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The Importance of an Aligned Innovation Ecosystem

New product development (NPD) is a fundamental business process but it is also one of the riskiest. Even major corporations with their systems of checks and balances can have failures as testament to the existence of products like the Apple Newton, Crystal Pepsi, Microsoft Zune and the Sony Betamax and Reader. Read more...

The Freemium Business Model

In recent years a new type of business model has been popular in the software industry and has been seen as a major contributing factor to the success of companies like business social media company LinkedIn, data analytics firm Splunk and archive software company Evernote. Read more...

How start-ups can secure VC investment

Starting a business is a lifelong dream for many people and although it can be a struggle at times, particularly at the very beginning, the rewards can make it all worthwhile. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is raising sufficient finance until the business generates sufficient revenue to become self sufficient. Read more...

Samsung Benefits from Japanese Capitulation

After the world came to terms with the 2009 global financial crisis, analysts were quick to point out that the world as we knew it would never be the same and that now was the time for new companies to drive the technology industry forward.While Sony, Panasonic and Sharp are battling to survive in tough market conditions Samsung has grown to become the 15th biggest company in the world with a market capitalization of $195-billion. Read more...

Timing the exit strategy

With all investments one of the most important aspects to consider is the timing of the exit strategy. Like all VC’s, when we invest in a company typically it will be for a set period of time, normally between 3 - 7 years and will look to exit once we realize our projected return on investment (ROI) so that it can be reinvested in other companies. Read more...

The importance of researching external factors

Before starting a new business or launching a new product/service it’s a fundamental core practice to conduct thorough research of every factor associated with the business and its target market to identify and mitigate any associated risks. However an easy area to neglect is the external environment which can contain opportunities and potential threats that are not immediately apparent without proper research and analysis. Read more...

Simon & Schuster talks an indication of the changing nature of the industry

The changing nature of the technology market, which is seeing users move away from PC’s towards mobile technology such as tablets and smartphones, is not only having a profound impact on hardware manufacturers but it is also changing the way information is gathered and managed to suit what is becoming a mobile economy. Read more...

Apps key to building a popular tailor made product

Identifying user trends and offering a tailor made package are all key contributors to developing a product which is both functional and popular, and a major draw card in attracting a larger user base.Read more...

The Freemium Business Model

In recent years a new type of business model has been popular in the software industry and has been seen as a major contributing factor to the success of companies like business social media company LinkedIn, data analytics firm Splunk and archive software company Evernote. Read more...

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