The Next Best Thing But Not Yet

Written by Max Murphy. Posted in 1 Idea Stage, 2 Open for Business Stage, 3 Early Customer Stage, Customer Development

It will be twenty plus years before there is a 3D printer in most homes due to limitations of the cost of the machine, material, obtaining software and learning how to use the software. Other fundamentally problem that prevent 3D printers being adapted by the public are to understanding of design, physics, and material science and a change of behavior of making things at home.

Innovation: the Trick is Managing the Pain

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, 4 Finding your Niche, Customer Development, skmurphy

Any innovation effort is a painful struggle punctuated by false starts and dead ends. Your efforts are met with lack of interest even when a basic invention is working and active resistance when it starts to replace the tried and true. Like any childbirth the trick is managing the pain long enough to deliver.

Hotels Near Great Demo Workshop 2015

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Events

Attending the Great Demo Workshop 2015? The two day workshop is held at Domain Hotel which several past attendees have stayed at and enjoyed.

Domain Hotel 1085 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 247-0800 – special discount rate for “Great Demo Group”

However the hotel does normally sell out. So here are a couple of our favorites hotels that are nearby listed in increasing distance from the from the workshop:

Best Western Santa Clara
4341 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (408) 244-3366

Corporate Inn – Sunnyvale
805 E El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Hilton Garden
10741 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 -(408) 777-8787

Moorpark Hotel
4241 Moorpark Ave San Jose, CA 95129

Embassy Suites Santa Clara

2885 Lakeside Dr  Santa Clara, CA 95054
4200 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 235-8900

Woodcrest

5415 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 446-9636

1217 Wildwood Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (408) 245-5330

Cypress Hotel
10050 S. De Anza Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 253-8900

Larkspur Landing Campbell

550 W Hamilton Ave Campbell, CA 95008  (408) 364-1514

 

CNSV Recognized by IEEE as an Outstanding Chapter

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Silicon Valley, skmurphy

The Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV) was recognized by IEEE Region 6 in 2015 for its outstanding achievements in promoting members’ skills and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley. The award reads:

IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Chapter  presented to

Consultants Network of Silicon Valley

For creating a network to promote the skills of its consultants, fostering collaboration among its members, creating alliances with other IEEE chapters, and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley.

A Clear Eyed View Of The Way Forward

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Rules of Thumb

It’s often hard to see your way forward. When there are many courses of action open to you whose possible outcomes are hard to predict you can remain paralyzed by analysis. I often find myself dithering past the point where picking any reasonable option and proceeding is far better than continuing to analyze my choices.

I frequently long for a clear eyed view of the way forward. Sometimes the path becomes clear when a situation echoes with prior experience or I see a pattern match to a prior success (or failure). Other times clarity flows from recognizing that there is only one option left: the “best bad plan.” The trick is to act immediately so as not to foreclose your only remaining potentially viable option.

Your Startup Never Gets Any Easier

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 2 Open for Business Stage, Rules of Thumb, skmurphy

When I first went to work for Monolithic Memories my boss, Ivan Pesic, told me, “It will be rough for the next two months and then it will get easier.” He was still telling the team that a year later when someone else offered that advice during a problem solving session and we all broke out laughing because we realized it was never going to get easier. We kept working on harder problems. Ivan went on to found Silvaco and despite a few legal setbacks built a company that has endured more than three decades.

How to Keep Cash Flow Positive Fri-Mar-27 at Mtn View BB

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Events

BB_logo(r)I can still remember Steve Hogan’s first visit to a Bootstrapper Breakfast at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View in early 2011. A recent transplant from Boston he had worked as an executive in technology startups and as a turnaround specialist for more than two decades. He had an infectious warmth that made you feel comfortable immediately and is stories contained the kinds of insights about what can go wrong that you only gain by being “in the room” as things are going sideways.

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