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The Fed Rates Rose: Let’s Panic!

I was talking to a 25-year-old founder of a med-tech-health-tech startup yesterday who was just calmly eating his lobster roll with no fear or trepidation regarding the coming Fed rate hike. I realized why – the last time The Fed raised interest rates he was only 15. No wonder he was not in a complete panic! He hasn’t witnessed how interest rates affect the startup food chain

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Monopoly-man

Can We Change the Rules of the Game?

Did you play Monopoly over the holiday weekend? The first time I played, I cornered the market on the fancy neighborhoods: Park Place and Boardwalk, that whole corner from Atlantic Avenue through Pennsylvania Avenue. I bought houses and hotels and saw the money come in, and my enemies (my friends and family) crushed, destroyed, and bankrupted.

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money love

Nonprofit or For Profit or Something In-Between?

Am I Non Profit or For Profit or Something In-between?

What kind of company is best for my idea?

About three years ago I started to get a new question from entrepreneurs: is my idea best suited to a nonprofit or a for profit or something in-between?

At first I found the question strange. It seemed so binary to me. When I was graduated from college, there were two basic career doors to open:

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Gears

The Models That We Live By

Are the business models we use constraining us from building the future we want?

Utilization
Organization
Optimization
Mechanization

The way we imagine and discuss new business models seems to be trapped back in the first Industrial Revolution. We talk about “creating machines,” “measuring throughput,” and “optimizing efficiency for zero defects.”

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pain points

Finding Your Customer Pain Points: How Far Do You Go?

One of the first jobs in unlocking a business model is to define a customer segment, and figure out customer “pain points.” You know you’ve struck gold when you uncover a “hair on fire” problem that is so tremendously painful the customer will work with your earliest version of the product just to douse the flames.

The belief about pain points is reinforced by investors, incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurship curricula like Lean LaunchPad.

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Buy-One Give-One

Should Social Impact Companies Be Held to a Higher Standards

Should social impact companies be held to a higher standard than good old fashioned profit seeking companies?

We were asked to start documenting social impact business models – starting with the “one for one” buy one, give one model promoted by TOMS shoes. Our first sketch of the one for one business model unearthed perhaps more harm then good.

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Subscriptions

Business Models are in the Eye of the Beholder

What can we read into the counter trends in subscription models? In the nearest future, will can extrapolate and see everything we used to own being delivered, via drones, our door, while we consume all of the media we want for “free” in exchange for native advertising?

In the West Village, where I live, recycling night is a chance to learn about the latest trends in consumption. Each week there are less magazine and newspaper piles, but more subscription economy boxes.

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Hollywood

The Promise and Perils of Pattern Matching

The Promises and Perils of the Hollywood-Style Elevator Pitch

Hollywood wheeler-dealers are famous for pitching new movies to studios with a formula that combines two successful old movies. Robert Altman’s 1992 comedy The Player fictionalized pitchmen who proposed such fantastic ideas as “Out of Africa meets Pretty Woman” and “Ghost meets The Manchurian Candidate.”

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Dominant Logic Monster

Google’s Dominant-Logic Problem

Google has announced that it will become Alphabet, a conglomerate—that old-fangled complex corporate structure popular in the 1970s.

Could the conglomerate structure, as Google is defining Alphabet, represent the boldest and most innovative move yet within the entire class of super-tech companies?

Google is not the first company to confront the dominant-logic problem, which can cause successful companies to self-destruct, but it is doing so in a way that both challenges and appeals to Wall Street.

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32 Hour Work Week

Does Your Business Model Support a 32-Hour Workweek?

“Every moment I have with my kids I realize is something I can’t buy back. No matter how much money I make or how powerful I get, I can’t buy time.” – Ryan Carson, Founder and CEO, Treehouse

My enlightened yoga practicing mediating self has my thumbs way up. Think about the positive consequences – the children and friends of these people will be more connected. Their hearts and nervous systems and overall health will benefit from being disconnected from work for three full days per week. How enlightened.

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myths-debunked

3 Business Model Myths Debunked

When is the best time to begin thinking about your business model?

Now.

If you are wondering about how your business will generate revenue and profitability to grow, then start if you haven’t already. But first let’s clear up some myths that plague early stage founders and intrapreneurs when they start tinkering with a new idea:

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The Day the Business Model was Born – A Personal History

A business model is:

A buzzword
A set of hypotheses for how a company creates and captures value
The way a company makes money
All of the above

The history of business models does not stretch back very far. According to Google’s fine NGram Viewer which analyzes published texts, the concept has only become popular in the late 1990s, trailing the term “business plan.”

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