Business & Economy

UWF to host Lean Startup movement creator for virtual fireside chat

The University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship will host a virtual fireside chat with Steve Blank, creator of the Lean Startup movement, from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 at the College of Business Education Center, Building 76A, Room 101.

In conversation with UWF adjunct professor Gerry Goldstein, Blank will discuss what inspired the Lean Startup methodology, how and why the methodology works and how the movement changed the way successful startups are built.

A retired serial entrepreneur who spent more than 30 years in the high technology industry founding or working within eight startups, Blank has changed how startups are built, how entrepreneurship is taught, how science is commercialized in the U.S., and how companies and the government innovate.

He is the author of “The Four Steps to the Epiphany,” credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, and the bestselling “Startup Owner’s Manual.” His May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story on the Lean Startup defined the Lean Startup movement.

Blank is recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation. Named to the Thinkers 50 list of top management thinkers and recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the 12 Masters of Innovation, Blank is Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and New York University.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the UWF Center for Entrepreneurship, visit