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Regulators, Rent Seekers and Revolutionaries: What Every Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets

Regulators, Rent Seekers, and Revolutionaries: What Every Startup Needs to Know About Regulated Markets

To survive as a startup looking to disrupt existing businesses in a regulated market, you need a strategy to beat the vested interests who want to put a chokehold on innovation.

Join Evan Burfield, author of Regulatory Hacking; and Bradley Tusk, author of The Fixer; along with Columbia Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship Steve Blank. Together they’ll look at what regulated markets are, how they work, and how startup founders can devise a strategy for disrupting them.

Mansueto Ventures CEO, Eric Schurenberg and Columbia SIPA Professor, Sarah Holloway

The conversation will be introduced by SIPA Professor, Sarah Holloway and moderated by Eric Schurenberg, CEO of Mansueto Ventures who oversees the operations of both Inc. and Fast Company.

(L to R) Steve Blank, Bradley Tusk author of The Fixer, and Regulatory Hacking author Evan Burfield

Evan Burfield is the author of Regulatory Hacking, published by Portfolio | Penguin and named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 10 Best Business Books of 2018. Evan is a General Partner of 1776 Ventures and the cofounder of the 1776 incubator network, where he works with startups in education, health, energy, transportation, food, and financial services. As an angel investor and venture capitalist, Evan has invested in more than 40 startups with world changing ideas, from Silicon Valley to Nairobi. Evan received a First Class degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship. Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, he’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate. Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, The Startup Owner’s Manual — and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story defined the Lean Startup movement. He teaches at Stanford, Columbia and Berkeley; and created the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps — now the standard for science commercialization in the U.S. His Hacking for Defense class at Stanford is revolutionizing how the U.S. defense and intelligence community can deploy innovation with speed and urgency, and its sister class, Hacking for Diplomacy, is doing the same for foreign affairs challenges managed by the U.S. State Department.