Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Customers buy solutions, not technology.

5 Technologies Here Today That Will Change Your Life

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Many technology advances have negative implications for certain industries and segments of society.

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Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday Hillary Clinton announced her Initiative on Technology & Innovation at Galvanize in Denver. I pondered what Trump’s equivalent would be and decided it is likely to be a tweet that says “Technology loves me.” If this topic is interesting to you, it’s worth spending ten minutes and reading the full text of the Hillary Clinton Initiative on Technology & Innovation. Invest in Science and Technology R&D and Make Tech Transfer Easier.

Great Entrepreneurs Sell Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. They have forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they eliminate.

Great Startups Are Where Soul and Technology Meet

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs forget that they can’t use people the same way they use technology to build a startup. Inventors, for example, are skilled in manipulating technology, but may have little interest or experience engaging people to make an effective team.

Don’t Sell Technology, Sell Magic

Instigator Blog

Tech startups aren’t in the technology business. Startups need to sell magic. Most customers don’t understand the technology that exists behind the products they use. They’re impressed by startups that communicate and respond quickly to their issues.

Startups Must Tout Market Needs Before Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his pitch by touting his new technology. He has forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they hope to eliminate.

Great Startups Are Where Soul and Technology Meet

Gust

Some entrepreneurs forget that they can’t use people the same way they use technology to build a startup. Inventors, for example, are skilled in manipulating technology, but may have little interest or experience engaging people to make an effective team.

Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Disruptive Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business that builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There is always time later for your next startup, using that disruptive technology of your dreams.

Accelerating Technology Change and Continuous Learning

Feld Thoughts

At dinner last week, my long time friend Dave Jilk (we just celebrated our 30th friendship anniversary) tossed a hypothesis at me that as people age, they resist adopting new technologies. People working in information technology tend to take a producer perspective. The following is an observation more purely from the perspective of the consumer of information technology. Discrete technology advances are giving way to continuous technology advances.

Relate Your Technology Solution to Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Young entrepreneurs often are so excited by new technology or their latest invention that they forget to translate it into a value proposition that their customers or potential investors can understand. This priority applies to big companies, as well as startups.

Five Business Technology Trends for 2017

Up and Running

If one of your rituals for the new year is looking forward, here are five business technology trends you should consider as you make your adjustments. Managing a Business News business trends news small business technology trends trends

Tech Checkup: Cloud Technology Redefining the Dental Industry

The Startup Magazine

If you’ve been to a dentist recently, you’re probably already aware that the dental industry is experiencing some rapid changes in technology – instant xray imaging and intraoral cameras are but two of the most noticeable high-tech innovations you’re likely to notice.

How To Reduce Startup Risk Using Existing Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business which builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There is always time later for your next startup, using that disruptive technology of your dreams.

6 Marketing 101 Tips For Technology Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. Yet I see many technology entrepreneurs that focus on the basics of marketing too little and too late.

Making Technology Work For Those Who Aren’t Working

Feld Thoughts

“How do you make technology work for those who are not working? Especially for those who are not working because of technology.” I’m also comfortable with my first principles, like the notion that a key part of the improvement in our situation, both economic and cultural, around the world are startup communities. The post Making Technology Work For Those Who Aren’t Working appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Technology mit simon johnson society

How To Embrace Disruptive Technologies And Succeed

Startup Professionals Musings

All too often as a startup investor, I hear the term “disruptive technology” from an entrepreneur, played like a trump card that should override any other potential business qualms. In fact, most investors avoid disruptive technologies as extremely risky, with long waits for a payback.

The Manual-First Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

It’s now clear to me that not building that crawling technology early on was one of the reasons our startup succeeded. Many Startups Take the “Manual-First” Startup Approach. Benefits of the “Manual-First” Startup Approach.

Startup goal: be the leader when technology approaches 10% adoption

The Equity Kicker

Generalising, I would say that the defining companies in any new market are anointed as adoption of the new technology or product passes through 10-20% of the potential customer base. Startup general interest

Putting technology at the core

Chris Dixon

Most businesses today believe that technology can dramatically improve the way they operate. But they embrace technology with varying levels of enthusiasm. For them, having a technology department would be like having a business department – redundant and strange.

Supply Chain Strategy Tips For Technology Startups

YoungUpstarts

It is important to understand that as a technology startup, having a strong supply chain strategy in place can help an organization reduce costs and reduce certain risks. Thinking Aloud Andrew Armstrong business advice supply chain management technology startup

Targeted Technology Funds San Antonio Life Sciences Startups

SiliconHills

In 2008, Paul Castella and Alan Dean, cofounders and senior managing partners of Targeted Technology, a venture capital firm based in San Antonio, decided to do something about that. […] The post Targeted Technology Funds San Antonio Life Sciences Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio Alan Dean Paul Castella Targeted Technology Targeted Technology Fund

Startups Should be Wary of Disruptive Technologies

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?” The concept of disruptive technology was first introduced by Clayton M. Unfortunately this “quickly” may be too slowly to save initial startups in the space.

