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A Startup Conversation with Steve Blank - Forbes

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Steve: “When I was young, college-age kids were spending time and energy searching for meaning in life and/or protesting the war in Vietnam. It was the cultural norm. Today the new norm – in every city, in and out of the U.S. – is the search for a business model – most of the time clustered around a university. This is a worldwide phenomenon, enormously underreported and unappreciated. Startups are forming around schools and spreading out to local regional incubators and accelerators that are springing up like mushrooms. The last impediment to the democratization of entrepreneurship is that outside of Silicon Valley or New York there is a lack of capital and expertise. But this barrier too will fall as local/regional funds raise capital and start investing locally.”


Founders are artists. They have often lived lives of chaos as kids, dealt with it, and now see through the fog.

Chaos can be used for destruction, and chaos can be used for creativity.

The key is knowing when to employ chaos for each purpose.

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