Steve Blank

The No Excuses Culture

Steve Blank

It drove me crazy when we failed to deliver a project for sales on time or we missed a media deadline. Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant why I hadn’t seen the posters for our new class around campus.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Marketing Communications

Steve Blank

Audience(s), Message, Media, Messenger. Select the media you want the message to be read/seen/heard on. These are very different audiences, each requires its own messages, media and messengers. Step 3: Media. or social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

It wasn’t that Microsoft didn’t have smart engineers working on search, media, mobile and cloud. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why.

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

It wasn’t that Microsoft didn’t have smart engineers working on search, media, mobile and cloud. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why.

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Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

Steve Weinstein a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley technology companies and Hollywood media companies. We just finished our second Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Eight teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations.

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Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

They had reinvented a traditional print media category onto web and mobile devices for a new generation of users who were no longer buying magazines but reading online. Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit.

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Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

Visionary CEOs have always been the face of their company, but today with social media, it happens faster with a much larger audience; boards now must consider what would happen to the valuation of the company without the founder. Before social media connected billions of people, bad behavior stayed behind closed doors. A version of this article is in the Harvard Business Review.

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It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms. And she had a model for a new media company for mobile and wearables.

How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

Steve Blank

For example, one of Verizon’s strategic innovation goals for its Silicon Valley organization is to create disruptive solutions (technologies and business models) to monetize the digital media accessed by its subscribers on their mobile devices.

Innovation Outposts and The Evolution of Corporate R&D

Steve Blank

The last 40 years have seen an explosive adoption of new technologies (social media, telecom, life sciences, etc.) I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM’s Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics.

The Path of Our Lives

Steve Blank

On the phone together, I spent an hour with an ear-to-ear grin as both of us recounted, “when we were young, crazy and stupid” stories, stories I still won’t tell my children (which makes me grateful it was life before social media documented every youthful indiscretion.)

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

From electric cars to drones, DNA sequencing to robotic surgery, enterprise software to social media –the size and variety of these markets makes the Valley of my early days look bush league. I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit.

ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank

It’s worth noting that everything from the Internet, to electric cars, genomic sequencing, mobile apps, and social media — were pioneered by startups, not existing companies. President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen….Thank

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When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple and Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers

Steve Blank

For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) One of the great innovations of the 21 st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically.

Clusters, Class, Culture and Unfair Advantages

Steve Blank

Detroit is an automotive cluster, Hollywood an entertainment cluster, New York City for media and financial services, etc. I just finished reading J.D.

Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank

We came to the Lean LaunchPad class wanting to build a mobile/web research management system aimed at helping qualitative researchers better manage the media they captured in the field.

Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products.

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Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 3

Steve Blank

Team Narrative Mind is trying to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. Current tools do not provide users with a way to understand the meaning within adversary social media content and there is no automated process to disrupt, counter and shape the narrative.

Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 3

Steve Blank

Team Narrative Mind is trying to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. Current tools do not provide users with a way to understand the meaning within adversary social media content and there is no automated process to disrupt, counter and shape the narrative.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 7

Steve Blank

NarrativeMind is developing tools that will optimize discovery and investigation of adversary communication trends on social media, allowing the U.S. We just held our seventh week of the Hacking for Defense class.

China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)

Steve Blank

For the last 10 years China essentially closed its search, media and social network software market to foreign companies with the result that Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Dropbox, and 30,000 other websites were not accessible from China.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

The sponsor’s brief to the team is to figure out how to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. The team is using publicly available social media data to assess whether a given user ID refers to a real person, a real person acting under a false persona, or a bot.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

The sponsor’s brief to the team is to figure out how to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. The team is using publicly available social media data to assess whether a given user ID refers to a real person, a real person acting under a false persona, or a bot.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6

Steve Blank

NarrativeMind is developing tools that will optimize discovery and investigation of adversary communication trends on social media, allowing ARCYBER and others to efficiently respond and mitigate threats posed by enemy messaging. We just held our sixth week of the Hacking for Defense class.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6

