The books have left the logistics center and are on the way to your home. It will take 6-13 days for them to arrive (we would have loved to make that shorter, too ;-)
To shorten the waiting time, however, we give you a full digital preview. Since Business Model Generation is a very tactile book it is, of course, nothing close to the real thing. That is one of the reasons why we are not selling any ebooks at the moment. The format & design does simply not come over right on… Continue
On Monday and Tuesday Alan Smith and I were in the Netherlands to visit the book printer, book binder, and cover printer together with Patrick Pijl. The whole visit was organized by Maarten Modderman who is specialized in printing special books.
I made a little video below that shows some images of the visit. Most interestingly, at 0:35 into the video Mike Silva of the book binding company explains the special technique they will… Continue
This morning Alex and I picked up Alan Smith and Mike Overdijk at the hotel at the lake. Unfortunately it is raining... Well, that makes us working. Nobody slept very well last night. I guess because it will be a busy and exciting day. A lot to do.
Finally we have the whole team together today! As Alan is based in London, Yves and Alex in Lausanne and Mike and myself in Amsterdam it is not easy to meet up. And everyone has a busy schedule as well... Writing,… Continue
Amazing is the response I got from people personally about the Knowledge Fair Event in Amsterdam. So great from all of you! Thanks! As we like the Fair to be a knowledge sharing and networking event on business modeling for and by the Hub your help is more than welcome.
I asked what people would like to see and do. Here a short overview:
Concrete case studies. Many people (ao Remo Knops, Thierry Isck) are interested in cases/ companies where the methodology is… Continue
Join a full day program with speakers, hub members, drinks, lunch and dinner for a special rate of € 325!
We organize our event specially for the Hub members. In order to make it work for you we offer you the lowest prices possible as we do not work with sponsors. We doubled the rate for external people € 645. That's the rate you see on the registration site ;-)
I am really happy to pre-announce that we are planning a conference and book launch party in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Friday, June 19. 2009. Amsterdam was the place where we made the decision to write the book after wanting to do it for several years.
The main focus of this event is to bring people from the Hub together in a physical location so we can get to know each other better and share experiences around business model innovation. Knowledge sharing and… Continue
Today I spent a couple of hours brainstorming on what this book shall be all about. Not the content, but the look & feel of the content of the book. It will help give the book design a direction. It will help give Alan, the design mind behind the book, some guidance to unfold his design talent to bring this book to another level. Based on a couple of dozen post-its I came up with a brand personas (first… Continue
Wow - if I had known what it meant to have over 200 people help write a book, I would have... done it again. You challenged the book title thoroughly. It was annoying and inspiring at the same time... and... you were absolutely right to do so. The proposed titles didn't work and you pointed to all the right reasons.
Wonderful! This was a great experience. It is a beautiful example of simple prototyping and testing with the collective intelligence of the Hub. Now we are in the second… Continue
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
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
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 ;-)
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!
It's quite a big moment for me. Yves & I are floating our first raw book chunk!!!! This first chunk is more of an overview of what is coming, rather than content as such. It's an outline of the structure of the book and should give you an idea of what we are up to. It’s our big picture. We are curious if you like it. Do you find it interesting? Is it clear? Is it relevant to you? Are we missing out on some essential parts?
Some remarks regarding this first book chunk and a brief… Continue
This week I have been working on the 1st book chunk. I'd like to make it a small X-mas present for you, though I am not advancing nearly as quickly as I hoped (due to workshops, planning meetings, teaching, etc.). In the photo below you can see my brainstorming on the outline and content of the chunk (other photos here).
The 1st book chunk will not be an actual piece of the book. It… Continue