The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

It has three parts: a business model canvas to frame hypotheses, customer development to get out of the building to test those hypotheses and agile engineering to build minimum viable products. Alexander and I met after he published Business Model Generation.

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? In a business the aim is to earn more money than you spend.

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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. Thus the subscription model (low fixed monthly payments), is rapidly becoming the norm for new products and services. All-you-can-eat content model.

Deep dive: Cancellation rate in SaaS business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I put in these particular elements because I did a study of the reasons people cancel at WP Engine , and these are the main reasons for cancellation. It appears some of our WP Engine competitors are experiencing exactly this, right now.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses

Steve Blank

Our new Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. Come up with ways to test each of the 9 business model canvas hypotheses. Consider if their business worth pursuing? Their business was a robot lawn mower.

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

Steve Blank

Over the last 50 years engineers have moved from building computers out of individual transistors to building with prepackaged logic gates. It’s the combination of Business Model Design and Customer Development. Business Model Design. Business Model Canvas.

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? Adopting the models of Emotional Intelligence to startups. What’s the core of your talent and what’s the core of your business?

Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design

Steve Blank

In previous posts I’ve talked about what the combination of Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Methodologies mean to startups and intrapreneurs in large companies; it’s the beginning of entrepreneurship as a science with its own rules and methodologies. My public talk at Columbia University was part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Startup lecture series. Filed under: Business Model versus Business Plan , Customer Development.

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

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E-Commerce Business Modeling vs Trailblazing

The Startup Magazine

Problem: The problem is the success rate is so low, that the scrap heap of business owners on that pile may be higher than any other. This is where good and qualified potential business owners usually meet their doom. Solution: Reverse engineer a successful business first.

Business Model Analysis, Part 1: Key Questions

Platforms and Networks

Business model analysis is central to the lean startup approach developed by Eric Ries , Steve Blank , and others. But what exactly is a business model? I’ll also share some practical guidelines for conducting business model analysis. business models

It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

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

Steve Blank

While it sounds simple , the Build Measure Learn approach to product development is a radical improvement over the traditional Waterfall model used throughout the 20 th century to build and ship products. activities necessary to implement the business model.

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6 ways to monetize a user-based business model

The Next Web

How do you monetize a unique business model based on users rather than selling an actual product? When our users do business with each other, we take a fee as facilitator. We have a very simple business model.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years.

When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

Steve Blank

In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. As much as I loved the magazine, there was little in it for startups (or new divisions in established companies) searching for a business model.

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

I wondered if business plans and 5-year forecasts were the right way to plan a startup. Experienced entrepreneurs kept finding that no business plan survived first contact with customers. So what would a search process for a business model look like?

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Search versus Execute

Steve Blank

One of the confusing things to entrepreneurs, investors and educators is the relationship between customer development and business model design and business planning and execution. When does a new venture focus on customer development and business models ?

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Business Model Analysis, Part 2: Platforms and Network Effects

Platforms and Networks

This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues entrepreneurs should consider when designing a business model. A diverse array of matchmaking businesses mediate network transactions, including auctioneers, executive recruiters, realtors, and travel agencies. Platform business models can be extraordinarily complex, and design mistakes are common.

Which Is The Best Business Model For Your Startup – B2B Or B2C? by Yaro Starak

Choosing the right business to start is something that nobody can tell you except yourself. Ask ten business owners what they think as to which business to start and you’ll probably end up with fifteen different ideas because answering the Golden Question of Entrepreneurship often proves difficult to even the most seasoned business professional. What may be a cost-effective business now could be a nightmare waiting to happen.

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

Steve Blank

During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, science and engineering at both Stanford and U.C. Starting in the 1950’s, Stanford’s engineering department became “outward facing” and developed a culture of spinouts and active faculty support and participation in the first wave of Silicon Valley startups. 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.

Alex Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation at Business of Software 2011.

