David’s current focus is bringing startup thinking into large organizations to foster corporate entrepreneurship. He can usually be found writing, speaking and coaching around lean startup, business model generation and kanban.
A Business Model Canvas is an easy to use, lightweight and powerful tool for anyone looking to sketch out business models. It is quickly becoming the preferred strategic management tool for start-up organizations.
While it is available in .pdf form from Alex Osterwalder’s site, I couldn’t help but feel that companies could benefit from an online, collaborative version of his template.
So, I asked him…
It only takes a Google Account, a few minutes of your spare time and best of all it’s free.
Create a Google Drawing
Give your drawing a background color
Select the rectangle tool
Draw a large rectangle
Select the line tool and slice the rectangle up into 9 sections
Use the text tool to add in each section label
Include the help text for each section in a lighter gray font color (optional)
Fill in the background color and create the header & footer
Create sticky images in photo editing software
Import the sticky images into the Google Drawing
Drag the images off to the gutter so they do not get in your way
Use the text tool to overlay text onto your sticky
Drag the sticky over to your business canvas
Copy, paste and move the stickies around as needed
I’ve shared the Business Model Canvas I created in this demo if you wish to get a better idea of how it is structured. It is only a guide, and you can customize it in many different ways if you like.