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Having a beer with friends the other night the topic was around missed business opportunities. Ok, all of us had more than a couple of those, especially back then, when we’re having loads of ideas aiming to change the world (at least). The one topic led to another and after some rounds (maybe more), we end up trying to shed light to what distinguishes a profitable startup idea from a non-profitable one. Is it the idea per se or the way you wrap it for the eyes of your VC? Sadly enough and without any sense of romanticism, we all…
Startups are not something new. Making one is not even considered an achievement (at least in the developed/developing countries). What makes startups exciting is the human aspect, the youth aspect. Startups, and for a reason, are synonymous to youth entrepreneurship as most of the owners fall within the “business tender age” characterized by one dose of romanticism and two doses of enthusiasm. So what we (mostly the old, “wise” and far less enthusiastic IT vendors) should do in order to help startups achieve their purpose? First of all we should listen their needs. Actually, considering the target group, this is…
Recently I had a meeting with a client interested in CRM Project Management in the cloud. Normally this is my favorite kind of meetings. Meet new and excited people already informed of the benefits of cloud (low TCO, no installations, no hardware required, minimal up and running time, etc) and talk about CRM project management. So I thought that would be a very nice, productive and therapeutic session. Well, it was nice and productive but not so therapeutic, at least for me. We walk over the desired goodies, you know all the basic stuff such as requirements, milestones, burndown charts,…
So, finally your VC approved (actually re-wrote) your business plan. You took some courage when you and your co-founding buddies logged your first income stream in your collaboration CRM tasks management super duper SaaS platform(s) and now you’ re ready to spread your wings to the unknown. You think that finally you have the luxury of concentrating in developing your service/product or whatever this is you call innovation. You thing that finally you can switch off the cell phones, delete all these stupid presentations from your desktop, keep only the last modified version of your biz plan (just for archiving…
Let’s admit it. Be honest and raise your hand in the following question: “Have you ever forwarded an e-mail received in your business account to your personal account?” And don’t try to give me the kind of cheap excuses like: “I want to be able to check it later from home…” simply because you never check it from home. So what’s wrong with you anyway? It is called INSECURITY. You want extra insurance that “this” mail is not going to be lost. That this e-mail rests securely in more than one server. I’m with you on this 100% and yes…
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