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April 25, 2018

Blockchain Secure

Is your website secure? Your company’s network? Your bank account?

Are they ‘blockchain secure’?

I think that sentiment could play strongly in the market as this now infamous tech reveals its capabilities.

Despite the cryptocurrency craze that continues to showcase the technology, I can’t help but come back to cybersecurity as its enduring potential benefit. And that makes sense, the two go hand-and-hand, if your breakout use case is digital cash, it clearly has to be secure. But the opportunity is so much larger than protecting the authenticity of digital payments, this could be a solution to protecting the authenticity of our online [...]

 
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April 16, 2018

ABM -> ABC (Account-Based Companies)

Going All in on ABM (courtesy of LookBookHQ)

Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is on track to becoming far more than the B2B framework du jour, its influence and results are beginning to warrant the level-up distinction of Account-Based Companies. Via ABM an organization cannot only bring sales and marketing together on the same playing-field speaking the same language, but also integrate efforts quite well into revenue-focused finance departments and adoption-obsessed product teams. The science and statistics of digital marketing are having a moment, one might even say their overdue time to shine. It used to be Business Development sat in-between [...]

 
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January 16, 2018

How Startups Are Transforming Retail

Startups are changing how retail functions online and offline. From virtual reality to better payment systems, they are transforming the industry. Startups are bringing new and exciting changes to how you shop every day.

Robot Store Associates

Imagine walking into a store and being greeted by a smiling robot that is automatically restocking shelves and keeping track of merchandise. This imaginary scenario is not far from reality. With a gray body that resembles a pole or stick and two black eyes on a digital screen, Tally is a robotic store associate that can analyze shelves. This robot is able to see if items are running low or misplaced. In addition, Tally can check [...]

 
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April 5, 2017

Create new ideas for the older generation

Baseline:​ In with the old, out with the new

Date:​ April 28th – 30th, 2017

Starts:​ April 28th at 6:30PM / Ends:​ April 30th at 7:00PM

Venue:​ OXO2 Level Two, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London SE1 9PH

Prizepool:​ £7K

Hashtag:​ #LaterLifeHacks

Twitter account:​ bemyappuk

Get ready to mix the new with the old. Developers, dreamers and designers are invited to an exclusive event on April 28-30 to create ideas for an ageing world. Powered by later lifestyle specialists, Auriens, this 48-hour hackathon will enable the brightest minds to bring about the best new thinking for baby boomers and beyond. One aim: to [...]

 
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February 28, 2017

3 Ways Start-ups Can Ensure Stability

It’s not easy starting a business. Nine out of 10 businesses fail in the first year, with a further 95% failing within five years. The statistics are sobering, but there are many benefits to starting a business. You can be your own boss and if the business is a success, the financial rewards are immense.

The entrepreneurial landscape has never been better. There has been a sustained shift towards entrepreneurialism in the last few years. In 2015, 608,110 new businesses were started, which was a 4.6% increase on the previous year. It’s become easier for people to start a business. Despite the economic upheaval in the last few months, there is every indication that [...]

 
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December 22, 2016

[re]CodeCommerce & #InclusionSV: time to team up

As we near the end of this god-forsaken year entitled 2016, there is certainly a lot to reflect on (or retract from depending on your disposition). This month has felt pretty surreal if not 100% in-conflict coming off last. I mean how is one supposed to feel merry with cheer given the defacement that is now set to be in control of America, not to mention all the other horrible developments around the globe? Santa is 100% happy he lives in the non-nationalized North Pole, except of course all his polar bear friends are dying from starvation due to climate change. There is that. Nonetheless (or perhaps despite the lessening), the two events in about as many weeks that caught my [...]

 
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November 14, 2016

What Every Startup Should Know about Internet Marketing

When starting a new business endeavor, Internet marketing is going to be your ‘make it or break it’ foundation upon which you build all your marketing strategies. After all, you are an entrepreneur – who knows the importance of capturing a target audience and where better to do that than on the internet? It is the fastest way to reach literally millions of people so with the right strategies for your industry and your brand, you can turn a tidy profit. Here’s what you need to know.

Of Vital Importance – Your Website Can Make You or Break You

The whole focus of Internet marketing is to drive traffic to your business. Whether you sell anything online or not, you need a [...]

 
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November 10, 2016

Oh [#LeanStartup], Where Art Thou?

TAKE NOTICE: build-test-learn

So once upon a time a guy named Eric started a movement. Truth be told, like most of us he was probably trying to start something that would decrease his probability of financial hardship in the future, and in the process possibly make a bit of a name for himself. It would appear it worked and his insights have been well received, by BOTH startups starting out AND mega-corporations interested in a given decade’s operational ‘botox’. But whatever the path that leads you to Lean, it can be an incredible learning experience. So yea, build-[test+]measure-learn is EXACTLY it, and the take-home is that [...]

 
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November 7, 2016

The Blurred Lines of Fintech

Today, anything that is related to finance and technology in the slightest way has the FinTech label slapped on to it. With so many ventures striving to achieve different goals, it is sometimes hard to keep a clear head and distinguish one from the other.

To make this process easier, one of the most straightforward distinction to make is the difference in audience focus. Is the venture targeting end users, hence B2C or is the audience another business, hence B2B? Some fintech companies are clearly on one end of the spectrum, while others are a blend of both. What characteristics do the different business models embody and why has the constellation of fintech companies come [...]

 
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November 4, 2016

Tech Inclusion: the Diversity of an Open Mind

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was born out of an Exhibition intent on demonstrating that San Francisco had rebuilt itself. So the fact this year’s Tech Inclusion conference was held in the neighboring Innovation Hangar (previously the Exploratorium) is quite appropriate. In a sense, the goal here is to rebuild SF’s crown jewel: Tech. Young and not so young white guys hold a majority stake at present, but in the years to come, it seems to me that the tech sector is going to incur some well-deserved growing pains of a different variety. We’re not talking 4-5x the national GDP growth rate, no, this is something more like [...]

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