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Episode 83

Michael Lachapelle

Business Model innovator, Founder of Business Model Fulcrum, instigator.

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Michael Lachapelle, is the founder of Business Model Fulcrum, a consulting agency focussed on assisting organizations and their leaders to create change, accelerate growth and improve business results through understanding and innovation in their business model. Michael has helped organizations from all industries including the Red Cross, the World Bank Institute, the Canadian Federal Government, FedEx and more. He’s been working with Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas since 2008, and is the only certified trainer and coach in Canada; and one of thirty world-wide. Michael joins us to share his story, why entrepreneurs and founders should understand various frameworks and tools like the business model canvas, common mistakes to avoid, how to get started with the business model canvas, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Michael.
  • Learn more about how Michael got involved in tech startups & business models.
  • Why founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders should leverage frameworks like the Business Model Canvas.
  • How to get started with the Business Model Canvas and important pitfalls to avoid.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Michael Lachapelle, is the founder of Business Model Fulcrum, a consulting agency focussed on assisting organizations and their leaders to create change, accelerate growth and improve business results through understanding and innovation in their business model.

Michael has helped organizations from all industries including the Red Cross, the World Bank Institute, the Canadian Federal Government, FedEx and more. He’s been working with Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas since 2008, and is the only certified trainer and coach in Canada; and one of thirty world-wide.

Michael joins us to share his story, why entrepreneurs and founders should understand various frameworks and tools like the business model canvas, common mistakes to avoid, how to get started with the business model canvas, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Michael got involved in startups and business models.
  • How startups & companies of all sizes should approach the Business Model Canvas.
  • Common mistakes to avoid when working with the Business Model Canvas.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:05
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:17
What was your first job and how did you get introduced to the business models?

5:38
You’re now the founder of your own consulting agency called Business Model Fulcrum. What motivated you to start your own consulting practise?

8:22
How did you come across Alex Osterwalder and the Business Model Canvas - and for those who might not have heard about this, can you tell us a bit about it?

11:51
Why is it so critical for companies of all sizes to understand their own business model through this framework?

17:17
Given your incredible experience surrounding business models - what are the most common mistakes you see startups making when it comes to this area?

19:59
How would you recommend startups approach working with the Business Model Canvas? Are there any tips or insights you can share on how to get started or overcome roadblocks?

24:00
You are part of several non-profit initiatives. What are you currently working on and how is the business model canvas relevant to non-profit industry?

29:06
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

33:48
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Michael Lachapelle on Twitter
Michael Lachapelle on the web
Business Model Generation on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Business Model Generation
Seeing What Others Don't
Platform Scale

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