Business of Software Blog

Alex Osterwalder, author of Business Model Generation, entrepreneur and man on a mission to make Business Models sexy and interesting had a tough act to follow last year. He was the third speaker of the morning, talking after Professor Clayton Christensen who gave a “jaw-droppingly good” talk about why large companies fail and how entrepreneurial businesses succeed – well worth a watch. ” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine.

Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

When the teams exited the bootcamp, however, it was unclear which existing business unit should evaluate them. We should had done this before assigning the teams to a particular business unit (or had the ability to create a new business unit, or spin the team out of the company).

A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

It was designed to bring together many of the new approaches to building a successful startup – customer development, agile development, business model generation and pivots. We were positing that 20 years of teaching “how to write a business plan” might be obsolete.

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7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. Business Angels: FiBAn , Sitra. It’s hard enough to pick which existing companies with known business models to aid.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Free is Not a Business Model


Please remember, free is not a business model. a healthcare IT business for managing compliance requirements for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, recording transactions that involve payments to physicians.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 2 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. As often happens, this team came into class convinced that their market research proved that their business was providing credit to underbanked customers.

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Don't Be Afraid to Ditch Your Business Model

Inc Startups

When your original business plan goes awry (and it will.) One of the first things you learn as a business owner is that there's no such thing as "set in stone." Everything's a moving target, and adapting has to be part of the plan-even when it comes to your business plan itself.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 1 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the first half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. The goal is for them is to observe this class, then host and teach the next round of 50 NSF Innovation Corps scientist/engineer teams in July.

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Five Days to Change the World – The Columbia Lean LaunchPad Class

Steve Blank

At the invitation of Murray Low at the Entrepreneurship Center in the Columbia Business School, we went to New York to find out. I was joined by my Startup Owners Manual co-author Bob Dorf , Alexander Osterwalder (author of Business Model Generation) and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

The Product Guy

The Search for the Business Model. A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Investors bet on a startup CEO to find the repeatable and scalable business model. Pivoting the Business Model.

The Collective Forces Against Google’s Dominance

Life Beyond Code

Key Observations About the Revenue Engine for Google. it is no secret that the revenue engine for google is advertising. The Problem With the Key Driver of Revenues: Intent Expression Engine. Quota is a human-powered Q&A engine focused on trivial to deep questions.

Business Models for Social Networks: Monetizing Social Capital.

500 Hats

Startonomics SF 2008) Startup Metrics: Sample User Conversion Dashboard Startup Metrics: Example Marketing Channels Startup Metrics: The 1-Page Business Model Successful Developer Platforms Have 3 Things: Features, Users, Money.

Self-referential business models (aka. channel I N C E P T I O N)

The Startup Toolkit

During a workshop the other day, we spent 10 minutes as a group coming up with a business model providing daycare for busy professional moms. We’ve create a business which appears to make sense but which is guaranteed to fail. Our business model has become self-referential — our customer channel depends on one of our other user groups which we haven’t yet figured out how to reach. Our business model has devolved into complete madness.

One of the Best Business Model Innovation Stories We've Ever Seen

Inc Startups

Warren Buffett once said , “If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business. And if you have to have a prayer session before raising the price by 10 percent, then you’ve got a terrible business.”

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

There are six distinct organizational paths for entrepreneurs: lifestyle business , small business, scalable startup, buyable startup, large company, and social entrepreneur. Small Business Startups: Work to Feed the Family. million small businesses in the U.S.

Money-Making Subscription Services (That You Can Start Too!)

Up and Running

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of having to fight, hunt, and practically beg for each new sale, you could set up a business in such a way that all your customers paid you regularly, time and time again? See Also: Profoundly Strange Subscription Businesses (That You Could Start Too).

This Is the Future of Retail, According to One Silicon Valley Engineer

Inc Startups

If retailers are going to survive, they're going to need a new business model, says the co-founder and CEO of b8ta. And he's testing it right now

Scientists Unleashed

Steve Blank

Our Lean LaunchPad class teaches scientists and engineers that starting a company is another research project that can be solved by an iterative process of hypotheses testing and experimentation built around the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack. Satish Kandlikar has been a professor in the mechanical engineering department at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the past twenty-one years.