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A Romance Of Canvas Town And Other Stories
DWELLERS in Melbourne during 1851 and the immediately succeeding years of the golden age in Australia will remember Canvas Town. Good cause, doubtless, have certain prosperous citizens to recall the strange suburb of Melbourne across the river, in which they, with hundreds of strangers and pilgrims, were fain to abide, pending suitable lodgings or employment. It arose mushroom-like from the bare trampled clay, a town of tents and calico, at no great distance from Prince's-bridge, shouldering the road which then led to the fashionable suburb of South Yarra. Its raison d'etre was briefly this. When tidings of the wondrous yields of Ballarat and Forest Creek--of gold dust and ingots, so profuse, so easily won--reached Europe, fleets of vessels bearing armies of adventurers set sail for Eldorado. When the flotilla anchored in Hobson's Bay, disembarking in crowds, the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the delicately nurtured with the rudely reared, there was simply no place to put them, nowhere for them to go. For in Melbourne, houses and cottages, huts and hotels were alike full, more than full, with legitimate occupants. The verandahs and even the back yards were utilised as dormitories. A list of the extraordinary makeshifts for bedrooms then in common use would read like a chapter from the Hunting of the Snark or kindred literature. Only with this difference, that the nonsense would all be true, --terribly true."
The Business Model Canvas Playbook
A MUST HAVE FOR VISIONARIES, ENTREPRENEURS, EXECUTIVES AND CONSULTANTS WITH A GAME CHANGING ATTITUDE
This is not a fiction or non-fiction book. It is also not a workbook.
So what is it then?
This book consists of several worksheets. To be precise: 20 blank business model canvases. Since worksheet did not sound appealing enough, we chose "playbook".
A playbook contains a sports team's strategies and plays. Very similar to a business model of startups / companies.
WHAT IS A CANVAS?
Alexander Osterwalder's business model canvas presents a visual overview of the nine components of any business on one page. This page has nine boxes that depict the details of a company's product, customers, channels, demand creation, revenue models, partners, resources, activities and cost structure.
HOW SHOULD I USE THIS PLAYBOOK?
What exactly you do with it is up to you. I personally recommend you fill the canvases with your ideas, guesses, visions and strategies, than you experiment and test things in real life and change your business model along the way.
To do it the right way I highly recommend reading:
1. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur. The inventors of the business model canvas. A must! Enough said.
2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Successfully launch your startup and prevent failure.
3. The Startup Owner's Manual by Steven Blank & Bob Dorf:
As stated by Blank & Dorf, 2012 in The Startup Owner's Manual
"As a startup moves through the Customer Development process, it will use the business model canvas as a scorecard, by posting the hypotheses about each component of the model and then revising the hypotheses as the founders gather facts.
Think of your first version of the business model canvas as the starting point showing the hypotheses that must be confirmed in face-to face or online interaction with customers. ()
Using the business model canvas as a guide makes it easier to figure out where and how to pivot, since the team can visually diagram its alternatives and see what it needs to change.
Each time the founders iterate or pivot in response to customer feedback, they draw a new canvas showing changes. Over time, these multiple canvases form a "flip book" that shows the evolution of the business model." (Steven Blank & Bob Dorf, 2012)
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Painting Your Canvas
Painting Your Canvas is the first in a Bible study series called InFocus. This study is geared toward those who might not understand what God is doing in their lives, and it will give the Biblical direction needed to stay on track using God's Word as the basis and the example of an artist painting a canvas as an illustration.
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