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The Top Reasons Startups Fail [Infographic]

Down through the years, some startups really struck gold. When Accel Partners invested $14.8 million in a website called “thefacebook.com” back in 2005, they made a return of $5.6 billion – 378 times their original outlay. More often than not, however, startups tend to fail brutally. According to …

Venture Capital

How 3D Printing Is Empowering SMBs in Manufacturing's Digital Transformation

Additive manufacturing is radically transforming the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry, to the benefit of smaller businesses.<p>Advancements in technology continue to democratize and level the playing field for consumers and small businesses by providing access to markets and materials …

Five Ways To Market Your Startup With Little Or Zero Budget

So you’ve finally launched your startup. It’s a dream come true, and you are undoubtedly excited. You may even have a customer or two already. But here comes the tough part: How do you go from having a few customers, to enough customers to sustain your business and fuel its growth? Your sales team …

Marketing

Entrepreneurship and Millennials Are Thriving in Emerging Markets

There is a world of opportunity outside the US, and entrepreneurial millennials are conquering it.<p>In America, millennial entrepreneurship is down. Despite the apparent strength of the startup and technology sector, millennials are projected to be the least entrepreneurial generation: …

10 Uncommon Skills You'll Need to Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Are successful entrepreneurs born or made?<p>Do you want to be successful? Of course you do. But are successful entrepreneurs born or made? If you weren't "born with" what it takes to be successful, is it something you can learn or cultivate? Or should you just give up now, and find a new job?<p>Success …

Entrepreneurship

Your Guide to Innovation and Design Methods

By Jeremiah Owyang, with co-contributor Ryan BrinksCorporations are approaching innovation processes and methods in different manners, we’ve seen …

Design Thinking

7 Lessons From 100+ Failed Startups

There’s a joke about startups. “For every 10 startups you see in the market, 11 of them will fail.” I didn’t want to think that <i>my</i> startup would be …

Driving innovation [1/2]: a portfolio perspective

In every sector, it’s possible to notice growing efforts towards innovation. More and more organizations do not take their market and own relevance …

Innovation

You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate

Which method do you choose? Design Thinking? Agile? Lean Startup? Answer: All? None? Who cares?!<p>I am a big believer in process and method. Without a …

Why you probably don’t want innovation

Everyone seems to want innovation these days, it’s why I’ve got it in my title.<p>Nobody really knows what it is, but everybody, and I mean everybody, …

Twelve Forces That Will Radically Change How Organizations Work: The New New Way of Working

The <i>New</i> New Way of Working Series<p>, , and<p>Contact the Authors<p>Senior Partner & Managing Director<p>Susanne Dyrchs<p>Project Leader<p>Senior Partner & Managing …

Employee Engagement

Chicago’s Startup Ecosystem: Some Reading

I’m going to Chicago tomorrow to attend the wedding of an old friend over the weekend. Chicago has always been a special place for me—I lived there …

Chicago

Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random. Like Fornax, which is just …

Richard Feynman

Open source tools for discovering and building a startup

Startups

Lessons from the “Bezos Way” and the success of Amazon

<i>Amazon’s CEO annual letter to his shareholders is a must-read. Customer focus, decision-making, or the importance of writing important things down… Here are my takeaways from Jeff’s latest.</i><p>Whatever we think of its founder and CEO, Amazon remains a remarkable example of great management. Since its …

Management

Six key trends in the IoT developer economy for 2016

Every company should master developer ecosystem skills. Our new IoT Megatrends 2016 report sheds light on the state of the art in the IoT developer …

Implications of Industry 4.0 for CIOs

Industry 4.0 is the name of the next industrial revolution which is fueled by the advancement of digital technologies. It<p>is dramatically changing how companies engage in business activities. As a result, the disruptive nature of Industry 4.0<p>demands a reassessment of the requirements for IT. On the …

Industry 4.0

Seven industrial internet of things examples: IoT in heavy industry

For some time now, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the internet of things (IoT) in the consumer space – smart thermostats and such. <b>See also:</b> …

Internet of Things

5 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Big Data

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>Pressed for profits and low prices, mining companies are investing in data-based technologies to change their business …

What Skills And Education Do You Need To Succeed In The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

We are currently in the midst of an industrial revolution with an exponential pace of change and it is disrupting every industry in every country. This revolution is different from the past three in terms of velocity, scope and impact. It is a digital revolution, characterized by a fusion of …

Manufacturing

Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution

First came steam and water power; then electricity and assembly lines; then computerization… So what comes next?<p>Some call it the fourth industrial revolution, or industry 4.0, but whatever you call it, it represents the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet …

Manufacturing

IoT Research Report & Ecosystem on Internet of Things

Business Insider<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) Revolution is picking up speed and it will change how we live, work, and entertain ourselves in a million ways big and small.<p>From agriculture to defense, retail to healthcare, everything is going to be impacted by the growing ability of businesses, …

Internet of Things

Predictive Maintenance Keeps Industry 4.0 Up And Running

18th-century pilgrims, hoisted up cliffs to a Greek monastery by basket and rope, would ask, “How often do you replace the rope?” Mischievous monks …

3 Tips For A Successful Internet Of Things Customer Pitch

The Internet of Things (IoT) has dominated the tech scene this year. From its commanding presence at the Consumer Electronics Show to the barrage of analysts firms predicting that “billions of ‘things’ will be connected by 2020,” its perceived impact on the technological landscape is reminiscent of …

Internet of Things

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

<b>Bottom line:</b> Every manufacturer has the potential to integrate machine learning into their operations and become more competitive by gaining predictive insights into production.<p>Machine learning’s core technologies align well with the complex problems manufacturers face daily. From striving to keep …

Manufacturing

Abundant Robotics rakes in $10 million for apple harvesting robots

GV (formerly Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million investment in Abundant Robotics, a company building apple-picking robots that could eventually be adapted to harvest other fruits. Joining GV in the round were BayWa AG and Tellus Partners, along with the company’s earlier backers Yamaha Motor …

How IoT Analytics And Strategy Boosts Manufacturing

After witnessing three industrial transformations kindled by steam power, electricity, and IT, the world is all set to usher in the fourth …

Internet of Things

We are pushing away from the old innovating core

I continue to investigate and explore as much of the thought leadership on innovation as I can, it continually points to a change in how we approach …

Innovation

Scaling-Up: Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation

<i>This article was co-written with Frank Mattes from Dual Innovation and innovation-3.</i> The race is on for companies to find big, explorative or even …

Innovation

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here's why.<p>---<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …