Episode 31

Steve Blank: Reinventing entrepreneurship

How do you scale-up a start-up? How do you make sure a large corporate doesn’t stifle innovation?

These are questions — and many more — that Steve Blank has been addressing for decades as one of the world’s leading authorities on entrepreneurship and innovation.

In this podcast find out what:

  • Companies do to innovation as they grow.
  • The problem with innovation theatre is.
  • It takes to create an ambidextrous organisation.
  • The distinction is between an innovator and entrepreneur — and why they are successful.
  • He compares founders to.
  • He thinks of entrepreneurship as a career choice.
  • He would advise an up-and-coming entrepreneur to do.

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Flashes+Sparks.

More about Steve

Steve co-created the lean start-up movement through his work on customer development. He has been part of, or co-founded eight Silicon Valley start-ups. He now teaches entrepreneurship and national security innovation to undergrads and postgrads at Stanford University as an adjunct professor. The National Science Foundation adopted his Lean Launchpad class as the US standard for commercialising basic and applied research via the Innovation Corps.

All his course material is open-sourced.

His book The Start-up Owner’s Manual: the Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company.

For more details, including his excellent newsletter, go to his website.

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

03.04 Ideation, incubation and scaling.
05.42 Search and execution.
07.43 Prospects for corporate venture capital.
09.23 Dismantling innovation theatre.
12.22 Big leadership shifts.
14.06 Pioneering.
15.26 Nature and nurture in entrepreneurship.
19.44 Training people to be entrepreneurial.
22.42 One change in his career.
25.27 Profit and purpose.
28.38 Beyond Silicon Valley.
31.33 Big unanswered questions.
34.06 Advice to an up-and-coming entrepreneur.

“Being an entrepreneur is the world’s worst job, but also the world’s best calling.”

Steve Blank, father of modern entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University

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