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Mike Lachapelle replied to wendy kay's discussion legal formalities in starting new business
"Rick; The issue is not the posting of links. We need to intervene when someone is using the Hub as an advertising opportunity and are posting links to promote their own business. We are fine with people posting links to help others understand a…"
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An interesting inversion on value proposition design

Last week I had an interesting experience with value proposition. Recently I was working with the initiative to stop human trafficking. The leaders of this initiative are moving towards crating an organization that would be  an international hub for information exchange - a platform business startup. I have been asked to help them design how that would work.Rather than having the principals of the startup build vp canvases for their customer segments, identify their assumptions and test, we had…See More
Mike Lachapelle replied to Aart Houweling's discussion Canvas for PhoneSoap product?
"You are more likely to get input if you were to post a first draft of a canvas, rather than asking people to do it for you. "
Nov 19
Mike Lachapelle replied to Bianca Dudenhoffer's discussion Teaching Business Model Innovation
"Yes, as a consultant, certified coach and trainer for the business model canvas, I believe there is a lot of interest in workshops and training about business model innovation. Strategyzer has an online course teaching the business model generation…"
Nov 18
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Nov 17
Mike Lachapelle replied to sadeq moradi's discussion A typical insurance company BMC
"Sadeq My first question would be - have you interviewed anyone from the insurance business? What is the basis of your knowledge about the subject? I ask that as it is a very simplistic view of a very complex business. As a starter: you need to…"
Nov 17
Mike Lachapelle replied to Jose Elias Alvarez's discussion Reinventing the Consulting Business Model
"I believe if you want to propose something like a subset of the community who would be interesting in developing a look at consulting business models, let me propose something. Start a new thread (post). Put up your take on a model and see how…"
Nov 17
Mike Lachapelle replied to Bianca Dudenhoffer's discussion Teaching Business Model Innovation
"Hello Bianca; Simply put, it will be difficult to get substantive input on an academic perspective of curriculum design in this community. Though we have quite  few academicians in the community, the level of discourse here is less about the…"
Nov 17

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Why are you passionate about business models and business model innovation?
As a business analyst my work is helping business owners address their problems and opportunities - from a purely business perspective. This approach has given me a whole new lens with which to view and understand the world.
How would you best describe your level of expertise when it comes to business models?
What's your URL?
Who do you work for? What do you do?
I am the founder and principal analyst at Business Model Fulcrum.
What industry do you mainly work in (e.g. financial services, telco, utilities, public sector, academia, pharma...)?
Consulting to various industries and the public sector
What is the size of the organization you work for?
Do you want to add anything? Feel free. Any topic.
I believe there is a rich vein of opportunity in the domain of business models and business model innovation. Like so much of our world, business reflects the accelerating need for change and adaptability. With the drivers of technology and economic challenge influencing the environment, understanding business models and business design will have a growing affect on the landscape.

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Certified trainers as a resource

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I have moved the list of certified trainers to the Blog Section to keep thin formation accessible to anyone who may wish to link with a resource support.

AustraliaJames King: james@kingsinsight.com

BelgiumMatty Paquay: matty@paquay-group.com ; Bruno Wattenbergh: bwa@abe.irisnet.be

BrazilFabio Nunes:…


A primer on the business model canvas

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:49pm 2 Comments

This is a project I have had on the back burner for quite a while. Glad to finally have it in a shareable format.

The link below is to a slideshare posting of the primer. In the document I look at each of the building blocks, as well as the best practices and ground rules taught by Alexander in the masterclass.…


Leading a two-day masterclass in London

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

Hi all;

July 3 & 4 I will be in London, UK to deliver a two day Business Model Generation masterclass partnering with Gabrielle Benefied of Evolve Beyond.

This will be the first time we have had a chance to partner on a workshop since we participated in the BMG certified trainer course with Alexander Osterwalder in Vienna last fall. I am located in Ottawa, Canada and Gabrielle is in London. We are excited to be able to combine our knowledge and experience and share that…


Report on the Train the Trainer event in Vienna

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

Well, I finally got some sit down time to write about the 2-day Train-the-Trainer session I attended. It’s been a fantastic week here in Vienna (we threw in some vacation time as well) and we have worn ourselves to a frazzle.

