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We help organizations, governments, and companies innovate. We have been pioneers in the use of Steve Blank's Customer Development Methodology, the Business Model Canvas, and the accelerator framework.
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In my previous post, I connected the Lean Launchpad Program and the accelerator model. The Lean Launchpad Program is the framework for teaching Steve Blank’s Customer Development Methodology (CDM). The CDM is a process for searching for a business model. We keep score of how well the search is going on Alexander Osterwalder’s business model […]
This summer I am teaching the Lean Launchpad Program (LLP) in two different accelerators: Victory Spark and WERCBench Labs. Victory Spark is an accelerator for U.S. Military Veterans and WERCBench Labs focuses on engineers and computer scientists with an emphasis on building innovative hardware products. During the Spring, I taught the LLP in the new […]
Background In prior posts, I provided a brief history of innovation and its impact on GDP growth over the last 150 years. I then provided a working definition of “innovation” (INVENTORS * ENTREPRENEURS = INNOVATION) and began defining its constituent parts by first looking at inventors. In this post, I will define “entrepreneurs”. Inventors and […]
In their 2012 Kauffman Foundation paper, Motoyama and Danley analyzed 30-years of data from Inc. Magazine’s annual rankings of the 500 fastest growing American companies. The paper focused on local and state factors that influence where fast growing companies are located. This is one of the first studies to focus on regional factors associated with the […]
Most of history has been marked by limited economic growth. Subsistence living passed from generation to generation. And, then, some one-hundred and fifty years ago, we began the most remarkable period of economic growth known to humankind. To get a sense of this period of growth, it is helpful to visualize the data. The British […]