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Startup Grind New York City Hosts Steve Blank (Four Steps to the Epiphany)


Steve Blank, Four Steps to the Epiphany

Steve Blank has had a 33-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of/or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, he started new careers in conservation, public service, and teaching. After retiring, Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. Steve wrote a book (actually his class text) about building early stage companies: Four Steps to the Epiphany. He followed it in 2012 with his next book; The Startup Owners Manual. The “Customer Development” model that he developed in his book is one of the core themes for these classes. In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. In 2009 Steve was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering. In 2007 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steve to serve on the California Coastal Commission, the public body which regulates land use and public access on the California coast. Steve currently sits on the board of Startup Weekend and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV.) He’s a past board member of Audubon California (and its past chair), the Audubon National Board and Peninsula Open Space land Trust (POST). Read more: Follow us: @crunchbase on Twittercrunchbase on Facebook




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Brian Park, Director of Startup Grind New York City

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services.  Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @brianbpark

Hosted By Khari Parson, Community Manager of Startup Grind New York City

Khari is a founder of tech and brick and mortar companies and a lawyer with a background in corporate law and business planning and strategic development for start-up companies.
Email: [masked]

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Brian P.

    The video to Steve Blank at Startup NYC is up!

    Don't forget to sign up to Matt Mullenweg of WordPress November 20th!


    October 21, 2013

  • Michael Mordechai C.

    Hi all,
    We are creating a CEO round table which would take place once a month in Five Boros for Technology CEO's to get together around a table and schmooze yet more importantly share ideas and get feedback from one another.

    We are limiting the amount of people so it can be effective yet once successful we plan on having multiple different groups.

    If your interested and find this concept to be something you can benefit from, then please email me for nitty gritty details.

    All the best, Michael (Mordechai) Clapman
    Founder & CEO [masked]
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    October 8, 2013

  • Sang L.

    Great event! Always exciting to hear Steve speak. Couldn't stay fot long but would love to connect with startups that are looking to make profit as well as impact!

    October 6, 2013

  • Simon Sikorski M.

    Could not make it :( Any startups in Healthcare that need exposure to medical professionals? We have upcoming meeting on Wednesday to discuss conference in November -

    October 6, 2013

  • Vik (Vikrant A.

    Hey all, It was great meeting with everyone.

    Do check out my new Tech / Gaming blog at:­

    Also, I'm looking for a Product Analytics position. If you are hiring, drop me a note at [masked]

    October 6, 2013

  • Glenn J.

    Steve and Derrick were excellent! Great event and inspiring words from the trenches.

    September 24, 2013

  • Hamish C.

    Fantastic event. Steve is a true Guru.

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    September 24, 2013

  • Vik (Vikrant A.

    It was great meeting you all today.
    Do check out my blog if you have a chance:

    September 23, 2013

  • Binta Niambi B.

    hugely insightful; interesting and compelling. looking forward to reading everything he's ever written. very smart and helpful.

    September 23, 2013

  • Jade

    Fantastic event! Steve is such a hilarious and insightful speaker. My two co-founders just arrived last night from overseas (Berlin and Toronto), and it was great to introduce them to the New York tech scene this way.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this meetup full? Can I still join?

    September 23, 2013

  • Jordan B.


    September 20, 2013

  • Simon Sikorski M.

    I'd love to network with anyone working within the Healthcare Industry or with interest in healthcare innovation

    September 4, 2013

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    August 30, 2013

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  • Neil S

    Founder/CEO of Looking to network with investors and other entrepreneurs.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very excited. read the Startup Owner's Manual

    August 15, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Can't wait!

    August 15, 2013

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