Preparing for Chaos – the Life of a Startup « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

This book may be the Iraq war equivalent of “ Dispatches &# which defined Vietnam for my generation.

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The monkey on our back

deal architect

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently wrote in Foreign Policy magazine “As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10

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Air Refueling

Venture Chronicles

this is a pretty cool video, air refueling an F-18 over Iraq

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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.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1

Steve Blank

New adversaries like ISIS in Iraq created the need for a new doctrine i.e. the 2006 Counterinsurgency Field Manual 3-24. We just had our first week of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

3 Tips For Hiring Managers On How To Recruit Veterans

YoungUpstarts

A veteran might tell you that they ‘drove a truck in Iraq’. He received a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq. by Justin Constantine , founder of The Constantine Group. It’s great that so many businesses are saying they want to hire veterans. But it’s not enough to just say it. You have to do some legwork to meet them halfway, but for some hiring managers they might not know where to start, especially if they don’t have a military background.

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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. In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed.

National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

Putting theory into practice, he went to Iraq in 2008 as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force. 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.

[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. In a chapter “Conflict or: How Organizations Learn”, one learns how Iraq war heroes like H.R.

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The World’s Best Telecommunications Companies For Investors

YoungUpstarts

Although it has been difficult for various multinational telecom companies to do acquisition in Iraq, this industry has been enormously growing. One area that is still virgin and has not been invested fully is in the telecommunications industry. The world is slowing turning into a global village and the level of telecommunication technology is escalating daily. It is obvious that the telecommunication industry is not becoming extinct anytime soon.

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.

Want leaders – look for competence and warmth

The Equity Kicker

It’s unfortunate for him that the Iraq debacle chipped away heavily at both and his legacy isn’t what it might have been. Few people in the UK remember Tony Blair with fondness, but my view is that in his first two terms was a great leader. When I think back on his Prime Ministerial career the first the thing that comes to mind is an interview he did after John Prescott, his Deputy Prime Minister punched a protestor (picture above).

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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.

Creating Policy Changes to Benefit Small Businesses

Duct Tape Marketing

Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Creating Policy Changes to Benefit Small Businesses written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Karen Kerrigan. Podcast Transcript. Today’s guest on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Karen Kerrigan, CEO and president of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

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 mindset of a good investor

The Equity Kicker

They drew on a contest run by American spies in the wake of the Iraq debacle: Begun in 2011, it posed hundreds of geopolitical questions (“Will Saudi Arabia agree to OPEC production cuts in November 2014?” There were two articles on my Twitter list today about the mindset of good investors. The first was a Techrunch article explicitly about bias in VC decision making.

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.

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. I first met Matt Mullenweg , founder of Automattic/WordPress, over a bowl of chili in Wyoming last decade.

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.

Five Reasons Why We Need a More Progressive Economy for Growth

This is going to be BIG.

The war in Iraq has cost this country trillions of dollars that could have otherwise been spent on infrastructure—the way China has. Every election cycle, you hear the same thing—Republicans are good for the economy and electing a liberal will tank it. This is especially the case this time around as we’re in the middle of the longest running expansion this country has ever seen—and no one wants the other shoe to drop. There’s a lot of fear that making the wrong choice will mess things up.

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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.

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.

Impossible that @ChrisBrogan and I are BOTH right, so don't listen to either of us

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Such as (like, the Iraq, and, such as): Chris: "I try to blog almost every day. Chris Brogan, prolific social media how-to author, blogger, and $22,000/day consultant , recently wrote a post describing his "Simple Blogging Formula" in under 1000 words.

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How “False Expertise” Can Damage Your Business—and How to Protect It

ConversionXL

invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a classic example.) When I last checked, there were 987,119 “thought leaders” on LinkedIn. Soon, there’ll be more than a million. How many of those do you trust?

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, we can cruise offshore of potential adversaries (Iraq and Syria) who can’t get to our carriers. 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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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 5

Steve Blank

This week their customer discovery got them to the current lead in Iraq for the Joint iED Defeat Agency (JIDA) (slide 2). We just held our fifth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams passed the half way mark in the class. They’ve collectively talked to over 550 beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.) Their focus for this week was to figure out how to get products rapidly deployed into their sponsors organization.

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.);

Operation Marketing Freedom

Up and Running

The “freedom&# aspect of Operation Iraqi Freedom officially started after theUS invasion of Iraq and we found out there weren’t any Weapons of Mass Destruction.The mission turned from a matter of finding WMDs to rebuilding a broken society andinfrastructure.

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.

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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Unknown Unknowns

OnlyOnce

Say what you will about Rumsfeld or the Iraq war, but this is actually a great and extensible quote. Unknown Unknowns. There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” ” –Donald Rumsfeld.

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25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

After much consideration, I landed on Two Rivers – I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, the city of the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea.

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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.

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.

25 Famously Successful People Who Started Off Freelancing

YoungUpstarts

troops in Iraq in 2004. We all love to hear the stories of the single mom who writes a book in her spare time and sells 10 million copies, or the kid who is discovered walking down the street who becomes an A-list Hollywood star. But for many now-successful people, their path to glory was not nearly as straight. They had to put in their time taking jobs here and there for small money and no recognition, perfecting their craft in the process and trying to keep their eyes on the prize.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 5

Steve Blank

This week their customer discovery got them to the current lead in Iraq for the Joint iED Defeat Agency (JIDA) (slide 2). We just held our fifth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams passed the half way mark in the class. They’ve collectively talked to over 550 beneficiaries (users, program managers, stakeholders, etc.) Their focus for this week was to figure out how to get products rapidly deployed into their sponsors organization.

The Coming Chip Wars

Steve Blank

From the perspective of some China policymakers, America is exhausted from endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and will not fight again. A version of this article appeared in War on the Rocks. Controlling advanced chip manufacturing in the 21st century may well prove to be like controlling the oil supply in the 20th. The country that controls this manufacturing can throttle the military and economic power of others.

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