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Reasons startups fail, and how to avert disaster.

December 4, 2012

I’ve been talking with entrepreneurs a lot, since about 2008, and luckily there seem to be fewer and fewer people out there who want to make a phone app to take over the world. For those of you left, this will hopefully put into context just how next to near impossible it is and why you’d [...]

Venture Capital Pitch Deck Template – Leave Behind

August 23, 2012

The original post can be found here. This deck was put together after years of seeing these things, putting these things together, and having garnered from it some personal success, i.e. getting funded. It also built off of a few decks that were passed to me by VC friends. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to say [...]

Marketing to Developers

July 10, 2012

Whether you call is solving a developer problem, facilitating process, or giving a developer a reason to use your product, you’re still effectively marketing your goods, albeit to a bunch of cynical, tangible minded individuals. And considering that the vast majority of developers consider themselves drastically ant-commercial, the concept of “marketing” is in all likelihood going [...]

It’s not whether you use it, it’s how you use it that counts. QR Codes.

May 5, 2012

I have to say, I effing love these things, I think they’re phenomenal and what you can do with them is really only (to use a cliche) limited by one’s own imagination. You see, a QR code is like a little doorway into an unknown world, it holds a surprise, maybe a prize, maybe asks me to [...]

Bridging the strategic NGO / Corporate gap in order to facilitate project successes

May 3, 2012

As board member of a local non profit, I sometimes get to thinking about the more theoretical aspects of non-profit governance. I’ve recently been thinking again how non profit governance applies to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in for-profit organizations and achieving common objectives. The thing is that strategic objective alignment in NGO’s and corporations who work [...]

It’s all about the V word, so forget the problem ideology and create value instead.

November 14, 2011

When deciding to venture down the road of entrepreneurship, many people will tell you that you need to define a problem, attack the problem, of course provide a solution in order to develop a viable product that tackles said problem. Some, or really most advocates of this theory will participate in some shape or form of [...]

The Silicon Bayou, a Phoenix Rising

April 10, 2011

When you think of New Orleans the first things that typically pop into head are Mardi Gras, Katrina, Music, and perhaps Crawfish. The city itself was devastated after hurricane Katrina, and in many ways what is happening in NOLA now can be described as a phoenix rising form the ashes.  A vibrant start-up and technology scene [...]

Games take over at SXSW Interactive

March 8, 2011

Springtime Startups and the Road to Austin The snow has melted and each following days bring with it that extra little bit of warmth signaling that spring is almost here, and with the arrival of spring comes SXSW (South by South West), an annual conference held in Austin Texas that meshes interactive, music, and film all [...]

Why Current Location Based Services Won’t Last

February 2, 2011

LBS (Location Based Services) are taking off like wildfire, from your foursquares, to gowallas, loopts, to the newly revamped google latitude (well overdue mind you), it seems that LBS is here to stay. After all, now that a large portion of the population owns devices which allow for location based content delivery, this seems natural. TROUBLE [...]

Making the mobile app simple, easy and fun

December 27, 2010

What can I say, I love trying out new apps, and I especially enjoy trying out new love location-based service (LBS) apps – except it is, when they get it completely and horribly wrong. There’s little doubt that in the coming years location based services and augmented reality will shape the way we interact with our [...]