Mr. Steve Blank is a Co-Founder of LaunchPad Central. He is also a Co-Founder of M34 Capital. He serves as Mentor at Engineering Capital. He has had a 36-year career as a successful entrepreneur and educator.He was an Advisor of Engineering Capital and Gamalon. He has been a founder or participant in eight Silicon Valley startups. His last startup, E.piphany, was in enterprise software. His other startups include two semiconductor companies (Zilog and MIPS Computers), a workstation company (Convergent Technologies), a supercomputer firm (Ardent), a computer peripheral supplier (SuperMac), a military intelligence systems supplier (ESL) and a video game company (Rocket Science Games). His book about building early stage companies: Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement. His next book, The Startup Owners Manual became the standard handbook for how to start a company. Since 2000, he has been part of the entrepreneurship faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia University and UCSF. His Lean LaunchPad class, modified for the NSF Innovation Corps and the National Institute of Health, has become the standard for experiential entrepreneurial education. He has served as Board Member at Udacity. He is also an Advisor of Synapse Partners.