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Biology, populations and VC

The meadow voles we found each morning in our traps were tiny, hardy animals who endured the weighing and tagging before being re-released. There were thousands of them in the fields of Blandy Farm or Mountain Lake, the field research … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Get the Most out of Day 2 – #ISUM16

It’s Day 2 of the Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC.  Here are six ways to get the most out of it, based on what was shared on Day 1. Enjoy.  You’re out of the office.  Like Al Madrigal said – … Continue reading

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The Best SaaS Product I Ever Saw was built by a Towtruck Company in 2006

In 2002, after joining a former customer in the electronics industry which had raised $30 million, we went through a CRM evaluation.  The VP of Sales and VP of Engineering were at odds over the rate at which we were … Continue reading

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IoT Review: Yale Z-Wave Home Lock

We recently purchased a Yale Z-Wave touchpad home lock that integrates with our home security system.  The online features through our security provider are fantastic.  We can add specific passwords for individuals, have them expire over time, set access hours … Continue reading

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Nice Pants: Tactical Office Wear

Comfort is difficult to quantify.  We tend to use air perm as our primary metric when working with water barrier materials.  There are many high-end pants now on the market from non-traditional vendors with unique angles on comfort. 1a& 1b: … Continue reading

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Under Bidding a Bridge to Nowhere

If a customer isn’t 100% certain about the value of a product, then they’ll want to minimize their committed costs.  From an ROI standpoint, their R (the return) is uncertain and has risk.  To maximize their ROI, they will want … Continue reading

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Scaling in Europe: An easy (8 year) plan

Disclaimer:  We sell industrial equipment, not software.  Also, we were spun out of a Czech university, so it wasn’t a ‘start-from-nothing’ type startup. We scaled a startup out of Europe, specifically – out of the Czech Republic.  Our market is … Continue reading

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