Business Selection Criteria…A Must

by Scott

I have a ton of friends outside the tech scene with ideas for a startup or new business. Ideas are awesome, but let’s be honest everyone has ideas and very few actually execute on them. Along the same token, a lot of people have many ideas and don’t understand where to start. I always tell my friends before you get all excited and go buy a domain at GoDaddy, you should perform a little due diligence to see if your idea is really as viable as you think it is.

But where to start…how do I know whether this idea is worth pursuing and which one of my ideas are the best? My personal philosophy is to develop a set of …
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Business Models I Like: Aggregators

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Everywhere I look there is more and more people coming up complex business models that hinge on cooperation from tons of different actors. I don’t like this. Business models I like are scalable, rely little on the creation of new technology, and are centered around a clear value proposition to the customer.

Right now I’m really digging businesses that center upon the aggregation products/services in a cluttered market. With more and more options for products and services many businesses are finding their niche by aggregating these offerings in one easy place for consumers. Two companies that provide this service and are killing it  are SeatGeek and Yipit. Seatgeek aggregates tickets from the secondary marketplace and has a recommendation algorithm that tells …
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Clever Trick to Make Friends in a Co-Working Space

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So I’ve been working in this tech co-working space called General Assembly for about two months now. Although the interior is quite nice, I’d have to say the best part about being in the space is the individuals that comprise the community. You’re surrounded by young innovators working on awesome projects across industries. It’s incredible to think about what’s possible if one were to bond all these people together for one project.

In a space like this it would be very easy to spend entire days at a time just chatting with people from different companies. However, if we all did this nothing would ever get done. Its no surprise then to see people heads down most of the day working …
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Group Buying Sites: Personal Forecast

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If you don’t live in a hole, there’s a strong chance you’ve come across a group buying site like groupon, living social etc. I’ll go even further and say, there’s a strong chance you’ve convinced yourself to purchase something on one of these sites…I mean anyone would be foolish to pass up such an awesome deal right? Everywhere I go I feel like more and more of these sites are springing up. It begs me to ask the question, is there an end in site for this space?

My impression is that these sites originally sprung up to allow small businesses to reach new consumers by offering awesome deals on local services. Consumers get to try things they may have not …
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Only Speak When…

by Scott

In the world of startups the hierarchy that plagues the traditional corporate America is far less an obstacle when it comes to opinions reaching the top. As a result, people are constantly lobbying for what they believe to be best. Whether it refers to product, marketing, or where we should go to team lunch everyone has an opinion.

The constant lobbying can result in a culture where everyone is quick to point out problems…especially when they result from a teammate’s decision. Obviously this is detrimental to a team’s cohesiveness, but I think the counter productivity stretches much farther. These situations do more than hurt the cohesiveness necessary to execute; they cause a teams’ focus to stray from how to solve problems.

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