The web is such an important part of our life now, but many companies do not use web pages and applications to make it easier for their customers to do business with them. “Exploring Easy – Give your customers the ability to interact through the web” gives some examples of this along with some recommendations.
After seeing several startup companies that looked fantastic not take off, I started to look the fact that just doing something better was no indicator of success. In “Exploring Easy: The frustrating difficulty of displacing what works with newer and better technology” I look at how making a task or process easier may not be better enough to be successful.
When you find yourself humming to a pop song from your youth while in the grocery store, you may just keep humming. I start thinking about marketing and the ways to leverage pop culture to reinforce your brand and connect with customers. Take a look at “Debbie Harry sang to me at grocery store about pop culture impacting business” to see what conclusions I came to before I got to the produce section.
Nothing makes what you do as a value-added reseller and service provider into focus like a visit to a customer. A recent trip was a real eye-opener into how our engineers and the products we represent are used in a positive way every day. Take some time to read “That feeling when what you are selling is working” and then take some more time to go visit some customers.
I have a lot of toys in my office and on my desk. Some might consider it unprofessional or even childish. I don’t disagree. What they are missing is the power of toys and the power of play. I explore this idea in “Why I keep toys on my desk.” Also for those of you who are readers of the PADT blog, I’ve included below some images of my favorite ones.
Social media has changed the world we live in. It is an extremely powerful way to connect people and share information. As with any powerful new tool, it can be used for evil along with good. Which begs the question: ”When social media is used for evil, does the tech industry have a responsibility?“
One of the coolest things I get to do often is to listen to startups pitch their companies. Every single one is an educational experience where I also get to feed off of the passion and drive of entrepreneurs. The problem is, more than half of the pitches I hear are bad. Sometimes it is the delivery, but public speaking is hard for most people, and I can go beyond that. What gets to me is when the speakers just make silly mistakes in what should be a very simple task. After a couple of recent discussions with others who hear many pitches, I have come up with a list of The Do’s and Don’ts of pitching a startup.
The post “A few thoughts after 100 blog posts” is my 100th guest blog article for the Phoenix Business Journal. That is a lot of 500 or so word rants and missives. Because I like round numbers, and I did write a lot of posts, I figured it would be ok to be a little self-indulgent and go introspective on the whole experience, and talk directly to you, my occasional reader.
The big technologies right now are Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and the automation of everything from manufacturing to our automobiles. These advanced technologies will transform how we live our lives. But ” While AI, IoT, and automation are taking over we forgot about genetic engineering.” This is something everyone, especially those in tech, need to stay on top of.
Lots of things come to mind on September 11th. The bravery of the first responders, the way the country came together after the attacks, the changes in how we live our lives every day now because of what happened. The most important lesson that we learned was that “On 9/11, we’re reminded that the unthinkable can happen.“
Being able to grow your own replacement organ is one of those things, like flying cars, that we have been waiting a long time for. The combination of stem cells and 3D Printing may be what we need to get that new liver on order. In “How close are we to 3-D Printing human organs?” I go over where we are with this technology and what is needed to take those final steps.
As with any technology, automation of social media has been co opted for evil. A recent example of this with the President gave me a bit of a scare, and in “‘Bots’ are here, and they are scaring this tech guy a little” I share why and what we can do about it.
Self-driving cars are being tested in the Phoenix area now, and they will be available to businesses and consumers soon. Such a significant change will affect tech businesses, even if they are not in the automotive supply chain. In “Autonomous cars are coming soon. What you need to know” we take a look at the tech behind them and what businesses need to know about this disruptive trend.
I still can’t believe it. I’m still kind of mad. I went with my son to get his driver’s licence and it was a smooth and efficient process. After I got done reeling from this change in a cornerstone of common modern struggles, I realized that “If the DMV can be efficient, so can your business.” We no longer have an excuse for being inefficient, if the DMV can clean up its act we have to.
The ability to take a model of some object on a computer and make a physical copy with one machine, 3-D Printing or Additive Manufacturing, has been around for more than twenty-five years. Recently, the bug noise in 3D Printing has been around metal 3D Printing. It is a big deal, and in “What’s so exciting about metal 3-D printing anyway?” I explain why engineers are so head-over-heals for this new capability.