Launching Business and Technology Trends Series


Many business executives in large organizations are quite busy focusing on their specific deliverable and industry, and seldom have the luxury of looking beyond the quarter.

As well, startup founders are immersed in getting their product nailed and off the ground.

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Reading the news together is one of the SmallServices℠ I provide to clients.

Deconstructing and connecting the dots on technology (and business) trends and case stories, which contain a kernel of a trend (or more) already happened is something I do on a daily basis.

Thanks to Google, I'm not experimenting also with a brand page for my business.


Which is why I thought it makes sense to combine the two activities, at a high level.

Today, I'm inaugurating a new Saturday series on business and technology trends. It's a way to thank loyal readers of my feed for sticking with me over the years.

Because these will mostly be links with a brief intro on why you should pay attention in my view, I'm closing the comments here.

I'll be integrating the discussion from my Google+ Page, and will be collecting these posts on a trends page on this blog for handy reference.

Saturday five

The five stories that caught my eye this week are:


1Are you starting a company, or thinking of starting one? Some food for thought in what factors make a startup cool?

Probably the must important element to becoming a cool startup, is that execution is everything. I don’t know any world changing company that is not product focused.

As The Next Web points out, getting coverage with so many sites and publications out there is cool. The real value comes from building something that solves a real problem, executing flawlessly, and doing the right thing.


2How can you make more money from your online transactions? By eliminating credit card fees. This 28-Year-Old's Startup Is Moving $350 Million And Wants To Completely Kill Credit Cards

how do I get paid through a website without paying credit card fees?  We pitched a bank, and amazingly enough they said, "We'll give it a shot."

Dwolla was built by 28-old Ben Milne, a former online merchant, for consumers. The company only takes $0.25 each transaction whether it's moving $1 or $1,000. The large percentage of their business so far is business-to-business, consumer-to-business, and business-to-consumer. 11% of their business is person-to-person. One to watch for mobile payments.


3Data mining is the new Holy Grail of marketing. Tech Blogger Starts a Company Around His Data Mining (a.k.a. Web Stalking) Skills

(Marshall) Kirkpatrick had developed over his years at ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch tools for getting scoops not by talking to sources but by tracking people online.

I've appreciated the insights Kirkpatrick brought to his RWW stories, so I'm tagging Plexus Engine as a company to watch. It's been in testing for over one year.


4With tablets, iPhones, and Androids to choose from, which device should you build your app for first? IBM found that Shoppers with iPads spend more

"The iPad user is converting — meaning they're buying something — almost twice as frequently as other mobile users," says John Squire, chief strategy officer at IBM Coremetrics. "Not only do they buy more frequently than other mobile users (iPhone and Android users) when they're in an online store, but they also buy more than the average PC shopper or average mobile shopper."

One consideration is that people don't carry their tablets to stores, or may not have a phone carrier enabled on their tablets because they use it mostly at home.


5You know the line from a Seth Godin book title: Small is New Big. How Google+ And Other "Little Versions Of Facebook" Solve Social Media's "Big" Problem

[…] the concept of small might turn out to be an advantage when it comes to organizing friends. A slew of smaller social networks are popping up to better capture the nuances of our offline relationships, from Foursquare (for location sharing) and LinkedIn (for professional contacts) to Instagram and Path (for photo sharing).

And we're just getting started, that's all I can say at this point. Watch this space for more in coming weeks.

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