There have been some great additions to LaunchPad Central in the past weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knew how to leverage them. Let’s go through them one-by one.
When we first started, the open and collaborative nature of a cohort was one of the most valuable things on our platform for teams. As we spoke with more customers, especially in the cleantech and life sciences spaces, we learned how sensitive teams were regarding their IP and business model strategies. This becomes an even bigger issue when competing teams are in the same cohort.
Today, we are thrilled to announce sharing that can be customized for specific environments. What does this mean?
- For the classroom - full sharing so teams can learn from each other.
- For incubators/accelerators - partial sharing, so teams can learn from each other but limit customer contact or other details.
If this feature is enabled for your sub node, teams will no longer be able to see each others information (Business Model Canvas, Customer Interviews, etc.), but the instructors and program leads will still have transparency into all the teams so they can help as many as possible, in parallel.
Org and Node Admins have the ability to enable/disable this functionality for each sub node.
LaunchPad Central is a platform to scale the Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship™ process. By integrating videos of the core Lean LaunchPad curriculum into the platform we’ve helped lay out the rules by which the game of entrepreneurship is played.
As anyone who follows sports will tell you, it is invaluable to have a coach that has seen how things play out and a playbook to draw from. This next step has been missing.
As a first step toward addressing this issue, we have included some of the best “plays” run by some of the Valley’s most experienced entrepreneurs. These are videos of real teams getting feedback from those whom have scar tissue from learning things first hand . Check them out!
We are excited to continue to expand our library of “plays” and welcome any feedback on what you think is missing.
One of the first and most frequent actions a team goes through is adding hypotheses to their canvas. From listening to our wonderful customers, we have made this way easier!
When you hover your cursor over the canvas, you will notice a blue overlay with buttons at the top. Depending upon your role, there are different actions you can take.
- clicking on the plus icon is a quick way to add a hypothesis to that section of your canvas
- clicking on the search icon will display all the posts you have related to that section of your canvas
- clicking on the play icon will open a video that helps educate you on what that section of the canvas means
Whew! Are you tired from reading about all that incredible new stuff? We hope not, because you probably have a lot of Customer Development to do today.
Now get out of the building,
The LaunchPad Central Team
 Thank you to Steve Blank for providing these wonderful videos, to Ralph Guggenheim for editing hundreds of hours of footage to create these videos, and to the beaten down teams from Berkeley for surviving the Lean LaunchPad to create these videos.