Category: Entrepreneurship

Polaroid Day & “Polavision” Instant Video

Polaroid Day & “Polavision” Instant Video

We attended Polaroid Day at MIT Museum this weekend and were reminded of the genius of Edwin Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. "Like visiting a shrine" is how Apple co-founder Steve Jobs described meeting Land. Polaroid's Board did a great disservice to Land and his company. Film Forever Polaroid's original instant camera - 1947's … Continue reading Polaroid Day & “Polavision” Instant Video

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Growth at All Costs Leads to A Lack of Focus

Growth at All Costs Leads to A Lack of Focus

Over the past several years as I've read articles about Uber, WeWork and a number of technology startups, my takeaway is that many of these companies lack focus. They lack a focused mission. They lack strategic and operational focus. I understand the argument that institutional investors want growth in the absence of yield, but too … Continue reading Growth at All Costs Leads to A Lack of Focus

The Long Tail Will Differentiate You

The Long Tail Will Differentiate You

We are working on a project that has me thinking about the "long tail". For those who took Statistics you may recall that the long tail is the portion of the distribution where occurrences appear far away from the distribution's center. A long tail business strategy is one where the service provider makes hard to … Continue reading The Long Tail Will Differentiate You

If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily Come<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily ComePremium 

Incentivize Prospective Participants with A Seat at the Table MoviePass shut down on September 14th. We do not have first-hand knowledge of MoviePass’ ever-evolving business model. However, we do know that MoviePass never quite figured out how to properly incentivize movie theaters to drive audience participation.  When building new network businesses, it makes sense to … Continue reading If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily ComePremium 

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Magna International (tkr: MGA), got its start as a machine tool shop. Today, Magna is automotive supplier to major Auto OEMs, Tier I suppliers, Heavy Equipment manufacturers and Rideshare companies such as Lyft. Humble Beginnings Magna counts BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, a number of the China-based Auto OEMs as well as a … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like Investors

Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like Investors

When considering enterprise technology purchases – regardless of industry – corporate buyers would do well to think like investors. There are three legs to the technology evaluation stool: 1.) What is the technology provider’s value proposition? 2.) Who is the technology provider? (corporate buyers often pay insufficient attention here) 3.) What is the total cost … Continue reading Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like Investors

CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

The CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index outperformed its peer group Year-to-Date through September 18th 2018. The CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index returned 32.3% and 28.5% on a Weighted and Unweighted Stock Price Return basis respectively (click here for detail) during the January 2nd 2018 – September 18th 2018 period. The S&P 500 Information Technology (TKR: S5INFT) returned 16.0% on a Weighted basis over … Continue reading CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

Don’t Believe The Hype

Don’t Believe The Hype

Cryptocurrency firms fell from grace (Chain and Lightyear merged to form Interstellar) as valuations and expectations got too far ahead of themselves for both the various "coin" firms as well as for blockchain - the distributed database technology that enables digital currency transactions. We are long-term bullish on each - particularly blockchain. The crypto space … Continue reading Don’t Believe The Hype

Founder CEOs: Creators vs. Builders

Founder CEOs: Creators vs. Builders

Every founder CEO begins as a “creator”. Not every founder CEO graduates from “creator” to “builder”.  Creators eventually self-implode (Elon Musk, Tesla and Travis Kalanick, Uber) whereas other founders are able to scale over the long-term. For example, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are builders (We provide a list of Builder CEOs … Continue reading Founder CEOs: Creators vs. Builders