More About the Author
Although back when I went through business school they were training us to be either consultants or middle managers at large companies, I always liked small business, startups, and entrepreneurship better. I always liked business planning because it's about designing the future in detail and then, when done right, managing the pieces to make it happen. Planning to me is not about the document, but about the goals, metrics, milestones, accountability, and, ultimately, management.
I'm a bit jealous of the "lean startup" meme because 1.) it's real, practical, and appropriate for our times; and 2.) I think my 'Plan-as-you-go Business Plan' book had the same idea for business planning in 2008, but it gets a lot less buzz.
My main claim to validation is having done it: I've bootstrapped a company to 40 employees and multimillion in sales with profits and no debt (Palo Alto Software) and also founded bplans.com, FreeTheNumbers.com, and Eugene Social at eugene-social.com; and I was a co-founder of Borland International. I also have a Stanford MBA degree and a lot of blog posts, magazine articles, and several books published.
I'm blogging on my own blog, Huffington Post, Amex OPEN, gust.com, smallbiztrends.com, and Up and Running. To consolidate all my blog posts in one place I'm using a powered Rebelmouse site to consolidate them all on http://blog.timberry.com. And my main blog, where I've posted about 2,000 posts since 2006, is "Planning Startups Stories" (http://timberry.bplans.com). I also have a business and consulting site, with some speaking samples, at http://timberry.com.