Kauffman Foundation joins the Lean Startup Movement


The venerable Kauffman Foundation has jumped on the Lean Startup bandwagon.  They just launched the Kauffman Founders School, “an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.”

The school is organized as a series of topics, each presented by an expert in a handful of short videos.  First topic is Startups, presented by Steve Blank.  If you’ve already seen a talk by Steve then you won’t find much that’s new here – except that the presentation is more polished.

Since I love what Steve has to say, I had high hopes for the rest of the series.  The second topic is Founder’s Dilemmas by Noah Wasserman, HBS professor and author of The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup.  I haven’t read his book and personally, I find the short-clip format to be distracting.  The videos in this topic are selected sections of  Noah’s speaking to his HBS classes.  Unfortunately it comes off as a teaser or trailer for some other video that has the real content. 

Fortunately the rest of the topics contain well-produced videos – each with an important point or insight, and I would recommend them for new founders.

And two more topics coming soon:

  • Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life
  • The Lean Approach

About brendansterne

Sr Director, Indeed.com Product Incubator
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