in Business Model Canvas

Every week, ask yourself: How did my business model change?

This morning I attended a fascinating seminar about the Business Model Canvas, presented by Patrick Van der Pijl, CEO of Business Models Inc and his colleague Erik van der Pluijm, who traveled all the way from Holland to Chile. Here is a photo of one page of my notes.

one flavor of business model is full of assumptions. customer development processPatrick referred to each version of a business model as a flavor (what a great word!) and Erik taught us how to draw efficiently and effectively, to communicate ideas more clearly.

The business plan, that traditional document with dozens of pages of facts and figures and projections, is doomed. A better approach is to create a prototype business model, and validate it through direct contact with customers, to uncover assumptions, turn guesses into facts, and see if clients are willing to pay. This is called the customer development process.

(Note: this concept comes from the Steve Blank / Eric Ries school of startupology. And no, I’m not the first person to use the word startupology.)

This post is the first in a series about the Business Model Canvas and ways to use it. Let me know if you have any specific questions, and I’ll try to answer them in the following posts. Thanks!¬†

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  1. “The business plan, that traditional document with dozens of pages of facts and figures and projections, is doomed”

    Tell that to CORFO!!! ;-)

    Nice post! I think people are starting to see the ineffectiveness of traditional business plans. Traditions die hard.

  2. Gonzalo, the speakers actually met with CORFO to talk about building a business model think tank. One attendee commented that he had to show a canvas when his company applied for CORFO funds. I think CORFO is working hard to generate new business models in Chile, which is great news!

  3. Leslie,

    Yep, flavors is a great way to think about the biz plans. I recently helped my team in Santiago work on one and now I’m excited to find out a brand-new approach to this. Can’t wait for the future posts about this!

  4. Amit, great! I’m looking forward to hearing more about how you’ve created business models with a team here. And I’m glad you’re excited for the rest of the series.

    :)