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Steve Blank is a businessman, conservationist, investor, entrepreneur, and lecturer. He worked for 21 years in 8 high technology companies and got retired in 1999.

He co-founded his last company,E.piphany in 1996. He teaches entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University, NYU, and UCSF.

Blank is the founder of eight venture-backed companies, including Zilog: a semiconductor company, MIPS Computers: a semiconductor company, Convergent Technologies: a workstation company, Pixar: a consulting stint for a graphics hardware and software spinout , Ardent: a supercomputer firm, SuperMac: a computer peripheral supplier, ESL: a military intelligence systems supplier, and Rocket Science Games: a video game company.

Blank writes weekly for the Wall Street Journal Accelerators blog and occasionally for Forbes, the Huffington Post, and NikkeiBP. Four Steps to the Epiphany is a book about building early stage companies written by Blank. The Startup Owners Manual is a book co-authored by Blank and Bob Dorf.

In 2013, Blank partnered with UCSF and the National Science Foundation to offer the Lean LaunchPad class for Life Science and Healthcare. In 2014, he took the UCSF Life Science curriculum and developed and launched the I-Corps@NIH program in conjunction with the National Science Foundation.

In 2015, he helped to launch the Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology in the UK at Imperial College in London. Blank also began co-hosting the Bay Area Ventures radio program on SiriusXM channel 111 for Wharton.

Blank served on the California Coastal Commission, California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), the Expert Advisory Panel for the California Ocean Protection Council, Audubon California Board, the Audubon National Board , the Peninsula Open Space Land Trust (POST), and the U.C. Santa Cruz foundation.

Blank was the commencement speaker at Philadelphia University in 2011, at the University of Minnesota in 2013, and at ESADE Business School in 2014.

Blank was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering and he was listed as one of the 10 Influencers in Silicon Valley by San Jose Mercury News in 2009.

In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. In 2012, the Harvard Business Review listed Blank as one of the “Masters of Innovation”.

In 2013, Forbes listed him as one of the 30 most influential people in Tech. In 2014 the National Science Foundation and NCIIA awarded him the Outstanding Leadership Award for his work in developing the Innovation Corps curriculum.

Steve Blank was born in 1953 and currently resides in California, United States.

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