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Business plan template/software

Does anyone have recommendations/feedback on business plan software/templates such as LivePlan or GrowThink's business plan template?

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Matt Moore
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Matt Moore Entrepreneur
Co-Founder & iCEO at CrowdMob Inc.
I highly recommend *not* using a template or software. They key questions can be answered simply without help. Best, Matt -- http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewpaulmoore (650) 888-5962
Monique Barbanson
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Monique Barbanson Entrepreneur
CEO and Founder at 3PM Revolution
Best practice these days is to use a business model canvas. Check out Steve Blank's class on Udacity for how to create and use one.
Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
www.steveblank.com ...
Tim Scott
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Tim Scott Entrepreneur • Advisor
President, Lunaverse Software
+1 on business model canvass over "business plan." A business plan of the kind I was schooled to write in B school is now pretty widely viewed as an anti-pattern for endeavors with high levels of uncertainty (i.e., startups). I recently made good use of Spark 59s lean canvas tool.
Nabil Orfali
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Nabil Orfali Entrepreneur • Advisor
COO, Certified Sitecore Developer, CSM, Visionary and Entrepreneur at TechGuilds
Try StratPad ipad app. It's the highest rated business planning app in the world featured by forbes:http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2013/01/04/10-mobile-apps-to-make-your-business-more-productive-in-2013/2/
Cynthia Schames
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Cynthia Schames Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO, AbbeyPost
I use LivePlan and really like it. It's pretty flexible, though admittedly some aspects are geared more toward "physical products" than we might like...you have to play around with the financial modeling a lot, for example, because it automatically assumes you have a fixed cost of goods. In general, I think it's worth the small investment, because it both disciplines and organizes your thought process about your business, and produces a really very attractive end product.
Izi Aviyente
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Izi Aviyente Entrepreneur
Head of Product Development at Kasaba Labs
Thanks, all for the suggestions. We are going ahead with using Business Model Canvas and Steve Blank's course on Udacity was a great resource!


Aravind Nirmal Kumar
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Aravind Nirmal Kumar Entrepreneur • Advisor
CTO / Tech Co-Founder / Product Manager / Customer Development Expert / Agile Web & Mobile Developer Ninja
I am a big fan of lean methodologies, try out http://leanstack.com/
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