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Visor Labs engineers mobile customers

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  • Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1

    Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1

    28/09/2020 Duración: 14min

    We just had our first week of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Given the tech-centricity of Stanford and Silicon Valley, Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I thought it was natural to design a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy.

  • Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

    Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

    12/09/2020 Duración: 07min

    I’m teaching my first non-lean start up class in a decade at Stanford next week; Technology, Innovation and Modern War: Keeping America’s Edge in an Era of Great Power Competition. The class is joint listed in Stanford’s International Policy department as well as in the Engineering School, in the department of Management Science and Engineering.

  • Hacking 4 Recovery – Time to Take A Shot

    Hacking 4 Recovery – Time to Take A Shot

    23/08/2020 Duración: 10min

    “Let’s do something to help with the pandemic.” In April, with the economy crashing, and the East Coast in lockdown, I heard this from Stanford instructors Tom Bedecarre and Todd Basche, both on the same day. And my response to them was the same, “I can’t sew masks and I don’t know how to make ventilators.” But after thinking about it, it dawned on to me that we could contribute – by creating a class to help existing businesses recover and new ones to start.

  • Teaching Lean Innovation in the Pandemic

    Teaching Lean Innovation in the Pandemic

    23/08/2020 Duración: 13min

    Remote education in the pandemic has been hard for everyone. Hard for students having to deal with a variety of remote instructional methods. Hard for parents with K through 12 students at home trying to keep up with remote learning, and hard for instructors trying to master new barely functional tools and technology while trying to keep students engaged gazing at them through Hollywood Squares-style boxes.

  • Rising out of the Crisis: Where to Find New Markets and Customers

    Rising out of the Crisis: Where to Find New Markets and Customers

    25/06/2020 Duración: 06min

    The pandemic has upended the business models of most startups and existing companies. As the economy reopens companies are finding that customers may have disappeared or that their spending behavior has changed. Suppliers are going out of business or requiring cash-up-front terms. Accounts receivables are stretching way out. Revenue models and forecasts are no longer valid.

  • The Coming Chip Wars

    The Coming Chip Wars

    20/06/2020 Duración: 19min

    Controlling advanced chip manufacturing in the 21st century may well prove to be like controlling the oil supply in the 20th. The country that controls this manufacturing can throttle the military and economic power of others. The United States just did this to China by limiting Huawei’s ability to outsource its in-house chip designs for manufacture by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a Taiwanese chip foundry. If negotiations fail, China may respond and escalate, via one of many agile strategic responses short of war, perhaps succeeding in coercing the foundry to stop making chips for American companies – turning the tables on the United States

  • Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

    Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

    13/06/2020 Duración: 15min

    We just finished our 5th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. At the end of the quarter each of the eight teams give a final “Lessons Learned” presentation. Unlike traditional demo days or Shark Tanks which are, “here’s how smart I am, please give me money,” a Lessons Learned presentation tells the teams’ stories of a 10-week journey of hard-won learning and discovery. For all the teams in a normal year it’s a roller coaster narrative of what happens when you discover that everything you thought you knew on day one was wrong and how they eventually got it right.

  • The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct

    The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct

    22/05/2020 Duración: 10min

    The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct. It discriminates against the old and the unhealthy. The biggest risk factor in dying from the virus is age. If you’re 60 to 70 years old, you’re 30 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than if you’re under 40. And if you’re over 80, you’re 180 times more likely. It’s not that the young don’t get sick or die, but the odds are dramatically different.

  • Seven Steps to Small Business Recovery

    Seven Steps to Small Business Recovery

    22/05/2020 Duración: 12min

    The world is a different place than it was 90 days ago. Countries traded saving lives by shutting down most of their economy. Tens of millions who had jobs are now unemployed worrying about their future. Business owners large and small are struggling to find their footing, wondering what will be the new normal when the recovery happens. For the majority of companies, the business models of the past will not return.

  • What’s Missing From Zoom Reminds Us What It Means to Be Human

    What’s Missing From Zoom Reminds Us What It Means to Be Human

    28/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    Over the last month billions of people have been unwilling participants in the largest unintentional social experiment ever run – testing how video conferencing replaced face-to-face communication. While we’ve discovered that in many cases it can, more importantly we’ve discovered that, regardless of bandwidth and video resolution, these apps are missing the cues humans use when they communicate. While we might be spending the same amount of time in meetings, we’re finding we’re less productive, social interactions are less satisfying and distance learning is less effective. And we’re frustrated that we don’t know why. Here’s why video conferencing apps don’t capture the complexity of human interaction.

  • In a Crisis – An Opportunity For A More Meaningful Life

    In a Crisis – An Opportunity For A More Meaningful Life

    18/04/2020 Duración: 07min

    Sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, my coffees with current and ex-students (entrepreneurs, as well as employees early in their careers) have gone virtual. Pre-pandemic these coffees were usually about what startup to join or how to find product/market fit. Though in the last month, even through Zoom I could sense they were struggling with a much weightier problem. The common theme in these calls were that many of them were finding this crisis to be an existential wakeup call. “My job feels pretty meaningless in the big picture of what matters. I’m thinking about what happens when I can go back to work. I’m no longer sure my current career path is what I want to do. How do I figure it out?” Here’s what I’ve told them.

  • Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

    Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

    08/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of the building to talk to customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building? How do should startups do it?

  • The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

    The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

    04/04/2020 Duración: 13min

    This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?” Here are a few thoughts about operating in uncertainty in a pandemic.

  • How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

    How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

    04/04/2020 Duración: 16min

    What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim. Companies that outlast this crisis will have CEOs who can rapidly assess these new circumstances, recognize new patterns and opportunities, and act with urgency to take immediate action to pivot and restructure their companies. Those that don’t may not survive. So here’s a five-day playbook to help CEOs of cash-flow negative startups, or ones about to go negative, assess the new normal and respond with speed and urgency.

  • Action Today for CFO’s

    Action Today for CFO’s

    22/03/2020 Duración: 03min

    Jeff Epstein is on the board of Shutterstock, Twilio, Kaiser Permanente, and was the CFO of Oracle, DoubleClick, Nielsen and King World and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He teaches the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford with me. And the minute he talks about financing I shut up and take notes.

  • You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

    07/03/2020 Duración: 04min

    If you’re a busy startup founder, you’re likely delegating the task of scheduling key meetings about things you want/need to your admin. This is a mistake. That’s because the dialog you have in setting up the meeting is actually the first part of your meeting, not some clerical task. Treat it this way and you’re much more likely to achieve the objective you’re hoping to. Here’s why...

  • How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

    07/03/2020 Duración: 20min

    Every year I teach classrooms full of students who leave class understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit—and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.” That’s a mistake. There are two reasons to raise money...

  • Clayton Christensen

    Clayton Christensen

    07/03/2020 Duración: 07min

    If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders. His insights transformed the language and the practice of innovation. Christensen changed the trajectory of my career and was the guide star for my work on innovation. I never got to say thank you.

  • Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

    12/11/2019 Duración: 11min

    There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

  • How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

    29/10/2019 Duración: 09min

    I just had a coffee with Mei and Bill, two passionate students who are on fire about their new startup idea. It’s past the “napkin-sketch” stage with a rough minimum viable product and about 100 users. I thought they had a great insight about an application space others had previously tried to crack. But they needed to convince investors that they are Facebook not Friendster. Here’s what I suggested they do...

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