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Making the Move with Mobile Apps

January 21, 2013 by Shyam Jha


Mobile app funding and trends

VCs invested $28.3 Billion in 3,267 deals in 2012. While the total invested was down by 7.5%, the number of deals was up by 7%, according to the most recent survey by CB Insights published last week. The mobile sector saw a five-quarter high in activity. Mobile deals are taking share away from Internet deals, according to CB Insight’s report titled “Venture Capital Activity Report – Q4 2014.” Early stage deals dominated the mobile sector, with Seed and Series A funding comprising nearly 75% of all deals in the sector. [Read More]

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10 Great Apps for Small Businesses

September 17, 2012 by Akira Hirai


great mobile apps for small businesses owners

Chances are, you started your company because you’re passionate about your field – not because you want to spend countless hours every week on expense reports, invoicing, networking, project management, and marketing. Yet running a successful business will involve executing effectively on all of these tasks. Luckily, there are plenty of great web and mobile apps to help busy entrepreneurs and small business owners handle their administrative tasks quickly so they can focus on their true interests. The mobile landscape is cluttered with apps claiming to offer expert solutions. Below [Read More]

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Opportunities Abound in E-Health Records

May 29, 2012 by Shyam Jha


Opportunities Abound in E-Health Records

The United Sates is a laggard in the adoption of electronic health records, trailing Europeans by a country mile. A recent study by Harvard’s School of Public Health found that of 3,000 acute-care hospitals surveyed in 2009, only 1.5% had comprehensive electronic health record systems, and only 11% had some parts of their health records computerized. Contrast that with 90% or above adoption rates in European countries, and you will begin to understand at least one of the reasons why our healthcare costs are significantly higher than that of Europeans, [Read More]

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Technology Alone Won’t Get You Business Investors

March 13, 2012 by Marty Zwilling


Technology Alone Won’t Get You Business Investors

Too many entrepreneurs develop a new product without regard to market demand, then build an entire strategy based on creating a need, rather than acting on an existing market need. Investors characterize this approach as a “solution looking for a problem.” These don’t get funded. The best startups find a way to drive the market with their technology, rather than push their new technology-driven ‘solution’ on the marketplace. An example of market-driven technology is the basic automobile, but combining a car with an airplane is technology looking for a market. [Read More]

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Will Your Startup Beat the Traditional Hype Thresholds?

January 19, 2012 by Marty Zwilling


Gartner Hype Cycle

The Hype Cycle was a concept put forward by Gartner, Inc. back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. As I was reading about it recently, 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. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the Gartner Hype Cycle characterizes the over-enthusiasm or “hype” and subsequent disappointment that typically occurs with the introduction of new technologies. Hype curves then [Read More]

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Modern Marketing is More than Viral

August 24, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Viral Marketing

Viral marketing and word-of-mouth are not enough these days to make your product and brand visible in the relentless onslaught of new promotional media out there today. Innovation in marketing is perhaps more important than product innovation. Yet in the business plans I see, the marketing content and budget are smaller than ever. More than just spending, you need to create an “experience” in this digital age which sets you apart from the banner ads, email blasts, and old-school websites out there today. According to a recent book by Rick [Read More]

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Startup Opportunities in Cloud Computing

August 19, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Storm Clouds

Cloud computing is still all the rage in the business world these days. Yet I find that most business people don’t understand and fully trust it, and I defy even the technologists to define it in ten words or less for business people. Many say it’s just marketing hype applied to old principles that have been around for a long time. A typical definition (from Wikipedia) is that “cloud computing, is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like a public [Read More]

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Get Ready for the Total Connectivity Wave

August 3, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Catch The Wave

Entrepreneurs are always looking for “the next big thing,” when maybe in fact it’s a lot of little things that are only recognized after the fact as components of a big evolution or revolution. In my view, the Internet “connectivity anywhere” has already spawned several of these, but the global change has only begun. Emily Nagle Green, in her recent book “ANYWHERE,” argues effectively that the future of the world and business is ubiquitous connectivity, the total interconnection of people, ideas, and products through a global digital network. Every person [Read More]

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How to Spot and Avoid Tech Bubbles

June 9, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


How to Spot and Avoid Tech Bubbles

In finance, a bubble is too much money chasing assets, greater asset production and a herd mentality. In startup business plans, a bubble is too many entrepreneurs and too many investors chasing the latest “next big thing,” like Google search engine, Facebook social network, or Amazon e-commerce site. In all these cases, a bust is inevitable, and everyone loses. The big question is how to spot these bubbles and jump to a better alternative, rather than get sucked into the vortex. I read a book recently by Vikram Mansharamani, “Boombustology: [Read More]

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Tech Startups Evolve – They Aren’t Created in a Big Bang

April 26, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Tech Startups Evolve – They Aren’t Created in a Big Bang

The traditional mode of starting a company is to complete all the steps in parallel, leading to the “big bang” launch of the company. I strongly recommend a dramatic departure from this model, called “planned iteration,” where you assume you won’t get it right the first time. This idea was well articulated by Paul Graham in an old essay, called “Startups in 13 Sentences” in which he talked about “making a few people really happy rather than making a lot of people semi-happy.” One of his key points is that [Read More]

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