Business model design


NYU ITP LeanLaunchPad Spring 2014

I’ll be teaching Lean LaunchPad at ITP this spring with Josh Knowles – thanks to all mentors and advisors who have signed up. Still looking for more – local and virtual. We embrace a creative, iterative, and collaborative approach to making things — but launching a product out into the world takes a somewhat different set of skills. How does one make sure people want to use what they make? Read More

In Pursuit of A Certain Kind of Startup

Thanks Alistair Croll – this was fun! 2 Kinds of Startups. In pursuit of the SuperBadAss. At Ignite Strata Hadoop World.  

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Two Kinds of Startups: StrataIgnite Talk

What kind of startup will you be? Merely Badass? Or SuperBadass?

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Products of Design: Lifecycle and Flows

Happy to be at the inaugural second year for Products of Design at SVA. Following through on a promise many years ago to Allan Chochinov, I’ll be teaching Lifecycle and Flows with Rebecca Silver, and adapting a systems thinking approach to product backstories. Lifecycle and Flows will expose students to the hidden forces behind how consumer objects are made. Systems Thinking, Life Cycle Analysis, and Stakeholder Management Theory will be used as Read More

Resources for NYU ITP Pitchfest Prep Participants

All art projects, small businesses, collectives, social/eco impact without huge financial growth expectations, and hardware/hardgoods-based businesses that do not leverage the social graph in any way – we love you. And we are creating another series of events for you to help you get your ideas into the world. As for those whose ideas are potential concepts for NY-style VC investors, here are some links for you to prepare: Dave Read More

WE Festival: Way Cooler Than Davos

This was how Majora Carter started her talk at the Sustainability Panel this past weekend at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Festival at NYU ITP. Way cooler, because rather than meet with the Davos crowd and pontificate about worldchanging ideas, we were talking about how visionary women were bringing their worldchanging ideas to fruition.The conference was organized by Nancy Hechinger, an ITP professor, Joanne Wilson, the famous GothamGal of NYC, and Diana Rhoten of Startl, an education technology incubator, with Read More

Entrepreneurs: The Movement

At Open Forum for Inhabitat: Who will save the economy? It is all up to you. The entrepreneur. The Kauffman Foundation recognizes that entrepreneurs are the backbone of this economy, but rarely represent their opinions and ideas in a unified voice. To provide a platform for the entrepreneur’s voice, Build a Stronger America was launched last week. The website, Twitter feed, andFacebook fan page all encourage entrepreneurs to submit their ideas to solve Read More

Paying for the Experience of Making: The Bamboo Bike Studio

At Open Forum for Inhabitat: It’s not enough to just buy green. The greenest consumers want to do more than just vote with their wallet. They may just want to roll up their sleeves and help you teach them how to make the very thing that you’re selling. Take the example of the Bamboo Bike Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Studio, opened in June of this year, offers a two day, Read More

The Measure of Money: Social Impact Investing Grows Up

For Open Forum at Inhabitat: Are financial markets a force for social good? 1000+ entrepreneurs, NGO staffers, and financiers attended the second annual Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP09) to answer the question. One year later, the conversation transformed from enthusiastic optimism to a more scrupulous discussion about measurement, metrics, and proof. Interest in environmentally and socially beneficial investment is at an all time high, and so is the need for a common Read More

For Profit, For Good

At Open Forum for Inhabitat: Socially-minded venture entrepreneurs want a new kind of company. Choose for-profit, and you are unable to receive grants from foundations looking to fund the very social benefit you are aiming to provide. Choose not-for-profit, and you kill the entrepreneurial spirit, as you are limited from offering stock options, owning the company, or rewarding top employees when the organization is successful.  What is a burgeoning social Read More