In this podcast, Robb Wolf, author of the NY-Times Bestselling “The Paleo Solution” chats with Tech Cocktail on how simple dietary and lifestyle tweaks can create a more productive work environment.
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In this video from the Google Science Fair 2013 Hangout On Air, Guy Kawasaki discusses what it takes to make a Startup successful.
Lean Analytics is the dashboard for every stage of your business, from validating whether a problem is real, to identifying your customers, to deciding what to build, to positioning yourself favorably with a potential acquirer. It can’t force you to act on data–but it can put that data front and center, making it harder for you to ignore, and preventing you from driving off the road entirely.
Over at the Piston Cloud Computing Blog, Gretchen Curtis discusses how important the relationship between brand and company culture is at Startup time.
When you’re at a startup, your brand will largely be communicated through your founders and outward-facing employees. So, before you dive into logo creation, take a bit of time to make sure that the brand you are creating can be reasonably carried out with your existing team. Got a CEO that only wears hoodies and flip flops? Maybe that very corporate-looking enterprise website isn’t a great idea. Got an humorously edgy and sarcastic founding team? Maybe the light, peppy and cheerful website copy isn’t exactly right for you. Sure, the visual design might initially attract the customers you want, but they will just as quickly turn away when they detect a dissonance between your visual design and behavior. The lack of trust this dissonance will create will be so subtle that it will happen without you or them even noticing.
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Over at TechCrunch, Anthony Ha writes that Automated Insights’ new product called Site Ai pulls data from existing systems such as Google Analytics and then summarizes that data into normal sentences.
With a Site Ai summary, you shouldn’t have to do too much thinking. As the company name implies, all of the summaries are automatically generated by Automated Insights’ technology, not people. Allen told me that’s a big challenge: “Turning data into text is difficult because it requires marrying two skills that traditionally don’t play well with each other: programming and writing.” The reason Allen said he can do it is because he has a background in both technology (he worked at Cisco and has degrees from MIT in computer science), but also in writing (he’s the author of a number of books published by O’Reilly).
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In this video, beta customers try out the Lively System, a new Startup that offers the ability to monitor the well-being of elderly relatives through the use of sensors placed in the home.
Instead of always telling your family that you’re fine, Lively lets you show them. It’s an activity sharing experience. Not ‘big brother’ monitoring. You’re in control of how you want to stay independent and connected. And sharing your activity lets your family notice the first signs of any change in your normal routine that makes you and them feel safer.
In this video, Fashion Tech entrepreneurs work to give the fashion industry a digital upgrade.
Amanda Graber is the co-founder of Notorious, a fashion-advice startup that links users with stylists and what they call “fashion influencers.” Rishi Prabhu is one of the founders of Bespoke Post, a lifestyle subscription service for men. We also meet Jose De Cabo, co-founder of Olapic, which aggregates user-generated photos for brands.
In this video, Mark Earls explains why Startups should copy other people and avoid the ‘curse’ of innovation.
Mark Earls, a best-selling author and consultant on human behavior, talked at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam about the “curse” of originality and how developers who look for uniqueness from the get-go are making life harder for themselves. “Copying turns out to be our number one learning strategy,” he said. “Through a range of experiments over the last three years, the British government’s behaviour insights team have learnt that what other people are doing is the most important influence on an individual’s behaviour – especially if you want to change it.”
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When looking to found a Startup, entrepreneurs need to consider their target industry as a whole. Is it growing, staying flat, or shrinking?
In this video, the MediSafe Project is described as a system targeted to help you and your family take your medication on time and safely.
MediSafe Project’s co-founding brothers started the company when their diabetic father double-dosed on insulin and suffered an emergency. They understood if they were more involved in reviewing their father’s daily medication and insulin regimens, it could change his behavior for the better and help him get healthier. MediSafe Project reduces hospitalization and mortality, and increases medication compliance and health. It allows families, friends and caretakers to have peace of mind their loved ones are taking medications on time, even when they can’t be there.
In this video, entrepreneurs compete for funds through Starve Ups, where they made 30-second pitches and 30-minute presentations to billionaire investor Bill Hambrecht and his Ironstone Group Venture Capital.
The technology, the opportunities they’re taking with the internet space and the ability to develop sound business models around their business, very impressive,” said Hambrecht.
Hambrecht and the Ironstone fund use algorithms from local company Growth Science to predict the success or failure of Startup companies.