Steve Blank is an American entrepreneur, author, educator, and speaker. He was born in 1953. He is most known for his work in Silicon Valley.
Steve Blank Net Worth
As of 2022, Steve Blank has a net worth of around $16 million USD.
He had abundant experience in the high technology industry. He is credited for the Customer Development approach, which paved the way for launching the Lean Startup movement, which recognized that start-ups are not smaller versions of business, in the 1990s.
He is also a co-founder of the E.piphany software company, now called Epiphany, Inc.
Blank has also written several books for entrepreneurs and for those who want to start their own businesses.
He teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University and at Columbia University. He previously worked at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in New York University and at Imperial College of London.
Steve Blank was born in 1953 in Lower East Side, New York, specifically in the Chelsea neighborhood. Not much is known about his family but he has one sister named Linn.
He went to the University of Michigan but left only after one semester. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and spent time in Thailand during the Vietnam War. In Thailand, he was maintaining warfare equipment.
Steve Blank arrived in Silicon Valley in 1978. He worked with ESL, a pioneering company for National Reconnaissance founded by William Perry, who later became the US Secretary of Defense. ESL helped the US government understand the Soviet Union’s weapons development during the Cold War.
Blank was part of eight startups including ESL, Zilog and MIPS Computers, SuperMac Technologies, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, and Rocket Science Games.
He launched his last start-up, E.piphany in 1996. He retired the day before its IPO in the year 1999.
He wrote his first book titled “ The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win,” in 2005. The book explains his approach to the Customer Development process. In 2015, he published his second book “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.” It is a collection of narratives on the life of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He co-authored “The Startup Owner’s Manual,” along with Bob Dorf in 2012. In 2014, he wrote “Holding a Cat by the Tail.”
He teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University and is a senior fellow at Columbia University. He also taught at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in New York University and at Imperial College of London.
Blank created the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford University, Columbia Business School, and UC Berkeley in January 2011. In July of that year, the National Science Foundation asked his permission for them to adapt his Lean LaunchPad class for its Innovation Corps (I-Corps).
Blank was on the California Coastal Commission from 2007 to 2013. He was also a member of the Defense Business Board until his resignation in December 2020,
Steve Blank Relationship Status
Steve Blank is married to Allison Elliot. He prefers to keep his family details private.