Steve Blank Columbia University Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship

The Father of Lean Launch

Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and educator, credited with developing the Customer Development methodology and launching the Lean Startup movement. Steve is the founder of Epiphany, Inc., author of bestselling books, including The Startup Owner’s Manual and Four Steps to the Epiphany, and lectures at Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and CalTech.

Steve’s career blossomed during the Silicon Valley boom of the late 1970’s, and after 21 years in the area, he founded or worked with 8 high technology ventures, including Zilog and MIPS, Technologies, his “base hits,” and Epiphany, a “dot com bubble home run.”

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His Lean Launchpad and Innovation Corps classes have redefined entrepreneurial instruction and the commercialization of science research, and his books have become bedrock startup literature.

This year, Steve rolls out a new “Hacking for Defense” class at Stanford. Steve has been called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley,” now a celebrity-­like icon among tech entrepreneurs worldwide. Steve’s lean startup ideas have landed him on lists like Forbes’ 30 Most Influential People In Tech and the 2015 Thinkers50, having been called, “a big deal for the economy,” by HBS scholars. He continues to teach students all walks how to accelerate their learning, and the world keeps listening.

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