Thinking Outside The Box

A blog from Business Toybox. Follow closely for new feature announcements, plus thoughts and opinions on how to make better business models and come up with better ideas.

Better Sprint Creation

This is going to be brief. No new features were really added to Business Toybox, but we did change the way you do things, and we’re pretty excited about that. So, quick recap. Business Toybox has these things called Sprints. Sprints help you take the thoughts and ideas from your Canvases and come up with ways to validate or invalidate the assumptions behind them, and maybe come up with some new ideas in the process.

John Borden | April 20, 2018

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A while back we posted that we had gotten rid of some of the red boxes of old. To recap, in the early days of Business Toybox (and by early days I mean from the beginning up until early March this year) there was this interesting, well, “feature” where if you took a Token (a Business Toybox element which represents a key idea or thought about your business idea or organization) and got a closer look at it, you were treated to a lovely spinning 3D box.

John Borden | April 19, 2018

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Fewer Red Boxes

This is going to be a quick update, but a significant one. You all remember what Tokens are, right? They’re round, kinda look a bit like board game pieces, and you put them on your Canvases to represent different key ideas that relate to your business or organization. Well, in a nutshell, fewer Tokens are looking like this when you zoom into them… And more like this… Without context they look a little bit “abstract” I will admit, but for those of you using Business Toybox, you’ll find they look familiar.

John Borden | March 6, 2018

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The People (Tokens) of Business Toybox

Tokens in Business Toybox are very special. They were designed with the intent to take the common sticky-note and make it much better. Sticky-notes are good at capturing quick thoughts, but they’re not particularly great at it. They’re great for writing little reminders for yourself and attaching them in a place that you walk past every day, but I wasn’t convinced they were great at capturing ideas. This is important, because people use sticky-notes and paper canvases a lot to create business models for their next big thing(s).

John Borden | February 19, 2018

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Putting Together the Core

Let’s begin by pointing out that you may have noticed some of the blog posts have gone missing. Don’t worry, they’re still here, we just moved them to a special archive section of the site. You can find them right here. That answers the question of where the old blog posts went, but it doesn’t answer the question of why we moved them there. It’s a hard thing building a thing like Business Toybox.

John Borden | February 15, 2018

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