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The Hard Truth About Acquiring Your First 100,000 Users

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The Hard Truth About Acquiring Your First 100,000 Users

When running a tech startup you would think the hardest part about building your business is actually creating your product or software. The hard truth is that anyone can learn how to code a website or mobile app and then launch it themselves (or with a team of developers). The challenging part of getting the…

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Why Running a Tech Startup is one of the Most Challenging Jobs Out There

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Why Running a Tech Startup is one of the Most Challenging Jobs Out There

As most of you know, I am currently running my fifth tech startup and just launched the beta site last month. To most people, my job seems glorious, fun, exciting, and full of perks. But the truth is, running my tech startup is the most difficult, challenging, and stressful job I’ve ever had, and here’s…

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FOHO: Fear of Helping out in the Philly tech scene

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FOHO: Fear of Helping out in the Philly tech scene

In Silicon Valley there is a popular term called FOMO (Fear of Missing out), meaning investors throw money at as many tech startups as they can because they’re afraid to miss the next Uber or Facebook. If only that were the case here in Philadelphia. Instead we have quite the opposite.  I am coining a…

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How Saxbys makes life better one cup of coffee at a time

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How Saxbys makes life better one cup of coffee at a time

The world runs on coffee among other things, yet not much has changed in the world of coffee besides a Caramel Macchiato or Soy Vanilla Latte.  CEO of Saxbys Coffee Nick Bayer has something to say about that.  “It’s hard to be great at providing a service that consumers come to you for.” Said Bayer….

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Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Self Driving Cars, Drones and How They Will Affect Us

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Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Self Driving Cars, Drones and How They Will Affect Us

The more I read about the Oculus Rift or other virtual reality (VR) goggles, 3-D printers and what they are creating, self-driving cars from Google, Tesla, or Apple, and how drones are really taking over our skies, I start to wonder where is our society headed? We already revolve our lives around technology, whether social…

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This Philadelphia school replaced textbooks with iPads

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This Philadelphia school replaced textbooks with iPads

Teachers at Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School create custom learning materials with iPad, iTunes U, and iBooks Author. As the city’s largest tuition-free K–12 charter school, they implement STEAM curriculum that emphasizes academic and artistic excellence equally. And with Apple technology at the core of teaching and learning, their teachers design their own curriculum,…

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DroneCop: The Future of Police in the Sky

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DroneCop: The Future of Police in the Sky

A gang of thieves just robbed a bank and are driving recklessly through the city in a getaway car. The police are too late and the thieves got away with million dollars in cash and jewels. Surveillance cameras capture their escape. A drone police pilot dispatches a drone cop, and it takes off immediately. The…

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How to find out if your idea is worth pursuing

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How to find out if your idea is worth pursuing

So you have a new idea for an app, a product, or just a small business that will allow you the freedom to quit your job. It’s a very daunting and intimidating path that you are about to take, and most people don’t take the risk, they are too afraid. So how do you eliminate…

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Deliveries by Drone: What will it be like?

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Deliveries by Drone: What will it be like?

As most of you know, Amazon is getting closer to delivering your packages via drone.  I’m sure everyone is wondering what it will actually be like.  Will you have to stand outside when the drone arrives?  Will the drone know that your dog is in the yard…and avoid it?  How quickly will the drone deliver your…

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The difference between a vertical market and pivoting your startup

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The difference between a vertical market and pivoting your startup

Running your startup over the course of a couple of years with your team is a very challenging thing to do without funding. The few that have succeeded are the success stories that you hear every day. A lot of these large companies at one point did something different, but realized it wasn’t working out. …

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