Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

InfoChachkie

Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition. competition''s a really interesting thing. Competition Is A Lie. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

FreedomPop Launches New MVNO Targeted At Sprint, T-Mobile Customers

socalTECH

According to FreedomPop, its new service, UNREAL Mobile , will provide unlimited plans starting at $15 a month, and is aimed an "ensuring continued competition" in the wireless market after the announcement of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. FreedomPop explained that the new service is a "full service premium product" that competes directly with Spring and T-Mobile's postpaid business, unlike its existing FreedomPop service, which competes against pre-paid brands like Boost and Cricket.

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Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Find your “teacher customer.”

Berkonomics

Your customers know what they want more than you do. This week’s insight came from personal experience and from a good friend who advanced the notion of the “teacher-customer” years ago. The customer would be the first to receive the new functionality in a new release.

Custom Software

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -- Custom Software. Today, companies need every edge they can get to strive in our current competitive marketplace. For many companies, custom software provides the edge they need. Improved productivity and efficiency leading to cost reductions, easier to use services leading to increased customer satisfaction and retention, a new needed product or service that is not available anywhere else.

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Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

Tech Zulu Event

Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment. Below is a full explanation of how small businesses can leverage technology to earn a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Helping Consumers Name Their Own Price For Products, With Greentoe

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To bring that ability to name your own price on products, Los Angeles-based Greentoe (www.greentoe.com) recently launched, allowing consumers to name their own price to retailers of everything from electronics to baby products. However, rather than travel services, it''s for products.

Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

InfoChachkie

A recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the optimal price of a new product, especially absent a directly competitive alternative. When we launched GoToAssist, we offered our customers the option to brand the customer-facing webpages with their logo and brand colors.

OpenX Launches New Product

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer OpenX Technologies said this morning that it has launched a new product, the OpenX SSP (Supply Side Platform). According to OpenX, the new product combines real-time-bidding (RTB) and ad network demand into a single auction system, which can help publishers maximize their advertising yield and increasing competition for their inventory.

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5 Financial Strategies that will always beat your Competition

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 -- TechAmerica Century City Greater LA Finance Network Group Presents: 5 Financial Strategies that will always beat your Competition. 5 5 Financial Strategies that will always beat your competition: 1. Invest in CPI 3.Improved productivity results 4. Have provable and quantifiable customer benefits 5. Be where your customers are and optimize their experience.

Orange County Product Managers

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 -- "Profitability by Customer Experience: Lessons about Different and Better from the Best" Dr. Joely Gardner, Jeofrey Bean and Sean Van Tyne will make their OCPM debut this month at JT Schmid's in Tustin. Join us in this engaging panel-led discussion about the companies, people and products that have made themselves different, better and more profitable than their competition.

Managing Your Product/Service Lifecycle

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 -- Managing Your Product/Service Lifecycle. Your product is just about to go out the door. But how do you ensure that your product or service is what the customer really wants, needs and will pay for? How do you plan a roadmap to stay ahead of the competition while evaluating the myriad of new opportunities? Access OC. Youre reviewing your launch plan and task assignments.

Your customers are telling you “Wiw Wiw Wiw!”

Berkonomics

Customer empowerment is moving so fast nowadays that many of us are running to just catch up. Blame the Internet for this rise in customer expectations. But don’t close your eyes to the fact that your customers have grown to expect your products or services in the form of….

Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. The best product wins. With a great product comes great customers, and with customers comes revenue and profit, which in turn can be used to build more great products.

Taking Technology Products to Market

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, February 12, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Taking Technology Products to Market. Stand out in your competitive marketplace. Attend this 2 day course to learn how to provide customers with crystal-clear product positioning, meaningful branding, and carefully timed launch strategies. See [link] (more

Be careful how you define your competition.

Berkonomics

Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.” Doing nothing is the main competitor for most products and services, whether a compelling new idea or a seasoned product long proven to be effective. It could be that a larger competitor has met with its customers, promising to extend its product line into this very niche. That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other.

Sponsor Message: Find more customers with socalTECH

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When Your Startup Business Plan Needs to Be Revised

Tech Zulu Event

Maybe a major company with deep pockets has embarked on a product line extension and is set to launch a product in direct competition with yours, or maybe, as with online gaming a few years back, the government decided to ban or sharply restrict your industry’s activities.

