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Martin Van Buren H.S. 1971
University of Michigan

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Steve Blank

Steve Blank has had a 35-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, Columbia University and UCSD. 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.

Steve served on the California Coastal Commission, the public body which regulates land use and public access on the California coast from 2007 to 2013.

Steve currently sits on the board of 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).

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Udacity 10/2012Series B$15M3
Blaast 11/2011Angel1
Egnyte 3/2011Series B$10M2
Votizen 9/2010Venture Round$1.5M12
inDinero 9/2010Seed$1.2M11



    Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011 ( [edit]
    University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013 ( [edit]
  1. Software Eats Education: With $15 Million In Series B Funding, Andreessen Horowitz Bets On Udacity ( [edit]
  2. Talouselämä ( [edit]
  3. Kleiner leads $10M Egnyte funding ( [edit]
  4. Votizen Raises $1.5 Million To Make Sure Government Representatives Hear Your Voice ( [edit]
  5. InDinero Closes $1.2 Million Seed Round: An Investor Roster ( [edit]
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