What Does it Mean to be a Tech Company vs. Tech-Enabled?

PaulAdvocacy, Education, Innovation11 Comments

In the capital communities of venture capital or angel investing, we often talk about the considerations of a startup that is “tech-enabled” rather than “tech.” A tech company, it seems, is often valued to a greater degree relative to revenue, than a company tech-enabled. Is that valid? What is the difference? Is your work in technology or is it tech-enabled? … Read More

VALIDATE BEFORE YOU BUILD!

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Education, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring dozens of startups through various innovation programs, and continue to do so through our incubator Collective, and beyond. I’m also very fortunate to work alongside mentor veterans Paul O’Brien & Ted Cohen who have collectively mentored hundreds of startups over the years. What I’ve come to realize, is that most programs and entrepreneurs tend to think backwards … Read More

The Evolution of “Entrepreneur”

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Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

2020 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable years in human history for a host of reasons, least of which is how the state of our economy, and need to work from home, has thrust us all to appreciate what it means to be online at the same time that many are exploring starting a business of their … Read More

Connecting with Professionals Virtually

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GAMERJIBE’S WORLD By now you’ve binged all the latest shows, learned how to cook something, played way more video games than you ever thought you could, became your children’s teacher, and let the world know the top 10 albums that influenced your life, of course. While these have become the quarantine norm, there are organizations out there helping us connect more meaningfully despite … Read More

6 Technology Trends to a Digital Transformation

John ZozzaroInnovation, Opportunity, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

ALAMO ON DEMAND Every organization in the world, no matter the industry, is shifting right now. Whether that’s jewelry store Jared hosting virtual weddings, late night hosts telling jokes to a silent cameraman, to Italy adopting AR thermal scanning helmets, we continue to see organizations rise above the current circumstances and try their best to innovate within their space. The recent launch … Read More

How AR Allows Retail To Become Digital First

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I KNOW HOW TO THRIVE ONLINE The world has been pushed over the digital transformation edge by COVID-19, forcing all ‘non-essential’ businesses to either be online, or perish. As uncertainty continues to grow among small and medium sized businesses, it’s efforts like what our good friends Rao Mubariz “Not That Moby,” Austin Larson, and CJ Finley are doing that help make all of this, a little bit … Read More

Lessons from Media: The Realistic Growth of Revenue for an Average Startup

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It struck me over the recent holidays that founders and entrepreneurs have far more they might learn from Media than is readily apparent. Among startups, investors, mentors, advisors, and incubators, such as Collective, are queried again and again on the question of revenue and what founders and teams should expect (or the expectations they should set) regarding that coveted of … Read More