One of the more popular tools that recently emerged in the “startup” landscape is Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas, as introduced in his book Business Model Generation. It serves as the visual representation of his framework for analysis and further development of Business Models at all stages of their respective life cycles.
A lot of people have started using it, pretty much at any Startup Weekend there are A0 printouts on the wall for teams to work with. When I first set out to use it for myself, I used the PDF template offered on the authors’ website. That works fine as long as you do your work in hand writing and scribbles.
For editing it on screen or “beautifying” previously hand-drafted canvases, only one viable alternative seemed to be available, a Google Docs template created by David Bland and to be found here (also see the corresponding blog article).
What is still missing with this alternative is the possibility to save the document anywhere different than within Google Docs or even to create a PDF print of a finished document.
To bring the long story to an end: at some point I decided to have the whole thing done in a more portable format, and chose to have it converted to an Open Office Impress file. And I thus give you the
Business Model Canvas Open Office Template (.zip file)
It is released under the same Attribution ShareAlike license under which it was made available by Alex Osterwalder in the first place.
After all the above options (PDF, Google Docs, Open Office), only one group is still left out: Powerpoint users. Which might just be the biggest one 😉 The good news is: as far as I could test it in Office 2010, the Open Office Impress file lives up to what its name promises and can also be opened and edited in Powerpoint.
So there you go. Everybody should be happy now.
P.S.: I recommend to search for some images of PostIt notes, which make your final document look really sexy 😉
P.P.S.: If you’re the proud owner of an iPad, you can of course just get an app.
P.P.P.S: For a web-based, collaborative tool, have a look at the awesome Canvanizer suite.