Foundr Magazine Podcast | Learn From Successful Founders & Proven Entrepreneurs, The Ultimate StartUp Podcast For Business

If you’re new to the startup space, Steve Blank is the biggest name in

tech you haven’t heard of. A serial entrepreneur turned educator, in

entrepreneurial circles he’s referred to as one of the “Godfathers of Silicon

Valley.” A master of the startup, he was involved in or founded ’s started eight

venture-backed Silicon Valley companies, including software company

E.piphany, which alone raised $66 million prior to going public in 1999, before

being acquired by a larger corporation for $329 million in 2005. Basically, he’s

a Silicon Valley pioneer who was killing it in the startup space when the rest of

us were watching Muppet Babies.


Drop his name around the offices of Facebook, Apple, Google, et cetera, and

you’ll get knowing and approving nods. Follow him around Palo Alto and you’ll

see him get asked for autographs. It seems in the way startups operate today,

everyone owes a debt to this man. If you’ve heard of the Lean Startup, you’re

familiar with his work already.


Today, Blank actively lectures at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the joint

Berkeley/Columbia MBA program, NYU and UCSF, as well as the

National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, through

the Innovation Corps program he developed. The Harvard Business

Review named him one of 12 Masters of Innovation in 2012. CNBC

recognized him as one of the 11 Notable Entrepreneurs Teaching the Next

Generation. In 2013, Forbes listed Blank as one of the 30 most influential

people in Tech. Blank’s books, blog, and interviews are often featured in world

news publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, TechCrunch

and The Wall Street Journal. His teaching commonly focuses on the

Customer Development methodology that he developed throughout his

accolade-rich career.


His 2003 book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup

movement. And a decade later, the sequel The Startup’s Owner’s Manual

cemented his place on all entrepreneurial required reading lists. Not bad for a

man who’s technically been retired for over a decade.


In this interview you will learn:

  • What it takes to become entrepreneur, all without going to business school!
  • The secrets to building a fully-functioning lean startup
  • What is takes to become a leading player in Silicon Valley
  • The unexpected highs and lows of entrepreneurship, the harsh truths and positive realities
  • What it takes to get ahead, and stay ahead
  • & much more!
Direct download: FP064_Steve_Blank.mp3
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