What Is a Business Model? Business Models Explained

Up and Running

Airbnb is a well-known example of the marketplace business model. Understanding the problem you are solving for your customers is undoubtedly the biggest challenge you’ll face when you’re starting a business. This is where your business model comes into play.

The Mission Model Canvas – An Adapted Business Model Canvas for Mission-Driven Organizations

Steve Blank

As we prepared for the new Hacking for Defense class at Stanford, we had to stop and ask ourselves: How do we use the Business Model Canvas if the primary goal is not to earn money, but to fulfill a mission? From Revenue Streams to Mission Achievement.

The Business Model Canvas Can Get Your Startup Funded

Startup Professionals Musings

An effective tool I see used more and more, as a prelude to a more detailed business plan, is the Business Model Canvas , first introduced by Alexander Osterwalder back in 2008. A business without well-defined customers is never fundable. Revenue.

Subscription Business Models Are Startup Favorites

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new business quickly realizes that revenue coming in every period on a committed basis is the Holy Grail to survival and growth. According to many experts , getting new customers is five to ten times harder than getting additional revenue from existing customers.

A Valid Business Model Requires Real Customer Sales

Gust

The real milestone, proving the business model, is that first product sold for full price to a total stranger, leaving him happy. There is no substitute for good market research, talking to experts, analyzing the competition, and listening to potential customers from day one.

6 Ways Startups Are Fooled By Prior Business Models

Startup Professionals Musings

Many are just not facing the reality that their passion had a critical business flaw. Every business, young or old, needs to avoid the following six mistakes that he outlines: Anticipating success based on the recent past. Extrapolating you as the target customer.

Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Steve Blank

It’s the combination of Business Model Design and Customer Development. Business Model Design. Today every business organization from startup to large company uses the words “business model.” Business Model Canvas.

Who Dares Wins – The 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

Alexander Osterwalder and I spent last week in Salt Lake City, Utah as judges at the 2 nd Annual International Business Model Competition , hosted by Professor Nathan Furr , and his team at the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship. The Business Plan ?-

Entrepreneurs Need Focus on Their Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow). In other words, once they are convinced that the product works, they assume their price, sales channel, and marketing will bring in the customers.

It Takes a Customer Sale to Prove a Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

The real milestone, proving the business model, is that first product sold for full price to a total stranger, leaving him happy. There is no substitute for good market research, talking to experts, analyzing the competition, and listening to potential customers from day one.

How To Run a Business Model Hackathon

Instigator Blog

In my recent post on lessons learned launching a lean startup accelerator I made reference to another kind of hackathon — the Business Model Hackathon — as a tool we’ve used to vet entrepreneurs, find interesting people and learn. We did a handful of business model hackathons at Year One Labs, and each one ended up being a bit different. Pitch it to the people in the room as if you’re pitching it to investors (or partners or customers).

Technical Product Elegance is Not a Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow). In other words, once they are convinced that the product works, they assume their price, sales channel, and marketing will bring in the customers.

The unprofitable SaaS business model trap

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Marketo filed for IPO with impressive 80% year-over-year growth in 2012, with almost $60m in revenue. of revenue, force-feeding sales pipelines with an unprofitable product. So no, this upside-down business model isn’t what a SaaS business should construct.

Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close. The Search for the Business Model. A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Pivoting the Business Model.

Agile 201

Fermi estimation for startup business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Often your best estimate of any metric or market behavior or business model component is at best accurate within a power of ten, for example “expected conversion rate between 0.5% Their product has a few usage tiers; on average a customer spends $50/mo.

Test Your Business Model Against These 10 Elements

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t succeed in business without an operational model that delivers value to customers at a reasonable price, with an underlying cost that allows you to make a profit. How will you reach your customers? Revenue model. Customers always have alternatives.

Investors Reject Plans With No Clear Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

For survival, the objective of every business should be to bring in revenues which exceed their costs. Yet I continue to see business plans, or even talk to founders, and can’t find the specifics of the business model anywhere. eCommerce model.

How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

The implications of the decision you make are huge, defining your brand image, your funding requirements, and your long-term business viability. The revenue model you select is basically the implementation of your business strategy, and the key to attaining your financial objectives.

Open Source Business Model

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 5, 2007 Open Source Business Model A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 ) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space - Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks.

10 Top Business Models for New Ventures Today

Startup Professionals Musings

The implications of the decision you make are huge, defining your brand image, your funding requirements, and your long-term business viability. The revenue model you select is basically the implementation of your business strategy, and the key to attaining your financial objectives.

Ten Questions to Ensure a Viable Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t succeed in business without an operational model that delivers value to customers at a reasonable price, with an underlying cost that allows you to make a profit. How will you reach your customers? Revenue model. Customers always have alternatives.

