The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. Our defense department and intelligence community owned proprietary advanced tools and technology. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan finding and deploying technology solutions against agile insurgents. “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland.

[Review] Content Rules

YoungUpstarts

Part of the New Rules of Social Media edited by legendary David Meerman Scott , “ Content Rules “ teaches you how to create compelling online content that attracts customers, build communities, generates leads, and grows businesses. Content is king! Content rules!

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

Steve Blank

I want to make my community, country or world a better place, while solving some of the toughest problems.”. Few consider opportunities to make the world safer with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community or other government agencies.

3 Tips For Hiring Managers On How To Recruit Veterans

YoungUpstarts

A veteran might tell you that they ‘drove a truck in Iraq’. Founder of The Constantine Group Justin Constantine is an inspirational speaker and leadership consultant who serves as a liaison between the military and corporate communities.

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The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Teach Department of Defense /Intelligence Community sponsors how to deliver problems to these schools and how to get the most out of student teams. The CIA set up In-Q-Tel to be the venture capital arm of the intelligence community to speed the insertion of technologies.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Teach Department of Defense /Intelligence Community sponsors how to deliver problems to these schools and how to get the most out of student teams. The CIA set up In-Q-Tel to be the venture capital arm of the intelligence community to speed the insertion of technologies.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Iraq, Afghanistan and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). REF expanded its operations to include forward teams in Kuwait and Iraq to provide technology to fill capability gaps and to counter the highest priority threats. Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

Few consider opportunities to make the world safer with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community or other government agencies. It’s equally applicable to solving public safety, energy, policy, community and social issues internationally and within our own communities.

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. New donors from community.

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.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Do you think if we bomb the s**t out of oil fields in Iraq and then take their oil we will create more terrorists who hate us or fewer? Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy.

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. He connects the Lab with the defense user community.

[Review] Adapt: Why Success Always Start With Failure

YoungUpstarts

Using analogies from evolution such as variation, selection and adaptation, Adapt uses far flung examples ranging from the Iraq War, Global Warming, 2007′s Financial Meltdown, to 3rd World Development efforts to prove its point.

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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.

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Not Just a WordPress User, Now Also an Advisor to Automattic

Hunter Walker

I don’t recall when I first met Raanan Bar-Cohen , SVP of business things at Automattic, but I do know we were already friends before traveling to Baghdad together in 2009, sharing an amazing week in Iraq. An amazing community. A founder who will show up at WordCamps across the world but still find time to support great startups and contribute to the tech/art communities in SF, NYC and his hometown Houston.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 31: Congressmen Dan Lipinski and Seth Moulton

Steve Blank

Marine Corps veteran who served four tours in Iraq, including two tours as a platoon commander and two tours as a Special Assistant to Gen. As a former Marine, he has first-hand experience with the need to speed defense innovation efforts: I remember when my GPS mapping system in my Humvee broke down when I was over in Iraq. Lean methodologies have changed the way science is commercialized in the U.S.

Three takeaways from ATA’s lunch-and-learn with Sen. Kirk Watson

Austin Startup

Watson recapped the recent Texas legislative sessions, spoke about how Austin’s tech sector will be impacted, and gave advice about how the tech community can best engage moving forward. Last week, Austin Tech Alliance hosted Sen. Kirk Watson at a lunch-and-learn for ATA members.

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21 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

After two decades of being a housewife, my husband returned from Iraq disabled, sparking a radical shift in our lifestyle. Don’t forget to join our #IamCEO Community. Each business has a story.

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Five Questions for Alec Ross: Secretary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation

Hunter Walker

” Can you briefly explain what that meant and why you sent me to Iraq? :). What the technology community needed was a way to get involved that made the highest and best use of their skills, and for four years we did that.

What is Your Favorite Biometric Modality?

Austin Startup

Participate and be a part of our community! You have one, right? It’s not just me? I asked a bunch of people (via Twitter, to be honest), “For being identified before being allowed access to a public space (airport, courthouse, etc.), which #biometric would you prefer to use?”

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After Ringing the IPO Bell

Seeing Both Sides

Last week''s successful IPO of e-commerce giant Wayfair (market cap $3B) and this week''s impending IPO of Hubspot (if it prices in the range, market cap $600m) has many in the Boston tech community celebrating.

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Shape Your Identity Or It Will Shape You

Reid Hoffman

Unlike a community, networks can overlap while still being different. If you thought the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, what did you personally do about it? “Keep your identity small.” — Paul Graham.

My Water Pilgrimage:

Austin Startup

Charity: water works with local NGO’s on the ground to deploy capital and resources to directly impact those in need in rural communities. Do I talk about the 8-hour journey into the village and the difficult conditions of the local community?

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Who Will Champion Entrepreneurship?

Seeing Both Sides

The amazing thing to me is that none of these ideas – and many others floating around the entrepreneurial community – require big dollars. I love Jackson Hole , Wyoming.    It is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful settings in the world. 

11 Trends in Web Logo Design

mashable.com

Slab serif fonts — if they’re unique fonts — are still a viable alternative to been-there-done-that sans serifs in logos, and the web community still enjoys them.

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11 Trends in Web Logo Design

mashable.com

Slab serif fonts — if they’re unique fonts — are still a viable alternative to been-there-done-that sans serifs in logos, and the web community still enjoys them.

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6 Ways to Recruit Talent for Startups

mashable.com

Pros: There’s no registration required, and the site maintains a sizable community of experienced coders who are up for side projects.

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What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups?

Startup Lessons Learned

So heres my simple question: What do folks in Washington need to know about the global community of entrepreneurs? Then we eroded toward the opposite: a cozy government-industrial complex that can't tie its own shoes (Katrina response, Iraq administration, SEC/Madoff, general regulatory bloat). The new administration has helped some of their ranks to cross over into the Federal community too.

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