Ed: I believe this an underserved market, development finance is really tough to get, but there is a reason for that.
Property development is a highly risky game with massive rewards once you get it right but so many things can go wrong during the process.
Development Application delays from the council, legal action from neighbours, building delays due to weather and every day you lose comes off the bottom line.
Its a tough market and it has a high failure rate but this problem is real, the banks do a crappy job, my biggest concern is that developers are probably a lot sharper and have a highly honed sense of survival, far more than startups.
Ed: For those still practising the dark arts of Search Engine Optimisation this platform is probably about 5 years too late. While Google is the only game in town at least in US & Australia, manipulating your pages to achieve SEO rankings just doesn’t seem to have the juice it did 5 years ago.
I can hear SEO people screaming. While I acknowledge there are some things you can do to really break your search engine visibility, I think the days of playing SEO games are going away.
Only this morning I received a message from Google Webmaster telling me that they couldn’t crawl all my CSS and JS files due to a Theme upgrade and robots.txt rules. They know [...]
Ed: Made me laugh, will probably sell a million, also to those who haven’t experienced the pain of building hardware possibly have no appreciation for how hard this would have been to build.Startup Name DIRO the bear What problem are you solving? Brand new smart toy for children, acting as a best friend What is your solution? Internet connected teddy-bear robot. He can hear, he can speak and he can answer. Target Market Children 3-12 How will you make money? Subscription/Advertisement Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? Programmer, engineer and entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience Founders Names Dmitry What type [...]
Ed: This is a higher touch sales process than a lot of e-commerce sites might want but you have to think this is going to massively increase conversion rates.Startup Name Engage What problem are you solving? Legacy text chat, with their impersonal little boxes and nameless faceless call center experiences was the only option for website chat for the last fifteen years. Unfortunately it diminishes the customer experience to a sterile, one-time-only meeting. Until Engage came along, companies just didn’t have a good way to deliver a chat experience helped to build lasting relationships with web-based customers. What is your solution? At Engage we were sick and tired [...]
A couple of weeks back, on the occasion of my daughter’s impending birthday, I was wandering through Westfield Plaza in the city on a shopping expedition. Already dulled senseless by Zara, Seed, & Bardot Junior I was greatly relieved to find a Tesla Motors’ Model S on display right in the middle of the mall. I sent my daughter on her way to the next shop and told her where to find me when she was done.
Sitting in the Tesla I was immediately impressed with the user interface and classy interior of the car. So when asked by the marketing budgie if I wanted to book a test drive, I of course answered in the affirmative.
Now I don’t drive much these [...]
Ed: This looks very interesting but the pitch was a little different to the website when I visited it. I couldn’t quite work out if the app was meant for an employer to use or a jobseeker.
I got the impression from the pitch that this would find me jobs based on an AI powered backend which in theory sounds great but when you register it just seems to be a sophisticated landing site.
After going through the signup process (which was powered by another startup called typeform.com) it now occurs to me that I was just part of someones user validation test.
Hypothesis was can you get someone to signup to your form on the pretext of signing into an application. [...]
Ed: I implemented my first CRM about 15 years ago, at the time ACT was a very popular single contact manager (that’s what we called it before CRM was a thing).
As the business grew we needed to network the CRM so moved to a Goldmine network license.
There is probably a good case study about what happened to Goldmine, how they didn’t become Salesforce, Goldmine owned the CRM market 15 years ago, looking at their website my guess is that they have stayed with the old school office server based software licensing model and are being swamped by rabid cloud based competitors, but at least they are still in business 15 years later which is an unusual [...]