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READ THIS: Fine-Tune Your Outbound Sales Formula To Help Save Your Startup | TechCrunch

4 Nov

Fine-Tune Your Outbound Sales Formula To Help Save Your Startup | TechCrunch.

Sales is an area I need to improve on.  This article feels like a good starting point for me.

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READ THIS: Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector | Entrepreneur.com

14 May

Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector | Entrepreneur.com.

I don’t feel like I’m the best at “Networking” but where I have had success, it has been being a Connector.  I’m a big fan of this advice.

READ THIS: Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B | TechCrunch

25 Mar

Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B | TechCrunch.

I want my next start up to be B2B.  It is so much easier to justify paying for a service.  Personally I see both sides on a daily basis.

1.  With Kmapsystems, I can easily justify an expense in my head and make that decision to swipe out the AMEX in no time flat

2.  Personally, I’ll waffle and gawk at paying for a online service.  Thinking, it should be free.  In the end I usually end up not purchasing.

Read This: Startup site aims to ease consumer buying decisions – The Globe and Mail

23 Jan

Startup site aims to ease consumer buying decisions – The Globe and Mail.

Congrats to my Canadian friends on their newly launched site and this nice written story about how it came to be.

I recall being an early tester for their first site dedicated to cameras.  I even bought my last camera based on the research I was able to do on their site.

What a good story for a great bunch of guys.  I wish them all the success with Sortable

Read This: How My Lifestyle Business Became a Startup | > code618

12 Oct

How My Lifestyle Business Became a Startup | > code618.

Truly inspiring article that acknowledges there is another way to start a startup.  It’s not all burning the midnight oil, get funding, get big fast!

You don’t hear about the successes of individuals like the author nearly as often as the tech wiz kid who is now worth billions.

With my current life (mortgage, wife, baby), being able to start slow with my next idea is one of my main criteria.  Guys like this are more of my hero vs. the Mark Zuckerbergs.

With M2M the Exmobaby Takes Baby Monitors to a New Level

6 Oct

With M2M the Exmobaby Takes Baby Monitors to a New Level.

M2M has been used in several innovative products. In the past, M2M has used RFID tags on runners to analyze and monitor their heath. Now, M2M is being used on babies with the new Exmobaby onesies.

Exmovere created the Exmobaby pajama with bio-sensor fabric. It contains a small receiver equipped with a Zigbee tranceiver to give parents updates about their infant via cell phone or computer. Using these innovative onesies, parents are now able to monitor their infant’s health, emotional state, behavior, and heart rate. The Exmobaby is extremely useful for parents who are worried about their baby being at risk for sleep apnea or sudden infant death syndrome.

This new technology will also be convenient when either parent is out of the house. In addition, if the infant is with a babysitter, parents can still monitor what is going on with their baby. With M2M technology, Exmovere has made regular baby monitors seem like a thing of the past.

I’m a new parent with an infant and I find this very interesting.  I’m probably not the target market, but for the casual parent I think this is a little overkill.  I’m also not sure of the cost of one of those super monitoring onesies.  If you have a dozen of them with all the hardware in them, do you have to sync up which one is on?  What about washing them?  I think the products like the baby sensor mats they have today are over the top.  We have a basic wireless sound monitor, that does just fine.

After talking to my wife who is a NICU nurse, she thought it was a great idea… If it works.  She said today, babies with issues often go home with sensor leads on them.  These are not the most ideal as they can easily fall off and are subject to frequent false positive alarms.  I’m sure that market is decently sized on it’s own and could have a real application, I just don’t see it making  “regular baby monitors seem like a thing of the past” as they said.

Should you launch at a conference? – Joel on Software

17 Sep

Should you launch at a conference? – Joel on Software.

It is great to see people measure their results for events like this.  It is probably the best article I’ve read on the subject.

As I’ve learned from meet-ups and conferences, meeting people face to face makes such a world of difference in making a connection stick.

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