Category Archives: Lean Startups

Just say ‘Maybe’

What the diagnostics business can teach us about innovation investment decisions.   There are easy businesses and there are hard businesses.  Then there are REALLY HARD businesses. If you ask me (and I’m living it now in my current startup, Biological Dynamics), the hardest business of all is medical diagnostics, especially for initial disease screening (is the patient healthy or

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Search for a Scalable Business Model

In their book “The Startups Owner’s Manual” authors Steven Gary Blank and Bob Dorf argue that almost everything we know about taking products to market is wrong!  How’s that for an opening statement!?  They go on to illustrate how the world of new product introduction is littered with failures, mostly because companies (including startups) are using the wrong new business

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Memo to large companies: Listen to Lean Startups

Taking a page from Lean Production (the rigorous scientific-like management practices used by Industrial Engineers since the day of mass production, coupled with a heavy dose of Japanese-management style employee engagement), the Lean Startup movement has taken the entrepreneurship world by storm – finally providing a playbook to make a system out of winning in what has previously seamed like

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“Lean” is back. And this time, it means business!

When the American auto industry desperately needed help in the 1980’s to catch up to foreign competition, namely from Japan, it essentially followed the motto: ”If you can’t beat them, join them.” Unconditionally, American auto companies gradually adopted a management philosophy that came to be known as “Lean Production” to improve competitiveness in operations, from logistics to manufacturing and sales.

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