I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers
Chances are that when you think about the word government, it is with a negative connotation.
Your less-than-stellar opinion of government may be caused by everything from Washington’s dirty politics to the long lines at your local DMV.
“Every side attacks you when you don’t take sides.” - Marty Rubin
The ubiquity of the internet has created a consumer-base that is more informed, more selective and less patient.
No longer is there an expectation that the salesperson will educate you on the product or service to the degree that it will determine your decision.
“Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.”
- Andrew Grove
The role of technology is to add accuracy and efficiency to something, while alleviating the efforts required by humans.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
-Peter F. Drucker
The routines and priorities of today’s society are radically different from those of our parents.
First it was the browser. Now it is mobile apps. What will the next iteration of content consumption look like?
I was recently diving into some interesting statistics that illustrated just how rapid the mobile growth trend is occurring. While doing so, I couldn’t help but think that a new experience will emerge that will change how we receive and take in content.
We all know that eyes and attention are increasingly going to mobile devices, whether it be to phones or tablets. This trend will not change for the foreseeable future.
Things are changing very fast in the tech landscape. Yesterday’s processes simply aren’t adequate enough for today’s demands. For many, these changes are happening too fast.
Products and services that used to take years to reach a mass audience now gain a massive customer base within months.
Innovative companies are entering sectors where the status quo hasn’t changed in decades. Regulators don’t know how to handle this.
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
- Winston Churchill
Even though I often discuss consumer startups on my blog, my roots and professional experience are in the enterprise space. I spend a lot of time thinking about how technology changes within businesses and the reasons behind it.
By most standards, large companies and enterprises innovate slowly. Old processes, outdated tools and archaic systems. Technological innovations that sprawl in the consumer space gradually become prevalent in the business space. This trend is often known as ‘the consumerization of IT.’
In my opinion, this topic of internal-business innovation will have increasing attention in the coming years. In fact, similar sentiments were echoed by a popular technology blog a few days after I began drafting this post.
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. - Yogi Berra
Some of the biggest names in technology are challenging your assumptions of what’s likely and what’s possible.
More surprisingly, some companies are doing things that don’t work in theory but actually work in practice.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”
- John Wooden
There is one time of year when sports fanatics earn bragging rights and cash for what they’ve learned from watching countless hours of regular season college basketball games. It’s March Madness.
Yet when you listen to what successful coaches and players say about why they did so well in the tournament, the key takeaways and points sound very reminiscent of what’s required when building a great company.
It’s more than just having a great team, working hard and continually getting better. It’s about identifying the unique factors that translate from the court to the office. Continue reading
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
– Mark Twain
Every few months you hear about the next big company that has defied the odds to attract millions of customers and investment dollars. When you look deeper, you recognize that it often more than just smart people building cool things.
In addition to being smart and building a great product, a founder usually has to be willing to ride against the tide. Ask anyone who was around when the hugely successful companies were initially founded and you will hear about how much they were criticized and laughed at.