A discussion about creating startup hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Andrew Ross Sorkin and I talked about creating startup hubs yesterday at the New York Times’ Cities For Tomorrow conference. entrepreneurship NYC Uncategorized VC & Technology

Top 25 Technology Blogs In 2016 You Need To Follow

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s the time when technological science is growing. JEREMIAH OWYANG Jeremiah Owyang is a social media industry analyst, speaker, and a leading voice at the intersection of technology and business. in Instructional Systems Technology.

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. I speak privately a lot about getting an exit at a startup. We also are going to talk a lot about startups getting exits and ultimately: Companies are bought, not sold. Startup Advice

Where Is Your Technology In The Gartner Hype Cycle?

Startup Professionals Musings

back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. As I was reading about it a while back, it occurred to me that the concept relates directly to how investors see startup opportunities and potential success as well, at least those with technology in their offerings.

5 Modern Technologies That Make Launching A Startup Easier

YoungUpstarts

Fortunately there are plenty of resources and technologies to help make the startup phase easier. Data loss is a major reason why startups stumble, and even fail. Use a tool like MeetEdgar to schedule out social media updates about your startup, news and giveaways.

How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded

Up and Running

As a startup founder, your financial situation and getting your ideas funded are likely at the forefront of your mind much of the time. Technology is intertwined with eCommerce funding. Using technology to promote your eCommerce startup.

The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. That means the potential scale of European startups is as large as US startups. VC & TechnologyCurrently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. Since 2010, we’ve invested in 47 companies (roughly 8 per year) and 11 of them have been in Europe (roughly 2 per year). So over the past six years, roughly 25% of our investments have been in Europe.

Where Is Your Technology In The Gartner Hype Cycle?

Gust

back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. As I was reading about it a while back, it occurred to me that the concept relates directly to how investors see startup opportunities and potential success as well, at least those with technology in their offerings.

Capital Factory and moovel Launch a Transportation Technology Accelerator

SiliconHills

So Austin seems like the perfect place for Capital Factory to team up with moovel North America, a division of Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz, to launch MobilityX, a transportation technology accelerator. MobilityX will be part of Capital Factory, a startup accelerator and coworking […] The post Capital Factory and moovel Launch a Transportation Technology Accelerator appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve : Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern.

Texas Emerging Technology Fund Still Benefiting Life Sciences Startups

SiliconHills

Rick Perry’s pet project, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, isn’t dead, it’s just been relocated. Now under the management of the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, there are about 100 active companies still in the fund, 60 percent of which focus on life […] The post Texas Emerging Technology Fund Still Benefiting Life Sciences Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Former Gov.

Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

Congrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million. Rally started out life as F4 Technologies. Over the fast dozen years, Rally has gone from a raw startup to a 500 person public company. There are hundreds of paragraphs I could write about all of the amazing things Rally Software has done for the Boulder Startup Community and for the extended city of Boulder.

A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs

View from Seed

Below, he answers questions about developing products from scratch, as well as the difficult technology choices and tradeoffs CTOs must make. NVV: When do you start thinking about technology choices and what you’ll use to build something?

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Technology predictions

Chris Dixon

Today, it’s easy to find people expressing similar skepticism about emerging technologies like the Internet of things, robotics, 3D printing, Bitcoin, etc. startups For those of us in the prediction business, it’s sometimes useful to go back and read past predictions to try to discern patterns in what they got right and wrong. Back in the early 90s, a lot of people thought the Internet was overhyped.

Microscope, Medical Device and Cancer Detection Technology Showcased at UT Austin StARTup Studio

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The StARTup Studio at the University of Texas at Austin gives professor led companies a chance to showcase their research and its applications.

How Our Tech Startup Succeeded Without the Tech

Vinicius Vacanti

It’s now clear to me that not building that crawling technology early on was one of the reasons our startup succeeded. Many Startups Take the “Manual-First” Startup Approach. Benefits of the “Manual-First” Startup Approach.

Startup Physics

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

VC & TechnologyI have used the word “physics” to describe a few things here at AVC over the years. I am tempted to write a “textbook” on this topic as I have observed many “formulas” over the years that seem to repeat themselves again and again. A few examples are this post on the relationship between monthly actives, daily actives, and concurrent users , or this one on the elasticity of paid vs free services.