We hear about them everyday, those hyper successful startups in Silicon Valley that are able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and create billion dollar companies out of thin air. As a business owner, these headlines can either be frustrating or motivating… or both. When we hear about huge successes, it’s nice to look at case studies. What did the company do to become so successful? What were their specific steps to achieve greatness?
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Being a tech guy in a non-tech industry, I get to attend all of the conferences, sales pitches and key note speakers that like to throw around the latest and greatest buzzwords. Today’s buzzword, “Disruptive Technology” (a.k.a. Disruptive Innovation). Click Here to Keep Reading
Learning technology isn’t hard, it just takes practice. Let’s face it, there are a lot of smart and capable people that just suck when it comes to technology. Are you one of them?
I once had someone explain to me “you know what, I’ve been around technology my whole life. Learning machine language, Fortran, working in DOS… I’m just too old to learn new things”. Let’s take this apart and try to understand it. This guy’s telling me that he learnt computer skills when computers were made solely for technically savvy people. Machine learning isn’t intuitive. It isn’t easy to understand. A person cannot simply walk up to a mainframe and start programming it. The trouble that I have with a response like this is that he was talking about his apprehension to learn how to use an iPad. An iPad! My 5 year nephew knows how to use an iPad. Cats know how to use iPads and they poop in a box!
It’s a common misnomer that young people that grow up with technology are inherently better with technology. Typically, when we think of today’s young people we think millennials and younger (which I just so happen to fall into). Millennials were the first generation to grow up with the fast functioning interconnected network of instant information and instant satisfaction that we’ve come to know as the internet. Being young and adventurous during the .com boom has given us an amazing opportunity to adopt and take full advantage of a plethora of amazing technologies as we progress through our lives.