Startup Focus with Game-Changers, Presented by SAP

Startup Focus with Game-Changers, Presented by SAP

Game-changing technologies are transformational, exciting and disruptive for a reason. They shake up the status quo. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow. They move you in amazing new directions. Take Big Data. In the last few years, Big Data has gone from buzzword du jour to making a significant impact in all facets of our public and private lives. Whether serving-up finely-tuned ads on Social media sites, or delivering better services to residents in cities, the impact and potential of Big Data are just beginning to be realized. Join host Bonnie D. Graham for Startup Focus with Game-Changers, our series about today’s top innovative Startups and emerging trends in the Big Data space, including Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, and learn how you can grow your business and profit.

Episodes

July 10, 2018 57 min
The buzz: Congratulations! How do you know when your tech startup is a success? A big enterprise answers your call. What’s in it for them? Your disruptive products and solutions deliver the innovation they cannot develop on their own due to cost, change-resistant culture, lack of agility, and sluggish internal creativity. Our panel of startups and advisors will share insights on the entrepreneur’s journey from vision to getting th...
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The buzz: “The customer’s perception is your reality” (Kate Zabriskie). Computers, mobile phones and devices listen, learn, speak in human-like cognitive interactions, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Smart companies are marrying AI-savvy bots with a human touch to help customer service reps prioritize, respond better, and proactively offer solutions that may eliminate the need for service. Can AI revolutionize your customer serv...
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The buzz: Where does the average Joe store their money? In a bank’s current or savings account or a safety deposit. But the blockchain could become a new repository of value (R. Botsman). Blockchain is redefining how we transact in the digital world where digitized trust is required. WEF research found 58% of tech execs expect 10% of global GDP ($5.3 trillion) to be stored on the blockchain by 2025. Are startups paying attention? T...
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The buzz: “The real secret of success in Government 2.0 is thinking about government as a platform” (Dr. Mark Drapeau). “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” resonates around the world, yet polls reveal deep distrust of governing institutions that forget the people. Enter E-Government and Open Government. When combined, they pave the way for Government 2.0, a next generation collaborative technology using socia...
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The buzz: “Retail is undergoing a massive change, and there is a chance for new leaders to emerge and older brands to reinvent themselves. (Kirsten Green) Retailers: Your in-store customer experience can account for up to 98% of total sales. Going digital shouldn't mean focusing on “clicks” instead of “bricks”. To compete with online retailers, brick-and-mortar stores need to transform. How? Tesla acts strictly as a showroom, ...
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March 13, 2018 55 min
The buzz: “In 2017 over 2000 AI driven startups were being born...” (paganresearch.io/startups-that-are-leading-the-ai-space-right-now/). From self-driving cars to drones to smartphones, intelligent homes and voice assistants – artificial intelligence is ingrained into every technology we use, whether Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, or others. How do new companies in the AI space imagine and develop breakthrough apps to help ente...
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February 20, 2018 54 min
The buzz: Where does the average Joe store their money? In a bank’s current or savings account or a safety deposit. But the blockchain could become a new repository of value (R. Botsman). Blockchain is redefining how we transact in the digital world where digitized trust is required. WEF research found 58% of tech execs expect 10% of global GDP ($5.3 trillion) to be stored on the blockchain by 2025. Are startups paying attention? T...
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The buzz: “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘No’ to 1,000 things” (Steve Jobs, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 1997). The $1M Question for disruptive technology entrants: Compete or collaborate with the established players in your target market? But it’s more complex than that. Incumbent companies aware of newcomers’ challenges can acquire the best or disrupt...
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The buzz: “The customer’s perception is your reality” (Kate Zabriskie). Computers, mobile phones and devices listen, learn, speak in human-like cognitive interactions, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Smart companies are marrying AI-savvy bots with a human touch to help customer service reps prioritize, respond better, and proactively offer solutions that may eliminate the need for service. Can AI revolutionize your customer serv...
