Tools & Templates

Over the past decade, I have developed and accumulated several tools and templates for building thorough plans without being weighed down by too much fluff.  If you are looking for something that I do not have, feel free to drop me a message and I will try to find something that works.

All of the documents I am providing are for fanciful products, created by me on long plane rides and lonely hotel stays.  I hope that you get as much use out of them as I have.

Business Model

Product Design

Stock Options

Investor Presentations & Documents

*  Used with the permission of Nathan Gold

 

Sources of Data

Over the last decade, I have had a lot of lessons about the value of good data.  Some good…some not so good.  If you like good data, you should find this modest list very helpful. 

GEOGRAPHIC DATA

  • GeoCommons:  GeoCommons is the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world.
  • OpenStreetMap:  A free worldwide map with user populated content and data.  The data is free to download and use under its open license.
  • TIGER:  A free to use database provided by the US Census Bureau containing an extensive amount of population and geographic data.

GLOBAL HEALTH DATA

  • Global Health Facts:  Self run studies on global health.
  • World Health Organization:  As the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations, the organization maintains broad statistical studies on the state of health throughout the world.
  • OECO Statistics:  Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development maintains broad study data over a wide variety of topics.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

  • Census Bureau:  Maintains several databases that are used to inform policy decisions within the United States.  The data covers broad to specific population characteristics.
  • Data.gov:  Maintains broad United States government data
  • Follow the Money:  An interesting database covering campaign contributions within the United States.

GENERAL SOURCES

  • DBpedia:  A crowd-sourced community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and make this information available on the Web.
  • Alexa:  This is a site tracking service owned by Amazon.com.  It consists of a database that allows you to look up visit statistics for websites across the world.
  • Way Back Machine:  This site lets you look at websites over time.  You can choose a site and discover what it looked like a day, a week, a year or several years ago.