Business model design

Business Models

Demystifying Access to Capital for Underrepresented Founders

Venture Well 2021 virtual edition I usually can’t attend because it conflicts with Spring Break, but I’m ever grateful to the foundation that supported my early training in Lean Launchpad. Returning to give a talk with my co-director Neyda Martinez at The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at The New School. Excellent conversations about access to capital for underrepresented founders and new trends in alternative capital emerging. Slides here: Demystifying access to Read More

Connected Things Business Models: Zipline Medical Logistics

Medical Logistics Zipline is a medical product delivery company that is changing the way medical supplies are delivered throughout the world Founded Before Zipline, the was founded in 2011 by Keller Rinaudo, initially under the business name Romotive which was a robotic toy controlled by an iPhone. Romotive continued production of the toy through 2014 until it was shut down for a complete overhaul and the company pivoted to become Read More

Are Business Models Changing Our Relationships?

Now over at Substack for the latest Noticing how digital business models, in particular, are mediating all of my interactions now that all interactions are mediated by digital interfaces. Hi, I’m Jen, and I design business models. I am a teacher and consultant and I help people understand how their organizations make money. That’s been an in-demand skill during the pandemic.  Making money is on-trend. I’ve been on constant Zoom Read More

Facebook Business Model Teardown

Image credit: Morning Brew on Unsplash Facebook Flywheel Timeline Business Model Tear Down Facebook seems more complicated than it is. Of all of the Tech Titans, Facebook has the simplest business model. Business model innovation can be understood as a factor of three physical forces: waves, flywheels, and business models themselves. Facebook Flywheel 1 – 2 2004-2007 Flywheel 1 CONNECT STUDENTS ON CAMPUS Flywheel 2 PROVIDE ADS TO BRANDS Flywheel Read More

Straight Lines and S-Curves: Predicting COVID-19

We’re all peeled to our digital screens right now checking in on the world, our families, our colleagues, and then trying to predict what all of that means for our selves. What I’ve noticed are fights breaking out based on what comes down to math and mental models. It’s curves vs. lines. I know I’ve been guilty favoring curves versus lines. I love the sexy s-Curves of tech, mobile adoption, Read More

Decoding the Dominant Logic

Business Models are often blamed for limiting what we want our organizations to become. The reason: dominant logic. Learn how to decode the mental models that keep us trapped. Clayton Christiansen, the late father of disruption theory, concisely defined the conventional wisdom about business model transitions. The reason why it’s so hard to innovate from within: Dominant Logic. Dominant logic is the disease that killed Kodak, Blockbuster, and Nokia, and Read More

How to Find Your Business Model

Business Modeling, the Game TL;DR Yes, you are living in a simulation How you die = punt on the business model Game progression = vital decisions leading to actions that unlock new business models Your reserves = courageluck:capital How to win the game: see the system levers, to take on the goliaths, to build a world with intended consequences I am in Montréal for StartupFest, one of the best startup Read More

Facebook FY 2018 Free Business Model Advice for Mark Z.

This is the second in the Tech Titans Series. Sign up to get the most recent Tech Titans and upcoming reports. We turn our attention to Facebook’s 2018 Year End financials. Did you give up Facebook after the privacy, democracy, and lobbying issues Facebook faced last year? Well, you didn’t put a dent in their financials. Yet as Facebook turns 15 this year, let’s give some free business model advice Read More

Nobody Wants 2019 Vision

No More Predictions Please: What’s Your Range of Possibility for 2019 It’s time for new year’s predictions. But 2019 is too difficult a year to try to envision in comparison to the year that comes next. 2020 was the even year in our sights for the last 20 years. 2020 represented a horizon line in the future. 20/20 vision. A time when all would become clear. Were we right? Were Read More

Data is Not Oil – Data is Love

Why do we still keep using the metaphors of the industrial age to describe the opportunities we see? Data is not oil. Data was not formed over millions of years. Data was not extracted from deep underneath the earth’s crust. Data is not derived from the fossilized remains of dead organisms. Notice the words we use: We extract data. We mine data. We monetize data. We plumb the depths of Read More