Monthly Archives: January 2016

Adapting Your Initial Vision

When we get first started with a new project, we should have quite a good idea of what we want to achieve and what we are trying to build. The more laser-focus we can be, the faster and the better we will manage the first key steps of the creation of a company. Still, having […]

Not Raising Money Is Sometimes Better Than Not Raising Sufficiently

We had an interesting business case and dilemma in the last week where we saw an interesting startup that had quite a lot of potential. The company offers an intelligent system for hotels to better manage and communicate with their clients through their phones. You can use the system to order for example new towels […]

How Economic Cycles Affect What You Should Do

The economy is cyclic. We have period of growth followed by period of deceleration. We all know that and we have witnessed some of the biggest bubbles and period of growth in the last decades. This will always be the case as it is the normal cycle of business. Still, the interesting aspect of this […]

The Importance Of Proper Communication

It is sometimes puzzling how people in an organization can hear the same ideas and concepts and have a completely different take on a matter. We tend to believe that what we communicate is clearly understood by other parties when most often than not, people hear what you say with different nuances. Being able to communicate […]

Every Hire Is Essential For The Future

We all know how important it is to have the right skills and talent in a company to make it succeed. Still, it is sometimes hard to keep the discipline of spending the right amount of time to find the best collaborators. Because we are in a hurry or because we need to replace someone, […]

The Digitalization Of Art Is Coming

One of the market which has for the moment been relatively protected from technological disruption is the art world. In what is still today a very exclusive world, most sales are done by the leading auction houses or between wealthy individuals through dealers. Recently, some startups have started to look into ways of entering in […]

Relying On The Right Technological Partners

Most if not all startups and companies use external service providers to be able to offer their products and services. Having your servers in the cloud with AWS, your company’s email through Gmail, your databases with MongoDB or any other 3rd party extensions shows to which extent we have become reliable to their services to be […]

Time To Invest Massively In Virtual Reality

Like many people around us, we do believe the virtual reality is going to experience a very important push in 2016 and beyond. Many companies have already received significant investments and this trend is about to continue this year. As the technology of the products underlying the virtual reality revolution is getting more stable and […]

We Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Technology

Many reports have come out this week showing how many skilled jobs will disappear in the future because of technology, robotics and other new ways to work more productively. It is true. New technologies and progress are changing the work environment and many positions and jobs that exist today could rapidly become obsolete in the future. […]

The Art Of Saving

When we launch a new company or project, we usually analyze how much money we are going to need short-term, make an initial budget and get started. The issue is that most often than not, things tend to take more time that we initially planned and if we didn’t carefully save some extra money, we might […]

Will Messaging Kill The Phone Number?

Reports on the exponential increase of the usage of messaging platforms are abundant. Experts believe that 2016 is the year in which more and more people will use messaging platforms instead of traditional social media to communicate. Facebook recently purchased WhatsApp for a staggering amount and Facebook Messenger has reportedly reached 800 million users on its platform. […]

Adding Physical Activity To Virtual Reality

With the expected explosion of the virtual reality industry and the recent announcement that the first Oculus handset will be shipped in March of this year to consumers, another area of virtual reality is getting some traction. A company called Virtuix has developed one of the first omni-directional platform that lets users physically move around while […]

Create Your Own Netflix Service

VHX lets users create their own SVOD platform and rent/sell their videos online to their audience and even integrate a white label app in the different app stores. This means you can effectively and easily start your own Netflix platform for your content and market it to your audience. It offers another way to monetize […]

The Earth Observation Industry

Leveraging existing and new asteroid prospecting technologies, Planetary Resources uses hyperspectral and infrared sensors to detect the composition of materials and measure thermographic properties of materials on earth from space. Planetary Resources is among a number of companies that compete in what is referred as the earth observation business. The idea is to gather new data […]

Business Opportunities Arise When The World Crumbles

The beginning of this year 2016 is filled with substantial uncertainties. China is still heavily suffering which provoke important turmoil and volatility in the financial markets. The Fed just raised its interest rates for the first time in years. The Middle East is prone to constant incidents and geopolitical tensions. Europe’s growth is uncertain. Valuations […]