Business Model: Money Equals Happy

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

I’ve always thought the basics of business were pretty simple. Create a good product, get out the word, sell it at a fair price, and be nice.

But I’ve sat through enough graph loaded, jargon jammed, long-winded meetings to know that not everyone is satisfied with the basics.

So one day, after mocking an overly complicated PowerPoint, I got the above idea for breaking it down as simply as possible: money = happy.

It took a little longer to find just the right caption to go along with it, but judging by the almost constant sales of this cartoon, I suspect I found it.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

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  1. Martin Lindeskog


    I will use your cartoon for a future post on the philosophical meaning of the dollar sign.