Episode8

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How To Validate Your Startup Idea

(another one with “silicon valley” love - for you, Paul)

Key Points: Break it into stages: secondary and primary Start with… secondary… this is what I call a “literature review” -- see what else is out there Lists out some resources; these are things I should probably consider, too Feel like you have a good approach? Then it’s time for primary research I love the approach here, and the questions Discussion on the security considerations from each of the perspective(s): Startup Buyer Investor

Startups can’t explain what they do because they’re addicted to meaningless jargon

Key Points: We use a lot of words that sound good, but are hollow. They mean nothing. When we use them, however, people nod, smile, and agree. But later, ask them what they remember. Ask them what you do. Chances are, they got nothing. The challenge: explain what you do without buzzwords.


Discussion on the security considerations from each of the perspective(s): Startup Buyer Investor

HOW TYPEFORM USES BONUSLY AND MERIT MONEY FOR MOTIVATION

Discussion on the security considerations from each of the perspective(s): Startup Buyer Investor

IoT and companies: Everyone wants a piece of this revolution

Key points: This line: “A toothbrush is worth $5 by itself. A toothbrush that tracks how well you brush your teeth can be sold for many times that amount. The toothbrush company goes from creating plastic handles and bristles to producing electronic devices with transmitters, sensors, and more. This can be a great thing for that company. It expands its reach and makes it a more tempting target for investors.” Still struggling with the security approach and interoperable standards A potential avenue for some is figuring out how to be the meta for the rest; make it easier for companies to embrace and benefit from IoT; the companies that do that and include security + UX -- and can explain it better than others -- win.

Discussion on the security considerations from each of the perspective(s): Startup Buyer Investor

To stay competitive, Walmart and Target turn to startups for help

Key Points: I’m really amped by this. It’s great for startups. It’s enterprise proof that adopting the startup mindset is good for business. It’s opportunity beyond standard funding sources. So much goodness here. I hope others adopt similar models. And of course, I hope we see more security in the process ;)


Discussion on the security considerations from each of the perspective(s): Startup Buyer Investor


Bonus: Uber has already lost more than $1.2 billion this year

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