Steve Blank

NarrativeMind is developing tools that will optimize discovery and investigation of adversary communication trends on social media, allowing ARCYBER and others to efficiently respond and mitigate threats posed by enemy messaging. We just held our sixth week of the Hacking for Defense class.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 41: Chris Schroeder and Andy Cunningham

Steve Blank

Chris Schroeder , Internet/media CEO, venture investor and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. What ended up happening, however, was we were eventually subsumed under the traditional media business. With social media and with bloggers and with the cable TV and all the different networks that you can get on television and radio like this, everybody you look at is an influencer now.

Guns and Cyber Security

Steve Blank

The class consists of basic networking and administration, network mapping, remote exploits, denial of service, web vulnerabilities, social engineering, password vulnerabilities, wireless network exploitation, persistence, digital media analysis, and cyber mission operations.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 40: Stan Gloss and Matt Armstead

Steve Blank

Next on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere : Chris Schroeder , Internet/media CEO, venture investor and author of “ Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East ” and Andy Cunningham , founder and CEO of Cunningham Collective. A lot of people, especially in the Midwest, will spend their time thinking too small. They’re a creature of their habit and habitat, in looking at potential investors and market opportunities.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Facebook and Social Media. Today, social media startups can return 100’s of millions or even billions in less than 3 years. If investors have a choice of investing in a blockbuster cancer drug that will pay them nothing for fifteen years or a social media application that can go big in a few years, which do you think they’re going to pick? Instead, the investor money is moving to social media. This time the pot of gold of social media may permanently change that story.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 18: Sarah Calhoun and Steve Sims

Steve Blank

Everyone was in the media going, “Oh, that’s so exclusive. Realizing you need help and learning how to ask for help are crucial skills for a founder. And while how much money you make at startup is a way to keep score, a successful life can’t be measured only in dollars.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 41: Chris Schroeder and Andy Cunningham

Steve Blank

Chris Schroeder , Internet/media CEO, venture investor and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. What ended up happening, however, was we were eventually subsumed under the traditional media business. With social media and with bloggers and with the cable TV and all the different networks that you can get on television and radio like this, everybody you look at is an influencer now.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 26: Javier Saade and Hillary Hartley

Steve Blank

He also co-founded three companies: a broadcasting network, Air America Media, a solar energy company, Atenergy and a branding agency, Brand Maestro. The U.S. government is discovering that Lean innovation can help them serve the country better and faster.

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Clusters, Class, Culture and Unfair Advantages

Steve Blank

Detroit is an automotive cluster, Hollywood an entertainment cluster, New York City for media and financial services, etc. I just finished reading J.D.

Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

Steve Blank

MovieLabs is researching how to redefine the movie experience, advance content distribution, and understand media consumers. Ownership of movies for collectors, when it was physical media, meant something.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 40: Stan Gloss and Matt Armstead

Steve Blank

Next on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere : Chris Schroeder , Internet/media CEO, venture investor and author of “ Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East ” and Andy Cunningham , founder and CEO of Cunningham Collective. A lot of people, especially in the Midwest, will spend their time thinking too small. They’re a creature of their habit and habitat, in looking at potential investors and market opportunities.

Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

Startups here are primarily in what they call the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) segment. China has essentially closed its internal search, media and social network software market to foreign companies who wouldn’t play with the government rules on the Great Firewall.

Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 2

Steve Blank

Team Narrative Mind is trying to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. Current tools do not provide users with a way to understand the meaning within adversary social media content and there is no automated process to disrupt, counter and shape the narrative.

Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford – Week 2

Steve Blank

Team Narrative Mind is trying to understand, disrupt, and counter adversaries’ use of social media. Current tools do not provide users with a way to understand the meaning within adversary social media content and there is no automated process to disrupt, counter and shape the narrative.

China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

These incubators are mostly clustered in the eastern coastal regions, and disproportionately target TMT (Technology Media and Telecom) and Biotech. I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual.

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