Productivity Hacks: Voicemail, Folders & To-Do’s

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about avoiding the “ Deferred Life Plan &# and some related thoughts about personal productivity that came from Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Workweek. I would love to say that I’m the productivity guru.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

SoCal CTO

I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. So let’s be very specific: let’s assume your dream job is product manager at Google, working on the Analytics product. How to Enchant Your Customer - How to Change the World , November 23, 2010 I love to do business with small businesses—in-store, online, for myself, for others, for pleasure, for work—it doesn’t matter to me.

Find your “teacher-customer.”

Berkonomics

Your customers know what they want more than you do. Find one to teach you. This insight came from personal experience and from a good friend who advanced the notion of the “teacher-customer” years ago. Email readers continue here.] This is not to bend this insight into a claim that a company should wait to develop new, groundbreaking products and services until a customer asks for them.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

Both Sides of the Table

As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. We spent time out in the marketplace talking with customers, looking at their solutions, comparing ourselves with our competition and then squirreling ourselves away in our offices designing our next set of features. They communicated this to product management who looked at all of the internal requirements we had generated (e.g. Turn Your Organization Inside Out.

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Tech Zulu Event

While we have become more productive as a society, with the advent of computers aiding our work, physical inactivity has become a high risk factor in contributing to chronic illnesses. How is Movn different than your competition? We also set up a competition between the two centers.

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HG Data Takes $12M More For Market Analytics

socalTECH

The company's service revolves around tracking the installed base of a wide range of products, ranging from cloud services, enterprise applications, and customer relationship management tools, to hardware, project management, and other applications. hgdata data market analytics competitive intelligence venture capital updata rincon epicventures

Is Your Organization Ready to Become an Ecosystem Driver?

Xconomy

However, there is still room for competition. Companies must learn to become ecosystem drivers – even if only for a subset of their customers – in order to survive. A distinguishing feature of this model is that they are the destination in their space for a subset of their customers.

A year in review: productboard’s top 10 posts from 2017

socalTECH

At productboard we aim to bake best practices of product management straight into the interface, so you can improve the way you manage your products right out of the box. In the meantime, we’ll continue publishing thoughts and ideas we’ve learned from great product managers here.

Decoding The Secret To Success In Subscription Businesses: Georg Richter, OceanX

socalTECH

What's the secret to creating a profitable, successful, physical subscription based business--and to do that at the scale of large, consumer product goods (CPGs) companies? I have a long history in physical subscriptions, and spent three decades working on only physical, recurring revenue companies, and have always been involved with some kind of physical products. For people who send things out, it's a chance to be in front of your customer.

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Fuel50: Helping Employees Figure Out Their Career Path, With Anne Fulton

socalTECH

A large bank started using us, with 18,000 employees in Australia, and the next thing we new we were delivering the product to the the U.S. We got really serious after the success of that customer, who wanted to make this technology available for all of its employees across the globe. We've been flirting with profitability all year, and are approaching $3M in ARR, but we also want to scale and build up our business, our product acceleration, and continue our client success.

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Creating Incremental Strategic Value

Ask the Angels

Just because a product has a patent, deep complexity and an obvious competitive advantage does not mean that it can fly by itself into the market. In fact, very few products have the ability to establish market leadership out of the box, most have to be supported with established distribution channels or complementary products. I had two occasions recently to review products which had clear market leadership. I call these high growth potential products.

Creating Incremental Strategic Value

Ask the Angels

Just because a product has a patent, deep complexity and an obvious competitive advantage does not mean that it can fly by itself into the market. In fact, very few products have the ability to establish market leadership out of the box, most have to be supported with established distribution channels or complementary products. I had two occasions recently to review products which had clear market leadership. I call these high growth potential products.

The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

As a managed hosting provider, we were able to provide the project with the same types of machines that our customers use to run their production environments. According to TechEmpower's Round 10 blog post: Competition for the top position in the JSON-serialization test within the Peak Hosting environment has heated up so much that Round 10 sees a more than 100% increase in the top performance versus Round 9 (2.2M By Jeffrey Papen, CEO and Founder, Peak Hosting.

The Innovation Economy

Ask the Angels

products and services. successful commercialization of their products and markets, but. technology that improves a product or service in a way that the. an inclination and the enthusiasm to improve a product and. disrupt or because it competes and interferes with the current, sustainable technologies and products that existing customers. products and systems. The competition is now all on equal footing. Blog General News Product/Technology

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers. This is true whether it’s physical products or media products. Many of us learned about substitute products in undergrad economics courses.