Why Is the Local Market So Elusive for Tech Companies?

The constraints of cost, critical mass, and time spawn a vicious cycle that hinders innovative new technology adoption in the local market. The promise of hyperlocal technology is alive and well, but any new startup aiming to crack the hyperlocal code needs to keep these things in mind…

3 Principles Every Early Stage Startup Needs To Know

There are three things any startup needs to think about as they bring together their team and begin to build out a first version of their product or service…

Lessons Learned While Building a Hyperlocal Startup

I recently asked our sales team what they thought about serving the local market. I drilled down on what it’s like to build a hyperlocal company in today’s ever-connected world and how to best handle the inherent challenges of this unique customer base…

Do We Really Want to Live in an Uber-fied World?

Given Uber’s recent missteps, we, as an industry, need to take a long look in the mirror. Founders really need to think hard about the culture they are creating, and the potential uses and misuses of the data they are generating and collecting…

How Personalization And Security Will Coexist in Local Commerce

The evolution of mobile technology has been very exciting to observe, especially in the local commerce space. As I covered in my last piece we are finally starting to see things come to life with the ability to pay for everyday products and services using mobile devices. But overall one has to ask if this […]

Mobile Payments Still Facing the Same Big Obstacles

This year has been a turning point in mobile payments, as Square, Paypal, along with Apple and others like SoftCard (formerly ISIS) have all made strides in their digital payment offerings. But three years after starting a now-defunct mobile payments company, I’ve identified three big reasons why we will not be paying with our phone in everyday retail stores for a long time to come…