Business plan

Business plan template/software

Izi Aviyente Head of Product Development at Kasaba Labs

April 30th, 2013

Does anyone have recommendations/feedback on business plan software/templates such as LivePlan or GrowThink's business plan template?

Tim Scott

April 30th, 2013

+1 on business model canvass over "business plan."  A business plan of the kind I was schooled to write in B school is now pretty widely viewed as an anti-pattern for endeavors with high levels of uncertainty (i.e., startups).  I recently made good use of Spark 59s lean canvas tool.

Monique Barbanson CEO and Founder at 3PM Revolution

April 30th, 2013

Best practice these days is to use a business model canvas. Check out Steve Blank's class on Udacity for how to create and use one.

Rob G

April 30th, 2013

www.steveblank.com ...

Izi Aviyente Head of Product Development at Kasaba Labs

May 7th, 2013

Thanks, all for the suggestions. We are going ahead with using Business Model Canvas and Steve Blank's course on Udacity was a great resource! 


Matt Moore Co-Founder & iCEO at CrowdMob Inc.

April 30th, 2013

I highly recommend *not* using a template or software. They key questions can be answered simply without help. Best, Matt -- http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewpaulmoore (650) 888-5962

Nabil Orfali COO, Certified Sitecore Developer, CSM, Visionary and Entrepreneur at TechGuilds

May 1st, 2013

Try StratPad ipad app. It's the highest rated business planning app in the world featured by forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2013/01/04/10-mobile-apps-to-make-your-business-more-productive-in-2013/2/

Anonymous

May 1st, 2013

I use LivePlan and really like it. It's pretty flexible, though admittedly some aspects are geared more toward "physical products" than we might like...you have to play around with the financial modeling a lot, for example, because it automatically assumes you have a fixed cost of goods. In general, I think it's worth the small investment, because it both disciplines and organizes your thought process about your business, and produces a really very attractive end product.

Aravind Nirmal Kumar Formally Informal

August 15th, 2013

I am a big fan of lean methodologies, try out http://leanstack.com/