Seven Tips for Proving Your Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow). In other words, once they are convinced that the product works, they assume their price, sales channel, and marketing will bring in the customers.

Some Startups Forget to Validate a Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow). In other words, once they are convinced that the product works, they assume their price, sales channel, and marketing will bring in the customers.

Adopt a Clear Business Model to Survive

Startup Professionals Musings

For survival, the objective of every business should be to garner revenues which exceed their costs. Yet I continue to see business plans, or even talk to founders, and can’t find a clear business model. eCommerce model. Shopkeeper model.

No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers – Business Plans versus Business Models

Steve Blank

He said, “After we graduated we took our great idea, holed up in my apartment and spent months researching and writing a business plan. We even entered it in the business plan competition. He replied, “Well the customers are not acting like we predicted in our plan!

The Art of the Business Model

How to Change the World

A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way.

What’s the right business model for your marketplace?

Version One Ventures

I recently came across a good story about pivoting and how hard it can be to find the right monetization model for your marketplace. My friend (and Thumbtack CEO) Marco Zappacosta described how the company first tried transaction fees, then a subscription fee, before finally settling on a lead-based model. It’s the fairest monetization model for suppliers and vendors, as they only pay a fee if and when they sell something.

TheLuxeNomad.com Pivots Business Model, Moves Away From Flash Sales

YoungUpstarts

If there’s a sure sign that shows how interest in online flash sales have waned, it’s how many daily deal sites have either deadpooled or pivoted away from that particular business model.

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Harvard vs. University of Phoenix: Who's Got the Better Business Model?

Inc Startups

Your business model needs to be an effective combination of results-driven, customer-driven, and revenue-driven

Killing Your Startup By Listening to Customers

Steve Blank

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. He got my attention when he said, “following your customer development stuff is making my company fail.” What’s your business model?

5 Reasons Startups Need Revenue As Well As Users

Startup Professionals Musings

Some analysts argue that revenue drives growth, while others say user growth drives revenue. Google reached $1B in revenue within five years of incorporation, and now has a market capitalization of over $400B. A business only achieved critical mass by becoming cash-flow positive.

Ricky's Subversive Business Model

Inc Startups

Kenig sought to build on his father''s business strategy of selling everyday basics, like mouthwash, along with pharmaceuticals. They’ll be handing out business cards left and right. There are different elements of the business that won''t allow us to pinpoint a single person.”

The 20-Minute Business Model

Inc Startups

Can you put your entire business model down on paper in 20 minutes? We sometimes find it challenging, though, to move forward with fundamentally new business models. Much of this debate can occur in a vacuum, with only limited discussions with potential customers.

Is Freemium SaaS a Viable Business Model?

Mark Birch

I get asked this question often by folks looking to build B2B oriented SaaS businesses leveraging a freemium model, and normally I dither in response. Dropbox and Evernote are probably the best examples of SaaS businesses* that reached massive scale and significant revenues yet are still mostly freemium. That is “paid” business users I might add. In SOHO or SMB business apps, one million paying customers — it almost never happens.

Revenue = Product Market Fit

Agile VC

This is a logical thing to do… when we started LinkedIn, my mentor Reid Hoffman instilled a mantra of Growth –> Usage –> Revenue which still holds for many consumer companies. This is especially true for those with a media / ad based business model (e.g.

4 Tips For Diversifying Your Company’s Revenue Stream

YoungUpstarts

At some point, there’s a need to diversify the stream of revenue. Whether or not it’s immediately obvious, there are ways for your company to diversify its revenue stream moving forward – and you need to make it happen. For some businesses, there’s an opportunity to sell knowledge.

Should Entrepreneurs Grow Revenue Or User Count?

Startup Professionals Musings

Some analysts argue that revenue drives growth, while others say user growth drives revenue. Both have worked.Google reached $1 billion in revenue within five years of incorporation, and now has a market capitalization of over $400 billion.

COC: A new metric for thinking about cancellations in SaaS business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is the second article in a series on novel ideas for SaaS metrics, which started with The unprofitable SaaS business model trap. The cost to earn a dollar of MRR What does it cost a SaaS company to add $1 of new monthly recurring revenue?

SaaS Business Models – Slide Deck

For Entrepreneurs

I presented the following set of slides to the Mass TLC group as the keynote for the “SaaS Business Model Update — Creating and Managing Revenues&# event. The slides should be useful for anyone interested in learning about the key drivers for a SaaS business, including the SaaS cash flow trough, cost of customer acquisition, [.].

Venture Cyclist: Four Reasons for a Business Model

Venture Cyclist

Four Reasons for a Business Model. This week at Techstars during my office hours sessions, I was asked questions by several teams which each time led to the same place: please draw a business model diagram for me. Four Reasons for a Business Model.