A great time to be a very small startup

As an independent intellectual property attorney, I get to work with the best Silicon Valley startup companies as they launch new ideas. It gives me a remarkable view into the next generation marketplace and the technology that supports it. I couldn’t imagine a better use of my skills.

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to start a technology business. Today’s tools make everything from branding to email a simple affair and keep overhead low and nearly free. No fancy address is required to instill investor confidence as we’ve accepted that some of the greatest ideas can start anywhere, like in a college dorm. Working out of a residence is no stigma in today’s startup scene.

Beyond setting up shop, some of the best new tools are open source and don’t require contracts or royalties to various software vendors for embedded functionality. Hadoop is one of the best examples of a hot product that doesn’t have any contracts associated with it.

Beyond extremely low overhead, it has been years since investors were so willing to fund new, unproven ideas. There is a strong sense that we’re on the verge of another technology breakout that will be look back on as a watershed moment in technology. What a great time to be in this business.


Categories: Data Analytics / Big Data, Disciplines, Disruption, Startups

Author:Jeanne Roué-Taylor

I'm fascinated by disruptive technology and its impact on our world. I manage sales operations for an excellent startup with a unique team of highly experienced data scientists.

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7 Comments on “A great time to be a very small startup”

  1. May 6, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Jeanne, I couldn’t agree more. You see, I’m living the dream myself. Living in a town with a major research university has opened my eyes to the new reality in a way that is much more visceral than to others.

    While the debate about how to encourage high level education rages on here in the U.S., kids from emerging economies are pouring into our schools. They are incredibly smart and incredibly motivated. They are working with our college professors to pump out innovation at a staggering rate. Many of these ideas will be commercialized because universities and state governments have realized that “there’s gold in them thar hills.” There are many programs to help get innovation out of academia and into the private sector.

    This means that the flood of interesting new start-ups will continue and likely accelerate. This is a great time to start a small business. But, you ain’t seen nothin yet! What we have now is a garden hose. The fire hose is yet to come. With the highbrow revolution that is taking place right now (http://unapage.com/high-brow-revolution/), we will eventually have a tsunami on our hands.

  2. May 11, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Reblogged this on Fabless Labs.

  3. Jeanne Roué-Taylor
    May 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Tom, thank you for your comments. I’m not too worried about the future for the very same reasons you mention…there is a coming generation that will be remarkably well equipped to innovate. Better than we were and look what we’re doing!


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