Understanding & Utilizing the Business Model Canvas

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Introduced in his book Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder, the Business Model Canvas (BMC) provides entrepreneurs with a way to conceptualize their businesses in a format that’s simpler than a business plan, yet still captures the essentials. It can be utilized as a roadmap to help guide [...]

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Erlinda’s Story

A loan of $250 helped to buy ingredients for her food production business (meat, spices, flour, etc.). I helped to fund a microloan for Erlinda, an entrepreneur from the Philippines. In the heart of Sara municipality, in Iloilo province , Philippines, you will find Erlinda attending to the customers of her food vending business. She [...]

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Utilizing SWOT for Personal Development and Hiring

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. SWOT analysis is most commonly applied to organizations and ideas. However, it can be used to great effect for personal development and as an aid in making hiring decisions. What is SWOT? SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. It’s an effective tool for helping managers and [...]

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The Differences Between a Manager and a Leader

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. If you’ve ever worked for someone else, chances are excellent that you know firsthand that not all managers possess leadership skills. If you’re embarking on your own business venture, it’s especially important to recognize this so that you can either cultivate leadership or management skills in yourself or [...]

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Avoiding Startup Mistakes on the Path to Success

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. No one begins a new endeavor while planning to fail. However, too many entrepreneurs begin their ventures making mistakes that can cost them their chance at success. Here are 12 of the most common startup mistakes to avoid as you carve your path to success. Chances are, you’ll [...]

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