What Are the Top Three Reasons Tech Start-Ups Fail?

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Long before I started pursuing my first entrepreneurial venture, ieLogic, I was drawn to the idea of filling needs, of finding solutions. Since that first venture, I have continued looking for solutions to problems I see in the world around me, leading me to become a serial entrepreneur. Some of my ventures have been successful, some less so.

Unfortunately, even though we want them to, not every new business or new idea is going to succeed. However, we can look at some of the most common reasons why startups in general and technology startups in particular tend to fail in order to minimize the likelihood of our own startups failing before they get a chance to really succeed. To that end, I’ve put together what I consider to be the top three reasons why startups fail.

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Is the Apple Watch the Game Changer for the Smartwatch Industry?

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The attempt to create a smartwatch with widespread appeal is the latest fracas in wearable technology, and despite the widespread perception that the appeal of smartwatches is currently limited to the fitness and geek niches, Apple is joining in with the Apple Watch. While few people were surprised by Apple choosing to throw their hat into this particular ring, many were surprised by the name. With the success of the iMac, iPad, iPod and iPhone, most people were expecting the iWatch. But putting naming quirks aside for the time being, the question remains: will Apple succeed where others have failed and make the smartwatch popular outside of niche markets?

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3 Android OS Security Tips

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There’s a lot of debate out there about whether iOS or Android is better. Both systems have their devoted fans and their frenetic detractors. This post is not meant to jump into that debate. It’s simply meant to look at some of Android’s latest security and give you some advice on how to protect your information on your Android device. However, it’s not possible to talk about Android security without mentioning the fragmentation issue.  [Read more…]

With 3D Printing, the Future Is Now!

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Even if you’ve never watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’ve probably heard of the show’s “replicators” that created food and other objects on demand. The show was never very clear on how these machines worked, but they could create pretty much any inanimate object as long as its molecular structure was on file. When the show debuted in 1987, that idea was generally considered to be a pretty outlandish aspect of the science fiction show. However, with the recent emergence and advancement of 3D printing technology, I think we’re moving toward a reality where the idea of replicating objects from raw materials is a generally accepted practice rather than an element of science fiction. You may even say that the future is now. [Read more…]

Learning About Wireless Charging

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Picture a world with no tangled charging cables, the ability to charge mobile devices almost anywhere, and wireless kitchen appliances. That probably sounds like something out of a Jetsons cartoon, but it’s a world we’re moving toward at increasing speed. The idea of wireless power is not a new one. Nikola Tesla experimented with wireless power as early as the 1880s1, and Oral-B’s rechargeable toothbrushes have used wireless inductive charging since the early 1990s.2

There’s a lot of science behind wireless charging, also called inductive charging, but I’ll try to explain the basics as simply as I can. If you don’t care how it works, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph. In essence, an electromagnetic field is used to transfer energy between two objects. A charging pad has a transmission coil that converts a regular alternating current into an electromagnetic field. The receiving device has a receiving coil that converts the electromagnetic energy back into electrical current that the device uses to charge its battery. [Read more…]

Internet Data Traffic is Growing by Leaps and Bounds

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Every second, there are approximately 23,532 gigabytes of Internet traffic.1 When I do the math, that comes out to approximately 2 exabytes (2,033,164,800 gigabytes) every day. To give that a little perspective, that’s double the total amount of Internet traffic back in 2000.2 A large part of that leap in usage is due to the rise in data traffic, especially high definition (HD) content, like video. [Read more…]

Learn About Smart Home Technology

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One of the new trends in technology is the “smart home.” While the industry is still mostly in the “early adopter” phase, prices are coming down and availability is going up. Most of the smart home technology falls into one of five categories: home access, appliances, lighting and climate control, home communications, and home entertainment. [Read more…]

Quantum Computing in the Cloud

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Because it’s based on quantum mechanics, really understanding quantum computing is generally a little bit beyond the average Joe. Even the basic explanation gets complicated: while traditional, digital computers store information in binary digits, or bits, which are always in one of two defined states (0 or 1), quantum computers use subatomic superposition and entanglement to allow their quantum bits, or qubits, to be in more than one state simultaneously (0, 1, or 0 and 1).1 This basically means that a quantum computer can perform operations exponentially more complex than those that can be performed by more traditional computers. [Read more…]

Building and Developing Mobile Apps

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There are a lot of mobile apps out there. With them, you can do almost anything from learning to play the piano to raising dragons. Each of these apps (and every future app) had to go through the process of being built and developed. If you’ve had an idea for the next big app, I’d like to give you an overview of the process you can probably expect to tackle in order to move forward with building and developing your idea. [Read more…]