Posts Tagged ‘pre-market opportunities’

5 Leading Questions for Disruptively Innovative Companies

December 15th, 2013

If you haven’t read my last post Innovators Dilemna http://www.socialgastronomy.com/?p=1939, this post is going to be a nice list of questions that are nice to think about in your spare time; between 9:02PM and 9:17pm on Sunday night after the kids go-to-bed and before your prep for the week.

If you have read that post, you will be coming to the conclusion that you need to fix buyer adoption NOW. Its not a nice to fix, but a must fix if we are going to monetize this amazing technology we created. You have come to the uncomfortable realization that nobody buys technology these days. They buy solutions to fix major problems that they cannot fix on their own. Must have purchases or die. You are NOT in the technology business, but in the MUST FIX OR DIE business. So, with that said, what are the 5 leading questions that you MUST FIX OR DIE for your Disruptively Innovative, but Complex business?

1. How do we find more opportunities? In-market would be nice if we ACTUALLY had a market yet, but we need a more effective way to scale finding more pre-market opportunities before our sales team runs out of people in their networks.

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Do or Die – The Adoption Venture Funding Quagmire

November 14th, 2013

For disruptive technology companies, the key is to become less disruptive in your adoption. For technology venture investors, the key is to minimize your cost of adoption to the buyers, which will drive your market adoption. Investing in the market before buyers is an expensive proposition for which there is a better use of funds.

Venture capital is a risk management game. Invest in a certain number of companies, expect a certain number will fail, but make sure you have a minimum number of “wins” sufficient to drive a return. Simple, right? Not really because the elephant in the room is adoption. Great technology, but unable to find a market, couldn’t capitalize on the early wins, couldn’t get it to market, beat by a weaker technology, bigger guys moved in, etc.

Let’s face it, if technology investing was really about “technology”, every venture firm would be really a R&D shop. Good technology is the first step in developing a technology company on the way to building a market to driving a return.

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Example of “Defining the Problem” for Buyers

October 28th, 2013

Our Target Companies have BtoB Complex, Innovative Technologies with the 4C’s of Adoption Complexity = Problems, Markets, Buyer Organizations, and Solutions

What Problem Do We Solve for Them?
Fix “problem adoption” which is underpinning their market adoption. Problem is not pain. Problem is the underlying cause, pain is the resulting symptoms. Buyers buy to fix a problem, not buy a really cool technology. Well, in more sophisticated buying organizations with adult supervision over their investment in technology or solutions. Very few organizations have a blank check on their spending, but most have to justify to management why they need the latest and greatest in terms of business impact, risk, prioritization, return, adoption, etc.

How Do We Fix the Problem?
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