Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quick thoughts from Lean Launchpad Educators on hypothesis testing

I'm in a room at Stanford with 91 university faculty on day 1 of a 2 1/2 day program with Steve Blank and Jerry Engel. It's the Lean Launchpad Educators program led by Steve and Jerry and managed by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

If you don't know about these new methods for startups to engage in a business model development and customer discovery process, you should. Fundamental is an iterative approach to the development of a business with continual hypothesis testing of all aspects of the business model.

What strikes me listening to Steve teach teachers is how much Steve embodies this spirit of hypothesis testing. Not only is he teaching this process but he's constantly testing the processes and techniques that make up his classes.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

we are living the future, as evidenced by William Gibson, 2003

William Gibson, New York Times, 2003
Elsewhere, driven by the acceleration of computing power and connectivity and the simultaneous development of surveillance systems and tracking technologies, we are approaching a theoretical state of absolute informational transparency, one in which ''Orwellian'' scrutiny is no longer a strictly hierarchical, top-down activity, but to some extent a democratized one. As individuals steadily lose degrees of privacy, so, too, do corporations and states. Loss of traditional privacies may seem in the short term to be driven by issues of national security, but this may prove in time to have been intrinsic to the nature of ubiquitous information.