"The most valuable book on entrepreneurship in the past 25 years!"
— Tim Huntley, An Entrepreneurial Life
"To avoid infant/instant mortality of your venture and boost success chances, this book is a 'must-have' and must practice.'"
-- Alexander Osterwalder, author, "Business Model Generation"
"... a seminal text in the new experiential and inquiry-based methods of entrepreneurship education."
-- Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author, "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development"
"the best $40 investment you make in your startup."
"... The book has material for every type of entrepreneur ..."
"Brilliantly Simple 2-step Process for Success in Products and Services!"
-- Kimberly Wiefling, author, entrepreneur“A ‘bible’ for entrepreneurs who owe it to themselves and their investors to read … and re-read.”
“A must-have for all aspiring, first-time and seasoned entrepreneurs.”
-- Ben Mappen, founder “truly a blueprint on how to build a Silicon Valley style scalable startup.”
-- Founder“By taking this book BEFORE you spin up, founders can save thousands of dollars and man hours in mistakes.”
— Scott Hoffman, author, speaker, small business advocate“ (Blank is) one of the smartest and most commonsense thinkers I know on starting a company and harnessing creativity for start-ups.”
-- Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
"The Startup Owner's Manual is ... going to be a game changer."
-- India Business Blog"Many, including myself, consider the 'Four Steps to the Epiphany' to be the bible of entrepreneurship. ... The Startup Owner’s Manual is a definitive manual for building successful new companies – for entrepreneurs in startups and large companies."
— Conrad Egusa, Brownstein & Egusa
"The process outlined in The Startup Owner’s Manual will prevent the waste, mistakes, and failures that come from launching too soon or too expensively- perhaps exactly what’s needed."
— Kia Davis, Wamda.com
About the Author
About Steve Blank
Steve Blank is a driving force in innovation, helping to radically reshape how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught. His new Startup Owner's Manual is his latest addition for entrepreneurial practitioners. Steve created the Customer Development methodology that spawned the Lean Startup movement. He teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia. His blog, steveblank.com, is "must" reading among entrepreneurs. In 2011, Steve created the Lean LaunchPad, a hands-on class using Customer Development to train students as well as elite teams of scientists and engineers selected and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Steve arrived in Silicon Valley in 1978, as boom times began, joining his first of eight startups. After 21 years the results were two deep craters, several "base hits," one massive "dot-com bubble" home run, and immense experiential learning that resulted his first break-through book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany
. About Bob Dorf
Bob Dorf is a serial entrepreneur, founding his first success at age 22 and, since then, six more--"two homeruns, two base hits, and three great tax losses," as he puts it. He's advised and/or invested in a score more startups since. Dorf is often called the "midwife of Customer Development," having critiqued early drafts of The Four Steps to the Epiphany
; he and Steve have been friends and colleagues ever since. Entrepreneurial from his teens, Bob received his last W-2 almost 40 years ago, when he quit his editor's job at New York's WINS Radio to launch his first successful startup. When he's not running K&S Ranch Consulting with Steve, Dorf teaches "Introduction to Venturing," on Customer Development and getting startups right, as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.