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The Most Famous Lean Startup – EVER!

By | October 29th, 2012|Tech Talk|

Detroit; We got our Ford, Dodge, Durant and Chrysler.  We got our Strohs, Illitch, Karmanos & Gilbert.  We got a whole slew of up-and-comers, most all had modest upbringing and rose to success through vision, risk, and hard work.  True entrepreneurs. However, my favorite Detroiter-turned-entrepreneur of all time is the one-and-only [...]

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Top-10 Things I’m Thinking About When ‘Catching’ Your Startup Pitch

By | October 9th, 2012|Tech Talk|

When I was a kid in little-league baseball, I played the position of catcher.  I loved being a catcher because it kept me in the action of the game.  I knew that the catcher was a very powerful position and important because I was not only evaluating the competition, but [...]

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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

By | May 10th, 2012|App Development, Featured|

I am THE Venture Technologist Nice, maybe I should start referring to myself in the third-person. Thirty-six years programming, testing, architecting, operating, managing…  After thirty-six years working for startups, founding startups, performing due-diligence for M&A work, and now mentoring startups and doing due-diligence and consulting for private-equity investments, I have [...]

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A Plethora of Programmers

By | December 21st, 2011|Tech Talk|

"Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means [...]

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Open-up! Technical Due-Diligence For Your Start-up

By | November 3rd, 2011|Tech Talk|

  I've been involved in dozens of mergers and acquisitions, mostly for technology due-diligence.  It's a lot of fun because you get to meet smart people, review a lot of code, and generally no one listens to your advice when you're finished! OK, that's just sour-grapes because us techies are [...]

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“Starting Up” Disruptive Technologies

By | October 28th, 2011|Tech Talk|

Consumers drive feature/functionality adoption, but true technical innovation come from visionaries in companies who follow their own instincts. Run as many customer focus groups you want, but the really cool tech innovations do NOT come from a study or committee. Startup companies are in the unique position to drive technology [...]

Ten reasons why a mobile-startup is like a garage-band

By | October 10th, 2011|Tech Talk|

Not THE Garage Band by Apple but all the garage-bands I played in the 70's.   During my 'missing years' I played in a lot of rock-bands.  We all talked about what life would be like when we 'made it', meaning signing a BIG record contract.   If you measure [...]

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Serendipity for Startup Success

By | September 22nd, 2011|Tech Talk|

At Compuware Ventures, we get very excited when we listen to pitches from entrepreneurs.  What they all have in common is a passion for their ideas and their belief in imminent success.  What they all don't have in common is the ability to understand the scope of work involved in building [...]

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