Tech Tuesday: Tech, Pitching, and EarPods

Must-reads from the desk of our Principal of Tech and Innovation, Cheryl Foil.

This week’s theme is Apple’s EarPods and pitching tech. No matter if you’re a startup or a big company, you still need market buy-in.

1. Why Wearable Audio Computing?: Stop bemoaning the AirPods. Techies have been excited about the concept of audio computing for a long time. Don’t forget that audio is an interface, and humans are limited by the number of interfaces we have with computers. Read some of the old articles from the 90’s (links in the article) and get at least a little excited at the progress we’ve made! [MIT Media Lab]

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“Hand-held and mobile audio devices with localized computing and richer interaction mechanisms certainly point towards audio interfaces and networked applications for a new personal information platform.”

2. Against Minimalism: A Plea for Cyberpunk: Hilarious and true. [Bullshitist]

“My final plea is this: if we’re destined to live in a future where we are all fucking dorks, can we at least look like cool dorks instead?”

3. Are Developmental Mistakes Essential to Evolution?: YES! And so are code, tech, and business development mistakes. One of my mentors used to say that the number of mistakes you make is correlated to the number of successes you’ll have. That’s how you evolve. [Big Questions Online]

“Embrace the waste, the mess, and the errors — embrace the imperfection. Without it, the diverse wonders of the natural world could not have come to be.”

“In biology, as in life, mistakes happen… What’s striking is that such developmental mistakes nevertheless turn out to be essential to the process of evolution — in a good way.”

4. The First VC Meeting: Since this week is about pitching, let’s get back to basics. This series is excellent advice for first-time and repeat fundraisers alike. Make sure to think about how you present yourself, and to display not just your strengths but also how you’re compensating for your weaknesses (especially if there are talent gaps to be filled later). For example: if both founders are tech-oriented, how are you going to do sales? [Both Sides of the Table]

“I’ve developed a sense of what I think VC’s are looking for[,] having sat on both sides of the table.”

“Whatever it is that your business is about — and most businesses won’t require ‘deep’ science — make sure that you put your best foot forward on what your background is and why it is relevant to the company you’re building.”

5. TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016: If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco is going on right now — and startups attending #TCDisrupt have the chance to pitch our on-site Kiddar Capital team at any time September 12–14 for a chance to receive $25,000. [TechCrunch]

“Startups start here.”

“TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators.”

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