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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.


Moneyball and the Investment Readiness Level (video)

Now that we’ve built software to instrument and monitor the progress of new ventures, we are entering the world of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Investment Readiness Level.

Plated CEO Nick Taranto

Real learning happens outside the building, not at demo day

Over the last three years, our Lean LaunchPad / NSF Innovation Corps classes have been teaching hundreds of entrepreneurial teams a year how to build their startups by getting out of the building and testing their hypotheses behind their business model.

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.

Atari: The original lean startup

(Editor’s note: Sylvie Leotin is the president at Atelier Leotin, a boutique consultancy firm. A modified version of this story originally appeared on her blog.)

Welcome to the new startup order

(Editor’s note: Brant Cooper is an independent startup consultant specializing in customer development and marketing. He submitted this story to VentureBeat.)

What comes after the minimally viable product?

(Editor’s note: Dharmesh Shah is a serial software entrepreneur and the founder and CTO of HubSpot, which provides marketing software for small businesses. This column originally appeared on his blog. )

Lean startups aren’t cheap startups

(Editor’s note: Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is the author of Four Steps to the Epiphany. This column originally appeared on his blog.)

Touching the hot stove

I’m a slow learner.  It took me 8 startups and 21 years to get it right, (and one can argue success was due to the Internet bubble rather then any brilliance.)