Archive for the 'books' Category

BMGEN story

Friday, April 11th, 2014

a short visual evolution of BMGEN

LeanLaunchPad @ Singapore

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Introduction to the Business Model Canvas at the LeanLaunchPad @ Singapore Boot Camp (Prof. Poh Kam Wong)

“Lean LaunchPad is an experiential learning program that aims to guide early age entrepreneurs on navigating the continually shifting landscape of becoming a start-up. Taught at top universities around the world like Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and adopted by the National Science Foundation in the US, this program focuses on using a flipped classroom teaching model and immediate feedback as ways to engage participants with real world entrepreneurship (more)

The BM canvas figures prominently in the Lean Launchpad approach, not only as the main tool for defining business models but also for structuring the program itself  based on the nine blocks.

Innovation science at Todai

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Seminar and meetings at the (web) of the University of Tokyo (Todai), invited by Prof. Hideyuki Horii and Yasuhiro Ishibashi. Fruitful discussion with i.School students and staff on design thinking, business model and innovation science.

Prof. Hideyuki Horii, i-School, at TEDxUTokyo on ”Necessary condition for third miracle”

i.School organises the annual TODAI Innovation Summer Program (TISP).

“During the two-week TISP program, the students, both from outside Japan and The University of Tokyo, will intensively experience classes, workshops and field researches and hone their innovation skills, in Tokyo and the Tohoku region, disaster-struck areas in the north-east of the country. The entire program is built upon the two principal themes; Japanese cultures and Tohoku issues, which will lead to a wide variety of unique sub-themes (more)

interview for Australia

Monday, March 24th, 2014

interview by Brian Donovan, “a dedicated advocate of powerful and practical leadership” in Australia (web), on Business Models

See Brian’s blog post, entitled “Has your business model reached its expiry date?!” (post)

Customer development and BMGEN in Japan

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

meeting at EGG in Shin-Marunouchi building together with Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino (fb)

Tsutsumi-san is a Japanese VC at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital; he is the translator of “The Startup Owner’s Manual” by Steve Blank. Masato-san is the founder and COO of NantMobile (web), a web startup. Both are evangelists of the “Customer Development” and “Lean Startup” approach.

They also run the Japanese version of the “Lean Launchpad” program for entrepreneurs and “i-Corp” program for scientists, inspired by the Steve Blank and Jerry Engel’s programs (iCorp).

See Tsutsumi’s blog post on the Steve’s blog here and one of his slideshare in English here (in Japanese here)

In addition to the extensive use of the Business Model Canvas, they also present and use the ”Picto” model defined by  Dr. Satoru Itabashi, who I met last year at Keio University. Dr. Satoru Itabashi authored the book Picto (web) (amazon) describing the Itabashi diagrammatic problem solving method for visual thinkers. In their work with Prof. Yoko Ishikura, they combine the BMGEN canvas and the Itabashi diagrams for defining business models.

EGG JAPAN (Entrepreneur Group for Growing JAPAN) is a platform for creating new businesses (more)

meeting with Shoeisha

Friday, March 14th, 2014

meeting organised by Minako Egusa, editor at Shoeisha (web) of “Business Model Generation”, with Miki Imazu, director of WinDo’s (blog) (FB) and Prof. Masanao Kawakami, University of Hyogo


Miki recently published a “workbook’ on Business Model Generation, with an cartoon-like introduction, interviews of BMGEN users, a tutorial, Japanese business cases, personal cases, best practices, advanced techniques and different examples


The books by Masanao Kawakami deal with business model, monetisation, profit and revenue models, and frameworks for business modellers:

VPC book …

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Progress in preparing the “Value Proposition Design” book on the wall at Unil, with Trish, Alan, Alex and Greg … based on the Value Proposition Canvas (VPC)

Online course on BMGEN

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

“Business Models That Work & Value Propositions That Sell” by Strategyzer (web)

An online course that will teach you how to design, test, and build Business Models and Value Propositions based on the methodology practiced by the world’s leading organizations and ventures.

Learn the most popular and effective methodology

“you could be learning how to use the proven Business Model Canvas methodology used by successful ventures worldwide. Learn the techniques and concepts that corporations (GE, Mastercard, Adobe, 3M, Intel), consultants (PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young), SME’s, schools, and startups have discovered and changed the way they think about business models and value propositions. (more)

Moments of Impact by Lisa Solomon

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

New book “Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change” by Chris Ertel and Lisa Solomon (great animator with Alex of the Business Design Summit at Berlin)

“Based on decades of experience and deep research, the book shows how anyone can turn their most important conversations into powerful collaborations through a simple, design-driven process. Publishers Weekly has called it “a guide every frustrated meeting-goer should read, with advice they should all implement.” (more)


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Alex, new guru in management, on Swiss television RTS/TTC …

Le site, issu de la collaboration entre les universités romandes et la RTS, rassemble de façon pérenne toutes les interventions des universitaires de Suisse romande à la radio et à la télévision suisses.