Why companies are not startups

While it’s fashionable to build corporate incubators, there’s little evidence that they deliver more than “innovation theater.” Big companies just aren’t set up for real innovation and agility.

The lean startup: How to stay lean when your company takes off

The Lean Startup concept, developed by Eric Reis roughly two years ago, has been embraced by the startup community. And though I think it’s the best and most consistent framework available for entrepreneurs to methodically evaluate their ventures, what happens when you get a product into the market that customers actually want and your business starts to grow? Does the “lean” focus end there?

Lean startups vs. fat startups

While the traditional definition of lean startup is one that moves fast, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Mark Suster says a better definition is one that’s tied to size and funding levels. There’s nothing wrong with being lean as you look for a strong product and market fit, he says in this Entrepreneur Thought Leader Lecture given at Stanford University, but once you find one, it’s a smart idea to get fat with funding – fast.

A lean startup isn’t necessarily a small one

The notion of the lean startup, for many people, brings to mind a shoestring operation. That’s not always the case, says Ann Miura-Ko, co-founding partner at Floodgate. Some of today’s largest brands, including eBay, Apple and Microsoft started with small amounts of capital, relying on their business models and vision to steer the way.