The Startup Toolkit’s Business Model Canvas

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Yesterday’s post on The 9 Building Blocks of a Business Model prompted a comment by Denis Baranov recommending The Startup Toolkit. I was first shown The Startup Toolkit and their Business Model Canvas a couple months ago at the TiE VISTA Conference by one of the attendees. The Business Model Canvas is the 9 building blocks of a business model broken out into a one page view facilitated by a point-and-click webapp.

I’m a fan of frameworks to think through and plan different strategies. Two popular one include the One Page Strategic Plan from Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Porter’s Five Forces Framework for Analysis. There’s no silver bullet for thinking through strategy but these two combined with the Business Model Canvas provide a good starting point for different purposes.

What else? What do you think of the Business Model Canvas and what are your favorite strategy frameworks?

4 thoughts on “The Startup Toolkit’s Business Model Canvas

  1. Hi David,

    Michael Porter’s 5 forces is a good model for mature, well-structured industries. We use it often to help our planning and make sense of an industry.

    However, for tech companies we help launch, we use the disruptive innovation model, created by Clay Christensen. Here’s a little more info on his thinking. Please leave us a comment David.

    The One Page Strategic Plan I hadn’t heard of before – we are looking into it.

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