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GSA Launches a Lean Startup Agency to ‘Hack Bureaucracy’

Typically, innovation within the government moves at a snail’s pace, feeding the bureaucratic monster rather than targeting the most expedient …

A simple way to validate your startup idea

This is an effective test, because it makes it real. <b>If you built this thing, who would buy it?</b><p>Can’t think of 5 people? That’s a red flag. Are you …

Product Management

Not Wanted • Ninjas and Robots

I’ve made a lot of stuff no one wanted.<p>Trying to grow my first business, Inkling, I did what good Lean Startup followers would do. I turned some of …

Why Great Entrepreneurs Are Older Than You Think

How old do you think someone should be for the best chance at entrepreneurial success?<p>If you said 20, or 22, or 25, you are not alone.<p>It wasn’t that long ago that age signified wisdom. But in the last decade Silicon Valley routinely, even systematically, has overlooked the old in search of the …

6 Skills For The RockStar Intrapreneur

Some of the following words are also part of a post wrote by me for Borard of Innovation's blog . Some people think that by tying a ...

10 'W' Questions Before Building Any Feature

Oh man, I guess some entrepreneurs and product owners can get high on talking about the features that their product or service has. A lot o...

Midlevel Management vs. Innovation

In an enterprise setting, the hierarchical level which weights the most when it comes to new business building and decision taking for a al...

Getting buy-in

The only thing more difficult that building a new business is building a new business within an already existing organization - if the...

The Lean Intrapreneur's 10 Commandments

The Lean Intrapreneur's 10 Commandments (A0) 1. Never ask for permission. Ask for forgiveness Asking for permission basically trans...

Lessos Learned From Steve Blank at Lean LaunchPad

End September I had the great pleasure to attend, at Columbia University in New York , the first Lean LaunchPad class dedicated to ...

Why enterprise incubators fail

In the quest to mimicking start-ups (& the innovative culture associated with them) enterprises set up incubator structure. Every enterpr...

Stop Backing Visionaries

Why the Seed Funding Model is Flawed<p>As the co-founder of Branch, I’ve raised a $2 million seed round, and grown the company from the offices of …

Comment on The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Christopher T

What about at the beginning creating the foundation of your organization around fostering nothing but Blue Oceans, so to speak? One of the things …

Peggy Noonan On Steve Jobs And Why Big Companies Die

We don’t usually think of Peggy Noonan as a management thinker. But she has an insightful paragraph on management in her Wall Street Journal column on Friday:<p>“There is an arresting moment in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs in which Jobs speaks at length about his philosophy of business. …

5 Animal Rights Campaigns That Managed to Screw Over Animals

Let's face it: If good intentions were all it took to accomplish anything, we'd have fixed the world centuries ago.<p>But a poorly thought out good idea …

Amazon Turned a Flaw into Gold with Advanced Problem-Solving

<i>“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”</i><p>— Albert Einstein<p>Several years ago, Amazon was struggling with scaling its e-commerce infrastructure and realizing that many of its internal software projects took too long to implement, a major pain point from a competitive …

Your Product is Bullshit and you’re Going to Fail if you Don’t Ask Users to Pay

It’s true.<p>I’m sorry I have to be the one to tell you.<p>Most people don’t want to hurt your feelings.<p>They probably say something like, “It’s great that …

Startup Failing? You Might Be Asking The Wrong Questions

By Nate Kontny3 minute Read<p>First, a parable: I did fine in Catholic school, up until 6th grade. I don’t know why Sister Freda hated me, but I think …

Startups

Lean Enterprise Anti-Pattern: Lean Waterfall

More and more enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup methodology. In doing so, they are …

The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts

Why create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

How the 'Failure' Culture of Startups Is Killing Innovation

Far from being the measure of disgrace it once was, failure now seems to be a sort of badge of honor. But underlying many popular Silicon Valley …

Stealing Traction: How Youtube, Paypal, StumbleUpon and AirBnB Grew Through Piggybacking

Design patterns in viral growth<p>One of the key challenges of creating a two-sided network is deciding how to get both sides on board. Does a …

How to disrupt Craigslist | Platform Strategy – by Sangeet Paul Choudary