Slides for Killer Business Models

Killer Business Models PresentationThe slides for my RubyNation 2011 talk, "Killer Business Models," is now available online. For this year's conference, I decided to venture off the beaten path and do a "big picure" talk. There's enough Ruby/Rails developers either working for startups or contemplating creating their own startups, that I felt a general business talk would be of interest to a solid sub-set of conference attendees.


David Keener By dkeener on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM EST

I was pleased that the talk was pretty well received at the conference, especially since the topic was pretty far out on the edge for a Ruby conference. I was particularly gratified when fellow organizer, speaker and book author Russ Olsen came up and congratulated me afterwards for giving such a good talk. When you put yourself up in front of an audience, it's always a great feeling when people express their liking for what you've done. But it means even more when a speaking professional does the same. What a high!

David Keener By Russ Olsen on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 07:43 PM EST


It's been my pleasure to see your speaking skills get better and better over the years. Keep it up!


David Keener By dkeener on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 02:32 PM EST

Interestingly, I was asked by a friend today to consult on the business model he's developing for a new Internet startup. He wants to get his business model and elevator pitch lined up so he can begin seeking investment capital.

David Keener By Phil Kennedy on Monday, September 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM EST

I finally watched the video. Here are my comments:

  • Don't say "sorry."
  • I also suggest elevating your tone in beginning.
  • Consider stepping out from the podium during the Q&A.
  • We all say "You know" when dealing with colleagues, but try to avoid it.
  • Vocal variety - Consider changing your pitch and tone to emphasize your most interesting points.
  • Watch uh/um between slides, bullets.
  • I loved the Kodak reference.
  • What happened to CareerBank?
  • I liked the Facebook vs MySpace story.
  • Great examples to describe the 9 components. A handout may help your audience remember what the initials stand for.
  • Consider a couple of short videos to break up the 40 min speech.

Overall, a good speech with an excellent analysis tool. I think an MBA entrepreneurship class could benefit greatly by learning these concepts.

David Keener By dkeener on Monday, September 02, 2013 at 10:40 PM EST

This was a speech that I gave on April 1, 2011 at the RubyNation Conference. I'd been in Toastmasters less than a year at the time, and this was dramatically better than my earliest public talks at user groups in 2007. Since then, I've improved substantially.

I'm glad you liked the talk, and I do appreciate the speaking tips. Being a CPA, I figured you'd like this talk.

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