Category Archives: Business Models

Apple’s Tradeoff between Focus and Stagnation related to Business Innovation

On my Tech blog in June 2013 I wrote about new Apple product announcements and the need for updates for previously released Apple products. Colin Donnell just wrote a blog post on this same topic with the title “The products Apple doesn’t have time to improve.” Colin’s point was to highlight the dilemma that much…

Erring on the side of Happiness

One of the great things about being in business for yourself is creating the opportunity to do business your way. Common Craft is a creative explanation business that has decided that their business philosophy is Erring on the side of Happiness. This is a counterpoint to the view that you don’t really have a business…

Why you should care about business models

Most consumers don’t know and don’t care about the business models underlying the products they buy because, let’s face it, life is complicated enough and bottom line what really matters to most people is just the availability, quality, and price of the product they buy. People should care about business models, however, because they affect…

Business Models for Startups

Steve Blank has done an excellent presentation for the Cleantech Accelerator conference on the difference between business plans and business models and how they can complement each other. He provides very clear examples, templates, and a structure on how diagrams can be used to clarify your business hypotheses and plans. Business clarity and simplicity have…

New Business Models

Chris Anderson, senior editor at Wired, has written a number of interesting articles about business models and marketing. His book “The Long Tail: Why the future of business is selling less of more” is a classic that explains how the Pareto principle (80-20 rule) can be applied to selling products. Conventional wisdom is to focus…