Steve Blank Podcast

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Visor Labs engineers mobile customers

Episódios

  • The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct

    The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct

    22/05/2020 Duração: 10min

    The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct. It discriminates against the old and the unhealthy. The biggest risk factor in dying from the virus is age. If you’re 60 to 70 years old, you’re 30 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than if you’re under 40. And if you’re over 80, you’re 180 times more likely. It’s not that the young don’t get sick or die, but the odds are dramatically different.

  • Seven Steps to Small Business Recovery

    Seven Steps to Small Business Recovery

    22/05/2020 Duração: 12min

    The world is a different place than it was 90 days ago. Countries traded saving lives by shutting down most of their economy. Tens of millions who had jobs are now unemployed worrying about their future. Business owners large and small are struggling to find their footing, wondering what will be the new normal when the recovery happens. For the majority of companies, the business models of the past will not return.

  • What’s Missing From Zoom Reminds Us What It Means to Be Human

    What’s Missing From Zoom Reminds Us What It Means to Be Human

    28/04/2020 Duração: 10min

    Over the last month billions of people have been unwilling participants in the largest unintentional social experiment ever run – testing how video conferencing replaced face-to-face communication. While we’ve discovered that in many cases it can, more importantly we’ve discovered that, regardless of bandwidth and video resolution, these apps are missing the cues humans use when they communicate. While we might be spending the same amount of time in meetings, we’re finding we’re less productive, social interactions are less satisfying and distance learning is less effective. And we’re frustrated that we don’t know why. Here’s why video conferencing apps don’t capture the complexity of human interaction.

  • In a Crisis – An Opportunity For A More Meaningful Life

    In a Crisis – An Opportunity For A More Meaningful Life

    18/04/2020 Duração: 07min

    Sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, my coffees with current and ex-students (entrepreneurs, as well as employees early in their careers) have gone virtual. Pre-pandemic these coffees were usually about what startup to join or how to find product/market fit. Though in the last month, even through Zoom I could sense they were struggling with a much weightier problem. The common theme in these calls were that many of them were finding this crisis to be an existential wakeup call. “My job feels pretty meaningless in the big picture of what matters. I’m thinking about what happens when I can go back to work. I’m no longer sure my current career path is what I want to do. How do I figure it out?” Here’s what I’ve told them.

  • Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

    Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

    08/04/2020 Duração: 10min

    With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of the building to talk to customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building? How do should startups do it?

  • The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

    The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

    04/04/2020 Duração: 13min

    This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?” Here are a few thoughts about operating in uncertainty in a pandemic.

  • How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

    How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

    04/04/2020 Duração: 16min

    What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim. Companies that outlast this crisis will have CEOs who can rapidly assess these new circumstances, recognize new patterns and opportunities, and act with urgency to take immediate action to pivot and restructure their companies. Those that don’t may not survive. So here’s a five-day playbook to help CEOs of cash-flow negative startups, or ones about to go negative, assess the new normal and respond with speed and urgency.

  • Action Today for CFO’s

    Action Today for CFO’s

    22/03/2020 Duração: 03min

    Jeff Epstein is on the board of Shutterstock, Twilio, Kaiser Permanente, and was the CFO of Oracle, DoubleClick, Nielsen and King World and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He teaches the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford with me. And the minute he talks about financing I shut up and take notes.

  • You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    07/03/2020 Duração: 04min

    If you’re a busy startup founder, you’re likely delegating the task of scheduling key meetings about things you want/need to your admin. This is a mistake. That’s because the dialog you have in setting up the meeting is actually the first part of your meeting, not some clerical task. Treat it this way and you’re much more likely to achieve the objective you’re hoping to. Here’s why...

  • How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    07/03/2020 Duração: 20min

    Every year I teach classrooms full of students who leave class understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit—and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.” That’s a mistake. There are two reasons to raise money...

  • Clayton Christensen

    Clayton Christensen

    07/03/2020 Duração: 07min

    If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders. His insights transformed the language and the practice of innovation. Christensen changed the trajectory of my career and was the guide star for my work on innovation. I never got to say thank you.

  • Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    12/11/2019 Duração: 11min

    There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

  • How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    29/10/2019 Duração: 09min

    I just had a coffee with Mei and Bill, two passionate students who are on fire about their new startup idea. It’s past the “napkin-sketch” stage with a rough minimum viable product and about 100 users. I thought they had a great insight about an application space others had previously tried to crack. But they needed to convince investors that they are Facebook not Friendster. Here’s what I suggested they do...

  • Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

    Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

    16/10/2019 Duração: 09min

    The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is more than just changes in technology, or channel, or competitors – it’s all of them, all at once. And these forces are completely reshaping both commerce and defense.

  • Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit

    Who Ever Thought? The Lean Educators Summit

    08/10/2019 Duração: 04min

    It’s been almost a decade since we first started teaching the Lean Methodology. It’s remade entrepreneurship education, startup practice and innovation in companies and the government. But in all that time, we haven’t gotten a large group of educators together to talk about what it’s been like to teach Lean or the impact it’s had in their classrooms and beyond. It dawned on us that with 10 years of Lessons Learned to explore, now would be a good time.

  • AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

    AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

    17/09/2019 Duração: 06min

    AgileFall is an ironic term for program management where you try to be agile and lean, but you keep using waterfall development techniques. It often produces a result that’s like combining a floor wax and dessert topping.

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

    08/06/2019 Duração: 09min

    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. For all the teams it’s a roller coaster narrative of what happens when you discover that everything you thought you knew was wrong and how they eventually got it right.

  • The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

    The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

    02/06/2019 Duração: 24min

    I was interviewed by Philip Bouchard, Executive Director of TrustedPeer Entrepreneurship Advisory, about how entrepreneurship education has changed, mission-driven entrepreneurship, and what we’ve learned about corporate innovation.

  • How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

    How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

    10/05/2019 Duração: 13min

    Modern entrepreneurship began at the turn of this century with the observation that startups aren’t smaller versions of large companies – large companies at their core execute known business models, while startups search for scalable business models. Lean Methodology consists of three tools designed for entrepreneurs building new ventures...

  • Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

    Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

    12/04/2019 Duração: 15min

    VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company. For most startup employee’s startup stock options are now a bad deal. Here’s why.

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