Steve Blank


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Eight-time entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is 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. Recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation, Steve was named one of the Thinkers50 top management thinkers and recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of 12 Masters of Innovation. 

His Harvard Business Review cover story (May 2013) defined the Lean Startup movement. He teaches his Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and NYU, among others, and created the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, which is 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 deploys innovation with speed and urgency. Its sister class, Hacking for Diplomacy, is doing the same for foreign affairs challenges managed by the U.S. State Department.

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