Do you have a rough idea of a business model for a startup you would like test drive? Try putting it through the The Lean LaunchPad created by Steve Blank himself.
Steve Blank is recognized for developing the customer development method that launched the lean startup movement.
The Lean LaunchPad is class that was initially taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and for the National Science Foundation and is now available for you to access.
This self-paced free course available from Udacity is an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, providing insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup.
The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Many startups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, students will learn how to get out of the building and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.
Building a startup is not simply building an execution plan for a business model that the entrepreneur thinks will work, but rather, a search for the actual business model itself.
This class involves no programming. The characteristics of a budding entrepreneur: passion, tenacity, and a willingness to work hard, are essential.