Our speaker for April is Steve Blank, founder of E.piphany, author of Four Steps to the Epiphany, and creator of Customer Development methodology (slides). Steve will speak about Speed & Tempo for Startups, a discussion about decision-making.
Steven Gary Blank is a retired serial entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in high technology companies and management. He teaches entrepreneurship at both Stanford and UC Berkeley, and his Google Tech talk “The Secret History of Silicon Valley” (video) is one of the definitive views on early Silicon Valley innovation (updated clip from Computer History Museum).
Steve has been a founder or participant in eight Silicon Valley startups since 1978. His last company, E.piphany, started in his living room in 1997 and went public in 1999. His other startups include two semiconductor companies (Zilog and MIPS Computers), a workstation company (Convergent Technologies), a supercomputer firm (Ardent), a computer peripheral supplier (SuperMac), a military intelligence systems supplier (ESL) and a video game company (Rocket Science Games).
Total score: 2 large craters (Rocket Science, Ardent), 1 dot.com bubble home run (E.piphany) + several base hits.
Steve is on the board of CafePress.com, an on-line marketplace, and IMVU, a 3D IM social network. Steve was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Coastal Commission and is the Chairman of Audubon California and on the board of the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).