Building a business: Why you should get married to your problem, not your solution

Building a business: Why you should get married to your problem, not your solution

Dba-thumb

Feed-twFeed-fb

This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

It’s easy to get caught up in building the perfect solution. Many entrepreneurs want to be responsible for putting the newest, shiniest product out in the market. The trouble is, that’s not a sustainable model for building a business.

No matter how sophisticated your product may be, your audience isn’t going to buy it if it doesn’t solve a real problem.

So, before heading to the drawing board to sketch out your perfect solution, first focus on understanding the complexities of your problem, find customers dealing with that problem and then build the most viable solution for those customers. Read more…

More about Business, Entrepreneurship, Dba, Small Business, and Startups
Source: Mashable 3d printer
Building a business: Why you should get married to your problem, not your solution

Uber launches new app to bring food to your door

Uber launches new app to bring food to your door

Ubereats

Feed-twFeed-fb

Uber’s appetite for growth knows no limits

The ride-hailing company is planning to expand its meal delivery service, UberEats, in 10 U.S. cities, including New York, Las Angeles, Chicago and Austin, in an ambitious and delicious bid to take a slice of the on-demand food market.

Right now, UberEats is in a few select cities, including New York, and only offers a selection of one or two gourmet items for lunch every workday

UberEats, the app, is going much, much bigger, with full menus and fast delivery from “dozens” of local restaurants, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday Read more…

More about Startups, Business, Uber, and Food
Source: Mashable 3d printer
Uber launches new app to bring food to your door

Your phone could soon liberate you from supermarket lines

Your phone could soon liberate you from supermarket lines

Grocery-store-cart

Feed-twFeed-fb

Imagine an entire shopping trip without long lines or human interaction. The days of suffering through a mile-long-line on a shopping excursion might soon come to an end.

At this weekend’s National Retail Foundation’s “Big Show” in New York, Diebold, which produces self-service finance products, will introduce what it’s dubbed a “contact-less self-checkout concept.”

The concept, per a Diebold press release, will allow grocery store customers to skip the check-out lines and instead scan items with their phones as soon as they stuff them into their cart

At the end of the shopping trip, customers will stop by a self-checkout machine — another Diebold product known as the “Irving” — where they can either pay with cash on the machine or through a credit card through tapping the phone’s mobile wallet, which will have credit card information on file. Read more…

More about Shopping, Business, Startups, and Diebold
Source: Mashable 3d printer
Your phone could soon liberate you from supermarket lines

This 3D printing pen allows you to draw in thin air

This 3D printing pen allows you to draw in thin air

B-roll.00_56_50_21.still015

Feed-twFeed-fb

Promoted by Visa

Maxwell Bogue, Daniel Cowen and Peter Dilworth began a Kickstarter campaign in February of 2013 for the 3Doodler – the only 3D printing pen in existence. After the success of the campaign, 3Doodler went on to build their company and improve their product. And now, the 3Doodler 2.0 is available on the recently launched Mashable Shop. The shop, powered by Visa Checkout, includes a multitude of products for tech-lovers everywhere, along with some exclusive Mashable gear. 

Read on, and watch the video below, to learn just how this innovative gadget was brought to life. 

Penception

Development of the 3Doodler Read more…

More about 3d, 3d Printing, Small Business, Startups, and Tech
Source: Mashable 3d printer
This 3D printing pen allows you to draw in thin air

One of Silicon Valley's smartest men says startups create inequality, but a lot of people disagree

One of Silicon Valley’s smartest men says startups create inequality, but a lot of people disagree

Paul-graham

Feed-twFeed-fb

Do you hate the idea of economic inequality? Well then you must also hate startups, you fool.

That is the crux of a curious and controversial new essay published this weekend by Paul Graham, a venture capitalist and influential thinker in the startup world, coming out in defense of economic inequality (yes, you read that right).

“You can’t end economic inequality without preventing people from getting rich, and you can’t do that without preventing them from starting startups,” Graham writes. “So let’s be clear about that. Ending economic inequality would mean ending startups. Are you sure, hunters, that you want to shoot this particular animal? It would only mean you eliminated startups in your own country.” Read more…

More about Startups, Paul Graham, and Business


Source: Mashable 3d printer
One of Silicon Valley’s smartest men says startups create inequality, but a lot of people disagree

You'll be able to call a self-driving car to pick you up, as Lyft and GM challenge Uber

You’ll be able to call a self-driving car to pick you up, as Lyft and GM challenge Uber

Lyft

Feed-twFeed-fb

Lyft and Uber are in a race to boot drivers off the road

Lyft, the friendly ride-hailing competitor to Uber, announced Monday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with automotive giant General Motors to create a network of self-driving cars that can pick up and drop off passengers as Lyft’s fleet of drivers does today.

The bet, in short: more people may be willing to hail an occasional ride in a self-driving car than to actually buy one of these vehicles for themselves

“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” Dan Ammann, president of General Motors, said in a statement. “With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly.” Read more…

More about General Motors, Uber, Business, Startups, and Lyft
Source: Mashable 3d printer
You’ll be able to call a self-driving car to pick you up, as Lyft and GM challenge Uber