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Fear of failure and lack of speed in a large corporation

“Our founders built a company known for taking risks and moving fast. Now we’re known for “making the numbers,” living on our past successes. More agile competitors are starting to eat into our business. How can we restart our innovation culture?”

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What do I do now? The startup lifecycle

While as a CEO, you have plenty of resources to help guide you in the startup years and in the enterprise years, there are very few guidelines to help you through the tough Build stage.

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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.

Online Education

What I learned by ‘flipping’ the MOOC

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank’s Udacity lectures now have over 250,000 students, and they’re widely used by other entrepreneurs. Here’s what he learned by “flipping” the online classroom idea.

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Bigger in Bend, Part 3: Engineering a regional tech cluster

In the beginning in Bend, necessity was the mother of invention. Local entrepreneurs just made it up as they went. But today we are intentionally engineering six distinct activities to support this tech cluster.


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.

When customers make you smarter

Most startups begin by pricing their product based on cost or competition. Smart startups price their product based on value to the customer — because you can’t guess how your product is valued by customers.

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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.


How to build the perfect founding team

Many founding teams fail because they’ve never had the conversation about founder, founding team, and founding CEO. Spend the time and take stock of who’s on the journey with you.

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Strangling innovation: Tesla versus “rent seekers”

The greatest number of jobs is created when startups create a new market – one where the product or service never existed before or is radically more convenient. Yet this is where startups will run into anti-innovation opponents they may not expect. These opponents have their own name – “rent seekers” – the landlords of the status quo.

Fundraising is a means — not an end

One of my ex-students recently gave me an update on his startup. When I asked, “What are you working on?” the first words out of his mouth was his fundraising progress. This is not good.

What gun safety and cyber security should have in common

The online world can be a dangerous place for the unprepared. And it’s just going to get worse. It’s time to teach Cyber Security as integral part of the high school and college curriculum and to all corporate employees.


Startups: how to avoid death by enthusiasm

This is heartbreaking: An entrepreneur puts mind, time, and energy into founding and running a new venture, and then recklessly sabotages the startup’s chances to succeed.

The right cofounder

How to find a cofounder you can fight with

One of the key things to pay attention to in a search for a cofounder is how you fight — and what you fight about. Here’s how to find the right fit.