One Hand Clapping – Entrepreneurship In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Steve Blank

I spent a few days in March in Ann Arbor Michigan as a guest of Professor Thomas Zurbuchen , Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs, and Doug Neal , Director of Center for Entrepreneurship in the Engineering School at the University of Michigan.

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad class taught at Stanford , Berkeley, Columbia , Caltech and for the National Science Foundation. Eric’s insight was that traditional product management and Waterfall development should be replaced by Agile Development. He called it the “Lean Startup.”. So business model design + customer and agile development is the process that startups use to search for a business model.

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[Interview] Michael K. Levine, Author Of “People Over Process: Leadership for Agility”


Though agile is all about process and that’s where much of our attention has gone, it’s time we shifted out focus on people and interactions. In his new book “ People Over Process: Leadership for Agility “, technology expert Michael K. Levine was an early proponent of agile and is a veteran of systems change and technology management. It’s a new way of thinking about agile that builds in agile’s tenets and takes them to a new level.

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Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

I packed up my life in Michigan and spent five days driving to California to start work. Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank (tags: startup) [.] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Steve Blank, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA: … entrepreneurs instinctualy realize that the best advocate for their careers is themselves [.]

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10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

The Lean LaunchPad Class. You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship class. The class teaches founders how to dramatically reduce their failure rate through the combination of business model design, customer development and agile development using the Startup Owners Manual. And in the thirty days since we’ve put the Lean LaunchPad class online at Udacity – 50,000 students have been taking it.

Reinventing the Board Meeting – Part 2 of 2 – Virtual Valley Ventures

Steve Blank

A revolution has taken hold as customer development and agile engineering reinvent the Startup process. At Stanford our Lean Launchpad class ran an experiment that showed when “the boardroom is bits” can make a radical difference in the outcome of an early stage startup.

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

I lived through the time when working in my first job in Ann Arbor Michigan we had to get out a map to find out that San Jose was not only in Puerto Rico but there was a city with that same name in California. Entrepreneurs first map their assumptions and then test these hypotheses with customers out in the field (customer development) and use an iterative and incremental development methodology (agile development) to build the product. I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C.

Founders and dysfunctional families « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

We agreed that all her founding CEOs seemed to have the same set of personality traits – tenacious, passionate, relentless, resilient, agile, and comfortable operating in chaos. I coach agile teams for a living, and I do most of my work with start-ups.