If we build it, why would anyone care? – Hacker Noon. A prospective founder must ask: is my idea viable? But this question also must be addressed throughout the startup’s life. This story is my cheat sheet for evaluating the viability and strategy of startups. I spent 10 years with Pivotal Labs (now Pivotal), working with hundreds of startups.
Some like TrueCar, TaskRabbbit and Twitter matured and succeeded. Others did not. Now, I am an operating partner at an angel fund, leading two startups and advising others. Of course they will come I was sitting in Verve Coffee, listening to a founder tell me about her startup. One day, during a different conversation with a fledgling entrepreneur, I had a thought. I had been invited to give a talk at a local university entrepreneurs club. I don’t fault a founder for such conviction; if you don’t believe in your idea, why would anyone else? But it’s better to be a skeptic and ask, “If we build it, why would anyone care?” The Field of Dreams Test user painuser experienceeconomics User Pain User Experience.
Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise. Innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed, many universities and institutes, along with regions such as Silicon Valley, cultivate this process. And yet the process of innovation is something of a mystery. A wide range of researchers have studied it, ranging from economists and anthropologists to evolutionary biologists and engineers. Their goal is to understand how innovation happens and the factors that drive it so that they can optimize conditions for future innovation. This approach has had limited success, however. The rate at which innovations appear and disappear has been carefully measured. Today, all that changes thanks to the work of Vittorio Loreto at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy and a few pals, who have created the first mathematical model that accurately reproduces the patterns that innovations follow.
Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today? The car I drive to work is made of around 2,600 pounds of steel, 800 pounds of plastic, and 400 pounds of light metal alloys. The trip from my house to the office is roughly four miles long, all surface streets, which means I travel over some 15,000 tons of concrete each morning. Once I’m at the office, I usually open a can of Diet Coke. Over the course of the day I might drink three or four. All those cans also add up to something like 35 pounds of aluminum a year. I got to thinking about all this after reading Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, by my favorite author, the historian Vaclav Smil. This isn’t just idle curiosity. I had already read Smil’s books on energy and diet.
Smil excels at answering big questions like these. He argues that the most important man-made material is concrete, both in terms of the amount we produce each year and the total mass we’ve laid down. Here’s how the idea applies to soda cans: What does all this tell us about the future? Steve Jobs interviewed just before returning to Apple. Steve Jobs rare footage conducting a presentation on 1980 (Insanely Great) Photo Album. Bitcoin's Real Revolution Isn't Hard Money, It's Economic Panarchy.
Diversity – Zacqary Adam Green The earth-shattering thing about bitcoin isn’t its fixed money supply. It’s not the carefully tuned algorithm that keeps its growth at a steady rate, or the inability of a political body to play with its value. What’s new and government-toppling about bitcoin is that it’s a framework for starting a new economy. Gold and silver have coexisted with governments and nation-states for thousands of years. In fact, you could argue that “non-political economy” is an oxymoron. You could say that this observation doesn’t challenge the neoclassical economic theory of money very much at all.
I like the way David Graeber puts it in Debt: [Money] is not a “thing” at all. Brett Scott expands on this: Perhaps we can tinker with the word ‘money’ itself. So money is just a way of measuring who owes what: you give me something or do something for me, and now I owe you something equally valuable in return. But wait just a minute. From Publishing To Piracy. Infopolicy – Anna Troberg I never intended to become a politician. I most certainly never intended to become a party leader. I did, however, have the desire to change the world for the better. I was never one for small ambitions. However, life rarely turns out the way you expect it to. Literary finesse was not an asset that was appreciated. Later, after I quit my job at the publishing house, I wrote a novel and got the opportunity to see the publishing business from an author’s perspective.
Around this time two things happened. In the real world, outside of the publishing bubble, people started to discuss personal integrity. Regarding the pirate issue, I did not lack ideas about what to do. I had heard quite a bit about pirates, so I expected an army of angry pirates boarding my blog, but I was gravely disappointed. I am a well mannered girl who finds it hard to be rude to nice people that want to talk to me, so I started talking to the pirates. The Coolest Cubicles in the World. Business Process Improvement Software with SigmaXL Statistics Software | Unlimited support for project methodologies (and variations).
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On the left button, the word Regular has been all but destroyed by people pushing it repeatedly in hopes of getting a response. I, too, push that big yellow Regular button for a while until I spot the relatively tiny Push Here button below, which has apparently been deemed insufficient by the masses. I park the car, walk to the bus that will take me to the airport terminal, and on the way see the well-worn path that Figure 2 shows.
Like the thousands of travelers who have come before me, I forgo the paved sidewalk in favor of the path of greatest efficiency. Inside the airport, I step into an elevator and saw the three buttons to select a destination, labeled CONCOURSE, RAMP, and TRAIN. At first I'm not sure whether RAMP or CONCOURSE will take me to my gate. The world is filled with evidence that people prefer to move and think efficiently. But how can we get it right? Lewin's Leadership Styles: The Three Major Leadership Styles. By Kendra Cherry Updated December 03, 2015. A leadership style refers to a leader's characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding and managing groups of people.