The Train-the-Trainer (herein known as TtT) session was organized by Strategyzer, Alex’s company behind all the workings of Business Model Generation and the arm that is working on tools. The concept was to bring together a cohort of BMG experts from around the…


Coming to Vienna for Trainer Session - looking to connect with Hubbers

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:26pm 0 Comments


I will coming to Vienna to attend the Train the Trainer workshop (Oct 28-29) and I was hoping to have a chance to meet with some of the local members of the Hub. Would love to get a feel for the work being done, and how you are using the canvas in your business pursuits.

I will be in Vienna for October 23 to Oct 31. 

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At 2:50pm on July 25, 2014, Tim Rudkins said…

Welcome to the group Mike!

At 8:36pm on July 1, 2013, JC Quintana said…

Mike, thank you for joining the group. I hope to collaborate with you and others on how CRM strategy impacts the entire canvas. My book, CRM to the People: Speaking Frankly About Customer Relationship Management is available on Amazon. However, I am of the thinking that my "knowledge is a drop, and my ignorance an ocean". Looking forward to learning from everyone in the hub.

At 2:27am on May 22, 2013, lacides castillo said…

Dear Mike,

It would be a pleasure and honour to be part of the team to revise the business model tools kit being translated  into spanish. I  am  Venezuelan (spanish mother tongue). I have been using Business model generation canvas for sometime, firstly on the transnational company in which have I been working for 10 years and the last years I have been working as Innovation Manager. On ther other hand; I am writting a book about strategies to solve venezuelan´s  problems  and one of my tools is the  Canvas in order to illustrate  proposals in easy way such as for private enterpreneurship , social and politic segments. Regards Lacides 

At 1:21pm on February 6, 2012, Evert Jan van Hasselt said…

Interesting! Thanks for letting us know!

At 3:59pm on January 17, 2012, Peter Sonderegger said…

Hi Mike,

My pleasure. Next time hopefully in person.

At 12:47pm on August 2, 2011, Sandeep Supal said…

Hey Mike thx for adding.. I like the new interface of the businessmodelhub..great going!

At 4:01pm on July 26, 2011, Joshua Bicknell said…

Hi Mike, thanks for the suggestions! It's funny actually because I ordered Gamestorming this morning so that gives me hope that it was money well spent.


I haven't heard of the Lean Launchpad before but it looks like a great resource so thanks for that. I think I'll start a discussion and see if anyone on this site has any ideas


I actually had the idea to do this yesterday when I was re-reading BMG. I thought about how that book was crowdsourced from this community so I thought I could crowdsource some of the content of the Kenyan business design course in the same way if it's allowed...?


Thanks again.

At 5:53pm on July 13, 2011, David Culton said…

Mike, Great questions. In terms of leading the workshop, we would be facilitating the event and discussion (http://www.creativerealities.com). We would have to talk through things a bit more, as I imagine that leading people through exercises like these is part of what you do, and we'd be looking for you to participate in a bit of different way. As for your second question, certainly all travel costs would be paid, and we can discuss other compensation if appropriate. I should know a bit more on Friday. Next step for us would be to talk briefly to answer more questions and get a feel for each other. Could do that tomorrow, Friday or early next week if you're interested. Let me know.



At 1:05am on July 12, 2011, David Culton said…


Thanks for the response. What we'd be looking for is someone facile in business model thinking to join us in a workshop, as a participant, to listen to information presented about the future of their industry -- what will be different, what competencies will be needed, what the landscape will even look like (as it is predicted to be quite different) -- and then offer potential elements of new business models to take advantage of this future. I'm heading off for the day but will review your page a bit more tomorrow. Let me know if you're still interested.



At 4:44pm on June 28, 2011, aniadelrosario said…


Hi Mike,


I'm doing part time projects - research. The most recent of which brought about generating more sales thru internet marketing. I'm still in the baby steps process of business model generation and testing the waters. The project is in process and it's a long way to go. I can say, from most of the projects I've handled I find my passion here - generating business. I've just received the copy of the book and reading the first few pages when I signed up here. And wow! this is worthwhile online platform as this is socialization blended with intellectual discussion. I'm excited to collaborate with everyone in sharing knowledge.






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