As technology continuously improves, it is clear now that there is no ceiling to what is possible in the future. Everything that was thought to be impossible is now starting to seem feasible through the use and understanding of the internet and computers. No one really knows what the future holds, but if the last decade is at all a sign, we are in for some huge changes.
Imagine a world where everything you use from your home to the exterior environment has some type of sensor that can pick up different pieces of data depending on the user’s preference. These sensors will be able to pick up any reading based on the way the apparatus or object is used and can continuously be updated in regards to the information one is trying to quantify. In other words if you like lights in a room at a certain brightness, the sensor will start to pick up on this and set accordingly. From the time a person wakes up to the time they fall asleep and even as they are asleep, a human can still be monitored.
As this blog is being written, monitoring devices that can be placed into anything and everything are starting to be developed while some technology has already begun to be commercialized. New products are becoming smarter and more efficient only because everything is becoming more personalized to your needs. Its only a matter of time until everything you do will be turned into data that will be manipulated into information for someone to analyze.
Over time everything in life will be so convenient from the coffee brewing on its own at the time one prefers to a wrist watch reading a person’s vital signs and making sure the body is healthy. The best part is, no one has to set the certain preferences since the Internet of Things will be constantly learning about everyone.
You might be wondering where all this information will be sent. Large corporations will most likely have full control over all the information that is being picked up by the thing a person is currently using. As this slowly creeps in, people will possibly fail to realize how much of their personal information is no longer so personal. Privacy might become a huge issue since majority of society is starting to already give out a lot of data that companies such as facebook and amazon have to interpret the user's interests through algorithms that are embedded into the application.
There is no doubt that one day the world will be ran by technology. A large percentage of society need some form of technology for their day-to-day activity. The only questions is if we will notice when everything about us can be seen by the public because for some of us, this already rings true. And if technology does eventually take over the world, will it be for the greater good or will a select group of companies or government have complete power over it.
Many entrepreneurs think by having a great product or service in mind, that the greatest challenge is over. Most individuals fail to realize what it takes to make an idea come to fruition so it blows away the audience. The idea itself is not as important as the team building the actual product.
Entrepreneurs must have a team of people who are as interested in making the vision as the entrepreneur themselves. The reason for this is because there will be a plethora of unseen challenges that each member of the team will come across that will place that person outside of their comfort zone. The ones who are truly in love with the idea tend to persevere over the people who are there to capitalize on the possible value of the startup (not to say its not exciting for that one day when you realize your startup is worth millions of dollars).
Now the question is how do you find people who show those great characteristics for team members? First, you need to know what types of skills you will need to accomplish the vision. At first there will probably be only a few types of skills that pop into your head. Over time though, that list will grow and you will constantly be needing to look for others, but as you meet more people, that job will become easier. Secondly, the people you do find not only need the skill sets you require, but also need to share your vision for what the whole idea accomplishes.
Many people will enjoy listening to the idea and maybe even give you some feedback. This doesn't neccessarily mean they are interested. Entrepreneurs must find others with the same passion and a great work ethic. If someone joins the team and is not showing the loyalty and focus that will be needed to push this idea to the next level the entrepreneur has to be willing to let that individual go and hope they find someone better. If that team member sticks around, that could ruin the chemistry between other members who do show the passion.
One way to tell if an individual has the drive to bring your startup to the next level is if they ever take the time to contact you to discuss the project. If the Entrepreneur is constantly having to get ahold of the person it is probably not worth the time. It is key to have a team that is equally invested in the startup.
Eventually, once the A-team has been assembled and has had time to bond, each member will be pitching their own entrepreneurial ideas that will help focus the vision. By then it will not be so much the entrepreneurs vision for the company, but the group as a whole from all the contibutions they have made physically and mentally.
Once an entrepreneur has gotten to this phase where they have a team that is trusted, anything is possible. Even if a certain idea for a startup does not work out, new projects will arise giving way to a better start at a project with an already established group.
There are so many creative people out in the world, your job is to find them!!
One of the most sought after titles in recent times is being able to call oneself an entrepreneur. In reality, what is an entrepreneur, and is the historic title the same as it once was?
Many people in todays society want to call themselves entrepeneurs and work tirelessly for that title. They search endlessly for the next big idea or invention that could help them strike it rich and bring these individuals to the top of the charts. Sadly, it does not work that way. Many of the so called entrepreneurs that had the opportunity to do great things were presented these chances because they had the skill set required and they happen to be at the right place at the right time. For your business to be successful, there needs to be a want for the product or service that you are providing.
Many great ideas are awesome in thought, but really do not apply to enough people to make a market out of it. Everything that is created needs to make life more convient for another individual in order to be valuable. Many people come up with interesting products that act as gimmicks and in the moment, people might find those items fun, but if it does not affect the persons life in any major way or enough for the customer to notice a difference they will not stay interested.
Entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs became successful because no one had ever really heard of a desktop computer for the basic user until he came along. Only hobbyist and professionals were able to work with computers because it was mandatory to know how to program if anything was to be done. Steve Wozniak happened to be working on a keyboard that could connect to a screen in real time and did not require learning a programming language and Jobs took notice. Even though Steve Jobs was not the real brains behind the making of the Apple computer, he was the mastermind behind turning it into a valuable product. He realized that many people did not know what they wanted and if people understood what could be done with a computer, it would change society. In this sense, he was a visionary.
Its not about what you make as an entrepreneur, its all about waiting for the right time. As someone who loves business, I understand that many ideas come to a lot of inspiring Entrepreneurs. If you acted on all of these visions that went through your mind, less than 1 percent of those businesses would come to fruition. One cannot go out looking for a probelm to find the solution, but find a solution because they were not looking for a problem.
The problems you face everyday in society are only so bearable until you find a way to improve them. Its not only your problems, but the problems that others come across and explain to you in great detail when they become truly frusterated. These are the times you need to act on a product or service that could fill a gap for the individual facing such problems. Because if that one person is facing a unique problem on a daily basis or enough for it to become annoying, imagine how many others are dealing with same annoyances.
This is where becoming an entrepreneur is key. You are the able body who can jump in and fill that gap and the best part is there is already a customer, the person who complained about the problem in the first place, ready to be served because they are the one who is in search for something better. This is why it is great to listen to other peoples problems. For one, it will make you out to be a good person by listening, but secondly, you also have to be a problem solver. Everything in society can become more efficient, your job is to find out how based off your needs and the needs of people around you.
Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what you need to do in order to become the best possible entrepreneur. Everyone has the abilities to do amazing things in their life time, it just depends if you are patient and can act on a thought or idea properly. Many people think that an amazing idea is the only way to become a successful entrepreneur. This is not true. The most important part of creating something great is by having a great processs and an exceptional team to lead you there.
Beginning on June 25th, the Business Innovation center will be hosting it's first coding academy. The Coding Foundry's goal is to prepare any student with interests in computer related activities for opportunities in the business world.
Through out a semster long program, students will be learning technical skills for developing software, applications and web sites. It will encompass all the technical training one needs to be successful in the jobs of tomorrow. "Our vision is to help fill the gap for businesses who are looking to find qualified programmers, but have come up empty handed because no one is teaching the necessary skills", says Chris Nielsen of CNP Integrations. We will offer hands on training targeted at building a solid foundation for web technologies or becoming proficient at computer programming.
Find out how you can gain the skills to become a web site builder or software developer or online savvy professional by going to http://www.meetup.com/Fall-River-New-Technology-and-Business-Innovation-Meetup/events/222996237/. By joining the meetup, you will recieve all the latest updates and events that are happening so you never miss a thing!