TL/DR: BMIF is a thought provoking look at what a business model is and how they impact society. While it's content is exceptional, It has stylistic issues that sometimes detract.
I met Saul late last year at BIF and I consider him a friend. As a friend, I tend to hold him to an absurdly high standard. The book is good. I'm just an asshole.
- BMIF has a highly energized, well articulated, and compelling opening. It starts by challenging what a business model is; introducing the idea business models are not simply how your business captures value; but also how one creates value. From there it challenges the notion business models are only for business. Saul declares business models are for everyone: nonprofits, businesses, and even individuals.
- This satisfying start struggles to live through the rest of the book. Saul's amicable and compelling voice slips into reiterations of title phrases; each of which could create a broader understanding of business model innovation if they were subtle variations on the books core theme instead of repeats of the same three or four words.
- The content, while compelling, seemed heavily weighted on the negative. Knowing Saul's penchant for inspirational storytelling; I expected more real world examples of people rethinking how they create and capture value and transforming businesses and society.
When Saul releases a second edition here are the recommendations I would make:
- Delete words. The book can be somewhat repetitious at times.
- Share success. These ideas are transforming institutions all over the world. Shout it from the mountaintops! Be proud!
- Embrace variety. How many times is the word "innovation" used?
I'd definitely do a read through of the eBook edition, but wait for the hardcover before investing in a physical copy.