Stanford Experts

Steve Blank

Adjunct professor, management science and engineering




Steve Blank is the father of the Lean Startup movement and an expert in startup and corporate innovation. He is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owner’s Manual, the books that launched the Lean Startup movement. His May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story, “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything,” defined the future of corporate innovation. His website is one of the most viewed sites on entrepreneurship. His Stanford Lean LaunchPad course was adopted by the National Science Foundation and became the NSF Innovation Corps – the standard for commercializing science in the the United States. The Lean LaunchPad course has become the standard for how entrepreneurship is taught in universities worldwide. Blank’s talk, “The Secret History of Silicon Valley” (, is the definitive history of how Stanford Professor Fred Terman built the Silicon Valley ecosystem in the Cold War. A retired serial entrepreneur with experience in high technology companies and in general management as a founder and executive, Blank’s startups include E.piphany, Zilog, MIPS Computers, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, SuperMac, ESL and Rocket Science Games. Blank is on the board of the California League of Conservation Voters and served for seven years as a public official on the California Coastal Commission.