January 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Where are the women?

I just browsed through the member list and I found 8 women out of 225 members! That's 3,56 %.

The first thing that naturally comes to mind is: Why? Why are "only" men interested in this kind of project? Is it also true that only men are interested in business model innovation? I would suggest that it is so based on my rigorous academic research...

Why? I can't speak for all countries, but in Sweden we don't have a big gender problem anymore. It's there, and it's ugly when… Continue

Added by Jonas Lindelöf on January 30, 2009 at 12:38am — 5 Comments

Involving You in the Design Strategy & Process

Dearfellow Business Model Hubbers,

I'd like to share my intentions for collaboration and a little background on myself with you all!!

Why I'm interested

I see an incredible design opportunity here. We've all heard of many design relationships that degrade to "I think people would like this..." with clients/designers guessing at what people would really like. It's a he-said-she-said situation. Here, we've got a group of intelligent people to not only give a… Continue

Added by Alan Smith on January 28, 2009 at 7:36pm — 6 Comments

Randomizing business model innovation

Eh, I'm back after some days off the hub.

I was reading dozens of business-plans in the last few days while preparing the next incubator selection jury and thinking that a certain quantity of those projects actually needed a stronger business model. And I was also thinking about the part of hazard and luck in innovation from an entrepreneur point of view.

And that idea went on and went on to the point I imagined something funny: if you really want to be creative with your… Continue

Added by Guilhem Bertholet on January 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

"Live" report from London on the design of the book

Today, Alex, Alan (The Movement) and myself got together for our first session about the design and production of the book. Exciting that we are working on this with Alan who is bringing the right competences in. At the very moment we are exploring the various design possibilities based on research Alex did in the market and the bookshops. What is a nice design? What is not? What do I like? What I don't? Alan is guiding us through the process... We wanted to share this with you "live" on the… Continue

Added by Patrick van der Pijl on January 23, 2009 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Article on new Business Models for Newspapers

I just found this interesting article on possible new business models for newspaper publishers to consider. I thought it might spark some discussion here. Maybe we can use the canvas to map alternative models?


found via PSFK.com

Added by Rory O'Connor on January 22, 2009 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

Meet us (Alex, Alan, me) in London this weekend!

Dear all,

Friday Alex and me will spend time with our designer Alan - The Movement - to discuss the design principles of the book... We are very excited to explore the possibilities... We would love to have a drink with the BMI Hub people who are there in London... You can meet us at 18:00 at City Inn Westminster , 30 John Islip St, London, SW1P 4DD. Let us know if you are able to make it... Would be fun ;-)

Added by Patrick van der Pijl on January 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Using Business Model Innovation at very very very early stage...

Along with my incubator activity, I have an evangelization mission towards students in their first graduation years. The public is not that aware of all entrepreneurial things and my purpose to them is:

- give them the sensation that, yes, even at the age of 20, 21 or 22, you can create your own firm (this is not that normal yet in France, eh!)

- make them understand that the only thing you can do after the "eurêka" moment is to speak about your idea to the most people you can as to… Continue

Added by Guilhem Bertholet on January 16, 2009 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Using the business model template with entrepreneurs

Hello everybody! I want to share some of the work I did using the template, and have your feedback, insights and advice on how to do best next time :)

My day job consists on running the HEC Business School Incubator, in Paris. Part of it drives me to spend many time with young entrepreneurs, thinking on their projects and specifically on the business model building.

I organized a seminar this week-end with the last 5 startups that entered the incubator earlier in November.… Continue

Added by Guilhem Bertholet on January 13, 2009 at 11:57pm — 9 Comments

Feedback first book chunk


Just read the first part, looks very promising. Lay-out and structure are fine. Especially liked the Apple example. Hope more such cases will be discussed. Kindest regards, Bart.

Added by Bart Boone on January 9, 2009 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

Pay As You Go Airline

I just read this from a blog I subscribe to (Marginal Revolution) about an African Airline selling flights by the minute - the link to the article in wired is

and the link to the Marginal Revolution discussion is at


I have the actual articles if anyone wants them..I can email them - deb

Added by Deborah Mills-Scofield on January 9, 2009 at 1:58am — 3 Comments

Mindmap of Book Structure & Polls

I created a mindmap of the book structure with Mindmeister, as suggested. I'm still experimenting with using and sharing this mindmapping tool... so forgive me if it doesn't work 100% yet. Since I can't post the mindmap in this blog I added it to the "Book Chunks Section". Have a look!

I'm also experimenting with… Continue

Added by Alex Osterwalder on January 6, 2009 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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