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The buzz: “Enterprise technology is big business, and the startup sector is bustling with companies capitalizing on the growth of demand for tools in the world of big data, devops, cloud, mobility, the internet of things and security scares” (Scott Carey). Ever buy enterprise software to streamline your workflow, boost productivity and enhance operations – but it’s hard to integrate and confuses your knowledge workers? Look to star...
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The buzz: “Since 2015, I have invested in 22 startups in the mobility space.” (Ted Serbinski, Techstars Mobility) Mobility is moving at triple-Internet speed in our Mobile 2.0 world, as BYOD adoption and enterprise-wide B2E, B2B and C2B disrupt traditional computing as well as our personal, professional and commercial digital dynamics. Can startups play a role? Yes, if they embrace the mindset of mobility and deliver cutting-edge ...
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The buzz: “There's probably 5000 times more solar energy than the humans will ever need…It's a celebration of the abundance of human creativity combined with the abundance of the natural world” [William McDonough). Utilities are starting to grasp that the energy system of the future will fail without innovation, while facing consumer demands for better service and environmental sustainability. How to succeed? Employ or par...
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The buzz: “The Personalization of the Consumer is disrupting the market, elevating the selection of consumer goods…into…self-expression” [R. Caldbeck). Consumer Products startups producing tangible goods like food and clothing may get less media attention than tech startups like Facebook and Uber, but are just as innovative. But with shoppers looking beyond price and features for companies with a social and environmental conscienc...
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The buzz: “I would love to momentarily pause time while people line up on my doorstep waiting to pay me hard cash for a product that doesn’t even exist. It’s worth a shot, right?” [Naresh Jain, infoq.com). You’re a startup with fantastic ideas you KNOW will take your industry by storm. Wow! Will you sell the vision before spending to design and build – or design and build before you sell and risk market rejection – or switch betwee...
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The buzz: “There is a fierce war for talent and a startup has a feeling of newness” [James Canton). In search of elusive growth, Campbell Soup Co. invested $125M in a venture fund to help finance food startups. The lion’s share of the U.S. grocery store food and beverage category growth since 2013 has come from 20,000 small companies outside the top 100. Moral: startups and established companies should collaborate, not compete. Th...
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The buzz: “A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last” [Jeff Bezos]. New U.S. businesses make up nearly all net-new job creation and 20% of gross job creation, with loud hype about emerging startup ecosystems and government support. Reality check: governments pour millions into “hip” facilities and government venture funds invest in “best local”, regardless of product-market fit. Stop! Successful st...
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The buzz: “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world … but it requires people to make the dream a reality” (Walt Disney). Hiring the right people is important for any business, especially for a startup. When your money is tight and credibility has yet to be established, the lack of resources and recognition can make it difficult to attract and retain the best and brightest. The bottom line: a wro...
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The buzz: “The customer’s perception is your reality” (Kate Zabriskie). Computers, mobile phones and devices listen, learn, speak in human-like cognitive interactions, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Smart companies are marrying AI-savvy bots with a human touch to help customer service reps prioritize, respond better, and proactively offer solutions that may eliminate the need for service. Can AI revolutionize your customer serv...
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The buzz: “The sooner we drop the ‘e’ out of e-commerce and just call it commerce, the better” (Bob Willett). Many retailers have made great digital online strides, but focusing on “clicks” vs “bricks” may shortchange their in-store customer experience worth up to 98% of total sales. How to stay innovative and relevant to compete online? Traditional transactional stores are assuming new roles, like Tesla’s showroom-only locations a...
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The buzz: “It got a little stressful in my first 2 years of high school, trying to make conference calls with investors in between classes, but I definitely learned a lot of important time-management lessons” (Ben Casnocha). Young startups have big dreams of changing the world and staying independent, but their cash-strapped wallets cry out for a generous angel. In reality, they’re hoping a VC will offer coaching, business support ...
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