Jul 28, 2017
What is the blockchain according to Bill Tai? The internet. The blockchain is the same thing but with assets. It can aggregate history into groups of information with communities of interests surrounding it. CEO of ABRA, Bill Barydt. ABRA has recently partnered with the extremely well known American Express. ABRA is a digital currency wallet for IOS and Android. It allows you to store digital dollars on your smartphone with no bank involved. It is the only application that interoperates between the traditional and the new worlds. The third guest was Toni Lane Casserly, founder of Vnation.io. The idea? To leverage core innovation made by Blockchain infrastructure so that people can design new systems of governance. Next was Kevin Shen from Averon with a goal to make sure people aren’t forgetting they are secure on that side. Lastly, on the legal end of the blockchain was Pawel Kuskowski from Coinfirm. Coinfirm serves as a foundation for the safe adoption and use of blockchain.
Jul 21, 2017
Today on KDOW was Alan Amron, inventor of Post-it Notes. Alan’s piece of advice? Simplify to understand. Secondly, don’t protect your product. Patent and communicate. Get the word out and don’t be afraid of idea stealing thieves. If you have the patent, you have the power. Alan took a number of callers from different companies in the Extreme Tech Challenge. First was Chris Trifecta from Tactical and fourth was Miro Svetlik from PrintRod. How do they educate the market quick enough to make it to the next level? Alan told them one of his most successful tips, simplify to understand. What that means is, explain your product in one sentence or word if you can. The second caller was John McMillian from Shockwave Motors, and the third was Stewart Dennis from Bitbounce. They both want to know - how do you locate and connect with the right people? Look for the vice president of new product development at a successful company that could help you start production. Listen in next Tuesday @ 2PM!
Jul 14, 2017
Next Gen Innovation reporter Gabby, also a student at the University of Southern California told KDOW what entrepreneurs need to know about millennials today, and what is going to catch their attention. What are some things entrepreneurs need to know about millennials? Stop calling them millennials! The word is not only outdated but it carries negative connotations of narcissism. Secondly, they aren’t looking for you so you have to reach out to them. When creating a technology for millennials think “how can I convince them that they need this, without making them search for it?” Lastly is incentive. The best apps such as Snapchat keep young people on their toes, checking the application every ten minutes. New social media platforms are missing the boat because they are trying to come up with a new way of communicating. However, it has to be a new way of interacting with the entire world--even celebrities. What apps aren’t getting enough attention? Apps that make life easier.
Jul 14, 2017
Today on KDOW we had Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis with 25 years of enterprise software experience. When a company writes the code for a piece of software it must be tested to make sure it works and that can be timely and costly. Tricentis software testing technology speeds up the process and reduces the cost for their customers like HBO, Toyota, Starbucks, BMW, Deutsche Bank, and even UBS. Tricentis is truly targeted at larger enterprises that have every technology imaginable-- old and new. Need a solution that spans the whole spectrum? That’s where Tricentis fits in. They knows how to find the entry point in an enterprise, a pain-point one could say. Find the pain-feeling project and expand from there. What is it that people really want to know? How they should be testing in the new world. Tricentis acknowledges how it should be done. Listen in to hear Sandeep answer questions from three callers about their pitches, and how they can grow.
Jul 7, 2017
It started with a handful of women who called out Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck for what they call inappropriate behavior, making unwarranted advances towards women who approached him for funding. He and his business partners at Binary Capital have offered to resign. Then 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure was called out for alleged inappropriate behavior. And in a public apology, said he is a self-proclaimed "creep'. This has caused a long overdue stir in Silicon Valley. But this shake-up is far from over. I’m just waiting for the next shoe to drop as female entrepreneurs, who've long joked about going in for a check and out with an unwanted date, get up the courage to come forward. And taking it to the next level, other women may come forward shedding light on investors who simply wouldn’t invest in women because they were in 'child bearing years'. Beyond that, even men may start coming forward and express an abuse of power by the venture capital community as well, showing that the bad behavior in the rich and powerful investing market actually doesn’t doesn’t discriminate. It may be worse for women, but the abuse of power also transcends across the board. It's not to say that all VC's are acting in inappropriate ways. They're not. And I would hate for the venture capitalists and angel investors I work with, who are amazing, respectful, have diverse portfolios, and are incredibly supportive off all people no matter, race, gender, or sexuality, to get looped into the group of bad seeds. They should be celebrated. And in this show we have a great group of powerful women who are choosing to focus on those men AND women in Silicon Valley that support great innovation by ALL. They have great solutions to eliminate the "Creeps" in Silicon Valley and to create a more comfortable, safe, and equal working environment. If you have other suggestions, please share with any one of us personally, join us on Twitter using #GirlsInTech or #StandTogether, or in the comment section as well. Let's keep this conversation going.