When Pete Newell retired to Silicon Valley he teamed up with Joe Felter, another retired colonel, who had a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer (among other things, Joe led the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan) and was now teaching at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

This week we had one group of students volunteer to go to Iraq or Afghanistan to see the customer problem first-hand. We just held our fourth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams turned the corner on understanding beneficiaries and finding product/market fit. The 8 teams spoke to 115 beneficiaries (users, program managers, etc.);

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

This week we had one group of students volunteer to go to Iraq or Afghanistan to see the customer problem first-hand. We just held our fourth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams turned the corner on understanding beneficiaries and finding product/market fit. The 8 teams spoke to 115 beneficiaries (users, program managers, etc.);

[Review] The Rise Of The New East

YoungUpstarts

By now, many would know that China is expanding aggressively to West Asian and North African countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. Are China and India still the “factory” and “outsourced service provider” of the world? How big is the market for Muslim-friendly products and services? What are the promises and perils of trading in the East?

Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

Steve Blank

For targets over uncontested airspace (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, etc.) For example, missions into Afghanistan are 6-8 hours versus normal mission times of 2-3 hours.). The future is here it’s just distributed unevenly – Silicon Valley view of tech adoption. The threat is here it’s just distributed unevenly – A2/AD and the aircraft carrier. This is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

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Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together

Steve Blank

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. Today, his company BMNT does for government and commercial customers what the Rapid Equipping Force did for the U.S. Pete and I created the Hacking for Defense class (with Joe Felter and Tom Byers.)

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Independent Truckers Put Their Careers In High Gear

YoungUpstarts

The big companies are especially eager to recruit veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who have returned home to extremely tough competition for jobs. by Doug Matheson, thetruckersreport.com. You might be surprised to find out that in spite of the recent recession, wages and working conditions for truck-drivers are the best they ever have been. Across the country, major trucking companies have a lot more jobs than they have qualified long-distance truckers.

Countries’ social institutions take time to mature

The Equity Kicker

This line of thinking has important implications for policy in the middle east and Afghanistan, and even for Europe where the key institutions need time to develop legitimacy. And now, as Monty Python used to say, for something completely different. Today I’m going to try a bit of political science. Since I was an undergrad studying social and political science at Cambridge I have held the view that capitalist democracies are like fine wine –they get better with age.

Finance Fridays

Feld Thoughts

Kids from eight countries, including Cambodia, Eastern DR Congo, and Afghanistan, have participated in Dot-to-Dot projects. Last week I expressed my frustration with the current lack of financial literacy that I see all around me. In the spirit of Fred Wilson’s awesome blog series MBA Mondays , I’ve decided to write a series of posts about this and asked for suggestions.

5 Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Campus Entrepreneurship

Heidi Kuhn, Roots of Peace founder, and her daughter Kyleigh are the perfect inter-generational metaphor of the times: Both aim to impact the quality of life for Afghanistan’s poor, but in very different ways. Heidi founded a nonprofit to remove landmines and help Afghan farmers tap into the market by teaching new, higher-value agricultural practices; Kyleigh created a for-profit business called Twenty Four Suns to help local artisans in Afghanistan by creating a market for them in the US.

Obama Engages Muslim World With Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship and Development

Campus Entrepreneurship

Many in the article claim that this is a nice thought, but that other issues – Iran nuclear policy, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Israel – matter far more. President Obama is currently hosting a two day Presidential Summit with more than 250 business and social leaders from 50 countries, most with large or majority Muslim populations.