Archives For Technology-Based Company

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…

Hesham3

In 2007, when I first met Hesham Salman, he just had an idea: starting a company that would put the value of his thorough knowledge of polymer nanoencapsulation by applying them to multiple sectors. It was an idea that was more than innovative, it was quite disruptive: it consisted in the application of nanotechnology techniques to biotechnology, pharmacology, food manufacturing, fertilizer, etc. Continue Reading…

Seed Money

NadieLabs, a Spanish consultancy firm specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation in business models, interviewed me last month. They asked me about how to get funding for a startup. I tried to capture the main financial possibilities that an entrepreneur have when he launch an innovative company. I also try to give clues about how easy or difficult it is to get each financing option. This is the interview: 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…

Tubos de Ensayo

– It is a company that uses scientific and technological knowledge systematically and continuously to produce new goods or services with high added value.

– They mainly operate in top-level strategic sectors, such as microelectronics, biotechnology, medical device, nanotechnology, etc.

– They perform R & D in-house or in close cooperation with universities and research centers.

– Many start-ups are not technology-based companies.

– Similar terms: knowledge-based companies, new technology-based firms.

Some technology-based startups in my region, (Navarre, Spain) are: Bionanoplus, Orbital Aerospace, Lev2050, Recombina, Proinec, Pharmamodelling, Kunak, ….

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The “time to market” or time to get into your market is a very important concept that affects startups. It has to do with the time it takes from product conception until the first sales are achieved.

Many startup entrepreneurs expect to sell in the first few days, but it usually will take months, in some cases many months, until the first sales are achieved. The reason is that many startups are created without having a product ready for sale. They are created just to finish the products and to sell them. When you launch a new product or service it requires time to make it known to customers and sell it. Continue Reading…

What is a Start-Up?

29 May, 2013 — 3 Comments

A startup is an innovative and newly created company with high potential for growth. These companies are in their first stage of development and are also innovative. So they have both a high risk of faillure and an enormous potential of benefit.

Another good complementary definition is offered by Steve Blank : “A startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable businessmodel”:

  • Temporary organization: a startup always, sooner or later, finishes its launching phase and if it is successful, it leads into the growth phase and if not … it shuts down (or even worse if its founders decide not to close it, then it becomes a zombie startup). But even the last case, it is no longer a startup because it is no longer in its launching phase .
  • Searching for a repeatable and scalable business model: we are talking about startups in the XXI century, when the pace of change accelerates and innovative companies have to deal with a highly uncertain environment. Entrepreneurs are hardly sure of their business model when launching a startup. They do create their startup to find the right business model, the one which generates recurring revenues (repeatable business model), and also the one which is able to grow and with revenues growing proportionately more than their expenses (scalable business model).

Some authors even say that a startup is not a company, is an experiment or a hypothesis

Finally I like to emphasize that although the concept remind us very often of dot.com companies, there are startups in different industries.

  • Related issues:  prototipe, concept test, test the business model, high mortality.

Ballon Alex Briseño

  • Photo: KLAQ Ballon Fest 2012 by Alex Briseño. Flickr

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