Great leaders can inspire political movements and social change. They can also motivate others to perform, create and innovate. As you start to consider some of the people who you think of as great leaders, you can immediately see that there are often vast differences in how each person leads. Fortunately, researchers have developed a number of different theories and frameworks that allow us to better identify and understand these different leadership styles. The following are just a few of the most prominent leadership frameworks and styles that have been identified. Lewin's Leadership Styles In 1939, a group of researchers led by psychologist Kurt Lewin set out to identify different styles of leadership.
Continue reading below our video Play Video Let's take a closer look at the three styles Lewin identified: References: Business Process Improvement Platform | Enteprise BPM Software Solutions. Getting Rapid ROI on Your Business Process Improvement Platform Facing tight budgets and economic uncertainty, companies considering an investment in technology to support business process improvement initiatives must be concerned with the timing as well as the magnitude of the expected ROI. When evaluating business process improvement platforms, time-to-value is rightly a primary point of comparison in the current economic climate. Pegasystems, the leading provider of enterprise-class business process management software, has in recent years seen its business grow at twice the rate of the overall BPM market. Budget-minded purchasers of business process management platforms are choosing Pegasystems because the Pega BPM suite delivers tangible benefits more rapidly and more reliably than competing business process improvement technologies.
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How Technology Is Destroying Jobs. Given his calm and reasoned academic demeanor, it is easy to miss just how provocative Erik Brynjolfsson’s contention really is. Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. Even more ominous for workers, the MIT academics foresee dismal prospects for many types of jobs as these powerful new technologies are increasingly adopted not only in manufacturing, clerical, and retail work but in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine.
That robots, automation, and software can replace people might seem obvious to anyone who’s worked in automotive manufacturing or as a travel agent. But Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s claim is more troubling and controversial. Dr. Contradiction Matrix and the 40 Principles for Innovative Problem Solving. TRIZ - What Is TRIZ? By Katie Barry, Ellen Domb and Michael S. Slocum Projects of all kinds frequently reach a point where all the analysis is done, and the next step is unclear. The project team must be creative, to figure out what to do. Common creativity tools have been limited to brainstorming and related methods, which depend on intuition, fiat and the knowledge of the members of the team.
These methods are typically described as psychologically based and having unpredictable and unrepeatable results. TRIZ is a problem solving method based on logic and data, not intuition, which accelerates the project team's ability to solve these problems creatively. TRIZ is spreading into corporate use across several parallel paths – it is increasingly common in Six Sigma processes, in project management and risk management systems, and in organizational innovation initiatives. The research has proceeded in several stages during the last sixty years. Problems and solutions are repeated across industries and sciences. TRIZ for Solutions.
Ellen Domb, Ph.D. The PQR Group, 190 N. Mountain Ave., Upland, CA 91786 (909)949-0857 Fax (909)949-2968 E-mail: EllenDomb@compuserve.com This paper was first presented at the Invention Machine Users Group Conference, Feb. 3-4, 1997, in New Orleans, LA USA. TRIZ as practiced in the late 1990's is a large, complex system consisting of a wide variety of tools and techniques.
Beginners, however, find this richness overwhelming. The people who are looking for TRIZ training are our customers: Engineers & technical managers Product development teams Manufacturing teams Inventors Strategic planners They have 3 very explicit "Customer Requirements" Fast success Minimum classroom time Familiar terminology, cases, examples There is a fourth customer requirement that has been observed frequently, but is never stated directly by the customers. "Show me what's different, and teach me to use it. The roadmap for simplified TRIZ using the Invention Machine Laboratory (tm) (IM) software is shown below. Marissa Mayer's 9 Principles of Innovation. "There are two different types of programmers. Some like to code for months or even years, and hope they will have built the perfect product. That's castle building. Companies work this way, too. Apple is great at it. If you get it right and you've built just the perfect thing, you get this worldwide 'Wow!
' The problem is, if you get it wrong, you get a thud, a thud in which you've spent, like, five years and 100 people on something the market doesn't want. Others prefer to have something working at the end of the day, something to refine and improve the next day. I tell them, 'The Googly thing is to launch it early on Google Labs and then iterate, learning what the market wants--and making it great.' "We have this great internal list where people post new ideas and everyone can go on and see them. "Since around 2000, we let engineers spend 20% of their time working on whatever they want, and we trust that they'll build interesting things.
"I used to call this 'Users, Not Money.' Design for interruption. We used to design for the web. At first, this was just electronic print, but we realized it should be interactive; then personalized. Today, more people access the world through mobile devices. Designers are trying to teach clients that you can’t mouse-over or right-click on a tablet—and you can’t swipe well on a computer. “Mobile first!” Not so fast. This is the trend we see with Siri, as well as Google Now and Field Trip.
Techstars’ Brad Feld nailed this in a March, 2010 post entitled Email is still the best login, and Fred Wilson calls email social media’s secret weapon. But do it too often, or for unimportant reasons, and you’re the app that cried wolf. Saying “mobile first” is wrong. Mobile isn’t the point. We don’t call interruption an interface, really. Ask yourself: how often do you say, “I should go on Facebook”? Stop worrying about taps, screens, or swipes. Untitled. Bill Gross IdeaLabs a different kind of incubator.