My favorite startups embody that “deep impact” factor — products that promise to shake an industry down to its very core. In my recent study, following trends within the consumer technology sector, I have noticed these deep impact concepts are few and far between. The blame lies within the skittish financial resources that were once far more daring.
Take a moment to study products like Pebble and Ouya. They’re prime examples of brilliant ideas that required assistance from crowd funding. Concepts that encourage their competitors to go back to the drawling board and devise a game plan. Who really knows what would of happened to those prototypes. If it weren’t for Kickstarter, projects like Ouya, would have died a slow death at the hands of VC’s.
Most entrepreneurs, in my opinion, should rejoice. The lull pertaining to innovation is subsiding. Why is that? Society’s growing thirst for new ideas that invent opportunities to make the world better and smarter is spreading fast.
That so-called thirst is what gave rise to crowd funding. The public, therefore, has begun directing various markets by shifting a percentage of their spending into nurturing development instead of brick and mortar purchases. We can expect smaller companies to begin controlling consumer demand with their flexibility and approachability. These are characteristics the Fortune 500 can only dream of possessing.
Deep impact: an idea that revises a competitor’s thinking and contributes value to the global community’s way of life. Whether you create things independently or support these developers, my friend, the power to usher tomorrow’s next best thing is brought forth through our actions.
Prajex, my new startup, launched onto the web about 32 days ago. We’re a three member team with a background in film, economics, and advertsing. We also partnered with 23 companies that specialize in all areas of business dev. That number continues to grow and our network of partners should eclipse 300 within the year. All of us are extremely dedicated and each founder contains some form of delusional optimism that pours over into our work.
What makes us special? The business model is designed to capitalize on ideas. Since everyone, at some point, has an idea— Prajex offers an outlet to bring those concepts to market. It doesn’t matter how small or big the idea either. It could be your dream to build your own space program or a burning desire to design a case for Apple’s iPhone. My team can orchestrate the proper associations to make it all happen.
We label ourselves as a concept development agency. I think, however, others prefer to call us project outsource management. Anyway you slice it, we’re idea manufactures: just like you.
Prajex represents my prediction that the next major trend on the web is crowd source collaboration. I can’t simply fathom anything more valuable than feedback and yielding meaningful connections to make great things happen.
Other entrepreneurs and visionaries have already set the foundation to this pending future. Dorsey created the perfect mechanism to traffic information. Zuck gave us the tools to connect all the dots in our social lives. There’s so many additional imitators out there rounding off that social networking ride, too. Now it is time to encourage mass collaboration and give incentive to a booming global community of users to solve real world problems.
I have always said that people should be proactive and transparent with their ideas. Why? Because someone somewhere has the same idea already— and it’s a race for whoever can do it effectively and efficiently first. I still cannot promise you, investors or even myself that Prajex will create a noticeable dent on the worldwide web. But I can promise that it’s only a matter of time until someone creates a platform that excels human imagination and translates our accomplishments into pure innovation.
Do you understand the value with all this?
The key component for success is bringing the right people together. That’s at least true for business and I am betting that is accurate for everything else. Prajex is my first attempt at giving you and everyone else a place to nurture tomorrow’s next best thing.
I believe wholeheartedly that we need something like my startup to move things rapidly forward. Even if investors continue to dabble around, I will filter my energy into the platform called Prajex.
Long distance relationships are for anyone willing to take the dive into uncertainty. They take an incredible amount of disclosure and courage. You could argue any LDR requires more trust between the two agreeing parties compared to your more traditional dating episodes.
I have been involved this lovely girl depicted below. While we haven’t agreed a definitive time since we started dating, Minna may debate me on this, but we have been together for about 1 year. I personally have learned a tremendous amount about these long distance commitments and what it takes to make it work. This is article 1 of 30 debuting this calendar year. I hope you enjoy.
Here’s the 30 second backstory…
Minna is from Seinajoki, Finland. We met at Old Key Lime House in Lake Worth, Florida. She was here on a internship and we connected almost immediately. In March 2011, 3 months after Minna went back home to Finland, and after a little pleading, she agreed to let me come see her the following month in April. We continued to do very well together. Minna came back to Florida 32 days later on May 16th — her birthday. Both of us traveled one additional time to each other’s home country to spend as much time together as possible. Since meeting we’ve spent about 8 months physically in the same zip code. At times it has been trying, however, our relationship together is an amazing accomplishment. If you’re reading this and you are in the same situation —- curious as to how a LDR may work —- I’ll do my best to provide some assistance with several real world examples.
The first law of long distance relationships: Always speak your mind.
Many of us are not open enough in our relationships. Communication is key, even more so for any LDR. Though, keep in mind, there’s many aspects of communication. Transparency is one of them. Emotions, specifically negative ones, build up over time. That is why it’s so important to express those feelings. Share whatever may be upsetting you or causing any distress. By simply being open with your counterpart you manufacture a stronger bond between you both. Don’t hold anything back. You learn faster by putting all those good and bad emotions on the conversation table. Same goes for the other side of the coin. Share everything that you enjoy. The little things you appreciate in your relationship.
Oh, yeah. That bond developed through consistent open dialogue becomes an unbreakable force keeping you two safe. Traditional relationship folk are going to be jealous over the rough patches that the two of you will easily be capable of triumphing again-and-again. It’s quite awesome.
It is preferable, however, to have as much face time as possible. Pick your poison, ladies and gentlemen. Skype? Google Hangout? We’re guilty of not skyping frequently— twice a week is my personal goal. Seeing each other during any conversation makes it less possible for miscommunications that come with text. Believe me that can happen a lot.
There’s more to come. Hopefully the succeeding posts will be in thematical order. By the way, Minna, I love you. Thanks to everyone else for reading. Have you ever been in a relationship? I’d love to read about it in the comment section below!
Your idea isn’t required to be perfect. No entrepreneur starts a company with the ideal product. Great authors, after all, revise their book after publication numerous times. So delaying your product until it’s ready for market is just another way of saying “I’ll never get to it.” Check out what to do below.
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My portable notebook lives entirely in the cloud. My modest book collection is nestled in electronic ink. My phone has more processing power than all of NASA’s computers in 1969. My next car will most likely collect “fuel” from the charging dock in my garage. The future looks exciting. I wish to further my involvement with tomorrow.
I’m in early stages of launching my new company. Inspired by ideas from humanity, I think there’s a market for excelling our collective imagination. To begin our web, as we understand it today, can be broken down into 4 layers.
4. Social Media
My guess is collaboration will be the next layer to blanket our interactions online. This will be perfected in a way not yet accomplished on the internet. The most valuable resource on the planet, I believe, is information. More specifically, though, feedback. There’s a shortage of feedback to be had online and, sadly, there is little value produced between users in current state of the web. Anything meaningful needs to be brought into the real world. That’s because ideas are easily visualized during “coffee house” interactions.
How can we improve how we collaborate on ideas through the web?
Construct a platform that allows users to visually spectate the progress of ideas, problems and solutions. A place where anyone is enabled to provide valuable feedback and rank user contributions—- utilizing similar gaming mechanics found in popular check-in applications (see Foursquare). In this space people can buy, sell and exchange ideas. I think this will usher in a new marketplace for curating innovation.
This is just a tiny peek into my untitled project. I will over the coming weeks update my blog with additional insights to my Future of Tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Here’s 10 gift ideas ranging from free to 349.00 USD. Slightly more modest than last year’s list, this round promises to entice your wallet for the benefit of your loved ones.
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5. Chromebook by Samsung – The perfect gift for your web-addict friends. Just 349.00 USD.
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