Here’s a textbook topic that is top of mind this week at BeHome247, a company where I’m an advisor.  This particular company is installing pilots of a home automation system in conjunction with two strategic partners.  It’s a mesh network arrangement using a gateway connected to the Internet router so that everything from locks to thermostats to lights to cameras can be controlled remotely via the smart phone or tablet of your choosing.  Our company has determined the overall topology using industry standard communications protocols and developed all the mobile UI/UX components.  However, w


SEAL (Student Entrepreneurship Acceleration and Launch) is an annual ATI summer program in which staff and mentors help student teams drive toward Go or No Go decisions on their entrepreneurial concepts.  The final presentations yesterday were the culmination of that effort.  There were no judges and no prizes, just candid reports on the conclusions reached.  Success is measured not by the ratio that proceed but by the validity of the conclusions reached, good or bad.


Today we welcome another post by our friends at TriNet.  Nearly all of my time working with startup companies is focused on getting the MVP to market and finding those first important customers.  Seldom does attention turn to the real excitement ahead when you have your first 10, or 50, or 100 employees.  If your idea is likely to scale and require you to lead an organization, you'll want all the help you can get.  As noted in this post, some things are going to fall on your shoulders regardless, but there are many functions that are best given over to the pros.  Read on...

Jesse Dyer, CEO of MeetMeTix, files this report.  Your editor appreciates the help.

Joshua Baer, Director of the Capital Factory in Austin, invited me to join in an evening session with this summer’s crop of startups.  They practiced pitching their company concepts to a group of mentors, who provided appropriate critiques and guidance and even tolerated some insights from myself in the peanut gallery.  One of the companies had a very similar model to one of our prized failures at Cordova Ventures in the early 00’s, but I think now the idea will work whereas then it was just way too soon.  Advances in tools combined with dramatic


Twas the night before Christmas, when through the co-working space

Not a creature was stirring, not even coders apace.

The ideas were drawn on the whiteboards with care,

In hopes that St. Venturesome soon would be there.


The designers were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of MVP’s danced in their heads.

And boss in her flip-flops, and I in shirt tails,

Had just cranked out work using Ruby on Rails.


When out in the lot there arose such a clatter,


Apart from all the personal blessings we recount at this time of year, I thought it might be good on this day to take note of the blessings related to being a technology entrepreneur.  Here are some of the things for which I am particularly grateful:

… those many of you who call me, Tweet me, ReTweet me, message me on Facebook, or email me with comments, questions, criticisms, and kind words about TechDrawl content.  It’s gratifying to know that people are reading and responding to what I write.



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