What are some great websites to follow to understand different types of business models?
I'm looking for great websites that can be easily understood by a non-business person that explains important business concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
You should spend time to find different websites on the Internet and accordingly, start from there, as each website is suitable for different people and you are the best person to decide which suits your needs and business development. Pradeep Berry
Simple believe it or not `Google-it`because they have purchased most of these URL`s.Best example I can give is a friend of mine asked me where he could find the lyrics cords for a song.There used to be a site that would do that.I asked him to be detailed and Google it -Presto success he found chords lyrics etc.
I can also recommend since it is good as a tool:
Great examples can be found at:
Best and good luck!
Seth Godin has some good stuff that's easy to digest. He's got a class on Skillshare: http://skl.sh/1ksZd2W and a bunch of audio on Earwolf http://www.earwolf.com/show/startup-school/
All the best in your endeavors!!
I would agree here with Crin Forbs that in order to understand business modeling, you need a complex set of knowledge, which is generally acquired in business schools.
If however you want to learn more about that, I would recommend you to read some books instead. Learning from Internet sites could give you some distorted images of the business due to the content marketing techniques used lately (content marketing is a relatively new marketing technique where the advertising of a product is incorporated into a popular article in order to make it more accessible to the target audience in social media).
Briefly, in order to understand business models you need to know business analysis. Business analysis requires knowing accounting and finance, economics and business strategy. As you can see, it is not so simple.
Patrice Koonce gave a great idea. Go to Coursera. There are plenty of good courses there for free. Look for some related to the areas I have pointed you above. If you are diligent enough and you have the burning desire to learn, I guarantee you that you'd learn much more than from any web site.
I hate to be a bad sport, but before you go to a web site to learn about business models, the first step is to get a degree in management if you want to make sense of those models...
This is is one of the fields where you have to learn theory in school, or work for a company for twenty some years and get an understanding on how things work...
There is no such a category, "non business person".
What you are doing right now, is similar to being a "non music trained man" on your way to a famous conductor to ask for a score and a very fast explanations on how to interpret it...
Well, if you want a great business model, start learning Apple's. They have been at the head of the pack for a few decades, and right now, everybody in the business is trying to emulate them...
If your interested in learning about different business models. I recommend just one place to go http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas
You can find different examples on YouTube to see how the canvas works. This is what I use with my clients and in my own business.
All the best,
I know of no such web sites - nor would I likely trust the expertise if anyone can post there - but there are several good books I would recommend. This is an industry specific thing as well as Strategic Planning. I specialize in Business Model Design and have a video course on it being made available shortly. The books are:
1. Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore - On market entry which is critical to launch and business design
2. The Innovators Dilemma - Clayton Christensen - He has several other good books, some industry specific.
3. Competitive Advantage - Michael Porter - a classic from the 1980s
4. The Startup Manual - by me, Robert Norton which integrates these books and 20 other books into a step-by-step framework for business model design that I teach at my CEO Boot Camp. A CD with business design tools is included. See: http://startupplanet.com/startup_manual.htm
5. Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution - Geoffery Moore
6. My AirTight Management System #1 - Strategic Planning at: http://airtightmgt.com/what-is-airtight-management/strategic-planning.html
This process creates a killer business model for any company but needs the right experience to do also.