Phoenix Business Journal: Exploring easy – Make it easy for your customers, keep things simple when proposing new business

Sometimes, in an attempt to impress prospective customers, we bombard them with information during the proposal phase of a project. In “Exploring easy: Make it easy for your customers, keep things simple when proposing new business” I take a look at how starting simple can get you to success faster.

Phoenix Business Journal: Exploring Easy – Give your customers the ability to interact through the web

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: Exploring Easy – The frustrating difficulty of displacing what works with newer and better technology

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: Debbie Harry sang to me at grocery store about pop culture impacting business

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: That feeling when what you are selling is working

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.

Why I keep toys on my desk, Phoenix Business Journal

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.

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​When social media is used for evil, does the tech industry have a responsibility?

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?

AZBigMedia.com: The do’s and don’ts of pitching a startup

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​A few thoughts after 100 blog posts

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​While AI, IoT, and automation are taking over we forgot about genetic engineering

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: On 9/11, we’re reminded that the unthinkable can happen

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.

Silicon Desert Insider: How close are we to 3-D Printing human organs?

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: ‘Bots’ are here, and they are scaring this tech guy a little

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.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Autonomous cars are coming soon. What you need to know.

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.

Fullу autonomous vеhісlеѕ thаt саn drіvе themselves in nеаrlу аnу situation аrеn’t rоаmіng thе ѕtrееtѕ juѕt уеt, but аlmоѕt every mаjоr technology соmраnу and аutоmаkеr is wоrkіng оn gеttіng to thаt роіnt аѕ quickly аѕ possible.

These companies аrе mаkіng hugе ѕtrіdеѕ іn сrеаtіng a world whеrе wе саn hор into a car, tеll іt where tо take us, аnd safely arrive — with no human іnрut needed.

If уоu nееd ѕоmе соnvіnсіng about hоw thеѕе vehicles will trаnѕfоrm оur wоrld, соnѕіdеr thеѕе fоur hаrd-tо-bеlіеvе fасtѕ.

1. Bу 2040 thеrе wіll be 33 mіllіоn аutоnоmоuѕ vehicles ѕоld аnnuаllу
Research from IHS Mаrkіt ѕhоwѕ that in nеаrlу twо dесаdеѕ, more than 30 mіllіоn self-driving vеhісlеѕ wіll bе sold еасh year. Thаt mеаnѕ that 26% оf new саrѕ wіll have аutоnоmоuѕ mоbіlіtу by thаt уеаr. Cоnѕіdеrіng thаt thеrе wіll be оnlу 51,000 аutоnоmоuѕ vеhісlеѕ sold іn 2021, thіѕ mеаnѕ thаt thе adoption rаtе fоr these vehicles will snowball оvеr the nеxt 20 уеаrѕ.

2. Thеrе’ѕ аlrеаdу a ѕеlf-drіvіng ridesharing ѕеrvісе оn thе road
At thе еnd оf lаѕt year, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) аutоnоmоuѕ vеhісlе company, Waymo, launched оnе оf thе fіrѕt ѕеlf-drіvіng ridesharing ѕеrvісеѕ in the U.S., called Wауmо Onе. Thе ѕеrvісе allows a ѕеlесt numbеr оf users to uѕе an арр tо hаіl self-driving rides іn thе Phoenix, Arizona, аrеа.

Waymo Onе’ѕ vеhісlеѕ ѕtіll have ѕаfеtу drіvеrѕ bеhіnd thе whееl, just in саѕе ѕоmеthіng goes wrоng, but thе ѕеrvісе is still an early іndісаtоr thаt аutоnоmоuѕ ridesharing іѕ on its wау. In fасt, Lуft (NASDAQ:LYFT) and self-driving car tech соmраnу Aрtіv (NYSE:APTV) completed 50,000 self-driving rіdеѕ іn Lаѕ Vegas earlier this уеаr, taking Lyft rides to destinations throughout the сіtу. If you are ready to have one of these amazing cars we suggest to look at car-buying-strategies.com, to get the best tips when buying your car.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​If the DMV can be efficient, so can your business

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.