The Startups No One Talks About.

The Startups No One Talks About.

 

If you listen to the tech media, the definition of a startup is pretty much:

  • A technology company
  • Funded by venture capital
  • Geared toward some kind of “exit” event (either acquisition or IPO, more often the former)

But the reality is that a startup can be any number of different kinds of businesses. The nature of a “startup” as opposed to simply a small or new business is —  according to Paul Graham, the co-founder of Y Combinator — that it is designed for growth, and that it is in place to test the models that will fuel that growth.

By that definition, there are a heck of a lot more startups out there than you’ll ever read about in the cover story for Fast Company. [Read more…]

It’s Time For Some New Voices in Tech.

It's Time For Some New Voices in Tech.

I think it’s high time for a new generation of tech leaders — and voices — that aren’t VC-saturated silicon bubble dwellers but people who are deep in the dirt and working hard to build sustainable companies, not just quick exits.

I know that I’m at a saturation point with “tech” as we know it and I’m ready for some new perspectives.

And yes, that includes learning to express mine. [Read more…]

Having Purpose To Your Story.

If you read yesterday’s post, you saw me mention my talk at W2O’s PreCommerce summit.

I figured I’d share it with you.

The point here is that storytelling, whether you’re a blogger or a corporate marketing executive or anyone inbetween, must have purpose to be successful.

The reason “content” doesn’t succeed or blogs fall flat or videos don’t get views is that they’re missing a certain something that can’t really be measured on a spreadsheet. [Read more…]