Why Entrepreneurs Should (Occasionally) Think Like VCs – Leaders Fund

The most dangerous thing a company can do is miscalculate where on the spectrum it exists and what it can realistically achieve on its current course. Time and time again companies that believe themselves to be platforms and subsequently raise ‘platform’ money at ‘platform’ valuations, ramp up their burn without solid data to support a potential jump to the next stage of value creation. These companies risk boxing themselves out of the market by throwing off the balance of valuation vs potential outcome, in effect making the risk/return calculation a hard one to justify for future investors.

This isn’t as big of a problem for investors, because they are diversified amongst a portfolio of companies who are all taking risk. It is more of a prescient issue for entrepreneurs though, because all of their eggs are in one basket and raising money at high values and setting expectations that are unrealistic to achieve is a surefire way to lose control of a company.
For this reason, The best entrepreneurs share many common traits with the best investors. They understand this tradeoff and framework for decision making. They understand that there are no shortcuts or silver bullets to building a valuable company, and they must align their business strategy with their ambitions and achievable potential value for their company in order to build a company of consequence, and throw a win on the board for everyone involved.

 

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How to run your small business with free open source software | CIO

Origen: How to run your small business with free open source software | CIO

 

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¿Cómo compran online los Baby Boomers, la Generación X y los Millennials? | LUXONOMY

…la Generación X ha realizado el mayor número de transacciones online que cualquier otro grupo (18.6), frente a los Millennials (15.6) y Baby Boomers (15.1) Esto se debe a que el primer grupo es más estable económicamente, en relación con los otros dos grupos.

Sorprendentemente, los Baby Boomers tienden a comprar casi como los Millennials, aun mejor, tienen un ticket de consumo mayor que sus contrapartes generacionales, interesándose en categorías como vinos, salud y bienes para el hogar.

Los Baby Boomers buscan comparar el precio con diferentes proveedoresmientras que los miembros de la Generación X buscan información como especificaciones, color estilo, etcétera. Finalmente, el grupo de los Millennials se centran en las recomendaciones online.

 

Origen: ¿Cómo compran online los Baby Boomers, la Generación X y los Millennials? | LUXONOMY

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Best Free Project Management Apps

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Changes in App stores policies to make life better for developers

These changes have come into effect since December 2015, when some better known indie developers chose to take their apps away from the Mac App Store.

Why this matters

Services are critical to Apple’s future. Sure, the company hopes to continue to create powerful new product families (iMac, iPod, iPhone), and to incrementally improve these, but it also wants to build its recurring income.

The App Store, which has tripled gross revenues in the last three years, is currently Apple’’s biggest earning Services item. It accounts for around $8.6 billion of the $24 billion the services category generated for Apple in FY 2016 (Source: Loup Ventures, Bernstein, et al.).

Apple wants to double its services income by 2021. I think that’s a conservative target. I’m not alone in thinking this: App Annie projects consumers will spend $60 billion at the App Store in FY 2021.

To infinity and beyond

To meet its targets, Apple knows it needs to respond to developer complaints, and that is exactly what it has been doing.

App visibility remains a little opaque, but I predict the company will invest in machine intelligence solutions (bots?) to help customers find the apps they want, while simultaneously enabling developers to find the customers they deserve.

The App Store is critical to Apple – though its recent Workflow acquisition suggests the way we interact will apps will also change, as ambient computing through wearable devices becomes more mainstream.

Origen: Apple listens to developers, eradicates ‘free’ imitation at App Store | Computerworld

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La Transformación Digital – en @sintetia

El concepto de transformación digital está de moda. Es la última ola de la innovación. Pero la transformación digital no debe entenderse sólo como la informatización de los procesos empresariales, como se entendía hasta ahora. La transformación digital va de la absorción estratégica de nuevas tecnologías disruptivas, todas ellas de base digital (internet de las cosas, 3D-printing, realidad virtual, big data, robótica e inteligencia artificial). El principal reto de las organizaciones en los próximos años será como interpretar, implementar e institucionalizar estas tecnologías para generar ventajas competitivas. En la industria, este reto se ha venido a denominar Industria 4.0. Pero el verdadero reto excede la industria. El verdadero reto, y la gran oportunidad, es desarrollar hospitales 4.0, universidades 4.0, escuelas 4.0, administraciones 4.0, ciudades 4.0 y países 4.0.

Origen: Sintetia » Llegó, la podemos tocar y deberíamos trabajar en sus oportunidades: la Transformación Digital 4.0

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Why your small business needs a mobile app

…a mobile app and a mobile compatible website serves two very distinct functions. Where a mobile site is integral to your site’s overall online presence, SEO and discovery, a mobile app is essential to customer retention, driving sales and encouraging customer loyalty.
…Between push notifications and being able to target your app users based on location, you will have the ability to push out mobile coupons instantly to all your app customers or promote special offers, and more.
Many small businesses are wary of the cost of building an app for their company, but with the fantastic tools available, you can get a low cost, no code app made in less than an hour, to strengthen your brand, promote your product or service, and reach more customers.
In TUNE’s “Global Mobile 2016” report, they estimated that there were 180 billion app downloads in 2015, which would equate to 493 million downloads per day. That number has only gone up since then …

 

Origen: Why your small business needs a mobile app | CIO

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La barrera entre eCommerce y comercio físico está rota.

Según el barómetro de consumo de Google, en España, durante el periodo 2014-2015, un 27% de consumidores realizaron esta práctica. En 2016 está cifra se ha elevado al 40%, y sigue en aumento.
Para decantarnos más por la importancia del efecto ROPO, indicar que los consumidores que buscan online y compran offline están más informados y por ello están preparados para gastar más dinero.
Ya por 2011, French Entertainment and Electronics Retailer FNAC hicieron un estudio que demostraba como los consumidores gastaban en la tienda un 33% más que aquellos que no habían buscado online.

El showrooming está muy vivo, especialmente entre los consumidores jóvenes. Los clientes lo que quieren es entrar en una tienda, visualizar un producto, y escanear los códigos de barra, por ejemplo, para conseguir más información, leer reseñas y explorar precios para luego tener la opción de terminar la transacción como mejor considere, bien sea en la propia tienda, vía online, o con su propio dispositivo móvil.

Si tienes los dos canales, es cuando puedes integrarlos y hacer que funcionen como uno solo. Eso significa que tu tienda física debe poder “reconocer” a un cliente registrado online y viceversa. Caminamos hacia un modelo de comercio en el que la separación entre online y offline no tendrá sentido.

Origen: El efecto ROPO y showrooming para incrementar las ventas del lujo – LUXONOMY

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