You’ve paid dearly to start and grow your business; the steep tuition of success that only an entrepreneur will ever understand. So, you would never do anything to sabotage your businesses, right? Well, not intentionally. But in my own personal experience and in working with hundreds of startups it’s clear to me that there are at least seven critical areas where entrepreneurs make mistakes that may cost them their business or severely limit its value and chances for growth.
The Xconomy San Diego Forum on the Human Impact of Innovation offered a window into how information technology and science, marching hand-in-hand, will shape healthcare. “IBM’s Watson is not the only breakthrough game in healthcare,” was the best summary of the afternoon.
Today’s unpredictable markets demand that as you maximize performance from your current business model, you must in parallel be designing and developing new business models to disrupt the current cash generators. Otherwise, start-ups will turn your company into a dinosaur.
Among our greatest enemies, as individuals, as organizations, and as a society are the false biases that justify an attitude of “us and them” –in a word, discrimination. Fortunately it’s one of the areas where we’ve made the most progress over the past 100 years.
Yet, there is one area where even the most tolerant among us feels it’s totally justified to discriminate with utter abandon; millennials and Gen Z.
When the Title of a Stem Cell Conference Does Not Include the Words ‘Stem Cells,’ You Know the Field Has Matured
Have you ever seen your nieces or nephews or a high school friend after a ten year hiatus? You are amazed at how much they have changed. You wonder when did they grow up? It seemingly happened overnight and that is slightly disconcerting.
Time and absence can play that trick on science too. In April 2008, I reported in these “pages” on the Stem cell frontier on display at Promega. In that conference, UW Scientist, Jamie Thomson, gave an update on his recent discovery on how to turn fully differentiated, mature cells into new stem cells that could, via biological magic, turn into any different mature tissue cell type.
The first mistake companies make while trying to protect their digital assets is to believe they can be secure. “Forget aspiring to full protection. Hacking is black magic engaged in by a ton of bad guys from Russia to Romania whose citizens do not necessarily view them as the bad guys,” Eric Cornelius shared at Fusion 2017.
Every technology wave calls the role and value of IT into question. More than a dozen years ago it was cloud technology raising the question “Does IT Matter?” Today, digital transformation is calling the role of IT in to question. This requires the CIO and IT to write a new story about themselves and the value they bring to an organization. Before we can talk about the new story, it is important to think about past tales of IT.
MADISON – A few years ago, when Brian Kaas attended some of the nation’s leading conferences for venture capitalists, the audience was predominantly investors from stand-alone venture funds.
Today, when the managing director of Madison-based CMFG Ventures takes part in such gatherings, the makeup includes many more “in-house” funds within larger corporations.
When President Trump took office in January, the White House web site rolled out a goal consistent with his campaign pledges on the economy.
“To get the economy back on track, President Trump has outlined a bold plan to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade and return to 4 percent annual economic growth,” reads a portion of the page on “Bringing Back Jobs and Growth.”
There’s nothing wrong with ambitious goals: Elected officials often set them to challenge their colleagues, competitors and citizens alike.
AWS operations explains that it was tougher to restart its S3 index system this time than the last time they tried to restart it.
The Feb. 28 outage of Amazon’s Simple Storage Service says one thing loudly and clearly: Amazon Web Services is growing so fast that it must rely on its automated systems to keep operating. Sometimes things need to go awry in only a minor way, and the sheer scale involved puts those systems at risk of disabling it.
When Zach Halmstad looks at the under-construction Confluence Arts Center, the software entrepreneur sees more than a performing arts building.
He sees a big part of the future of downtown Eau Claire.
“This is economic development through the arts,” said Halmstad, who launched Jamf Software in the early 2000s with a couple of friends and has since led its growth to 600 employees, 10,000 customers and eight offices worldwide.
The story of Jamf and the renaissance of downtown Eau Claire has flowed together, much like the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in that western Wisconsin city of 64,000 people.