Following Steve Blank
I have spent the past 7 months working with various small businesses in creating business plans, business canvases, and other variations of getting ideas on paper for new companies. These documents mostly serve the lenders who need them for their loan packages. I wrote a business plan for my startup company and then left it untouched in a “Documents” folder on my computer for a year and a half. I didn’t reference it, I didn’t read it for nostalgia, and I certainly didn’t use it as a blueprint for operating my business. I created a business plan because it’s what you are supposed to do.
Enter Steve Blank. I have more recently been studying the Lean principles and what they mean for startup businesses. (I’m not talking about sexy tech startups. I mean small businesses founded and run by people who are trying to put food on the table and want something for themselves out of the hard work.) I want to know if we can use the Lean principles for these types of startups too and realize real results through our efforts. I want to learn about Steve Blank and why he felt the need to create a model for business startups that didn’t exist before. From what I can gather thus far, the Lean principles teach to make mistakes and make them often. I could be making a mistake in writing this essay or making the decision to follow Steve in the first place. But I think this is the best way to learn and grow and so from here I am going to start growing rapidly.
For the rest of 2016 I am going to study Steve Blank and learn about his ways. He is intriguing and has created a lot of value. Those are the two things that have drawn me to him. I’m sure I will learn more about him but I hope to learn a lot more about myself in the process. I hope the Lean principles click with me and I can assist that many more people with achieving their goal of starting a business and/or becoming an entrepreneur. If you don’t know about Steve and his work, click here. I look forward to sharing some of my lessons learned with you all.