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Wearable technology has it origins in the 1500 when the German inventor Peter Henlein created small watches that were worn as a necklace. 

This evolved into the pocket watch and then into the wristwatch, which was invested by Alberto Santos-Dumont who wanted to be able...

Earlier this month, I had lunch with the founder of a startup from Europe that is at a point of maximum stress.  I was joined by another one of his mentors.  He was at a point of maximum stress.  His company made a significant pivot in October 2019.  It wasn’t a small...

We are often asked, how do you value an early stage company?  Valuation of seed stage companies is part art and part science.  There are four generally accepted means of attempting to determine value:

Dave Berkus Method – Berkus is a long-time angel investor in Sou...

December 22, 2018

As we come to the end of the year, it’s time to look in the crystal ball and think about the Tech Trends that will be important in 2019. 

When I want to see the future, I often start with research and insights from the Gartner Group. 

They have some of the best analysts...

December 18, 2018

As a startup, you need to present to people all the time.  You make presentations to customers, partners, investors, potential employees and others.  Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs have never been training in public speaking or presentation skills. 

The fol...

Silicon Valley is an interesting place for many reasons.  One of them is the part of conversations you overhear at a networking event, at lunch or in Starbucks. I recently overheard two techies talking about “Co-Bots.” I turned and asked one of them, “So what is a Cobo...

Prior to the advent of the personal computer, all IT systems were centralized.  But once the PC entered the picture, systems architecture became a balancing act.  There are great advantages to moving certain types of processing as close to the user or sensor.  But arch...

Every so often, there is a change is government regulations that makes you stop and think, “This will change everything!” The EU’s revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is proving to be one of those times. 

What exactly is PSD2?  It requires Europe’s banks to offer...

There is no question, autonomous vehicles are one of the hot emerging technologies.  Tesla helped push the technology out of the lab and onto the road with their Auto-Pilot feature.  Now, virtually every car maker is experimenting with self-driving cars and trucks.  Ri...

Earlier this year in our blog post, “What makes someone the right founder?”  In that post we highlighted five (5) character traits that we believe are present in great founders.  They were:

  1. Coachability;

  2. Adaptability;

  3. Innovation and creativity;

  4. A...

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