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How to Write a Business Plan

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You’ve reviewed what a business plan is , and why you need one to start and grow your business. Marketing and Sales Plan.

The Management Magic of Business Planning

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Maybe it was the ex-hippie in me, but I think it happens to most founders, in most startups, and most small businesses. It’s focus.

How to Write the Competition Section of Your Business Plan

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What if I don’t think my business has any competition? Every good business has competition. Know your business needs.

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

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Berkeley Haas Business School is a leader in entrepreneurship education. It has replaced how to write a business plan with hands-on Lean Startup methods. The final deliverable for that class was a 30-page business plan. We had multiple business plan competitions. The Business Plan is Dead.

How and Where to Write About Technology in Your Business Plan

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Often, a business plan introduces a new technology that requires some explaining. It’s a business plan, not a term paper or thesis.

Entrepreneurs Confuse Product and Business Plans

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Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? It’s definitely positive to have a product plan.

Business Model vs. Business Plan vs. Business Planning

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Tweet What’s a business model? How does it relate to a business plan? Or, better yet, business planning?

Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

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It’s all about making your business life easier, doing what works best, getting the best results by tracking what works and always improving.

The Science of Success Through Business Planning

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If you’re seeking funding or looking to start a business, you need a business plan. This is why you MUST write a business plan.

Fall In Love With Your Business, Not Your Business Plan


My feelins on business plans varies: from extreme dislike to just mild irritation. Business plans are energy-depleting exercises.

Dispelling Business Plan Myths (It Ain't Just for Raising Money)…And It's All About Execution!

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Over the years, I’ve written a lot about business plans, especially for early-stage companies trying to raise capital.

Don’t make these 5 business plan mistakes

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Every year, the team here at Palo Alto Software looks forward to judging business plans for several prestigious collegiate business plan competitions.

The History of Lean Planning

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Lean Planning is a concept that we introduced back in 2012 as an evolution in business planning. It starts with “Plan-As-You-Go”.

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Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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Many of these businesses were what First Round Capital called FNACs (features, not companies – this acronym has always stuck with me).

The Right Way To Do A Software ROI Analysis

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The “enterprise sales software ROI analysis” as a selling tool comes up over and over and over again. Following is his story.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Software Company

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Since the term “cloud computing” was coined in 1996—at least as we have come to understand its meaning—the software as a service industry has exploded.

The Optimizing for Happiness Business Plan

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Her company makes Convey , software that plugs friendly, cost-saving user guides into your application with very little effort.  B2B vs B2C.

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Dr. Seuss and Business Planning: He knew a thing or two

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Starting your own business can be scary, and with good reason. Can I collaborate on my plan with my business partners?

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Sabrina Parsons Answers Frequently-Asked Business Planning Questions

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There are a lot of questions to ask when starting your own business (and you’ll be asked plenty more by investors and customers along the way). Yesterday, Palo Alto Software CEO Sabrina Parsons gave an interview with Small Business Digest and answered many of the FAQs of startups.

Lean Planning: A Curated List of Our Best Content

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To give you a better overview of Lean Planning and how it can help your business, we’ve curated a list of some of our best articles on the topic.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

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Best practices in software development started to move to agile development in the early 2000’s. Here’s how. Waterfall Development.

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Five lessons a waiter can teach you about starting a business

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There are some valuable lessons I learned in this setting that could greatly benefit you as you build your business. Lots of things.

How Do I Find a Business Plan Writer?

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Tweet I’ve been working with the team at Palo Alto Software on a series of videos to help you with business planning.

Why Even Lean Startups Need a Business Plan

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Business Planning bootstrapping lean startups ” Hard to argue with that.

The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

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If you’re familiar with the Lean Startup you know that the Business Model Canvas is the tool to frame all the hypotheses of your startup.

Tools You Can Find Online To Write A Killer Business Plan


The broad experience of successful entrepreneurs shows that developing a strong business plan is the essential part of any startup.

Do You Really Require a New Business Plan Going Into 2012?

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million businesses nationwide. Whether Whether you are a new small business about to unveil itself, or a business that has been around for some time, you will often be asked about your business plan. Simply but see how you can go back to your original plan before it is too late; Has guess work taken over?

Startups and Entrepreneurship: Beyond the Clichés

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‘Be your own boss’ is a common business cliché. Cliché 6: the big business plan. Just the best executed. Be realistic.

A Quick, Practical, Business Plan for a Blog

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She says: As a beginner, I wouldn’t have known what to include in that blogging plan. See: it’s a business plan. Content.

How to Pitch, Plan, and Track Your Business with LivePlan [VIDEO]

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As a successful small business owner, Sabrina wanted to show off how LivePlan’s many features can help boost your business. Great.

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What Is a Balance Sheet?

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The importance of a balance sheet in a business plan. For example, a business purchases a car, the car will lose value as time goes on.

Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

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My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas.

Webinar: How to Write a Winning business Plan

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If you missed the webinar on “ How to Write a Winning Business Plan ,” you can still watch it below. Enjoy! Learn more here.

Business Plan Review: Share the Air

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Tweet A few weeks ago a co-worker sent me an instant message: “You’ve got to watch this business plan pitch. So slim it down.

Episode 2: Business Planning, Content Marketing, and 3D Printing – The Bcast

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Each week we discuss the latest news, resources, and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Content Marketing for Small Businesses.

Investors Know A Product Doesn’t Make a Business


Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? It’s definitely positive to have a product plan.

6 Things That Can Kill Business Growth

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Want your business to flourish? After all, the goal of every entrepreneur is to grow a profitable business. What kills business growth?

True Story: My Best-ever Business Plan Project

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He told me ( paraphrasing ): Tim, I have two guys who have Kanji word processing software that we want for Apple Japan. Can you do it for them?

Microbrews and business plan competitions?

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But there’s another way we’re unique, and that’s our abundance of business plan competitions and angel investment groups.

A Good List of Business Plan Competitions

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I got an email over the weekend asking me for a list of business plan competitions.