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Silicon Valley entrepreneur guru Steve Blank to visit Finland – follow Blank online

Silicon Valley entrepreneur guru Steve Blank will pay a visit to Finland from 5 to 9 September 2011. Blank was invited to Finland by the Aalto University and the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society through cooperation between the US-based Stanford University and the Aalto University. Sitra also supports Blank's visit.

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Silicon Valley entrepreneur guru Steve Blank will pay a visit to Finland from 5 to 9 September 2011. Blank was invited to Finland by the Aalto University and the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society through cooperation between the US-based Stanford University and the Aalto University. Sitra also supports Blank’s visit.

Steve Blank is a top-notch serial entrepreneur who has been involved in establishing eight companies in California’s Silicon Valley. The main concept behind Blank’s ideas is that start-ups are different from major companies.

“Everything they teach at business schools about managing large companies is fatal to start-up companies. Major corporations implement existing business models, whereas start-ups seek them. According to Blank, the tools, methods and people required by start-ups are radically different (read the full story here).

Blank’s most recent enterprise gathered USD 2 billion of funding upon going public in 1999. At the moment, Blank is best known for his work as a professor at the University of Stanford, and his work to advance and develop entrepreneur education and innovation ecosystems around the world.

During the visit, Blank will give talks and work closely with different actors that promote entrepreneurship and start-ups in Finland. These comprise students, investors, executive staff of the Aalto University and decision-makers in the business sector.

Some talks by Blank are open for everyone to attend, while the visit and its fruits can be followed online at http://steveblank.fi/.
Blank’s visit to Finland will be followed online by bloggers, AvajaOpen Oy and the active members of the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, who will share what they have seen, experienced and learned.

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