Best Business Plan Software
Best Business Plan Software: using the best software is a critical component of startup success. I have been practicing and teaching new business creation for 35 years and have tended to veer away from 'template' business plans for two reasons: first, they relieve you of thinking and questioning your own assumptions too hard, and second they encourage you to believe that there is a set formula. However, that was before I encountered LivePlan from Palo Alto Softwar...
Entrepreneur Who Isn't
Lost City Beneath the Sod
Stuart Wilson, 37, is a graduate archaeologist—and entrepreneur, though he might not classify himself as such. He was a toll collector when he invested in his passion: archaeological excavation. He followed a conviction that he was on the trail of a long lost major medieval city in Trellech, Wales.
Whereas he might have put a deposit on a home, or bought a sports car, he actually bought a 4.6 acre field—for £32,000 (about $40,000 at current ...
10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change
the Social & Economic Story
Men and women who create for-profit and nonprofit new ventures can and should do things of the kind that the President-Elect is likely to neglect, negate, or avoid. Entrepreneurs can quietly change the story, one organization at a time, whatever government may or may not do.
Here are ten ways venture founders can alter the course implied by what we know of Donald Trump's intentions. They are all within our own authority, not t...
Storybeing: India in Corsica
What do you think is going on in the image above?
No, you are wrong.
It is the making of a Bollywood film on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Last July an group of Indian filmmakers descended on the island to make a film called Tamasha and they were amazed to find rituals, music and culture that made them think of home—so far away. You will enjoy watching this 3-minute video. It's fun just for itself.
An old Corsican acquaintance of mine, Jean-...
Small Town Teams—Located Anywhere
The beauty of the new digital landscape is that small town and rural entrepreneurs have totally unrestricted access to talent. One of the issues, though is that remote locations do not have pools of talent close by.
So it's vital to have easy and good forms of collaboration. The market for oftware and applications for team working is a very crowded space. Finding the tools that really work for you is tough.
In my College, we use Google and all its apps (like ...
I have been invited to run a couple of Workshops on Grassroots Entrepreneurship at theAnnual Conference of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. This came about because a while back I started writing about Community Supported Business on Startup Owl.
Community Supported Business is a growing phenomenon, especially in rural Vermont, and it will be interesting to see how that state's experience will be picked up by others. Community Supported Business (CSB) is som...
Have fun with caricatures
A logo's job is to make an impression on your customers and be a visual reminder of who you are and what you do. Its frequent repetition is vital, no matter how clever the image. Think Coca Cola.
The logo has to make an appeal on a personal level, at least until it is so well-known that its connection with the business goes without saying. But you can have fun with caricatures to enliven your graphic presence. A reminder of your business or your business name can ta...
10 New Conditions of Business
I have just published a set of 1o New Conditions of Business, to help entrepreneurs recognize some really important trends that are most likely affecting their startup whether they know it or not.
They are all very important and complex. I don't begin to think that my introductions are the best in the world, nor is the list necessarily complete.
I invite readers to review what I have written, comment, add, or suggest improvements to the set of ten topics, which a...
Wrap This Around Your Head
I am very grateful to have been asked by the son of colleague at Marlboro College, where I teach on the MBA program, if I had any advice on his application to an amazing new academic institution that combines art, technology and the business of innovation. Not having heard of it before, I found out that this disruptive initiative is one of the most exciting things happening in entrepreneurship learning.
With a visionary $70 million gift from music-industry leaders Ji...
A New Book Entrepreneurs Should Buy
I already promote heavily the use of Business Model Generation by Alex Osterwalder et al, and now they have published Value Proposition Design and a new Value Proposition Canvas to go with it.
What's important about the new canvas is that it overlays the two key boxes on the Business Model Canvas: the Value Proposition box and the Customer Segments box. Why is this? Because the square in the VP canvas is about what you offer and the circle is about what the ...
Will Keyser, the Startup Owl, is a wise old bird who has done several startups himself, and helped many others see the light of day: an arboretum, low-tech communication, green retailing, online fitness among many others.