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I had enough failures as an entrepreneur... That kinda makes you an expert, especially when you consider that the average number of past failures for a successful entrepreneur is seven. With my last startup though, to not fail this time, I put together a modeling and diagnostic tool as I was trying to help my teams. Guess what? I did not fail this time! I kept developing it over the years and tested it with other fellow entrepreneurs around me. That's when I realized it could be something worth sharing with the world!
Me, my partners and the several startups we screwed up… We all suffered from chaotic thinking. Same was true for most startups around me.
Degrees and experience are supposed to help, alas! MBAs, PhDs and decades of experience collectively kept failing miserably.
Trying to eliminate the root causes of such failures, I developed Lasagna, a modeling & diagnostic tool for startups.
In the Spaghetti Startup, Dr. Caddy introduces a paradigm-shifting modeling & diagnostic tool for startups: the Lasagna Strategy Framework & Library. The Lasagna Master Model is in a way preconfigured, to save time and showcase best practices. Yet, customizable, to respond to your startup's particular needs.
When things need to be created, changed, integrated, managed or coordinated, they need to be modeled first! Learn how to model your entire startup!
Given the limited resources you have, prioritization of your decisions and actions is of utmost importance. And for that, you need to see both the forest and the trees simultaneously.
Did you know that today’s problems are a result of your past decisions? Self-diagnose and resolve core problems.
Identify your growth engines and remove recurring limitations, failing quick fixes and other typical startup traps.
Stop draining your brain and avoid stress. Know what is critical and increase decision quality.
Filter any information and tool you come across in terms of value, relevance and applicability to your business.
Sneak peek into the four layers of Lasagna and its delicious sauce. Build your unique Lasagna Model from the ground up by customizing the Lasagna Master Model.
Based on the Lasagna Laws, build your startup’s four drivers of growth: Shared Vision & Values (Culture), Innovation, Communication & Information Flows (Interaction) and Governance.
Each growth engine of your startup has seven elements feeding into them: Inputs, Outputs, Business Processes, Actors, Controls, Externalities and Feedback.
From a system dynamics perspective, your startup grows optimally if you can govern these four engines: Cash, Skills, Customers and Product(s)/Service(s).
The Lasagna Framework
also serves as a diagnostic tool and helps you figure out the critical decisions, and symptomatic vs. fundamental actions that address root causes.
The sauce of your model comes with a library of decision/action cards based on LAYER 4. It also represents the interface among your growth engines and the outer world, i.e. your brand.
The Spaghetti Startup is part of a much larger Big Lasagna Project. It is the first book with an important mission, it introduces a common language and establishes common ground. There will be more Spaghetti books, online courses, websites, mobile apps, all for the Lasagnacs!
Join the Lasagnacs! Entrepreneurs, professors, investors, government officers. Let’s help each other within the ecosystem.
Think of free online courses to teach Lasagna and web and mobile apps to make it even more useful.
I am currently working on applications and extensions of Lasagna for other players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In this second book of the series, I will explore how entrepreneurship education can be redesigned based on Lasagna. Kudos to Sir Ken Robinson for his TED talk.
Ever wondered how the world of startup financing works? I’ll sneak a peek and see if investors and other financers would like some Lasagna in the third book.
I have first-hand experience about what governments are up to. They set the scene, and Lasagna can help them, too. More than enough material for the fourth book.
Having personally screwed up several startups, I realized I shouldn't waste my extraordinary skills and exceptional talent in doing this, so I decided to write a series of books on how not to screw up a startup, from the perspectives of an entrepreneur, an investor, an educator and a policy maker, to cover all stakeholders in the ecosystem. The Spaghetti Startup is the first book in the series and I hope you enjoy it.
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