In a startup, no business plan survives first contact with customers.
Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician. Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. Blank is also the co-founder of E.piphany.
Blank has spent over thirty years within the high technology industry. He has founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public.
Blank's Google Tech talk, The Secret History of Silicon Valley, offers a widely regarded insider's perspective on the emerging Silicon Valley's start-up innovation. Blank has published three books: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost and The Startup Owner's Manual.
Blank teaches and writes about Customer Development and is a consulting associate professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford. He currently lectures at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Together with the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he created a version of Lean Launchpad for Life Sciences and Healthcare which he taught there in the fall 2013.
Awards and Honors:
Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berkeley-Columbia MBA Program, 2010
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Presentations and Papers: http://www.slideshare.net/sblank