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“Commodities” are interchangeable goods or homogenous products. As artificial intelligence (AI) technology becomes ubiquitous, accessible, easier to use, and more affordable to all businesses, what implications does it have on competitive dynamics and strategy?

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Lessons from cloud computing foundational services

You don’t have to look too far back in time. Cloud computing isn’t that old, but…

For startups, it’s about customer selection. Not lead generation.

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The most beautiful thing about founding and operating a startup is that you get to make meaningful choices. Each decision you make, especially in the early stages of your company, have outsized impact. To chart your own path and destiny (which…

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There is a pandemic going on. No, not just COIVD-19. There’s a pandemic in the business sphere where people are over-qualifying their statements in a failed attempt to take the “sting” out of their comments — and guess what?

Not only do these qualification phrases not work, they often end…

A condensed and practical roadmap for startup fundraising.

In Part 1, we covered how to calculate roughly how much capital you want to raise and what types of investors to target. Now, let’s talk about all of the materials you have to put together when you’re actually “on the road.”

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Core Fundraising Assets

A condensed and practical roadmap for startup fundraising.
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Fundraising for your startup can be simultaneously exciting, nerve-racking, and even daunting. Aside from the mechanics of the term sheet, the negotiations, confronting rejection, and finally landing signatures, many (if not most) entrepreneurs actually have…

The Myth, The Caricature, The Media

There’s a myth that’s been perpetuated by the media — that entrepreneurs are typically young and “risk taking” or “risk seeking”. You know the caricature I’m talking about. You see it all the time. A young upstart bucking trends and flipping the bird to “the man”. They’re painted as iconoclast…

After the creation and sale of my own businesses, I realized that coming up with the next great idea, building it, and maintaining is still going to be hard no matter how many times you’ve done it. So I started turning towards enabling other entrepreneurs in the making. …

If you’re like me, you probably haven’t found a great purpose for your Macbook’s touch bar. But if you like to monitor the stock market, the touch bar seems like a convenient and fun little place to display a few of your favorite symbols and prices.

Display stock symbols in your Mac touchbar

With COVID-19 running rampant, it seems like everything is going bottoms up pretty fast. A lot of the turmoil is reflected in the stock market, so it might be wise to an eye on some of your favorites investments. Sure, you can use the side bar on your Mac or…

The irony of AI’s dependency on humanity, for now, at least.

AI History, a Primer

“Artificial Intelligence” was coined in the 1955, by John McCarthy, who — together with founding fathers like Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, and Herbert A. Simon — explored the mathematical possibility of artificial intelligence. …

Can we expect AI startups to bear out similar economic gains as traditional SaaS businesses? Or are there unique qualities to AI startups that warrant a different set of expectations from investors and entrepreneurs?

But First, A Bit of History

Let’s rewind the clock a bit. Back in the day, software vendors would write code, package it, and often distribute physically (through those nifty things called CDs). …

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