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Fred Wilson, one of the world’s most prominent venture capitalists, shares the three big coming trends in tech. He has invested in the early stages of companies like Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, Kickstarter and Bitcoin. His ideas about business trends are really interesting, both for investors and for startup entrepreneurs. Wilson talked at LeWeb conference in Paris (December, 10, 2013) and he used as an example for each megatrend, some startup companies from his own portfolio (USV).

“We don’t think about technologies, we think about trends, we think about what’s happening in society, what’s happening with people, in terms of how people behave. The technologies are important; but we don’t like to invest in mobile, or big data, or machine learning or those kind of things. We think about them, they matter to us, but we really think about things from a behavioral and a societal point of view.”

Megatrend 1: Technology Driven Networks are Replacing Traditional Bureaucratic Hierarchies

Bureaucratic hierarchies are the way that the world has been organized for the past couple hundred years. Markets, governments and businesses have one person on the top of the pyramid organizational structure controlling everything. Transaction and communication costs were so high in the industrial era that that was the most efficient way to organize work. But we are now in the information age, where technology-driven networks are replacing  bureaucratic hierarchies. Some examples are: Continue Reading…

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The above sentence is from Guy Kawasaki, one of the largest marketing specialists in the world, renowned writer , lecturer, entrepreneur and investor. He worked in the eighties as a “technology evangelist” at Apple. His job consisted in building a critical mass of support for the Macintosh and encouraging people to develop software for their computers.

In Kawasaki’s opinion, the key to success as an entrepreneur is to make meaning in your company. Continue Reading…

8 Simple Keys to Success

22 October, 2013 — 1 Comment

LadderOfSuccess 3Richard St. John, a brilliant entrepreneur and lecturer at TED, agreed on a plane with a high school student who asked what leads to success. St. John could not give her a good answer. He thought it would be very useful to find out and transmitting it to the young. So over seven years he interviewed over 500 successful people to find out.

St. John condensed the interviews into 8 keys to success and recorded this amazing 3 minutes video. The video is very interesting because it gives examples of successful people explaining each key. Although it is not specifically about startups, it can be very useful to those who are starting an innovative business project. Continue Reading…

Broken Chair

I frequently use a metaphor of a chair when I advise entrepreneurs. I compare the viability of a company with a four-legged chair. If any of the four legs is missing, perhaps you can keep sitting on the chair for a while, but when you lose balance you fall. When two legs of the chair are broken, then a fall is sure!

What are the four legs of the viability of a company?

THE FIRST LEG OF THE CHAIR: TECHNICAL VIABILITY

This is about entrepreneurs or their teams who dominate the production process. The means of production and the appropriate technology should be available, and entrepreneurs should be able to own it. As a conclusion the company should be able to produce something that works.

The technical viability leg is usually the first thing that entrepreneurs achieve, because entrepreneurs normally start a business on something that they control and that they have knowledge in. However, this is not the case for some entrepreneurs and their business projects start limping from lack of technical viability.

An entrepreneur wanted to develop and to sell an innovative tool for household recycling. Continue Reading…

Mini Cuadernos JoJaJo

Copies of the first and second version of my mini-notebooks

A couple of years ago, when I started reading about “lean startup“, the entrepreneurship methodology by Eric Ries, I remembered a story from my school days that may serve to illustrate the basic features of this methodology.

When I was ten, Santa Claus never brought me my Scalextric car racing game, instead gave me a useful stapler. When we were in class and an assignment needed to be stapled, we used to ask the teacher to do it for us with his own stapler. So with my new gift, my classmate and I decided to make several small writing notebooks that would serve to help us remember our assignments. Continue Reading…

cash is king is wrong

The main idea of ​​my post “Cash is king” and the previous one “The Metaphore of the tub” was that cash is the most important thing in startups. Although I confirm the general validity of the post, I would like to expect on the idea “cash is king” and make some exceptions.

I have known some entrepreneurs so focussed on raising funds for their project, that they forget everything else. Continue Reading…